Posts Tagged ‘Art in Public Space’

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Young theater troupe Masl portray Egypt’s parking mafia in four cities

Four young men walk down the Manial Corniche in navy-blue overalls on a Monday afternoon. Young couples and middle-aged men on midday breaks sit around, while others pace up and down the river in a hurry. “Come see what we’ve got! A 15-minute play on the street!” the performers sing out to drum beats and […]

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7UP borrows Cairo Dish Painting Initiative: Intellectual theft or fair game?

Paris-based American artist Jason Stoneking spent three months in Cairo at the end of 2014 as a resident artist in Artellewa, an art space in one of the city’s oldest informal neighborhoods. During this time he founded the Cairo Dish Painting Initiative, a campaign to paint the city’s signature satellite-dish skyline in a multitude of […]

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In photos: Dancers flood Sednaoui

For the penultimate performance in the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) Urban Visions program on Wednesday, contemporary dancers filled Sednaoui, one of Egypt’s largest and oldest department stores. — Published in Mada Masr. How Much, choreographed by Austrian dancer Christian Ubl and performed by Cairo Contemporary Dance School students, has a variety of themes that […]

Outa Hamra clowns by Amir Makar

In photos: Clowning around in Old Cairo

It’s rare to see a clown show in Cairo, never mind in one of Cairo’s oldest streets, Al-Moez, and in front of the historic Qalawun Mosque. But that’s what happened on Friday: Al-Moez was taken by storm with Super Duda (Super Worm), an act by Egyptian theater troupe Outa Hamra (Red Tomato). The show was […]

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Public art in private spaces: D-CAF’s Urban Visions

The fourth run of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) kicked off last Thursday. For three weeks, on an annual basis, the city center is transformed into a network of spaces presenting multidisciplinary arts from various corners of the world. — Published on Mada Masr. This includes, an art exhibition, performances, films, music and, perhaps […]

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Egyptian mimes challenge and entertain with silence

In the deafening Egyptian capital, a small group of independent artists quietly present an art relying on everything the performer has to give — except their voices. – Published on Mada Masr. Egyptian pantomimes have a movement going on. Although it’s not the most visible of art forms, dozens of artists are performing improvised sketches […]

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In photos: Classical music on Egypt’s balconies

In four Egyptian cities over a weekend this month, one could be walking down the street and all of a sudden hear a violin, a percussion beat and the soulful singing of a trained soprano. This is what’s been happening in Port Said, Damietta, Mansoura and Cairo as part of Mahatat’s third Art of Transit […]

El-Fan Midan event in June 2013 (Photo: Monica Elashy)

Public space negotiations: Art continues despite struggles

Having received a boost with the 2011 revolution, art in public space receded in 2014 as authorities insisted on security permits while issuing few – Published in Ahram Online. Since the outbreak of the 2011 revolution, the question of public space has continued to be a hot topic: Who controls it, who defines the boundaries […]

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 […]

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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 […]