Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/Culture/rss.xml en CNN: Bridget Jones is back with a baby and daddy drama http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470717 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/06/29/504802/bridget_jones.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Bridget Jones is having a baby and Universal Pictures has released a new trailer ahead of &quot;Bridget Jones&#39;s Baby&quot; September 16 due date.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the trailer, Jones (Renee Zellweger) struggles with the uncertain paternity of her unborn child.<br /><br />Is the father her one-night stand, Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey), or her longtime love, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth)?<br /><br />Despite that mystery, Jones appears to love the attention as the two men fight over her.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s like the final of the &#39;X-Factor,&#39;&quot; Dr. Rawling (Emma Thompson) laughs. &quot;01 if you want it to be Mark and 02 if you want it to be Jack!&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This will be the third film in the Bridget Jones franchise. The first, &quot;Bridget Jones&#39;s Diary&quot; premiered in 2001 and earned Zellweger an Oscar nomination.<br /><br />The 2004 sequel, &quot;Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,&quot; didn&#39;t fare as well with critics but went on to gross more than $262 million.</div> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:57:00 +0000 CNN 2470717 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/29/504802/bridget_jones.jpg 'Alwanat' arts group launches first Upper Egyptian ballet school in Minya http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470663 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/06/27/16030/image_0.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Alwanat (Colors) youth group for culture and art has launched the first professional ballet school in Upper Egypt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We are an independent group comprising young people with different artistic talents. Our main goal is to breathe life into marginalized communities and to eliminate ignorance and extremism through the dissemination of art, making it an integral part of the lives of ordinary people,&quot; Alwanat founder, Marco Adel said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Our motto is: We will change through art&quot;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Starting a ballet school was one of the Alwanat team&#39;s biggest dreams, given that Minya Governorate and Upper Egypt more widely have lacked exposure to the art form, Adel said. Though ballet was introduced to Egypt generations ago, it has scarcely left the theaters of Alexandria and Cairo.</p><div>Adel expressed his hope that the new school would reach international fame.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The school&#39;s first batch of students consists of 41 girls and one boy, who are to be trained by professional ballet coaches. The school accepts students between 4 to 18 years old who meet certain criteria, such as muscle flexibility, according to Adel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;A lot of people warned us against opening a ballet school in such a conservative part of the country where ballet would be alien to the community,&quot; he went on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;But we got an unexpectedly warm welcome and a lot of encouragement from the people of Minya. There was a high turnout of applicants for the school&#39;s first intake, which shows just how deprived and neglected the governorates of Upper Egypt have been in many fields,&quot; he concluded.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:13:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2470663 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/06/27/16030/image_0.jpeg Free entry to museums, archaeological sites on June 30 http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470659 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2014/05/08/484151/image.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has declared that entry to all museums and archaeological sites nationwide will be free of charge on June 30 for Egyptians and non-Egyptians during working hours.</p><p>The Antiquities Ministry announced in May that free museum entry will be seen increasingly often as the ministry encourages Egyptians to visit museums and explore their heritage.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The decision was published in the official gazette on Monday, in addition to an announcement that Thursday will be an official holiday.</p><p dir="ltr">Thursday marks the third anniversary of the June 30 revolution which toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsy.</p><p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:05:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2470659 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2014/05/08/484151/image.jpg Kennedy Center honorees include Pacino, the Eagles http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2470613 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/05/19/43/r.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Multifaceted actor Al Pacino, acclaimed for his movie roles as a mob boss, a druglord and even Satan, is among the performers to receive this year&#39;s Kennedy Center Honors, one of America&#39;s top awards in the arts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pacino joins a wide-ranging group of musicians &mdash;&nbsp;rock band the Eagles, rhythm-and-blues legend Mavis Staples, singer-songwriter James Taylor and pianist Martha Argerich &mdash;&nbsp;on the roster of Kennedy Center award winners announced Thursday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>President Barack Obama will receive the honorees at the White House for the 39th annual gala on December 4, and footage of the star-studded event will air in a primetime special on December 29.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;These honorees represent what is possible when creativity is not just cultivated, but unleashed,&quot; Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein said in a statement.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pacino&#39;s nomination comes as little surprise: The star of &quot;The Godfather&quot; trilogy has long been considered one of America&#39;s finest actors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Al Pacino has embodied some of the most powerful characters of our time on both the stage and the silver screen,&quot; said Rubenstein.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Eagles might also seem overdue, if only because the band was to have received the award last year but had to withdraw because of frontman Glenn Frey&#39;s failing health.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Frey had planned to attend this year&#39;s celebration but died in January.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The Eagles&#39; ambitiously themed albums epically merged the American West and rock n&#39; roll, paving the way for unconventional music makers and artists to come,&quot; said Rubenstein.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Three more solo musicians filled out the group, including gospel and blues singer Staples, whose music &quot;served as a musical backdrop&quot; to the Civil Rights movement, Rubenstein noted.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The chairman called Taylor &quot;one of the defining musical figures of our time,&quot; dubbing his music &quot;the soundtrack of our country.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born in Buenos Aires, Argerich made her US debut in 1965 and went on to become &quot;one of the greatest pianists of the 20th and 21st centuries,&quot; said Rubenstein.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:41:00 +0000 AFP 2470613 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/19/43/r.jpg