Under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and the Governor of Sharm El-Sheikh

Under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and the Governor of Sharm El-Sheikh: Launching the Fifth Edition of SITFY in mid-November The Minister of Culture: Launching the festival at the City of Peace sheds light on Egypt's ancient civilization and its indescribable creativity worldwide • The Governor of South Sinai: Sharm El-Sheikh is ready to host its guests for launching the festival • Samiha Ayoub: SITFY supports youth and its coming edition emphasizes the challenge of youth • Mohamed Sobhy: Launching the festival supports the idea of tourism security and that Egypt is safe • Mazen El-Gharabawy: The fifth edition is to be held with 50% attendance and with 50% of the budget Under the sponsorship of the Minister of Culture, Dr. Ines Abdel-Dayem, Southern Sinai Governor, General Khaled Fouda, and ITI UNESCO, chaired by his excellency engineer Mohamed Saif Al-Afkham, the fifth edition of SITFY is to be held from 16 to 20 November, 2020, headed by professional Egyptian actor and director, Mazen El-Gharabawy. Most notably, SITFY's fifth edition was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Abdel-Dayem declares that launching the exceptional edition of SITFY at the City of Peace sheds light on Egypt's ancient civilization -and its indescribable creativity- worldwide. Additionally, Abdel-Dayem indicates that the Egyptian theatre is currently witnessing a remarkable progress. Moreover, Abdel-Dayem adds that launching an international theatrical festival at a touristic city highlights numerous lofty values that emphasize the nation's real value worldwide and plays a vital role in enriching the cultural and artistic momentum on the Egyptian arena of creativity. General Khaled Fouda, Southern Sinai Governor, welcomed launching the fifth edition of SITFY 2020, emphasizing the preparations and readiness of Sharm El-Sheikh to host its guests from all countries worldwide, in accordance with the decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers -with 50% attendance. Furthermore, Fouda pointed out that the city is still receiving its guests from all countries worldwide as Sharm El-Sheikh has recorded a good rate -since several months- in addressing the Coronavirus pandemic. Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the cities that haven't recorded recent infections on the level of the governorates and cities of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Governorate of South Sinai. Moreover, Fouda asserts offering different kinds of support for launching that expectional event. El-Gharabawy declares that the fifth edition of SITFY is to be held with 50% attendance and with 50% of the budget, which is regarded as a major challenge for the festival's management board. Moreover, El-Gharabawy indicates that a meeting for the festival's management board and all committee heads is currently underway to emphasize the special preparations for launching that exceptional edition. Veteran actor Mohamed Sobhy, head of the festival's higher committee, declares that launching the fifth edition during November before the end of 2020 is a huge challenge; however, it supports the idea of tourism security and that Egypt is safe. It also reflects the theatre's capability to take the lead in facing challenges, indicating full adherence to all preventive measures taken. Lady of the Arab Theatre, veteran actress Samiha Ayoub -SITFY's honorary president- also assures that SITFY develops and progresses and that launching that edition emphasizes the challenge of youth, which has been the slogan of the festival since its establishment. Currently, the fifth edition highlights the readiness of Egypt to host guests and supports the tourism movement which is on its way to return strongly. General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, held a meeting with SITFY's representatives, including Egyptian professional actor and director Mazen El-Gharabawy -SITFY's founder and president- and Dr. Ingy Al-Bastawi -SITFY's general director-. Moreover, General Mahmoud Al-Soulia, head of the Sharm El-Sheikh Local Council and General AbdelFattah Helmy, the media advisor to the governor attended the meeting.



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