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STOCKHOLM, July 23, 2018 (News Wires) — Nationalmuseum — the Swedish Museum of Fine Arts and Design in Stockholm — has announced it will reopen to the public on October 13 following a five-year transformation that has added colour, light and new areas for viewing art while highlighting the building’s architectural heritage.

Among key changes, more than 300 windows in the building, most shuttered since the 1930s, have been opened to create light-filled spaces, while the interior design features a new colour scheme that takes its inspiration from the original 1866 design.

Two original courtyards have been reopened for public use, creating space for a strikingly modern elevator tower and a new sculpture courtyard displaying works from the museum’s collection.

Those two courtyards and the entrance hall have been merged into a single, open space that likewise houses a new restaurant featuring original interiors.

Increased display space is another key feature of the transformation, and the main visitor route, which runs in a two-story spiral through the museum, will offer a chronological display of international masterpieces and works by Nordic artists.The newly installed Treasury is home to more than a thousand small objects, including the 600 portrait miniatures in the museum’s collection.

Nationalmuseum will reopen with three temporary exhibitions, highlighted by the first show in the Nordic region of paintings by John Singer Sargent.

“Design Stories” will explore current trends in Swedish design through the work of ten prominent designers, while a presentation by A&E Design will showcase the ergonomic everyday objects created by the design company, which was founded in 1968.

CAIRO, April 18, 2018 (MENA) - Head of the National Council for Women Dr Maya Morsi participated on Wednesday in a round-table talk on "How to make the 2030 Agenda empower women and girls?" as part of the 2nd day of the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality.

Morsi delivered an address through which she shed light on the achievements of the 2030 Agenda particularly as regards to gender equality and the empowerment of women, a statement released by the council said.

Egypt and Sweden are main partners in several programmes that aim at the empowerment of women and girls, she said.

She reviewed the status of women in Egypt over the past 10 years and the achievements reached in this domain, asserting Egypt's abidance by reaching the targets of sustainable development on the empowerment of women.

Egypt is considered the only Arab country participating in the round-table talk attended by Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the Executive Director of the UN-Habitat, Naoko Ishii, the CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka, the Chairperson of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), and Henrik Nordentoft, the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality brings together about 500 key representatives from civil society organisations, governments, business, and academia. The aim is to find solutions, take new initiatives, and strengthen co-operation in the international fight for gender equality.

STOCKHOLM, April 5, 2018 (AFP) — Gant is taking plastic trash from the ocean and turning it into shirts.

The Stockholm-based fashion brand has launched a new “Beacons Project,” consisting of creating a new line of shirts made using upcycled plastic salvaged from the ocean by fishermen in the Mediterranean.

The initiative will see the label partner with Seaqual, a fiber brand that upcycles plastics collected from the sea to make a polyester filament.

“Through Gant Beacons Project we are launching an entirely new process of creating beautiful products with a conscious, sustainable approach, which will further grow and evolve over time,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Brian Grevy.

“We’re determined to take responsibility and to do our part to make our planet better, because the ocean’s business is everyone’s business.”

The shirts resulting from the initiative will span menswear and womenswear, with options for women including a “Bio Oxford Popover Shirt” featuring a flared sleeve, and a “Bio Chambray Shirt” in a button-down style.

Men will also get a “Bio Chambray Shirt” with a box pleat, and a “Bio Indigo Chambray” made using only indigo dye. All shirts in the series will feature buttons and packaging made from recycled materials.

Gant is the latest in a long line of fashion labels turning its attention to the seas recently.

Ocean debris recycler Parley for the Oceans is well known for working recycled plastic into new fashion pieces and collaborating regularly with brands such as G-star and Stella McCartney, but water economy has also become a hot topic within the industry of late.