CAIRO – 7 December 2021: Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem and Director-General of ISESCO Salem bin Mohammad al-Malik announced the launch of the celebratory activities of Cairo as the Capital of Culture in the Islamic world for 2022.
The celebrations come within the framework of the program implemented by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
Abdel Dayem said that this choice embodies Egypt's position among the countries of the world. She added that Cairo includes multiple landmarks that expresse the features of human civilization in general, and Islamic heritage in particular. Abdel Dayem also described Cairo as a crossroads of cultures across several eras and as a capital of creativity and a center for thought and art.
Moreover, the minister emphasized that the events target presenting the true image of the Islamic civilization and highlighting the values of coexistence and tolerance, to enhance communication between the peoples of the Islamic world.
Abdel Dayem also praised the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for celebrating the capitals of Islamic countries, utilizing all its effective tools to strengthen relations between them. This stresses the ability of the soft powers to bring about emotional rapprochement and build bridges of communication between peoples, according to the minister.
Minister Abdel Dayem indicated that the celebratory events extend throughout 2022 and include a rich program prepared by the various sectors of the Ministry of Culture, in coordination with ISESCO.
The activities amount to nearly 50 cultural, artistic, intellectual and creative activities that embody the most important features of the Egyptian identity.