The Cultural Debates: A Vision for an Egyptian Cultural Policy (The 2nd Workshop)

From 27 Aug 2015 To 28 Aug 2015 Misr Public Library, Port Said

In collaboration with the European Union, and within the framework of the Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt program, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) is organizing a new workshop under the theme of “A Vision for an Egyptian Cultural Policy”. The event will be held between  27–28 of August, 2015 at Misr Public Library in Port Said.

The event acquires its major significance from being the second in a series of workshops which aim to draft a cultural policy for Egypt, to be further presented to the Egyptian authorities for discussion and adoption. As the Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt program nears completion, the drafting of a national cultural policy for Egypt emerges as one its main assets; brought to fruition by the Cultural Debates activity which discusses ways of improving the cultural sector in Egypt, and where experts and policy makers are invited to discuss and make recommendations regarding drafting a national cultural policy for Egypt.

Through its scheduled 12 debates, which examined various themes from the Egyptian cultural scene, the Cultural Debates project successfully managed to create a think-tank consisting of young and senior intellectuals, cultural operators, artists, ministry officials and public authorities amongst others, to assess the current cultural situation; the main players in the country and the challenges to be addressed. Whilst these debates form the main activity of the Cultural Debates, the workshops emerge as a key-element in the project and as an important follow-up to what has been achieved, as they are specifically designed to discuss the results of the cultural debates; with each of the four scheduled workshops focusing on examining three previous debates. Taking the results of the debates into account, participants at the workshops will engage in a structured dialogue to make recommendations on drafting an Egyptian cultural policy. Furthermore, a final workshop will be conducted for final review and discussion of the produced draft.

The 2nd workshop of the Cultural Debates extends over a period of two days. The first day starts with an opening speech that would be followed by a review of three of the cultural debates that have been implemented within the project. Furthermore, the workshop will place a special emphasis on Sinai and the canal cities, as it will explore their culture and the means to revive their heritage.

The event will be attended by Dr. Khaled Azab; director of the Special Projects Department at BA, and Dr. Sameh Fawzy director of the Center for Development Studies at the BA. An elite group of intellectuals, writers, poets and representatives of the civil society and various cultural institutions are also participating in the event.