In line with its commitment toward the community development and specifically toward the Egyptian youth, the Commercial International Bank – Egypt (CIB-Egypt) sponsors the fourth edition of the Upper Egypt International Salon, for the second year in a row, which is held by the Faculty of Fine Arts in Luxor. The salon hosts more than 13 Arab and foreign countries, from which 141 artists display their artworks of different art and cultural fields at the Salon workshop.
The Upper Egypt Salon is held from March 30th till the end of April and includes workshops for the visual arts, educational art seminars and documentaries. The opening ceremony witnessed the significant presence and participation of senior officials, on top of which Dr. Abbas Mohamed Mansour, South Valley University President, Dr. Khaled Sorrour, Head of Fine Arts and Dr. Mohamed Orabi, Dean of Fine Arts Faculty and President of the Upper Egypt Salon, in addition to Dr. Hussein Al-Shaboury, CIB-Egypt Art Consultant and Mr. Romany Hafez, Head of Brand and Corporate Communications at CIB-Egypt.
The Bank granted four awards, one honorary and three motivational awards, to the most creative artists who participated in this year’s Salon, in addition to acquiring their art pieces to be added to the Bank’ s Art Collection as to incentivize them to generate more distinctive pieces that enrich the art and culture.
CIB-Egypt’s sponsorship of this Salon reflects the Bank’s strategy that pays special attention and support to the talented youth throughout the country and across various fields, including culture, art and sports. This is rooted in the Bank’s firm belief that raising Egypt’s position in the international sphere stems from improving the culture and aesthetic sense of the society and supporting the distinctive talents who are the country’s best ambassadors.
It’s worth mentioning that the first contribution of CIB-Egypt to the Salon started last year, the Bank’s role was not limited to sponsorship and distribution of awards only, but it also organized an exhibition on the sideline of the event for the students and graduates of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the South Valley University to display their art works, during which the best pieces presented by more than 30 artists were selected and acquired by CIB-Egypt for its Art Collection.
Among the Bank’s other activities supporting art, CIB-Egypt previously acquired many art pieces from the graduation projects of the recent graduates of the Faculties of Fine Arts at Alexandria University and Minya University in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Besides, the Bank sponsored Egyptian artists who participated at La Biennale di Venezia and Florence Biennale last year, which are the world’s most prestigious arts and culture events.