The Newsroom BC World Service

A big fire has swept through the main square of a landmark concert hall and conference centre in Egypt where the country’s top film festival is due to open on Thursday.

A plume of black smoke rose from where the opening and closing ceremonies of El Gouna film festival are due to take place.

The festival has been held in the Red Sea resort since 2017 and is the most glamorous and prestigious event for Egypt’s film industry.

The fire has now been put out, and the festival is still scheduled to go ahead on Thursday evening.