Archive for April, 2014

Behna Film Selections Alexandria Film Art

VIDEO: Wekalet Behna fuses visual arts, cinema, film heritage in Alexandria

What was once the office of one of Egypt’s largest film distribution companies is now a contemporary workspace for audio-visual arts in Alexandria — Published in Ahram Online. Last Friday saw the official opening of Wekalet Behna, an art space focused on audio-visual arts in Alexandria. The space was once the office of Behna Films […]

Reda Abdel Rahman Artist

Reda Abdel Rahman: an artist inspired by the ancient writings on the wall

A truly Egyptian artist in every meaning of the word, Reda Abdel Rahman draws his inspiration for his artworks from Ancient Egyptian art, which Egypt’s Nile Basin cities are drenched with. From sculpture, to murals to painting on the temple and tomb walls – parallels can be derived between the the paint that has survived […]

D-CAF Art Cairo

D-CAF back to splash Cairo streets with culture

As Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival’s 3rd edition is to bring music, theatre, film and more to Cairo 20 March-11 April, Ahram Online talks to D-CAF artistic director Ahmed El-Attar — Published in Ahram Online. ——– With the influx of independent and alternative arts that Cairo began to witness since the 2011 revolution, culture aficionados have […]

Youssra El Hawary Negoom FM

New radio show brings Egypt’s independent musicians to wider audience

Accordionist and singer Youssra El-Hawary hosts a weekly radio show on Nogoum FM which features live performances by artists from the independent music scene — Published in Ahram Online. ——— Youssra El-Hawary took the music scene by storm in 2012 with her hit single El-Soor, which discussed the Egyptian army’s concrete barricades that had then […]

Zelal Marianne Khouri

With Zelal screening in Cairo, mental patients unveil social issues

Issues of mental and social illness in Egypt are uncovered in director’s talk with audience after Marianne Khoury and Mostapha Hasnaoui’s 2010 award-winning documentary Zelal screened 17 Feb in Cairo’s Vent — Published in Ahram Online. —— For as long as this generation can remember, mental illness has always borne a stigma. Since its sufferers […]

D-CAF Mobile Film Festival Alexandria

D-CAF’s Mobile Film Workshop goes from Alexandria to Assiut

The annual Mobile Film Workshop affiliated with Cairo’s Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival finishes the first round of workshops in Alexandria; next up Assiut, Minya and Cairo — Published in Ahram Online. —— Committed to developing the Egyptian art scene, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) this year expands its annual Mobile Film Workshop to Alexandria, […]

Walls Downtown Cairo

VIDEO: Egypt’s authorities remove downtown walls after two years

On Wednesday 5th February police and military personnel bring down the large security wall blocking Qasr El Aini street, a major thoroughfare into Tahrir Square. The wall was erected in late 2011 to prevent protesters from gaining access to the nearby interior ministry’s headquarters and the buildings housing Egypt’s upper house of parliament and cabinet […]