Archive for February, 2015

Like a matchstick Hussein El Imam

Like a Matchstick: Hussein Alimam’s directorial debut bowls over audiences at CIFF

Ahram Online speaks to Hussein Alimam’s son Youssef, who did the final edit of his late father’s directorial debut – Published on Ahram Online. When popular actor, comedian and musician Hussein Alimam sadly and suddenly died in May of this year, no one predicted the artist had an unfinished project under his belt. But this […]

Hunger strikes performance

VIDEO: Stories of Egypt’s hunger strikes told on stage

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies has joined the campaign by supporters, friends and families of the dozens of hunger strikers in Egypt’s prisons in their quest for freedom, fair trials and humane treatment in prison. Through a performance directed by Shady Abdallah, actors take the stage of the Greek Campus on 19 October, […]

Nassef Azmy, puppeteer and founder of El-Kousha puppet troupe with Omena El-Ghoula puppet in Rhoda Island (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

Giant puppets occupy a Cairo island

As El-Kousha puppet troupe, joined by Abo Kareem marching band, finish off their tour of Egyptian cities at Rhodal Island, Ahram Online sits with the puppeteer to explore his story – Published on Ahram Online. The day is Monday. The time is 3pm. You can call it rush hour, but by Cairo standards it is […]

Cairo dish painting public painting

Two independent initiatives attempt to colour Cairo

Colouring the Grey City and Cairo Dish Painting Initiative paint Egypt’s capital in unique ways; however without pushing for genuine public participation one questions the fate of these hopeful initiatives – Published on Ahram Online. Cairo is known worldwide for its unique history and wide array of tourist attractions. It is also known for being […]

Date Palm Festival Cairo

VIDEO: Cairo festival celebrates dates and palm trees

Families, environmentalists and food enthusiasts gather in Cairo to revive an ancient celebration of date harvesting In its second edition the Date Palm Festival brings together Egyptian environmentalists, foodies and families to celebrate the date harvest season on 26 September. The Date Palm Festival is organised by Slow Food Cairo, Nawaya, Ice-Ribh, Zooba and Mahali […]

Zawya MIF Cinema Cairo

Zawya cinema: Six months of essential art house

Ahram Online looks at the ups and downs of the downtown Cairo cinema over the last half year —- For cinephiles, Cairo is not necessarily the best of cities. Cinemas only feature Hollywood blockbusters and seasonal Egyptian productions that rarely offer anything authentic. Cairo’s independent culture spaces hold one-off screenings and small scale festivals which […]

Photo by Mai Shaheen

VIDEO: Egypt’s students, parents express hopes for new school year

On the first day back to school, Egypt’s students and their parents talk to Ahram Online about their aspirations for the school year and the education system In Dokki district of Giza, part of greater Cairo, students and parents express their desires for a positive education system and hopes for improvement in the new school […]

Rock the Casbah Zawya

Rock the Casbah: Amusing Moroccan-French film tackles societal challenges

Though Laila Marrakchi’s star-studded Rock the Casbah provides an interesting look at modern Moroccan society, its predictable plotline and at times clichéd conversations limit its appeal — Published in Ahram Online. —— French-Moroccan film Rock the Casbah – currently in its second week of showing at Cairo’s art house cinema Zawya – carries a lot […]

Eka3 Al Moharrek Tamer Abu Ghazala

Eka3 gives birth to Al-Moharek to infiltrate mainstream music

Independent music aggregator Eka3 – founded by Palestinian musician Tamer Abu Gazaleh – launches specialised booking agency ‘Al Moharek’ — Published in Ahram Online. —- In a room in Cairo’s newly opened Garden City art space, ‘Room‘, independent Palestinian, Egypt-based musician, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh tells a small audience of artists and members of the press the […]

Room Art Space Cairo Garden City

Room for the arts opens in Garden City

Newly opened cafe and art space, ‘Room,’ in Garden City aims to establish a space for artistic conversation in the heart of Cairo — Published in Ahram Online. —— In Garden City, one of the few neighbourhoods where one can still immerse oneself in Cairo’s Belle Epoque architecture, a new space for the arts has […]