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Agony and Creativity

CAIRO, July 8, 2018 - An exhibition entitled "Agony and Creativity" by Egyptian artist Saleh Saleh will open its doors on July 11 at 7pm in the Word Hall of the El-Sawy Cultural Centre, at the end of July 26th St, Zamalek.

Saleh is the Arts adviser of the Al-Gomhuria newspaper and Horeyati magazine – sister publications of The Egyptian Gazette. His exhibition will run until July 19.

SAINT PETERSBURG, June 21, 2018 (News Wires) - Footballers have become icons of the modern age, their achievements used to formulate legends around them, similar to those created around the great kings and military men of days and years gone by.

With their heydays consigned to history, one of the only ways to admire those historical figures is by looking at great portraits painted and hung in museums - and now that privilege has been extended to some of the best footballers ever.

A new exhibition unveiled in Russia - currently host of the 2018 World Cup - has seen the likes of Mohamed (Mo) Salah, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa immortalised in paint and canvas, with a twist.

The art project has opened in the Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, featuring work by Italian artist Fabrizio Birimbelli.

The project, which opened on June 20 and will run throughout the remainder of the World Cup, presents a series of paintings of world football stars and coaches in historical uniforms, and includes more than 40 portraits.

The heads of Ronaldo, Messi and more are placed onto grand military uniforms, the sort usually seen in paintings of 18th century kings and generals.

There are several nods to the players portrayed however, in the uniforms they are painted in - Maradona has a blue and white armband, while Salah has the badge of the Egypt national team on his uniform.

Ronaldo has a medal designed to resemble the Real Madrid logo, while former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has the badge of the Red Devils large across his chest.

There is some artistic licence taken with some of the likenesses too - Costa and Jurgen Klopp are given flourishes to their facial hair, curled moustaches which do not really exist (but would be great to see in real life).

The portrait of Paul Pogba has the Manchester United and France midfielder with the tricolour flag represented in his hair. While Pogba is known for his exotic hairstyles, he has not yet chosen this ultra-patriotic design - but we wait to see what his stylist might come up with should Les Bleus progress deep into the World Cup.

Tokyo, May, 3, 2018 - The waterfall appears to run down the wall of a room and across the floor, but the flow is an illusion -- a digital exhibit at a new interactive museum in Tokyo.

The flower-filled waterfall is the work of Japanese collective teamLab, known internationally for their innovative "digital art" that combines projections, sound and carefully designed spaces to create other-worldly, immersive experiences.

After exhibitions around the world, they are opening this summer a museum dedicated entirely to their unique brand of artwork.

By A’laa Koddous Allah

The Spring Flowers Exhibition at the Orman Garden represents a standing invitation to all the lovers of flowers, trees, shrubs, landscaping and gardens to visit it and enjoy a special day.
The exhibition is held every year and the 85th edition was inaugurated at the Orman Garden near Cairo University early this month.
The show is always a colourful mixture of flowers, green spaces, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic plants and fruits.
“I enjoy going to the exhibition every year,” Zeinab Mohamed, a bride-to-be, told the Egyptian Mail. “I always buy different kinds of ornamental plants and flowers.”  
Zeinab said that she hopes she could have her wedding photo session at the exhibition, as it has amazing scenery.  
The Orman Garden was established in 1875 during the reign of Khedive Ismail in order to supply palaces with fruit and vegetables. The garden was part of the Khedivial Palace.
The Khedive imported a variety of trees and flowering plants from all over the world for the garden which was designed by French engineers.
Th Orman Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world and the exhibition has more than 600 kinds of rare plants and perennial trees.It also has a centre for training students in the Faculty of Agriculture on rare species of ornamental plants and flowers.
There are 131 companies participating in the exhibition which is held on 28 acres of land.
Ministries and affiliates of government agencies are participating in the exhibition, as well as charity associations, landscaping companies and companies in the business  of ornamental products and garden supplies.
The exhibition also has a number of companies  involving Egyptian co-operation with other countries. They include Egyptian-Syrian and Egyptian-Jordanian as well  as Egyptian-German and Egyptian-Dutch firms.
“We specialise in producing  landscape plants and we have plants that have been introduced for the first time in the Spring Flowers Exhibition, such as the Oud Al-Zaitoun,” said Sayyed Fathy, who owns a nursery and takes part in the exhibition every year.
He added that his company also imports seeds from the Netherlands, Italy and Germany and they have bookings for making landscapes for villas and tourist villages.
The exhibition will remain open till April 25.



PARIS, March 27, 2018 - The Paris-based Arab World Institute is to witness on Wednesday the inauguration of a big exhibition that highlights the history of Suez Canal. Entitled " the Suez Canal epic: from the pharaohs to the 21st century”, the exhibition will be open from March 28 to August 5.

The display will open its doors to the public on Wednesday while its official inauguration would take place on April 5 in the presence of the Culture Minister, Inas Abdel Dayem, and the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The exhibition will display the history of the Suez Canal from the era of Egypt's Pharaohs until its nationalisation during the rule of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

CAIRO, March 22, 2018 - The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Tarek Qabil, on Thursday said that the Africa Trade Show, which would be held in Egypt on December 11-17, was expected to attract 1,000 exhibitors and 160,000 African and Egyptian visitors.

In press conference in the Rwandan Capital of Kigali, on the sidelines of the African Union Summit for launching an African free trade zone, Minister Qabil said that the exhibition will be a hub for all Egyptian and African traders and exhibitors to discuss challenges facing investors in Africa, means of boosting joint trade and investment opportunities and facilitating trade exchange, as the volume of inter-African trade exchange dropped to $38b in 2017 against $63.4b a year earlier.

The exhibition will be organised by Egypt in co-operation with the African Union and the African Export-Import Bank.

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