The Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Nubia Museum (Yasser Abdelrady, Egypt, ITP 2019)

Written by Yasser Abdelrady, Conservator, Nubia Museum (Egypt, ITP 2019)

On the 23rd November 2022 the Nubia Museum, Egypt, celebrated the silver jubilee of its opening. On this occasion, a special celebration was organised that included a number of cultural and artistic events, amid an intense presence of visitors, students, university professors, local community members and artists.

Guests inside the Nubia Museum, Egypt for the silver anniversary celebrations

That day coincided with Egypt’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which gave the public the opportunity to visit the museum for free on that day.

A number of important official people attended these events, including:

  • Prof. Ayman Othman, President of Aswan University
  • Ambassador: Abd-el-Kader Abdullah, Sudanese Consul in Aswan
  • Dr. Osama Abdel Wareth, First Director of the Nubia Museum – President of the ICOM Egypt.
  • Dr. Thanaa Abotaleb, Dean of the faculty of archaeology, Aswan University.
  • Mr. Abdel Karim Lutfi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education
  • Mr. Najwa Sayed, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture
  • Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed, General Supervisor of the Tourism and Antiquities Office in Aswan
  • Dr. Ahmed Farman, Advisor to the Aswan Governor for Visual Identity and Tourism
  • Dr. Monica Hana, Dean of the Faculty of the Archaeology and Heritage – AASTMT, Aswan.
  • Eng. Eriny Fayez, General Supervisor of African Culture Center, Aswan.
Yasser standing with colleagues outside the Nubia Museum

As for the activities, they included the opening of the Holy Quran by Mr. Hassan Bakry, Curator at Nubia Museum. Then welcoming words from Mr. Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Director of the Nubian Museum, then a number of speeches by the attendees, including Dr. Osama Abdel Wareth, who announced that a protocol had been signed during the activities of the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh regarding the selection of the Nubia Museum among the 5 museums that will be implementing a green museum system.

On the sidelines of the celebration, a number of art exhibitions were organised, including the “First Exhibition of Fine Artists in Aswan” which includes a number of paintings, handicrafts, sculptures, and photographs.

As for the second exhibition, it was for students of the Faculty of Archeology, Aswan University, and it included a number of artistic paintings with a distinctive visual identity for Aswan and Africa.

In addition to they presented a procession in pharaonic costume for men and women in ancient Egypt.

The Institute of Astronomical and Geophysical Research also participated in a lecture on” the archaeological astronomy between the past and present” by Dr. Magda Moheb el deen.

The festivities concluded with artistic performances by the Aswan Folklore Band in Aswan, during which a number of Nubian folk songs and dances were presented.

A number of commemorative photographs were taken of the attendees.