Culture and Education
Egypt and Kenya are bound by time-honored cultural relations as the two countries boast a unique cultural heritage. In the last few years, cultural institutions in both countries have begun to hold festivals, activities and art shows that have played a great part in bringing the peoples of Egypt and Kenya closer to each other and learning more of their cultures. The agreement, inked between Egypt and Kenya within promoting cultural cooperation between Nile Basin countries, has contributed to furthering cultural exchange between the two nations.
- At the Seventh Luxor African Film Festival held in March 2018, Egypt, Kenyan documentary “New Moon” by filmmaker Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann was screened at the Festival. In the documentary, Herrmann embarks on a journey to the coastal city of Lamu, reflecting the changes of the community after Lamu turned from a small town into a huge port town.
- The 12th session of Cairo International Animation Forum, organized by the Cultural Development Fund Sector of the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Egyptian Animation Society, hosted Kenyan animation filmmaker Kwame Nyongo. His animation “The Legend of Ngong Hills” was screened at the Forum, and then a seminar was organized on animation in Africa.
- Luxor African Film Festival has picked Kenya as the guest of honor at the Festival in its upcoming ninth session due in 2020.
- In June 2019, the General Authority of Cultural Palaces of Egypt participated in Nairobi International Cultural Festival that was held with the participation of 23 countries from around the globe. Egypt’s Sohag Troupe for Arab Music represented Egypt in the activities, performing some Egyptian songs led by maestro Khaled Habashi.
- In March 2019, the Egyptian Embassy in Nairobi took part in Kenya’s National Theatre’s celebration of World Theatre Day. In a speech delivered on the occasion, the Egyptian Embassy reiterated the importance Egypt attached to promoting cooperation and understanding among African nations, within Egypt’s presidency of the African Union, highlighting the role of arts and culture in that respect. The Embassy welcomed Kenyan theatrical troupes to perform shows in Egypt, particularly on the stages of Egypt’s New Opera House to be opened in the New Administrative Capital. In fact, Egypt’s participation in Kenya’s National Theatre’s celebration of World Theatre Day is the second after an Egyptian troupe participated in Kenya’s Global Theatre Festival in October 2018. The step is part of Egypt’s efforts aimed at promoting cultural exchange between the African peoples, being one of the priorities of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union.
- Within the distinguished relations binding Egypt and Kenya, Egypt has announced that it will intensify participation in the upcoming cultural festivals and events taking place in Kenya. Kenya has hailed the step and the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage has reiterated the country’s interest in benefiting from Egypt’s expertise in administering museums.
- From December 27, 2010 to January 2, 2011, Kenya’s Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka led a high-level delegation to Egypt. During the visit, Mr. Musyoka visited Alexandria University with the attendance of Hend Hanafi (PhD), President of the University, and Richard Mibey, Vice-Chancellor of Kenya’s Moi University. During the visit, the two universities signed a new cooperation protocol on the exchange of teaching staff, journals, and researches, in addition to participating in related academic conferences in both universities.
Games are one of the most influential activities that promote social, economic and political relations among peoples in the world, in general and in Africa, in particular. Recently, Egypt has been working on utilizing all means leading to bringing African peoples closer to each other.
- In this context, Wadi Degla Club opened in October 2016 a new branch in Nairobi, Kenya to be the first Egyptian club ever to take such a step. This comes within a plan by the management of the club for expansion outside Egypt, as the plan targets opening 20 branches in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania.
- The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Egypt organized in September 2018, in collaboration with the Arab League “The Nile Ship for Arab Youth and Nile Basin Countries”. The number of participants hit 220 youths representing 24 African and Arab countries. The participants visited the city of Aswan, the High Dam and Philae Temple within the programs of “Cairo: Capital of Arab Youth 2018” held under the banner “One Dream, One Goal”. The participants made a briefing on each country, its culture, traditions and habits, landmarks and relations linking it with Egypt in the ancient and modern times.
- On June 9, 2019, the Egyptian Ambassador in Nairobi Khaled Al-Abiad met with Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Sports, Culture and Heritage Amina Mohamed and discussed the arrangements of the Africa Cup of Nations, which Egypt hosted from June 21 to July 19, 2019 with the participation of Kenya Football National Team (the Harambee Stars) for the first time in 15 years. The Kenyan Minister said she would look forward to visiting Egypt to attend the 2019 AFCON. She also voiced her interest in furthering cooperation with Egypt in the area of sports via the exchange of expertise between the two countries.