Archive for July, 2013

Marches 30 June Egypt

Revolution 2.0 Coverage for Ahram Online

In essence I’m a culture journalist. But when Ahram Online asked me to do politics for the week of protests of June 30th, I couldn’t let them down. This is a selection of the videos I did.

Zorba Ballet Cairo Opera

VIDEO: Cairo Opera Ballet company rehearses for Zorba

The Cairo Opera Ballet Company is continuing its rehearsals for ‘Zorba’ – to be performed from 4 to 8 July – despite recent statements by MPs in Egypt’s Shura Council (the upper house of parliament), a member of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party, Gamal Hamed calling ballet “art of nudity”. At a sit-in outside the […]

Oufuqy Music Festival Youssra El Hawary Alexandria

Alexandria’s Oufuqy music fest inspires alternative to social norms

The second edition of Oufuqy stretches across an entire week bringing a selection of concerts, films and workshops to several independent venues in the city — Published in Ahram Online —————- In its second edition, Oufuqy Music Festival in Alexandria spreads across the city’s downtown geography further. This independent cultural movement is, in fact, taking […]

VIDEO: Activists protest building demolitions in Alexandria

Dozens of cultural activists, urban planners and others concerned with Alexandria’s urban heritage gathered in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Wednesday to send a clear message to the newly-appointed governor of Alexandria of their demands that architectural heritage sites be protected, and that illegal building in the coastal city is stopped.

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Alexandria theatre ‘occupation’ enters fourth day

Ahram Online visits sit-in at Beram El-Tonsy theatre in Alexandria as it enters fourth day; artists insist movement bigger than culture minister discontent — Published in Ahram Online I also did a news piece about the night the theatre was attacked here. —- Alexandria artists and intellectuals are continuing their sit-in at the state-run Beram […]

Ramy Sebei in Behna

Photo Gallery: Syrian musician brings historic art space to life

Ramy Sebei, a Syrian musician who uses his acoustic guitar to tell stories of the Syrian revolution and his personal experiences, performed in Wekalet Behna, Gudran Association for Arts and Development’s space as part of the Oufuqy Music Festival in Alexandria. Wekalet Behna was once the office for Behna Films, a distribution company which worked throughout the 30s, […]

VIDEO: Dancers perform ‘Zorba’ Ballet in protest

During the Culture Ministry sit-in there were daily culture events on the street. One of the most memorable performances was the night dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company took the streets, dancing.

Photo: Ati Metwaly

Opera strikes coverage for Ahram Online

Over at Ahram Online english and Arabic Ati Metwaly, Sara Elkamel, Mohamed Saad, Ayman Hafez, Sara Nematallah and Myself were working extensively for almost a month covering the Cairo Opera Strike in reaction to the brotherhood appointed Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz, and after that the sit-in the Culture Ministry by artists. This is a selection […]