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How this youth group plans to put Upper Egypt on cultural map

In hopes of shining a spotlight on Egyptian culture, a group of Egyptian artists has started a new center for children to provide cultural programs and activities unfamiliar to Upper Egypt.
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“We dream of breaking down centralization and presenting all kinds of arts in Minya and Upper Egypt. We believe it is possible to achieve our dream here in our own country. We dream of being the reason for the society's change of perception of Upper Egypt. We want society to see how beautiful Upper Egypt is and discover its talents and creative energies.” These are the goals set by a youth group in Minya, which formed a cultural group called Alwanat (Arabic for "colors").

Alwanat seeks to promote all forms of art through initiatives and new and innovative ideas. The group started organizing art activities inside the city of Minya and then moved between the province’s centers, hoping to extend the scope of its activities across all of Upper Egypt’s north and south provinces.

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