The Grand Theater of the Egyptian Opera House in Cairo witnessed the closing ceremony of the Cairo Celebration as Culture Capital of the Islamic World, under the patronage of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, which included various activities implemented throughout the year, in cooperation with the Organization of the Islamic World. Education, Science and Culture (ICESCO) and the Ministry of Culture of the Arab Republic of Egypt, as well as the support and coordination of the various Egyptian ministries.
The grand ceremony, which was held on Saturday evening, March 11, 2023, at the Cairo Opera House, saw the attendance of Dr. Salim M. AlMalik, ICESCO Director-General (DG), and Dr. Nevin Al-Kilani, Egyptian Minister of Culture, and the participation of several ministers in the Egyptian government, many accredited ambassadors to Cairo, as well as a group of public figures, artists and the general audience, filling the Grand Theater of the Opera House to its capacity, which exceeds 1500 seats.
The ceremony was preceded by artistic and heritage performances in the courtyard of the Egyptian Opera House, with the participation of the General Authority for Culture Palaces teams, followed by an outstanding artistic concert in the Grand Theatre, which included “Cairo Symphony”, directed by the artist Khaled Galal, mixing in his performance a documentary presentation on the history and heritage of Cairo, which took the audience on a tour to the landmarks, symbols, treasures, and figures of culture and art of the city of Cairo, highlighting its cultural and artistic history as Culture Capital of the Islamic world.
In the second part of the concert, the great singer Medhat Saleh, with the participation of the pianist Amr Selim, and the orchestra led by Maestro Ahmed Amer, performed a group of songs that the audience enjoyed until midnight.