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Current issue | Issue 1375, (4-10 January 2018)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1375, (4-10 January 2018)

Ahram Weekly

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President of the Arab Music Complex Ines Abdel-Daim

Representing Egypt, Chairperson of the Cairo Opera House Inès Abdel-Daim has become president of the Arab Music Complex for four years, the sixth president of the complex since its founding in 1971. The complex is affiliated to the Arab League.

The announcement was made during the 24th conference of the Arab Music Society held on 28 and 29 December. It was held in the Research Centre of the complex in the Jordanian capital Amman.

The results were as follows: Abdel-Daim, representative of Egypt in the complex as president, First Vice President Abdel Aziz Ibn Abdel Jalil (Morocco) and Second Vice President Saleh Hamdan Al Harbi (Kuwait). The conference also approved renewing the term of service of the complex’s secretary Kifah Fakhouri.

The presidency was succeeded by Saleh Al-Mahdi (Tunisia), Hassan Oreibi (Libya), artist Tareq Abdel-Hakim (Saudi Arabia), Ratiba Al-Hefni (Egypt), and Ma’aly Al-Amin Besheshy (Algeria).

The Arab Music Society is a specialised body of the Arab League and an extension of its general secretariat. It deals with music affairs in the Arab world, specialising in developing musical education in the Arab world, disseminating music, and collecting and preserving Arab musical heritage.

Khaled Galal with the Chinese organisers touring the exhibition

At Al-Hanager Arts Centre, head of the Cultural Production Affairs Department at the Culture Ministry Khaled Galal inaugurated, together with Shi Yuewen, the cultural counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Cairo and director of the Chinese Cultural Centre, a Chinese art exhibition, “Colours of the Earth”. 

The exhibition showcased a number of paintings created by a group of non-professional Chinese peasants in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang. The artworks depicted the customs and traditions of Chinese rural society. The exhibition ended Sunday 31 December.

Yasmine Ali

CBC channel anchor Mona Al-Shazli and the budding singer Yasmine Ali garnered the attention of TV viewers by broadcasting a huge concert online, a first in the Middle East. The concert, sponsored by a well-known cellphone manufacturer, was held in the studio of Al-Shazli’s talk show Maa’kom (With You) celebrating New Year’s Eve. 
It was broadcast solely on the network’s online channels on Facebook and YouTube.

Mohamed Hassanein Heikal

The Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism, an organisation that has dedicated the past 10 years to improving the professional standards of journalists in the Arab world, has announced that it will begin accepting applications for the newly-established Heikal-The Times/Sunday Times Fellowship from 1 January-28 February 2018.

The first-of-its-kind Heikal-The Times/Sunday Times Fellowship will be awarded to a promising, young journalist from the Arab world to attend a two-month programme in 2018 at The Times/Sunday Times in London. Through the fellowship, the Heikal Foundation aims to support the professional development and international exposure of young journalists from the Arab world as well as bring new perspectives and exciting talent to The Times/Sunday Times.
The fellowship application is open to candidates under the age of 40 employed at Arabic newspapers, magazines, and news websites throughout the Arab world. Candidates will be selected during the coming months through a competition sponsored by the foundation and The Times/Sunday Times. The winner will be announced in June 2018. 
Applicants are required to submit a complete résumé and a list of their relevant press experience, including previously published work -- be it an individual or collaborative effort -- in both print and digital media. Candidates are also required to display English language proficiency by either submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores, completing an English language certificate, or providing proof of a similar previously-attained certification. They must also submit a 400-word letter addressed to the selection committee in English outlining the reasons they wish to apply for the fellowship and the ways they believe the fellowship can help them attain their professional or personal goals. Candidates must send their complete applications to no later than 28 February 2018.

The selection committee reserves the right to include additional candidates at their discretion. 

For more details on when and how to apply for the Heikal-The Times\Sunday Times Fellowship visit:

Nadine Weber

In collaboration with the Embassy of Austria in Cairo, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nader Abbassi, will feature in a concert at the Cairo Opera House Main Hall on Saturday 6 January. It will introduce, for the first time, 16 years old Austrian violinist Nadine Weber who started playing the violin at the age of three, gave her first public performance with five and debut as soloist with orchestra when she was nine. Weber enrolled to the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz at the age of eight. When she became 12 years, she resumed her musical studies at Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with Leonid Sorokow until now.  

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