27th Ara­bic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val kicks off bear­ing Sha­dia’s name

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Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Inas Ab­del Dayen, in­au­gu­rates to­day the 27th Ara­bic Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in the Cairo Opera House. This year’s round hon­ours the names of late artists Sha­dia, Michelle El-Masry, and vi­o­lin­ist Saad Has­san.

For al­most two weeks, 43 mu­si­cal con­certs are to take place on seven the­atres across four gov­er­norates: Cairo, Alexan­dria, Damn­hour and for the first time, Tanta.

74 artists from eight coun­tries are to take part in the con­certs. Tu­nisia, Kuwait, Saudi Ara­bia and Jor­dan are among the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in the fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val also hosts a singing com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren and youth, that will last for three days through­out the 13-day event.

The open­ing event wit­nessed the screen­ing of a doc­u­men­tary fea­tur­ing the life of Egypt’s sweat heart Sha­dia, who died last No­vem­ber.

The fes­ti­val is also to hon­our 18 Arab fig­ures who en­riched the cul­tural scene in the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing Tu­nisian singer Lat­ifa, and Saudi Ara­bian artist Ab­del Rab Edris.

An ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled ‘The Art of Ara­bic Cal­lig­ra­phy’ will take place dur­ing the fes­ti­val in­clud­ing a set of ab­stract art por­traits about Ara­bic mu­sic for the artist Mo­hammed El-Bogh­dady.

Hani Shaker is among the artists per­form­ing at the open­ing con­cert of the fes­ti­val in Alexan­dria.

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