Archive for the ‘Ahram Online’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Shout Art Loud Documentary Sexual Harassment

Shout Art Loud: Interesting interactive documentary with several drawbacks

Interactive web documentary Shout Art Loud follows artists who tackle sexual harassment — Published in Ahram Online. —— Taking viewers on a ride through the Cairo Metro, filmmaker Melody Patry employs an unconventional style to create a documentary that shows Egyptian artists as they respond to the issue of sexual harassment. Shout Art Loud – […]

Segn El Nesa Ramadan Television

Segn Al-Nesa: Ramadan TV hit offers glimpse of life in women’s prison

The series created by the team behind last Ramadan’s critically acclaimed Zaat invites audiences into the lives of female prisoners and wardresses in the infamous Qanater Prison — published in Ahram Online. ——– “Prison is not just a high fence and a locked door. Prison can be in a piece of clothing you don’t want […]

Mango Konafa

Mango Konafa showdown: A run-through of the Ramadan summer delicacy

Summertime Ramadan means unbearable heat during fasting hours – but also Mango Konafa after iftar; Ahram Online samples versions of this transient delicacy and recommends the best — Previously Published in Ahram Online. Coming roughly 10 days earlier every year, Ramadan has been hitting Cairo right in the scorching summer heat for a few years […]

Crowdfunding Egypt ADEF

Crowdfunding for education in Egypt: Funding for civil society democratised

In a country where the creative economy is challenged and where few opportunities exist for non-charitable civil society initiatives to raise money, crowdfunding is explored as a viable substitute by various independent artists and educational organisations. Over the past six weeks, five crowdfunding campaigns have been launched – all raising money through the internet for […]

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Street vendors shine in exhibition that opens Heytan graffiti space

Cairo’s newest art space, Heytan, which aims to develop and highlight street art, opens with an exhibition on a long-term project on street vendors — Published in Ahram Online. —— Heytan — Arabic for Walls — is a project about which there has been much talk for almost three years. It was meant to open […]

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Independent music goes live from a living room in Cairo

Cairo hosts its first ever Sofar concert, part of a global movement that brings live music to people’s living rooms — Published in Ahram Online. ——- Cairo’s underground music scene just got a little more alternative. Music fans may be used to catching their favourite bands in theatres, bars and at festivals; but a group […]