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African Cultural Center Unveils New Open Theatre to Celebrate Aswan Dam's 50th Anniversary

To commemorate the Aswan High Dam's construction in 1970, the African Cultural Center in Aswan is celebrating its 50th anniversary by creating another grand structure— a new open air theatre.

Did you know that the Aswan High Dam was 50 years old as of 2020? We don't blame you if you missed the memo. We had a lot on our minds. But with the new year, there's a new chance to revisit some of the stuff we missed out on.

To commemorate the Aswan High Dam's construction in 1970, the African Cultural Center in Aswan is celebrating its 50th anniversary by creating another grand structure— a new open air theatre. The theatre is set to be unveiled in 2021 and will be located near the Aswan Reservoir. It is meant to host all the centre’s major celebrations, festivals, musical and theatre performances, and will have a capacity of 2,500 people.

Aswan was named as the capital of African Youth back in 2019, and is currently undergoing multiple development projects to integrate African heritage into its cityscape. The theatre will be built in part by the Ministry of Irrigation (since it's a tribute to their Dam, after all).


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