Posts Tagged ‘D-CAF’

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D-CAF third edition: On performances, public space and the future

As the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival’s third edition comes to a close, Ahram Online reflects on the event’s celebrations, challenges and aspirations — Published in Ahram Online. —– The third edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) came to a close on Friday 11 April in Shehrazade with La Voix est Libre, a multidisciplinary […]

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Dutch, Egyptian dancers take on Downtown Cairo, Alexandria

D-CAF’s Urban Visions programme brings dance to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria; Dutch troupe The 100Hands return with a new performance featuring Egyptian dancers — video published on Ahram Online. In Cairo’s Alfy Street, and in a passageway next to Alexandria’s Abo Ragab Cafe, Dutch troupe The 100Hands, presented their newest performance, ‘Running Nucleus,’ […]

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D-CAF back to splash Cairo streets with culture

As Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival’s 3rd edition is to bring music, theatre, film and more to Cairo 20 March-11 April, Ahram Online talks to D-CAF artistic director Ahmed El-Attar — Published in Ahram Online. ——– With the influx of independent and alternative arts that Cairo began to witness since the 2011 revolution, culture aficionados have […]

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, […]

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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 […]

D-CAF Photo Mostafa Abdelaty

D-CAF Reflections: Worthy event deserves better marketing

Egypt’s Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) ends this week after providing Cairo with an array of strong performances. Ahram Online reflects on the festival’s strengths and weaknesses — Published in Ahram Online. —- In its second edition, or what its organisers called its first official edition, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) provided Cairo with […]

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Funding for Egyptian cultural projects: Q&A with EU official

Ahram Online sat with the Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Egypt to discuss their support for D-CAF and future funding opportunities in Egypt — Published in Ahram Online. —- As part of the closing week of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) activities, a roundtable discussion was set up hosting the ambassador of […]

Ganzeer Yasmine elayat face the vetrine

The street is watching you: Digital installation engages Downtown crowd (VIDEO)

A collaboration with my beautiful colleague Sara Elkamel where she wrote, and I did video. Check out her article on Ahram Online here. Face the Vetrine is a public art installation on Mahmoud Bassiony street in Downtown Cairo by Ganzeer and Yasmine Elayat. Everyday for a month the artists put on a new face to […]

SMSlingshot VR/Urban Cairo D-CAF

VIDEO: SMSlingshot brings urban digital graffiti to Cairo

In short-lived digital graffiti messages, SMSlingshot arms the public with digital slingshots to resist street advertising by private companies — Published in Ahram Online. As part of the visual arts programme of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), VR/URBAN collective from Germany bring SMSlingshot to Cairo as a tool for public space freedom and to […]

Hotel Modern The Great War

D-CAF brings World War I to Cairo

Dutch group Hotel Modern presents a live performance using miniature objects, landscapes, sound installations and powerful storytelling in ‘The Great War’ — Published in Ahram Online. —- Walking into Hotel Modern’s performance of The Great War, one cannot possibly foresee how powerful miniature objects can be in transmitting the emotional and physical experience of being […]