Cairo, Oct. 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Artistic bands from 30 countries will participate in the fourth Afro-Chinese Arts and Folklore Festival which will be held in Upper Egypt's Aswan Province on Oct. 27-31, Suhair Abdel-Qader, head of the event said on Tuesday.
"The festival will be held in Aswan, the source of heritage and folklore, which was announced by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the African youth capital for 2019," Abdel-Qader told a press conference in Cairo.
The festival will be held under the auspices of several Egyptian ministries including that of culture, tourism, youth and sports and antiquities, with the goal of boosting Egyptian-Chinese-African ties at cultural and touristic levels.
Abdel-Qader noted that art brings together the peoples of Africa and China, "who share brotherhood and love."
The festival's president stressed that all Egyptian ministries have joined forces to make the festival a success, pointing out that the government has been preparing for the festival for seven months.
For his part, Chinese Cultural Counselor to Egypt Shi Yuewen said that the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism has selected Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe, China's first folk dance group, to participate in the festival this year.
He pointed out that the troupe performed in more than 46 countries and both Chinese and Egyptian leaders watched the great performances of the troupe in China.
"The troupe consists of 25 artists and bears the title of 'Flower of Chinese Folk Art'," the counselor said, wishing the festival a great success.
Shi expressed confidence that cultural and human exchanges will reach a remarkable stage, especially with the gathering of artists from China and Africa in Aswan.
"China is keen to strengthen cooperation with Egypt in many fields such as culture, tourism, archeology, youth, sports and others," he said.
Shi added that cultural exchanges between the two countries will be at its best through the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and the long-standing relations between China and Egypt.
Ahmed Awad, head of Egypt's General Authority for Cultural Palaces, said that the festival is a "bridge between Chinese and African cultures."
"The festival is important and it is developing every year. The Egyptian Ministry of Culture provides all support for the success of the festival," he said.
The festival will include film screening, folkloric dance performance as well as intellectual and cultural workshops.
Hanoi, OCT 16 (AP/UNB) — Vietnam has pulled "Abominable" from theaters because the U.S.-Chinese-made animated movie showed a map supporting Chinese claims to the disputed South China Sea.
The image in one scene showed the so-called nine-dash line, a vague and broken outline around the resource-rich waters China claims as its own territory. Those claims overlap with claims by Vietnam and other Asian governments, and an international tribunal in 2016 invalidated China's vast claims in a case brought by the Philippines.
"Abominable," the story of a Chinese girl who helps a yeti get back to its home on Mount Everest, is a collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and China-based Pearl Studio.
It was shown in Vietnamese cinemas for a week before its removal, the state-owned Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Monday.
"We will be more alert and more vigorous in censorship," the head of the government's cinema department, Nguyen Thu Ha, was quoted as saying.
The department is responsible for the censorship of all movies for violence, sex and unfavorable political messages in authoritarian Vietnam.
Trailers and other associated information for "Abominable" have been removed from the Vietnamese distributors' website and social media channels. The movie's trailer and posters were removed from advertising screens in theaters.
The film was also met with criticism from Vietnamese movie fans.
"It is an insult to Vietnam," said student Minh Hieu, who was looking for a movie to watch on Tuesday afternoon.
Another student, Nguyen Mai Huong, said: "I wouldn't watch it even if it still showed in the cinema. The (nine-dash) map is straight-up wrong. And I am absolutely not going to support it."
"Abominable" began playing in the Philippines and other South China Sea claimants Indonesia and Taiwan in early October.
In Manila, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters a decision on continuing to show the movie in the Philipines was up to a government movie censorship board.
The Philippines has tempered its once-vocal opposition to China's assertive claims in the disputed sea since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in mid-2016.
Vietnam's ban of the animated movie comes during an increasingly tense and months-long standoff between its ships and a Chinese survey vessel and escort ships in disputed Vanguard Bank off Vietnam.
New York, Oct 15 (AP/UNB) — The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class.
The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers, T.Rex and Thin Lizzy join Houston and B.I.G. as first-time Rock Hall nominees. The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place May 2, 2020, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Todd Rundgren round out the 16 nominees for the 2020 class. The official inductees will be announced in January.
Acts are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.
Cambridge, Oct 14 (AP/UNB) — Music artist and actress Queen Latifah is among the honorees being recognized by Harvard University this year for their contributions to black history and culture.
Harvard is set to award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Oct. 22, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
Other honorees include poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners.
The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.
Beverly Hills, Oct 12 (AP/UNB) — Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Awkwafina and more stars overcame a dysfunctional teleprompter to toast one another and their charities at a women's luncheon Friday in Beverly Hills.
"I'm fine but Jen (Aniston) is freaking it back there," DeGeneres said as harried staff struggled to fix the broken screens that just a few minutes earlier had Awkwafina nervously winging it ("I can do a little tech support," she offered) before calling someone to just bring up her phone so she could read her speech manually.
But there's nothing like a few comedians to handle technological issues with grace and humor. Both had the crowd in stiches despite the minor chaos happening around them.
The 11th annual Variety Power of Women luncheon honoring Aniston, Awkwafina, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Brie Larson and Disney Television Studios chairman Dana Walden boasted a roster of A-list guests and presenters from DeGeneres, to Natalie Portman and Ryan Murphy who charmed and inspired the well-heeled crowd of entertainers and industry insiders with speeches about their charitable causes and their commitment to empowering women in the industry.
Aniston was introduced by DeGeneres, who kept things light and didn't mention the recent social media uproar around her friendship with George W. Bush.
"What an honor it is for Jen Aniston to receive this from me," DeGeneres said. "In a world where people are angry and mean she is one of the nicest people I've ever met."
Aniston wiped tears away as she recalled meeting a young girl fighting cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"Every child deserves to know that they are seen and heard," she said, remembering a time when an adult told her, at 11, that she didn't have anything interesting to say. She said she carried that sentence with her into adulthood and often finds herself feeling like that 11-year-old at dinners.
"The Morning Show" star said her "Friends" mom Marlo Thomas introduced her to the hospital, which she has been working with for 25 years. And she said the last two years in the industry, following the rise of #MeToo, has made her think a lot about the messages "we send" young kids and girls.
"The things we say and do can either build them up or tear them down and make them feel like maybe their voices don't matter," Aniston said.
She admitted that she never, "Actually thought about myself as powerful. Strong, yes, but not powerful...It's a distinction I've actually been thinking about a lot lately because that word 'power' and its counterpart, 'abuse of power,' keeps coming up in light of what is happening in our country and in our industry — a rebalancing of the scales."
Aniston's speech wasn't the only to touch on cancer. Ryan Murphy, who credited Walden with giving him a chance in television when no one else would, also thanked the Disney executive for being there when he found out his 18-month-old son had a tumor a few years ago. Walden has worked with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center since her own mother was diagnosed a decade ago.
Justice and empowerment were also on the minds of Carey, who spoke about how her own experiences at a performing arts camp helped inspire her to begin Camp Mariah 25 years ago, and Larson, who ceded part of her speech to Equal Justice Initiative operations director Eva Ansley, the woman she plays in the upcoming movie "Just Mercy," about the advocacy organization's founding.
The event, which was put on with the help of presenters like Lifetime and sponsors like Audi, was tamer than in years past when celebrities used their platforms to talk about everything from politics and the patriarchy to Harvey Weinstein.
But Carey managed to thrown in a little spice of her own in remembering how she had to learn how to gain control over her career over the men who wanted to dictate what she wore and who she worked with when she was just starting out.
"I want to thank each woman in this room and all the women who have come forward with their truths, their harrowing experiences, and above all their triumphs over the misogynistic society of corporate (expletives) that we deal with every day," she said.