CAIRO – 15 July 2021: The Abdel Wahab Abdel Mohsen Foundation for Culture, Arts & Development is preparing to hold the eighth Burullus International Symposium for Painting on Walls and Boats.
The symposium will be launched in November 2021, while adhering to all precautionary measures to battle the global pandemic.
The artist Abdel Wahab Abdel Mohsen launched the International Art Symposium in Burullus 7 years ago, as part of his experiment to prove the ability of art to create a broad societal dialogue within villages or cities.
The experience is based not only on unleashing artists to interact with the environment and practice street art, but also on creating direct interaction between the artist, the townspeople and the children.
The city of Burullus is located in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate, in the north of the Egyptian Delta. Lake Burullus is located within the borders of the governorate, with an area of 120,000 feddans.
The lake is connected to the Mediterranean Sea through the Burullus spur, which is 44 meters wide. Its people are famous for fishing, which makes simple wooden boats one of the signs of this small town.
It became one of the traditions of the symposium to paint on boats, and later display them in a special exhibition in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Profits from the boats' sale would go to the development of the city of Burullus.
The founder of the symposium considers that the messages of this annual global event are irrefutable, whether they are aesthetic, civilizational or enlightening messages.Perhaps the most prominent of them is bringing the arts into a state of lively interaction with the people of simple cities.