Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

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Updated 12 July 2020

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to go ahead in 2021

DUBAI: It has been announced on Sunday that the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature will go ahead in 2021. The festival will feature a programme of both digital and live, physical events, and is scheduled to run from Feb 4 to 6, 2021. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of the UAE’s biggest literary festival held a number of different literature-themed events online, including digitally releasing content from past events and producing a programme of live online events with celebrated authors.

 In light of the success of these virtual-only events during the pandemic, the organizers decided to incorporate physical and digital components to the 13th edition of the festival. 

The “phygital” approach has been taken by fashion weeks and other events, including the BET Awards, over the past few months. 

Dubai Design Week has confirmed this weekend that the sixth edition of its annual festival will be an amalgamation of physical and virtual events. 

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is known for bringing together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof. 

A number of events and festivals have been cancelled recently in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Up until today, the fate of the UAE’s annual literary festival was uncertain. 


 


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Updated 12 August 2020

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

  • The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days
  • Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone"

CAIRO: Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.
The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. 
Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone in Egyptian theatrical performance,” Al-Akhbar El-Youm newspaper reported.
Abdel Dayem said that throughout his career he succeeded in performing complex characters and produced a group of immortal works.
The actor, theater director and professor was the dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Cairo.  
He reportedly married nine times, among them his marriage to Egyptian actor Nada Bassiouny.
Born in 1943, in Assiut region, Upper Egypt, Shafea lived in a village for eight years before moving to Cairo with his father.
His love for acting was met with objection from his father, who was a scholar at Al-Azhar Islamic Institute.
Shafea took part in almost 30 films and played a number of roles in many television series, the most prominent of which are “Omar bin Abdul Aziz”, “Haroun Al-Rasheed”, “Bab Al-Khalq”, “Hadret Al Motaham Aby”, and during last Ramadan he participated in “Layalina 80”.