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calendar   Wednesday - June 25, 2014

when you don’t care enough to save your past … some foreigners with cash will

Perhaps if countries (ours included) said screw em and cut off foreign aid of any kind, they might have enough money to protect their national heritage.
Oh what am I saying?  Hell, politicians would only find some pet projects that needed the cash, mistresses, trips abroad, alimony (?) and heaven only know what else.

Not just cos it’s Arab, I’d think it a shame anytime a national monument had to be supported by a foreigner. Any foreigner.
The French allowed the place to wither and die for a hundred years, so maybe they weren’t all that bothered watching an old theater fall to pieces.
Hey, it’s an ancient country and there’s only so much that can be saved.  But still ....


Sultan bin Tahnoun, French Culture Minister open Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Theatre in Paris

PARIS: The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre at Chateau de Fontainebleau in Paris was opened last night in a glittering ceremony by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture (TCA Abu Dhabi), and Aurelie Filippetti, French Culture Minister, after seven years of restoration. The famous Imperial Theatre at Chateau de Fontainebleau was re-named by France after the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,.

This all took place in May, I was aware of it but haven’t been posting a lot of late and so skipped it. Til now.
A bit of BS here as you will read.  If the site was so much a part of France and its history, if it was a symbol of France and a period of her history, then why oh why was it ignored for so long?


French Political, cultural figures thank Khalifa for saving ‘The Imperial Theatre at Chateau de Fontainebleau’

Paris: A number of French political and cultural figures have thanked the UAE and its leader President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his generous gesture towards Fontainebleau’s Theatre. They indicated that the French people and visitors of Fontainebleau have visited this historic landmark, which is now renamed ‘the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre.’ In her interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM), French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurelie .

They indicated that the French people and visitors of Fontainebleau have visited this historic landmark, which is now renamed ‘the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre.’ In her interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM), French Minister of Culture and Communication Aurelie Filippetti said,

“The French government and people extend their thanks and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his generous sponsorship of the Palace of Fontainebleau ‘The Imperial Theatre at Chateau de Fontainebleau’ through restoring the theatre to life after a 150-year of negligence.” She added, ‘We were able to modernise and renovate the theatre in a full shape, thanks to Sheikh Khalifa, adding that “this is a great pride for us as you know, France has outstanding cultural ties with the UAE, which have been translated into the renovation of imperial Palace that represents a symbol of an important era in the history of France.

Meanwhile, a number of French officials said, “We fully recognised that the UAE friendly people share with us our vision regarding the protection of heritage and boosting cultures in order to promote mutual understanding, peace and dialogue, since the cultural heritage has capabilities to build dialogue among cultures and civilisations.’ – Emirates News Agency

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