Minister of Culture Inaugurates The First Arajos And Traditional Puppets Forum In The Cultural Park
Abdel Dayem: Heritage Arts is a mark of identity and a source of contemporary inspiration.
Minister of Culture Dr. Inas Abdel Dayem affirmed that heritage arts is a title of identity and a source of contemporary inspirations.
It is worthy of note that the first Arajose and Traditional Puppets Forum is held by the Ministry of Culture - the Supreme Council for Culture headed by Dr. Hisham Azmi, and the National Center for Child Culture, headed by the writer Mohamed Nassef . This forum was inaugurated on the occasion of the first year of the inclusion of Arajose art in the list of UNESCO World intangible cultural heritage and within the celebrations of childhood At Children Cultural Park in Sayeda Zeinab District.
During the celebration, The Minister of Culture Gave its directions to establish a permanent school and workshop for the art of Aragouz and Puppets theater , to provide all support for the activities presented to the visitors of the park, plus, she honored 9 Aragouz players for their efforts in preserving this art including:- The name of Mahmoud Ibrahim Shkoku -received by director Nasser Abdul Ltwab, the name of Saber l- Masry - received by his son Karim, the name of Hamdi Qalioubi - received by his sons Hossam and Yara, Salah Al-Masri, Sayed Al-Suwaisi, Amr Al-Gizawi, Adel Madi - received by Saber Rabie, the youngest Aragouz player Karim Salah Al-Masri and director Nasser Abdel Tawab .
The opening ceremonies included organizing a symposium about the art of Arajose, moderated by Dr. Ahmed Marsy- professor of popular literature, in addition to presenting Alarajoz show directed by Ahmed Ismail.
It is worth mentioning that in November 2018 , the Ministry of Culture succeeded to add the file of “ traditional hand puppets- known as Arajose art “ to the list of the intangible heritage urgent safeguarding of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) . Egypt has registered The arts of “ Al- Sira Al Hillalya – Hilaly Biography 2008 “ An “ Al Tahteeb – The Sticks Gشme 2016 ” to the list of the intangible heritage urgent safeguarding of UNESCO