The 12th Cultural Debate - “Folklore in Egypt: Future Perspectives”

From 16 Sep 2015 To 16 Sep 2015 The High Institute of Folklore, Giza

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 cultural debate under the title of “Folklore in Egypt: Future Perspectives”. The debate will be held on Wednesday, 16 of September 2015, at the High Institute of Folklore in the complex of the Academy of Arts, in Giza.

The debate is regarded the 12th and final round of the cultural debates. Implemented under the Support to Cultural Diversity and Creativity in Egypt program, the Cultural Debates project organizes several events at which important issues and topics related to improving the cultural sector in Egypt are raised, and where experts and policy makers are invited to discuss and make recommendations regarding drafting a national cultural policy for Egypt.

As its title suggests, “Folklore in Egypt: Future Perspectives” explores the Egyptian folk arts; bringing to light the challenges the Egyptian folklore faces, and the ways to promote and preserve it. To this effect, the debate will tackle different issues crucial to the promotion of the Egyptian folklore at the present stage. It will also propose recommendations regarding developing an effective cultural policy for the coming period.

Focusing on two main themes, the debate will address important methodological issues in folklore including, compiling and documenting the elements of folklore; seeking inspiration from folklore; the status of folklore as represented by local, regional and international institutions; and the status of folklore within cultural polices. From an educational perspective, the debate will also emphasize the importance of folklore education. Discussions tackling this theme will center on the ways to enhance folklore education through developing school and university curricula.

Bringing together specialists in the field of folklore, scholars, artists, and the media; as well as representatives of government, civil and international institutions, the debate is scheduled to start at 9:00 am and is expected to conclude its events at 6:00 pm.