A lot happened on the Cairo cultural scene in 2010. Here, presented in no particular order, are some of the highlights:
A stunning new movie in wide cinematic release addresses the topic of sexual harassment in Egypt. Seeing “678” is, according to some, a civic duty.
“Poppy Flowers,” a small Van Gogh said to be worth US $50 million is stolen from Giza’s Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil museum, spurring false arrests, ardent blame games, an Al-Masry Al-Youm museum series, and, ultimately, the imprisonment, trial and release of Deputy Culture Minister Mohsen Shaalan.
The Cairo Biennale kicks off with a “?” leaving many artists and curators with more questions than answers, a vibrant "off biennale" scene, and many curatorial mishaps.
Two Egyptian novelists are shortlisted for the Arabic Booker.
We said a sad goodbye to Egyptian artist Adli Rizkallah.
The ironically named group "Lawyers without Restrictions" threatens to ban "1,001 Nights," again.