Latest in Culture Highlight

Advertising Area





Latest in Culture


Iran bans ‘Alchemist’ author

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, who wrote the worldwide bestseller "The Alchemist," accused Iran Monday of banning his books. "My books have been published in Iran since 1998, in different publishing houses," Coelho wrote on his website http://paulocoelhoblog.com, noting estimates that over six million copies of his books have sold in the country. Calling it an …

DNE

Microphone for Alex: A musical show of solidarity

CAIRO- Call it a quintessentially Egyptian habit, but no sooner had the explosions rocked Alexandria’s Al-Qeddesine (Church of the Two Saints) during the early hours of 2011 than melodies of national unity sprang nationwide. Frustrated with the system, activists took to the streets daily for the week following the attacks, chanting against what they branded …

DNE

Turkey PM sparks spat over Armenia friendship art

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came under fire Monday for deriding a monument to friendship with neighboring Armenia and ordering its destruction. The country’s culture minister sought to soothe the criticism, arguing that Erdogan was misunderstood. "We would never show disrespect to the work of any artist. We would never attempt to destroy and …

DNE

Fincher, Hooper among Directors Guild nominees

The filmmakers behind Academy Awards favorites "The Social Network" and "The King’s Speech" were nominated Monday for the Directors Guild of America’s top prize. Along with David Fincher and Tom Hooper, nominees were Darren Aronofsky for the psychosexual thriller "The Black Swan," Christopher Nolan for the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and David O. Russell for the …

DNE

‘Bullitt’ director Peter Yates dies at 81

British filmmaker Peter Yates, who sent Steve McQueen screeching through the streets of San Francisco in a Ford Mustang in "Bullitt," has died at the age of 81. Yates was nominated for four Academy Awards — two as director and two as producer — for the cycling tale "Breaking Away" and the backstage drama "The …

DNE

A journey through an Egyptian’s new modern architecture

CAIRO: Ahmad Hamid remembers being a young boy watching his mother and her friends gather for their weekly tea and sewing get together at his family’s house on Sunday mornings. He recalls the ladies sipping tea, chatting and working on their clothes while sitting at the family’s rather large dining table with room to drape …

Daily News Egypt

Award-season contenders flock to Palm Springs gala

The road to Oscar brought a blast of expected contenders to this desert town some 100 miles east of Hollywood as the Palm Springs International Film Festival held its annual awards gala. Among those attending the Saturday night affair was James Franco, a likely Academy Award nominee for the drama "127 Hours" and also co-host …

DNE

Children’s theater makes a comeback in Old Cairo

It is not always easy to produce theater work for children that is simultaneously interesting for adults. This is the thought that ran through my mind while sitting down to watch the first scenes of “The Invention,” presented by ACT, the Alumni Community Theater group of the American University in Cairo. The play, presented in …

DNE

Iconic Sudan singer eyes the future with sadness

KHARTOUM: Adored nationwide, Sudanese musical icon and former exile Mohammed Wardi, who hails from the Nubian north and has sung about unity for decades, says he will be saddened to see his beloved country split. "For me as a singer who sang for unity for 54 years, what is happening is too difficult… I am …

DNE

A day of love, unity in Old Cairo

By Elizabeth Vossen They said they came because they love their country; because they want to see Christians and Muslims unified; because they’re disheartened by the violent events in Alexandria that marked the beginning of the New Year. On Coptic Christmas, January 7, Darb 1718, a cultural center located in the heart of Old Cairo, hosted …

DNE

Missing pieces of colossal statue unearthed in Egypt

CAIRO: Archaeologists have unearthed six missing pieces from a 3,400-year-old colossal double statue of a powerful pharaoh and his queen. The Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement Sunday the fragments of the statue of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye were discovered on the west bank of the Nile in the southern city of …

DNE

Hawass threatens to take ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’ out of NYC

CAIRO: In a letter to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass threatened to take back the Egyptian obelisk placed in Central Park citing a lack of proper care that led to the monument’s deterioration. According to Hawass, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, weather conditions in New York have …

DNE

De Niro to lead Cannes film festival jury

US actor Robert De Niro will chair the jury of this year’s Cannes film festival, which opens May 11 on the French Riviera, organizers announced Thursday. De Niro, 67, will be the third American in four years to head the jury of the world’s most prestigious film festival, after director Tim Burton in 2010 and …

DNE

Beirut’s Katibe 5 gives voice to refugee resistance

The old school hip hop styling of Katibe 5 filled the Beirut Theater on Dec. 30, as the underground band gave one of their most high profile performances to date. The performance at Beirut’s hub of underground music was an end-of-year highlight for Beirut music fans, always eager to take in a performance by edgy …

DNE

Egypt’s art scene attracts interest from Sotheby’s

Egypt has always been the cultural heart of the Arab world and the recent regional art revival has shown that the country still sets the standard for arts and culture in the region. While the Gulf countries are seeing massive cultural development prompted by generous government initiatives and a seemingly endless supply of funding, Egypt’s …

DNE

Putting Egyptian contemporary art on the global map one step at a time

This month, Tache Art opens its doors, for the very first time, with a retrospective exhibition for Egypt’s internationally acclaimed artist, Huda Lutfi. We are a brand new gallery, in Egypt, dedicated to contemporary Egyptian art. Located in Designopolis — the country’s first art and design hub — we hope to play a part in …

DNE

Margo Veillon Gallery: A tribute to an artistic genius

I f you have not been to the leafy Maadi home and studio of Margo Veillon on Road 82, nor had the time to visit any of her exhibitions, it’s not too late to enjoy her works of genius. The late Swiss-Austrian artist by blood and Egyptian by choice was born in Cairo on Feb. 19, …

DNE

Modern Master Mahmoud Said’s work captures Egypt at its best

A lways closely associated with ancient art and artefacts, Egypt’s vibrant modern art scene is consistently overshadowed by imposing monuments from the past. The recent record-breaking auction of works by modern Egyptian artist Mahmoud Said has, however, brought the country’s contemporary art scene out of the shadows. Said’s painting “Les Chadoufs” brought in a staggering $2.43 …

DNE

On art and life: Biennale winner speaks out

T here’s something about Amal Kenawy. Intriguing, warm but with a hint of coolness, open yet reserved, Amal Kenawy is like her living room which inspires wonder the moment one enters. It’s a clearly unique space, with her multi-faceted personality asserting its identity. It’s colorful and playful, a room which draws you in, and encourages you …

DNE

‘True Grit’,’127 Hours’ receive writers noms

Huge hits such as "True Grit" and "Inception" will be up against smaller films that include "127 Hours" and "The Kids Are All Right" for screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America. "Inception" and "The Kids Are All Right" were among guild nominees for best original screenplay, along "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and the …

DNE

‘Social Network’, ‘Inception’ earn producer honors

The Facebook tale "The Social Network," the British monarchy drama "The King’s Speech" and the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" were among best-picture nominees Tuesday for the Producers Guild of America Awards. Other nominees are the survival story "127 Hours," the psychosexual thriller "Black Swan," the boxing saga "The Fighter," the lesbian family tale "The Kids Are …

DNE

Show Dance promises magnificent journey, fails to deliver

“Jack of all trades, master of none.” This saying accurately epitomizes the new French dance show, unoriginally entitled “Show Dance,” which made its way to Cairo this week. Offering up a plethora of subpar dance numbers spanning a wide spectrum of styles, including Latin, rock ‘n’ roll, swing, flamenco, and boogie to name a few, …

DNE

British actor Pete Postlethwaite dead at 64

British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in "In the Name of the Father," has died aged 64 following a lengthy illness, a friend announced Monday. Journalist and friend Andrew Richardson said he died peacefully in hospital in Shropshire, west central England, on Sunday. Postlethwaite had been receiving treatment for …

DNE

World’s longest-running soap turns 60 with tragic twist

"The Archers," the world’s longest-running soap opera, marked its 60th birthday over the New Year weekend with a plot twist that saw one of the BBC radio show’s best known characters fall to his death. Feted by some as the essence of Englishness, "The Archers" features everyday tales of rural life in the fictional village …

DNE

Singer Akon preaches African unity back home in Senegal

Senegalese-American rapper and songwriter Akon called for greater African unity as he arrived in his home country to perform last week at the world’s biggest celebration of black arts and culture. The six-time Grammy nominated singer, who recently released a single on which he collaborated with the late Michael Jackson, will perform at the final …

DNE

British government bids to save Beatle’s birthplace

The British government stepped in Sunday to stop Beatles legend Ringo Starr’s birthplace from being bulldozed. Housing Minister Grant Shapps has written to Liverpool City Council urging a temporary reprieve for 9 Madryn Street, in the Dingle district, which is scheduled for demolition. The childhood homes of band-mates John Lennon and Paul McCartney are popular …

DNE

Afghan clowns raise laughs in war-torn Kabul

Two Afghan policemen stand paralyzed by fear in front of a plastic cup. But this is not some farcical scene from the battle against the Taliban — it is a sketch from a new clown show in Kabul. The performance, put on by nine members of the Azdar troupe, seems improbable in a country locked …

DNE

Revolutionary book that inspired Gandhi turns 150

It was 150 years ago that the book "Unto This Last" was published, a groundbreaking work that turned economic thinking on its head and profoundly influenced the views of many including Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence. Gandhi first read the subversive masterwork of political economy by John Ruskin in 1904, during a train …

DNE

Beirut gallery at the center of Lebanon’s art revival

Emerging slowly from a troubled past, arts and culture are clearly a priority for the city’s present and future. Lebanon’s capital, a picturesque city of bombed-out shells and sparkling new structures, home to just 1.2 million people, is host to some of the region’s most exciting exhibitions and events, managing to rival the state-sponsored cultural …

DNE

Guy Manoukian wows Cairo with twist on classic music

In what was undoubtedly one of Cairo’s best concerts of 2010, Lebanese Armenian maestro Guy Manoukian took the Cairo Opera House by storm, wowing the audience with his cutting edge take on Arabic classics along with his own unique compositions. The sold out performance on December 20 was a landmark moment in composer-pianist Manoukian’s career: …

DNE