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PRESS RELEASE
Russian Cultural Days Held in Egypt

29-12-2003

Days of Russian Culture have been held with great success in Cairo and Alexandria. They became an important event in bilateral relations attracting the considerable attention of Egyptians.

The last time the Days of Culture of our country were held in the ARE more than 30 years ago in 1972. The present demonstration of the cultural achievements of Russia was a worthy consummation of the extensive program of measures for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Cairo, carried out by the Russian and Egyptian sides during the year.

Egyptians were provided with a possibility to acquaint themselves with the best specimens of Russian art. Performing before them were the Beryozka ensemble, the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra, and our leading musicians and singers laureates of the Tchaikovsky Competition and of other prestigious international competitions.

As part of the Days of Culture, a display, Russian National Traditions, from the Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Art of Russia and a photo exhibition, Russia Today, with sections on the St. Petersburg 300th anniversary celebrations and the life of Muslims in Russia, were on view at the metropolitan Ahmed Shawki Museum and the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Cairo.

Russia's representatives (our delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Culture Vladimir Malyshev) also took part in a round table on the theme "National Cultures as a Phenomenon of Resistance to Total Globalization." Leading scholars and cultural personalities spoke at it from the Egyptian side. Talks were held with senior officials from the ARE Ministry of Culture on the further development of cultural ties, and press conferences were organized for local and foreign journalists.

The sides agreed on the further expansion of contacts in the field of culture. In particular, our side reaffirmed readiness to hold in 2004 in Russia an Egyptian Film Week (in response to the Russian Film Festival held here at the beginning of this year), and Days of Egyptian Culture in 2005.

December 29, 2003

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