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Artists to give performances as occupation of culture ministry continues

Artists’ occupation of the Ministry of Culture building located in Cairo’s Zamalek district enters its second day.

The atmosphere of the dimmed halls of the ministry today morning, Thursday, 6 June, didn’t resemble anything the institution has witnessed over the past decades.

Following the unprecedented move by artists who yesterday entered the ministry and took over its offices in protest against the policies of the newly appointed minister of culture, Alaa Abdel-Aziz, nothing seems to indicate that the artists will leave the building soon.

Around 30 artists spent the night inside the ministry: scenarist Said Fouad, painter Mohamed Abla, publisher Mohamed Hashem, among many others. They plan to continue their occupation of the building until the minister steps down or is dismissed.

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