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Cairo 32-20
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As part of this year's Spring Festival, Turkish shadow puppet master, Cengiz Özek, brought his famous shadow theatre play, The Garbage Monster, to Cairo and talks with Ahram Online about it's history and fascination today  
The words are his, and yet they are older than himself, for the Sira Helaleyaa is an accumulative verbal tradition, adapted by each poet to the imagination and sensibilities of their audience

In the heart of downtown Cairo, Settouna, the Queen of Henna, wooed Cairenes with Sudanese folk songs floating through Makan cultural centre in preparation for her third album

Prominent artists from Egypt and Sudan joined forces at the Cairo Opera House in a three-day exhibition celebrating Egypt's cultural heritage

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'As Simple as That' (Bebesata Keda), tells stories of ten passive and active Egyptians during the 18-day uprising in 2011 that led to the ouster of 30 years of Mubarak rule

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Many shy away from the frenzied movements and hypnotic music of zars – Egypt's exorcism ritual – but a bit of understanding may help revive the fascinating ancient cleansing experience

A long history of honouring martyrs has helped the Coptic Church survive despite persecution and tribulations

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Postcards of the Past, Loving Egypt is the latest publication of the renowned Lenhert and Landrock, whose photographic gems are still in the lime light to-date
Ahram Online discovers the story of one of Cairo's most historic bookshops, and the renowned photographic collection behind it


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