World Heritage Day.. Egypt Opens Museums, Archaeological Sites for Free


On the occasion of the World Heritage Day, Egypt encourages everybody to visit national museums and archaeological sites on Thursday free of charge.
Upon this decision, Egyptian nationals as well as foreigners residing in Egypt will be able to visit all the archaeological sites for free in this day.
Dr. Rasha Kamal, Director of the Department of Cultural Development and Community Communication at the Ministry of Antiquities, said that an exhibition was opened on Sunday at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Kafr El-Sheikh under the title of “Tales of Heritage from Cairo to Kafr El-Sheikh”.
The exhibition was held in cooperation with the Department of Archeology at Kafr El-Sheikh University and the antiquities ministry.
On Wednesday, a temporary exhibition at Al-Suhaimi House will be set up under the title of “Tales of our street”.
It will include paintings drawn by a group of students of the Faculty of Art Education, as well as a section on the Arajwaz as an Egyptian heritage registered on UNESCO’s heritage list.
The Arajwaz show will be presented for schools’ students and demonstrate the importance of preserving heritage and identity.
The International Day for Monuments and Sites also known as World Heritage Day is internationally held on 18 April each year around the world with different types of activities, including visits to monuments and heritage sites, conferences, round tables and newspaper articles. Each year has a theme, for example the theme for 2017 was sustainable tourism.
The World Heritage Day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983.
It aims to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

Contributed by Nawal Sayed

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