Posts Tagged ‘Cairo’

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Q&A with Cairobserver: On space and universities

Since its launch in 2011, Cairobserver has become a go-to place for laypeople (not to mention academics) to read about, discover and discuss not just the city’s architecture, but its culture and urban environment. Initially its articles were largely in English, mostly authored by its founder and the one-man show behind the site: Mohamed Elshahed. […]

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Cairo Drive: A film about more than just traffic

Ironically enough, the roads to the Cairo premier of Sherief Elkatsha’s traffic-centered documentary Cairo Drive were not crowded at all. The special screening at Zawya on Thursday, January 8 happened on arguably one of the coldest ever days in the capital, and this scared many into staying in on the weekend’s first night. – Published […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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VIDEO: Severe damage at Museum of Islamic Art after nearby blast

UNESCO delegates visit Museum of Islamic Art to assess damage to the building and artefacts following bombing; antiquities minister announces number of destroyed items — published in Ahram Online. Delegates from UNESCO and the International Council of Museums visit the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo to assess the damage, cost of restoration and technical […]

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Cairobserver’s second print edition resumes conversation on city life

The crowdfunded second print edition of Cairobserver features pieces on urban development and culture with a focus on popular initiatives to make living in the capital a healthier experience — Published in Ahram Online. ————- Cairobserver, a high quality blog on the urban development of Cairo and city life in general, has published its second […]

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Egypt’s artists and activists crowdfund to support projects

Egyptian artists and innovators are increasingly using crowdfunding platforms to raise money for projects, by-passing limitations of traditional fundraising – Previously published in Ahram Online. ——————— Egyptian artists, innovators and social activists are more frequently turning to crowdfunding platforms – portals that allow them to fundraise online for their artistic endeavors. Suffering from a dire […]

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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 […]