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SOAS Centenary Event - Celebrating Egyptian Culture & Community in London
Sat 19 November 2016, 14:00 – 20:30 GMT
As part of SOAS Centenary celebrations, the London Middle East Institute is pleased to announce a special cultural day focused on Egypt to be held in the afternoon and early evening of Saturday 19 November.
Highlights include a panel discussion on the changing political landscape in contemporary Egypt, presentations on historic Cairo and visual iconography, screenings of two films: Al-Mummia (The Night of Counting the Years) and Hepta along with calligraphy, henna and music.
The events are free to attend but pre-registration is required.
Children are welcome and we look forward to seeing you!
Brunei Suite 2.00pm-5.00pm
Master calligrapher and artist from Egypt, Moustafa Hassan and henna tattoos from professional henna artist Lamees Henna Arts
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre 2.00pm-8.30pm
2.00pm Panel Discussion on the Changing Political Landscape in Contemporary Egypt with Omar Ashour (University of Exeter), Mohamed Elmeshad (SOAS) and Moataz El Fegiery (Front Line Defenders) Chair: Hassan Hakimian, LMEI
4.00pm Presentation by Seif El Rashidi on Historic Cairo: Reflections on Recent Change and Continuity - this illustrated talk by El Rashidi will start with a brief overview conveying something of the spirit of historic Cairo and reflect on its continuity as the residential and commercial heart of Egypt for over 1000 years. It will then highlight some recent schemes to revitalise the historic city, and reflect on its place in the hearts and minds of the citizens of Cairo in recent years.
4.30pm Presentation by Nada Dahab on Egypt: Visual Iconography - a visual presentation conjured around the iconic objects that are integral to Egypt's cultural fabric and an explanation as to why the objects at hand are of great cultural value and how they are part of life in Egypt. The objects vary, some might be familiar, others you wouldn’t have seen before but both will tell a story. The story of how under the scorching Egyptian sun, one of the oldest civilisations in the world has transformed over time to accommodate modernity as well as staying true to its roots. Nada Dahab is a British Egyptian Creative living in London. Nada works across many disciplines, from Fashion Styling and Art Direction to sessional tutoring at the University for the Creative Arts on developing and realising creative briefs.
5.30pm Film screening Al-Mummia (The Night of Counting the Years), Dir Chadi Abdel Salam (1969), Egypt, 98 mins. Arguably one of the most important Egyptian films ever made, based on the true story of the Abd el-Rasuls, an Upper-Egyptian clan that had been robbing a cache of mummies discovered near the village of Kurna, and selling the artefacts on the illicit antiquities black market.
8.00pm Musical performance by leading oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros
Khalili Lecture Theatre 5.30pm-7.30pm
Film Screening Hepta: The Last Lecture Dir Hadi El Bagoury (2016), Egypt, 112 mins. Dr Shukri Mokhtar is a renowned social psychology specialist, best known for his ability to answer the simplest questions, who decides to give one last lecture about the very simple question: "how do we love?".