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Alexandrina International Book Fair realizes a dream long conceived by Alexandrian intellectuals. This dream came true right after the inauguration of the BA in 2002, by setting out an international book fair: the Alexandrina International Book Fair. The Book Fair has vigorously succeeded in drawing attention to the city of Alexandria and its intellectual figures. It has also created a vibrant cultural stir that increases year by year with the growing number of participants whether publishing houses from all parts of the world, or intellectual celebrities who are keen on being part of the Book Fair cultural program. A section selling old and used books (Sour el-Azbakeya) has been added as part of the Fair to cater for young people’s needs to find books that are relatively inexpensive. This section receives a large number of visitors, both young and old, seeking rare and out of print books. The Fair invites one country every year as its guest of honor, highlighting its culture and heritage, as well as its key intellectuals and thinkers.
The BA Arts Center has organized the First Round of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale for Miniature Graphics from 9 December 2009 to 25 January 2010. The call for participation was widely welcomed by artists from all over the word. The First Round of the Biennale features approximately 500 miniature prints by 120 artists from 40 countries. The Biennale is an amazing display of technical, aesthetic and symbolic innovations. Being an international event, styles ranging from amazing realism to reductionism, and from minimalism to abstraction are all included. At the end of the event, each artist will donate 3 miniature prints to the BA art collection, and a catalog will be printed featuring all art pieces.
The Agenda exhibition coincides with another important artistic gathering held at the BA, the annual Creative Forum for Independent Theater Groups from Europe and the Mediterranean. The Agenda 2009 edition witnessed an impressive participation from artists, exhibiting more than 600 art pieces. The works of artists, representing different generations, turned the event into a panoramic scene of methods, techniques and motifs of expression. Moreover, artists are encouraged to sell their artworks for reasonable prices to make art available to a wider public. The Exhibits reflect diversity and merge creativity with imagination.
After its success in 2006 with the participation of 12 participant artists from 3 countries, the Alexandria International Symposium for Sculpture in Natural Materials is held as an annual event using a different material every year. The Symposium round in 2007 was dedicated to marble gathering 13 artists from 3 countries. In 2008, 15 artists from 5 countries used wood for sculpture. As for the Symposium round in 2009, 22 artists from 6 countries worked on sculptural mosaics producing 23 art pieces. The event is marked by a 15-day workshop, where artists work together closely to produce their works, with the help of student volunteers and the visual arts team at the Arts Center. The workshop is concluded with a spectacular exhibition at the BA Plaza featuring the symposium works. At the end of the exhibition period , all art works are added to the fast growing permanent art collection at the BA and are exhibited all around the premises. To date, the four symposium rounds produced 63 art works.
The Documentation of the Ministry of Awqaf Drawings
This is an ongoing joint project between the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) and the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments). The main objective is to document and classify the information from a collection of about 450 drawings and plates from the Ministry of Awqaf. These drawings, which are of m...
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a...
Digital Manuscript Library
The publication of digital manuscript sets comes in conformity with the BA's mission to adopt modern digital technologies. The Digital Manuscript Library project aims at publishing the manuscript treasures of Arabic heritage in digital form. The year 2007 witnessed the release of the fifth and sixth sets of the Digital Man...
Access to Knowledge (A2K)
In fulfillment of its mission as a center of excellence for the dissemination of knowledge and for dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and people, the BA has developed a growing interest in issues relating to access to knowledge (A2K), promotion of innovation and creativity, and intellectual property (IP)...
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project to bring together, on infinitely expandable web pages, information about all of the approximately 1.9 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms on Earth. As a collaborative effort of tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world, the EOL project a...
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digital books and collections.