Inauguration of the Egyptian Cultural Week in Australia to mark 60 anniversary on the establishment of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Australia
October 29th, 2009….
Egypt's Ambassador to Australia Omar Metwally and Minister for Multicultural Australian Capital territory Mr. John Hargreaves opened the Egyptian Cultural Week, on October 28th 2009, in Australia on the occasion of celebrating 60 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. The celebration started with dance show by the freedom troupe of Folk Art on the centre stage in Canberra. The Heads of Diplomatic missions accredited to Australia, members of the Egyptian community and representatives from the Australian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture attended the celebration.
Mr. John Hargreaves praised the Embassy's efforts to highlight the distinctive Egyptian cultural elements to the Australian audience as well as its keenness to ensure the success of cultural festivals organized by Australia through bringing Egyptian Art troupes. The Australian Minister recalled the distinct contribution of Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra in the Multicultural Festival in Canberra in 2008, and Egypt's participation with the film of Yacoubian Building in Canberra International Film Festival in 2007. He added that his participation in the opening ceremony of the Egyptian Cultural Week this year marks a good conclusion for his position, as he decided to retire by the end of October 2009.
Following the show, the Egyptian Ambassador and Australian Minister inaugurated the exhibition of paintings held in the main hall of Multicultural Centre, of a group of Egyptian Artists, such as Mustafa Kamal, Yasser Nabil, Emad Shafiq, and Nabil Mustafa. The attendance commended the paintings and its presentation. The Ambassador also held a reception attended by the Australian Minister and Senior Officials of the Ministry of Multicultural affairs, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Diplomatic missions, in addition to members of the Egyptian community in Canberra.