“TEATRO ESKENDRIA” A New Art and Culture Space Now Open in Alexandria

Cairo, May 14th, 2012 – ” TEATRO ESKENDRIA “, Alexandria’s latest art and culture space has held its primary opening on May, 11th. The space is financed by Dr. Mahmoud Aboudoma, the renowned writer and theater director, in addition to a contribution made by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Egypt and the Culture Resource  (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy).

The 320-square meter, Italian architecture style building dates way back to 1923 in the historic Down Town area. The center offers an extensive variety of cultural activities and services to the Egyptian and the International community such as artistic performances, training courses for the creative sectors, dialogue and debate programmes, Children programmes as well as a cultural café that will surely become a dynamic social meeting point.

The opening ceremony was attended by cultural and developmental foundations in Egypt, among which are the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Egypt, the French Consulate in Alexandria, the Goethe Institute, the Anna Lindh Foundation in Alexandria, the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and the French Institute in Alexandria, in addition to celebrities and fans and supporters of art and culture in Egypt. The crowd enjoyed the performance of “Massar Egbary” band and an outstanding theatrical storytelling performance by the ATG – “Alterative Theatre Group” . The primary opening hosted an exhibition entitled “ Features from the Allurement of the Past” by the artists Ahmed Abd El Ghany and Ayman Aboudoma. The aim of this primary ceremony was to gather the feedback of the culture sector at large on the type of activities and events to be hosted by the space in the future.

“TEATRO ESKENDRIA “ aims to promote the values of freedom of expression, liberalism, critical thinking and the active contribution to modern culture. It also seeks to optimize the potentials and capabilities of middle-class talents as well as encourage positive change that would influence the community and create space for new and non-traditional cultural events.

“TEATRO ESKENDRIA “ will officially launch its services on the 15th of June 2012.