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Lucy's Parisiana Club Destroyed


Translated by Priscilla Adum





In January of 2011, Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square of downtown Cairo to protest the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. In the weeks that followed, the protests continued, sometimes turning violent. Some buildings on Pyramid Street, including Lucy's nightclub Parisiana, were burned to the ground.

The following article appeared February 10, 2011 on The Storm Magazine's web site. Although the original location of is now defunct, the article can still be viewed via




Burning and Destroying the Nightclub Owned by Lucy

Egyptian actress Lucy expressed deep sadness after her nightclub was burned and destroyed by what she described as "thugs." She said that she is so upset since the incident that she has not left the house because of the depression.

Her nightclub on Pyramid Street was burned, vandalized, and looted by rioters during the demonstrations.

Lucy explained in a statement to MBC that the nightclub had contained a large amount of her own clothes and jewelry, all of great financial value. When she saw the nightclub destroyed and burned to ash, she was completely devastated.

Lucy added that the nightclub saw the sweetest days of her life. Her mental health has deteriorated, as her husband and her only son, Fathi, are trying to get her out of this case. However, the shock was very strong and more than she could bear, so she has not left her house since this incident.



About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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