The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, south of Cairo, organized two events that included a presentation of the operetta “The Great Night”, and a lecture on the historical secrets of the period of Khedive Ismail’s rule under the title “Ayam Efandina-Days of our Prince”.
Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim, CEO of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), explained that the aim of mounting these events is to emphasize the museum’s role and mission as an educational, enlightening, and societal institution, because these events are considered a revival of heritage and high art from extinction, and help to extend the taste and historical culture of crafts ancient Egyptian handmade.
Dr. Ghoneim pointed out that the lecture was given by Dr. Maged Farag, an Egyptian historian, during which he revealed many historical secrets about the reign of Khedive Ismail, which were not known to the public.
This lecture was attended by a large number of public figures and those interested in culture and a group of officials and prominent personalities, including Eng. Hisham Tawfiq, Minister of the Public Sector Business, Dr. Saleh Al-Sheikh, Head of the Organization and Administration Agency, Hong Jin-wook, Ambassador of South Korea to Egypt, Jose Octavio, Ambassador of Mexico in Cairo, and a number of former ministers. A book signing ceremony was held after the lecture.
The puppetry celebration included the famous operetta “The Great Night” written by the late lyricist Salah Jaheen and composed by the late Sayed Makkawi.
The performance of the operetta was followed by the saxophone by Hong Jin Wook, the South Korean ambassador. The ceremony was attended by many public figures and the actress Yousra.
Translated by Ahmed Moamar