Hijab-wearing ballerina performs on Alexandria streets to promote tourism

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Ballerina Aya Magdy - a student at Alexandria University - performing dance moves around the Egyptian city to promote tourism. (Photo: Hussein Hossam / Fantasia Photography)
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Ballerina Aya Magdy - a student at Alexandria University - performing dance moves around the Egyptian city to promote tourism. (Photo: Hussein Hossam / Fantasia Photography)
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Ballerina Aya Magdy - a student at Alexandria University - performing dance moves around the Egyptian city to promote tourism. (Photo: Hussein Hossam / Fantasia Photography)
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Ballerina Aya Magdy - a student at Alexandria University - performing dance moves around the Egyptian city to promote tourism. (Photo: Hussein Hossam / Fantasia Photography)
Updated 04 February 2018
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Hijab-wearing ballerina performs on Alexandria streets to promote tourism

ALEXANDRIA: Pictures featuring a 20-year-old Egyptian ballerina wearing a hijab as she performs on the streets of Alexandria have proved popular on social media.
Aya Magdy appears in photographs performing dance moves around the city and on its iconic Stanley Bridge while wearing a headscarf and donning a long-sleeved ballet dress.
Magdy, a law student at Alexandria University, says her aim is to showcase the beauty of her city by performing in front of its most famous sites and encourage tourists to visit.
When asked how people in the street react when seeing her, Magdy said: “They were surprised at first, but soon I began to see admiration in the way they looked at me as they see me perform this beautiful art,” she told the local Youm7 newspaper.
When the photos were posted on a public Facebook page, some people criticized her for dancing and wearing a hijab at the same time.
But Magdy said she wanted to break taboos about ballet dancing in Egypt, and promote it as a form of art.
The idea of taking to Egyptian streets and performing ballet began when the “Ballerinas of Cairo” were spotted posing and performing moves in front of Cairo’s architectural gems.
Magdy says she was inspired by them and wanted to do the same for her city.
See more photos from the shoot by Hussein Hossam / Fantasia Photography here.


For the first time, Tokyo TV to air Saudi anime ‘Woodcutter’s Treasure’

Updated 20 May 2018
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For the first time, Tokyo TV to air Saudi anime ‘Woodcutter’s Treasure’

TOKYO: TV Tokyo will broadcast on Sunday the first episode of Saudi Arabian anime, “The Woodcutter’s Treasure.”
The animated co-production is the first of its kind between Japan’s Toei Animation and Saudi Arabia’s Manga Productions, an affiliated company of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s MiSK Foundation.
The cartoon will run for 13 episodes, each 20-minute-long episode is based on Saudi Arabian folklore and aimed at children and families. The cartoon will be in both Arabic and Japanese.
The Saudi Press Agency said the cartoon will be aired during primetime hours.
A senior producer at TV Tokyo was quoted as saying: “We are delighted that the first episode of The Woodcutter’s Treasure will be shown for the first time on Japanese television, even prior to airing it in the Arab world.
“It's story is of global nature and reminds us of the fascinating ancient stories from Japanese history.”