Archive for May, 2013

Qulaan Wadi El Gemal Hamata Red Sea Egypt Beach

Photo Gallery: The untouched beaches of Egypt’s south

Unknown even to many Egyptians, southern Egypt is home to several protected beaches of unparalleled natural beauty and splendour — Published in Ahram Online. In southern Egypt’s Wadi Al-Gemal protectorate, which sits on over 7,450 square kilometres of land, lie two beaches featuring exquisite natural beauty, clear waters and an array of wildlife co-existing with their […]

El-Naizak Beach Clean up

Egypt’s Marsa Alam hosts unique music festival (VIDEO)

Near Egypt’s Marsa Alam, about 800 kilometres from Cairo, musicians, film lovers, and environmentally engaged individuals came together for three days in ‘3al Ganoob Festival’ — Published in Ahram Online. —- Over 400 people from Cairo and Alexandria camped in the scenic beauty of Egypt’s south, about 800 kilometres from the capital, as part of […]

D-CAF Photo Mostafa Abdelaty

D-CAF Reflections: Worthy event deserves better marketing

Egypt’s Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) ends this week after providing Cairo with an array of strong performances. Ahram Online reflects on the festival’s strengths and weaknesses — Published in Ahram Online. —- In its second edition, or what its organisers called its first official edition, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) provided Cairo with […]

Like Jelly El-Arish

VIDEO: Like Jelly band begin Egypt tour with El-Arish

Mixing music with storytelling, Egyptian band Like Jelly launch their three-month nationwide tour in Sinai’s El-Arish — Published in Ahram Online. — Egyptian storyteller-musicians Like Jelly start their three-month nationwide tour.The group is made up of young musicians who fuse an acoustic sound with storytelling to comment on Egyptian society and politics and aim to […]

EU Ambassador

Funding for Egyptian cultural projects: Q&A with EU official

Ahram Online sat with the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Egypt to discuss their support for D-CAF and future funding opportunities in Egypt — Published in Ahram Online. —- As part of the closing week of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) activities, a roundtable discussion was set up hosting the ambassador of […]

Preformance Launch Goethe

Online toolkit for documenting performing arts launches in D-CAF

I was invited to be one of the speakers at an event launching a toolkit for the documentation of performing arts during D-CAF, you can find Ahram Online‘s coverage of it below. —- Documenting the performing arts has proven to be troublesome time and time again. To address the issue at large, an online toolkit […]

Ganzeer Yasmine elayat face the vetrine

The street is watching you: Digital installation engages Downtown crowd (VIDEO)

A collaboration with my beautiful colleague Sara Elkamel where she wrote, and I did video. Check out her article on Ahram Online here. Face the Vetrine is a public art installation on Mahmoud Bassiony street in Downtown Cairo by Ganzeer and Yasmine Elayat. Everyday for a month the artists put on a new face to […]

SMSlingshot VR/Urban Cairo D-CAF

VIDEO: SMSlingshot brings urban digital graffiti to Cairo

In short-lived digital graffiti messages, SMSlingshot arms the public with digital slingshots to resist street advertising by private companies — Published in Ahram Online. As part of the visual arts programme of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), VR/URBAN collective from Germany bring SMSlingshot to Cairo as a tool for public space freedom and to […]

Outa Hamra 7al Badeel Festival

Cairo’s Hal Badeel festival ends on a positive note with bright future ahead

Cairo’s Hal Badeel (Alternative Solution) Festival for Arts showcases independent artists, relying on volunteer efforts and a zero budget model; Ahram Online sat with the origanisers to learn about future projects — Published in Ahram Online. —- A large group of volunteers created an “alternative solution” to the closing down of Rawabet Theatre as a […]

Hotel Modern The Great War

D-CAF brings World War I to Cairo

Dutch group Hotel Modern presents a live performance using miniature objects, landscapes, sound installations and powerful storytelling in ‘The Great War’ — Published in Ahram Online. —- Walking into Hotel Modern’s performance of The Great War, one cannot possibly foresee how powerful miniature objects can be in transmitting the emotional and physical experience of being […]