Posts Tagged ‘Alexandria’

Oufuky music festival

In conversation with Ayman Asfour: Oufuqy and the Alexandrian music scene

Having just finished its fourth edition, the Oufuqy music festival — or forum — is starting to become the “most favorited” festival in Alexandria by musicians and audiences alike. — Published on Mada Masr. I’ve been following Oufuqy since its inception in 2012. It started out as a five-day event showcasing 10 bands and five music films […]

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Alexandria’s filmmakers make the most of their city

On Friday, Zawya‘s second night of “Shorts Revisited” was at full capacity. A crowd waited eagerly at the cinema’s entrance. But this crowd was full of faces new to the Cairo art scene, and that’s because it was a night dedicated to short films coming from Egypt’s second largest city, and second cultural capital, Alexandria. […]

The Mincer at Rawabet Theatre (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

The Mincer: An inquiry into routine, social control

Directed by Hakeem Abdel Naim and Nadet Adel; The Mincer explores the human condition at Rawabet Theatre – Published on Ahram Online. In a series of visual theatrical skits set up against a rough backdrop of a construction site, The Mincer presents a framework where the mechanism of how we live our lives is questioned.Before […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mahatat Damietta

Harnessing the security vacuum, artists rode 2013 work into public space

Ahram Online highlights five 2013 unique art projects that engaged passersby in the public spaces of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta and Ras Al-Barr — Published in Ahram Online. —————- As Egypt seals its third year since the onset of the revolution in 2011, questions of access to public space, rights and regulations continue to loom in […]

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Artists speak about Egyptian culture ministry’s role and candidates

While Egypt is still waiting for its new interim government, Egyptian artists express their expectations from the new minister of culture – a collaborative article by myself, Ati Metwaly and Sara Elkamel for Ahram Online. ——————- The occupation of the culture ministry by protesters in opposition to policies emplaced by former-minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz continues since […]

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.

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, […]

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VIDEO: Musicians occupy Alexandrian streets

Artists occupying public space to present their work is not new to Egypt; since the revolution erupted in 2011, Egypt’s main city squares and streets have seen an array of public performances, bringing art into people’s lives – Published in Ahram Online. “Mini-Mobile Concerts” in Alexandria is one such intervention. The performance is the brainchild […]