Events at UNESCO to celebrate "Khartoum, Arab Cultural Capital 2005"A conference entitled Meroe and Nubia: Archaeology and Civilization, a concert of Sudanese music and an exhibition of Nubian heritage in Sudan will take place at UNESCO on November 7.
The Meroe and Nubia: Archaeology and Civilization conference will be opened (5.30 p.m. in Room XI) by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, by the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Kuwait to UNESCO, Abdulrazzak Al-Nafisi, who is also the President of the Consultative Committee of the Arabia Plan, and by Abdelbasit Badawi El Sanosi, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Sudan to UNESCO.
The conference will include the following presentations: History and Archaeology of the Ancient Sudanese Civilizations, by Professor Jean Leclant, member of the Institut de France, Professor at the Collège de France and author of the recent Dictionnaire de l'Antiquité; Decoding the Language of Meroe, the Language of the Sudanese Pharaohs, by Claude Rilly, researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Archaeological Sites of Nubia: UNESCO’s action, by Anna Paolini of UNESCO’s Culture Sector.
The exhibition Nubian Heritage in Sudan will be opened at 7 p.m. (Lobbies of Rooms X and XI) and will remain on show until November14. A concert of Sudanese music will take place at 7.30 pm in Room I.
This day of celebration is being organized by the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue in cooperation with the permanent delegation of Sudan to UNESCO and the Arab Group at UNESCO, as part of UNESCO's Arabia Plan, which promotes dialogue between Arab culture and other cultures in the world, and of “Khartoum, Arab Cultural Capital 2005”.
The previous Arab cultural capitals were: Riyadh (2000), Kuwait City (2001), Amman (2002), Rabat (2003) and Sanaa (2004). The next Arab cultural capitals will be: Muscat (2006) and Algiers (2007).
Photo © UNESCO/Alexis N. Vorontzoff. Khartoum Museum, bust of pharao's servant.