Archive for April, 2013

Downtown Cairo Viennoise Mahmoud Bassiouny

Downtown Cairo’s urban regeneration looks to its artists

Downtown Cairo’s urban heritage is undeniable, but with decades of deterioration, can artists play a meaningful role in its regeneration? — Published in Ahram Online. —— The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) starting this weekend is not merely an opportunity to catch a few shows and indulge in culture from all over the world, but […]

D-CAF, Invisible Hands, Cairo, Downtown

Cairo’s biggest arts festival to start this week

Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) brings theatre performances, music, film, digital visual art and workshops to Cairo between 4 and 28 April — Published in Ahram Online. ——- In its second edition, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) takes over downtown Cairo during April for a month of events across multiple disciplines.D-CAF this year brings […]

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PHOTO GALLERY: Cairo Jazz Festival opens with spectacular performances

Photo gallery on Cairo Jazz Festival’s opening night in Azhar park featuring Gilberto Gil, Dina El-Wedidi, Ribab Fusion and others — Published in Ahram Online. ———-

Gilberto Gil Cairo Jazz Festival Ahram Online

Iconic Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil mesmerises audience at Cairo Jazz Festival

Ahram Online talks to Gilberto Gil, Grammy Award-winning musician, activist and former Brazilian culture minister on music, social activism and musical fusion — Published in Ahram Online. —— World-renowned artist Gilberto Gil took the stage at the fifth edition of the Cairo Jazz Festival performing a selection of his music as well as Bob Marley […]

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Egyptian film dubbed ‘Muslim Brotherhood production’ causes controversy

Short-film ‘Takrir’ by filmmaker and Muslim Brotherhood member Ezz El-Din Dowidar causes media controversy after cancelling film release in Giza’s Sayed Darwish theatre — Published in Ahram Online  (a collaboration between me and my editor Ati Metwaly) —– Takrir (Report) a short 45-minute film by young director Ezz El-Din Dowidar, a Muslim Brotherhood member, did […]

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VIDEO Story: Photography exhibition challenges the meaning of ‘A7A’

‘A7A Portraits’ uses photography and mixed media to present the original meaning of the word ‘A7A’ and challenge the taboo attached to the word — Published in Ahram Online. —– ‘A7A Portraits’ uses photography and mixed media to present the original meaning of the word ‘A7A’ and challenge the taboo attached to the word ‘A7A […]

The living Newspaper Artellewa Egypt Art News Revolution

VIDEO Story: Theater project reacts to current events in Ard El-Lewa

‘The Living Newspaper’ in Artellewa offers workshops and bi-weekly performances a space for artistic reaction to current events and social issues in Egypt — Published in Ahram Online. —– In the heart of Ard El-Lewa neighbourhood on the outskirts of Giza, lies an art gallery and centre that aims to serve the community: Artellewa. The […]

Sawteyat Alexandria Music

VIDEO Story: Alexandrian wind plays music in Sawteyat

Displayed in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 26 and 28 February, ‘Sawteyat’ project uses handmade instruments with specific notes designed to be played by the wind — Published in Ahram Online. —– Alexandrian musician Khaled Kaddal makes instruments out of different types of metal designed to be played by the wind giving a melodic […]

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VIDEO Story: Beit El-Raseef brings festive culture to Maadi

New venue for arts and culture, Beit El-Raseef, opens in Maadi, hoping to inspire young people – Published in Ahram Online. —— Beit El-Raseef (House of the Pavement) opened its doors to the public for the first time last week. The space in Maadi, Cairo will be used to promote independent arts, host young people […]

Cairo Metro Sexual HArassment Play Theater Hara TV

Interactive play on sexual harassment rides Cairo’s metro

Ahram Online rode the underground with Noon Creative Enterprise as they put on one of their dozens of performances over the past two weeks in Cairo’s metro cars, opening conversations with commuters on sexual harassment — Published in Ahram Online. —- Recently, media coverage of sexual harassment – or perhaps more accurately gang rapes – […]