Egyptian Culture Minister Enas Abdel-Dayem and ISESCO Director General Salim bin Mohammad Al-Malik at press conference in Cairo on Tuesday (photo courtesy of the Egyptian cabinet)
The minister’s remarks came at a press conference held on Tuesday where Cairo was announced as next year’s cultural capital for countries in the Islamic world.
Abdel-Dayem declared that Cairo is a city of diversity and cultural richness reflecting many salient features of human civilization in general and of Islamic civilization in particular, as it has always been a meeting point of civilizations, ancient and modern, and a unique center of art, intellect and creativity.
The Director General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Salim bin Mohammad Al-Malik, participated in the meeting held in the small opera hall of the Cairo to clarify the details marking the start of the festivities.
The many cultural activities of the event are all dedicated to presenting a true image of Islamic culture, promoting the values of coexistence and tolerance as well as promoting interaction between Islamic countries, the minister said.
She further praised ICESCO’s role in supporting the celebration, noting that all included programs will begin in February.
The agenda contains 50 cultural events covering multilateral aspects showcasing Egyptian culture and tradition, Abdel-Dayem said.
The practice of choosing a capital of Islamic culture strengthens ties between peoples, initiates a creative dialogue between them, encourages intellectual communication between citizens of Islamic nations, capitalizes on the rich shared Islamic heritage, promotes tolerance and coexistence, and offers a factual picture of the ancient Islamic civilization.