The Ambassador of Egypt in Serbia, Amr Aljowaily, hosted the National Day celebration, attended by Speaker of the National Assembly, Deputy Prime Ministers, Ministers of Interior, Labor and Technological Development among a large number of prominent figures from the political, cultural, economic, social and media circles in Serbia, in addition to accredited ambassadors of the diplomatic corps.
“The hosting of the National Museum for the celebration is a most commendable initiative recalling that last year the National Theater also hosted the National Day of Egypt, which reflects the unique appreciation of the Egyptian civilization in Serbia”, Aljowaily highlighted, He added that distinguished invitees were given a special guided tours by renowned Serbian Egyptologists of the ancient Egyptian artifacts in the museum, especially the “Belgrade Mummy (Nesmine)”, which was recently moved from its previous location at the University of Belgrade. “In recognition of the initiative of Mrs. Bojana Boric Breskovic Director of the National Museum, the renowned Reda Folkloric troop of Egypt performed a number of traditional dances, one of which honored the Serbian and Egyptian flags at the Atrium of the Museum, demonstrating the friendship between the two countries”, said Aljowaily.
The Ambassador of Egypt in Belgrade highlighted that the celebration was not limited to the history of ancient Egypt but also presented the features of contemporary Egyptian civilization through the performances of the Reda band and classical Arabic music performed by famous artist Shady Shamel, currently visiting Serbia for joint artistic productions, while the Barili choir headed by Mrs. Katalin Tasic performed the Egyptian national anthem after intensive practice for performing it in Arabic.
The celebration also included Virtual Reality experiences by CEO of VR-All-Art, Vitomir Jevremovic. enabling browsing Egyptian antiquities available in the public domain, including those available by lead cultural institutions in Egypt attempting to digitize the cultural heritage of Egypt to make it accessible to those interested in it electronically, also addressing the youth generation as future leaders. Ambassador of Egypt in Belgrade Amr Aljowaily commended the initiative of the National Museum to devote a special section to the “Belgrade Mummy” as a model of cultural cooperation between the two countries, revealing that there are many ideas currently being explored to utilize the advanced industry of information and communication technology in Serbia to bring Ancient Egyptian antiquities to the wider Serbian public through virtual and augmented reality.
In his address to the audience, Aljowaily reviewed the positive developments in the Egyptian-Serbian relations during the past two years. He praised the exchange of high-level visits between Speakers of the two parliaments, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, the establishment of the Joint Business Council for the first time, as well as pioneer cultural activities, revealing that the coming period will witness the convening of the Joint Economic Commission after 9 years, including the signing of several agreements and bilateral memorandums of understanding.
The Ambassador of Egypt invited the attendees to continue celebrating the National Day in the framework of the activities of the Second Cultural Month of Egypt throughout July in the four corners of Serbia. . It features artistic and intellectual events alike.