06 March, 2019



A tribute, hosted by The American University in Cairo (AUC), as part of its yearlong centennial celebration, in commemoration of Egypt’s 1919 Revolution and the inspiring art of the legendary Sayed Darwish.

The day-long celebration will include a press conference, lectures by prominent figures, an art exhibition and a musical concert.

The press conference will highlight AUC's role in commemorating the 1919 Revolution. This will include discussing AUC's archival collection project of the original lyrics of Sayed Darwish’s songs of the Revolution, the students' exhibition, and the role of the Rare Books and Special Collection Library in preserving, archiving and digitizing the heritage of the Revolution such as photos, maps and books.

Speakers are Alaa Eldin Edris, associate provost for research, innovation and creativity at AUC; Wael El Mahalawi, associate professor, Department of the Arts; Naglaa Samir, associate professor of practice, Department of the Arts and Amr Kamel, assistant director, Rare Books and Special Collection Library. A tour of the student exhibition will take place after the conference *The press conference will be held in Arabic.

This will be followed by discussions by distinguished speakers who will discuss the events that led up to the eruption of the 1919 revolution; the impactful role of women; and the aftermath and the socio-economic and public forces landscape at the time.

Speakers are Mostafa El Feki, director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, professor of gynecology at Cairo University and political activist; and Sania Sharawi, novelist and the granddaughter of feminist and women’s rights activist Huda Sharawi.

The discussions will be followed by a concert showcasing a compilation of the most influential songs written for the revolution in a historic archive of lyrics, musical notations and multi-track recordings. The concert features Eskenderella with lead singer Hazem Shaheen and the AUC Ferqa with lead singer Nesma Mahgoub ’13. The concert is directed by AUC Professor Wael El Mahallawy.


Saturday, March 9, 2019, Oriental Hall and Ewart Memorial Hall

Press conference from 2:00 pm till 3:30 pm; Oriental Hall

Discussions from 5:00 till 7:00 pm; Ewart Memorial Hall

Musical Concert from 8:00 till 10:00 pm; Ewart Memorial Hall