During his recent sojourn in France, the Cairo Opera Orchestra Director Nader Abbasi became the first Egyptian to conduct the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra on five evenings for the Opera Maria Golovine, bringing Menotti to life with what the French press hailed as unprecedented vigour.
The celebrated artist George Bahgory has received the King Abdullah II of Jordan award, a distinguished award that pays homage to the work of a great Egyptian artist who, else, has not been sufficiently honoured in his own homeland. This timely and much deserved award comes at a most opportune moment -- with fast-paced political developments in the region. The ramifications of these political reforms have a powerful impact on cultural production and artistic work in the region. Bahgory, a native of Luxor, the ancient Thebes, in many ways personifies contemporary Egyptian art. It is uplifting to note that Egypt's neighbours deeply appreciate his work.