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Egypt: Opera House Resumes Activities with 40 Concerts

Egypt: Opera House Resumes Activities with 40 Concerts

Saturday, 4 July, 2020 - 11:30
Egyptian Minister of Culture outside the Cairo Opera House
Cairo - Abdel Fateh Faraj

After having suspended all activities over more than three months, the Cairo Opera House will resume its activities with 40 performances to be held in open-air theaters this summer season.

Strict precautionary measures suggested by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture will be taken to protect the fans in attendance.

Major stars from Egypt and the Arab world are scheduled to perform, including Mohamed Mounir, who performed at the opening of the Arab Music Festival on the main stage of the Cairo Opera House last year, Omar Khairat, Ali Al-Hajjar, Medhat Saleh, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and Yahya Khalil.

The live concerts will kick off on July 9th, after three months of online concerts that had been presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture as part of its Stay at Home ... Culture is Between Your Hands initiative, which aimed to encourage citizens to stay at home to curtail the spread of the new coronavirus.

Despite the exceptional circumstances, this season’s diverse and rich performances will alleviate isolation, according to Mohamed Mounir, the media spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, who adds:"All 40 of the new season’s concerts will be held in large open-air theaters that can accommodate performers and allow for compliance with the rules of social distancing.”

The Minister of Culture’s summer program caters to attendees’ diverse tastes, from fans of classical, Arabic, and jazz music, to youth groups.”

He is also keen to point out that "the new concerts will not affect the virtual performances program which the ministry kicked off more than three months ago, especially in light of the Minister's directives to develop them further.

"The Ministry coordinated with the National Media Authority to broadcast the opera concerts live on Egyptian television."

For the first time in months, tickets for shows at the Cairo Opera House can be purchased online through its official website, and, per the Egyptian government’s directives, attendance will be limited to 25% of the venue's capacity.

Attendees will be sanitized upon entry after they have their temperature taken, and social distancing rules will apply.

Attendees are to wear face masks and remain at a safe distance from one another, and the venues will be sanitized and decontaminated before and after each performance.

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