Aude speaking.

As the foreign new intern at D-CAF I have been asked to write about my experience here so far. I think to do so it’s good for you to know a little bit about myself… : I was born in Paris and then left for London to go and study fine arts at Central Saint Martins. I took a year out of university because I was bored and started doing internships to make my life more interesting because I’m 20 so now is the time, right ?

Needless to say that I got what I wanted coming to Cairo to work for D-CAF. Born and raised in my european cocoon I arrived here and faced many little and bigger things that may have made my adaptation an …interesting process (to avoid the expression a complete mess because I think now I’m good I can count until five in arabic. UPDATE : tessa=9, I’m learning.).

I could talk about the food here and the time people eat at in the office (like Oh My God who’s eating lunch at 16:30, 16:30 is teatime gimme biscuits and chocolate) but no one cares so I’ll move on to the next point.

Well I am amazed by the huge contrast between the organisation here and the chaos you experience on a daily basis in this crazy city. I mean when you come from Paris and you arrive in this place where deciding to cross a street seems like a suicidal idea (adaptation level 4 you will be happy to know that I cross like a native now and I am still alive and well) it seems hard to imagine how the organisation of something as big as D-CAF works. Well it works pretty well, if not better.

I mean I am writing to you, people who are going to attend all of these incredible things, and you, should be aware of the amount of teamwork put behind such a great project. I am today incredibly grateful to be a part of this. D-CAF is a huge opportunity for Cairo to experience an intense shoutout of expressivity and it does feel like here we all need this.

As I am new I am gonna honestly share a feeling I am experiencing here a lot which is the difficulty to express yourself in the public sphere. Either by the way you dress, walk,  talk to people, or even the way you look at things is telling something about yourself but here it seems like we are asked to be under control out there (not necessarily in the private sphere, I dance in my office). And then you have all of this energy brought up by the art here. Having been here 3 weeks I managed to see a tiny bit of the art scene and from an art student point of view I can say that it may be messier than what I am used to (let’s be honest) but it is SO MUCH more open and energetic. It feels good when you come from the kind of school who asks you to write 7000 words about your practice (I love it but…) to arrive in here where people just create, display, exchange and receive without prejudices and I think this is what D-CAF is about.

Art here isn’t pretentious. Art just is, and I literally cannot wait to see how you are going to receive and embrace the flow of energy it’s going to transmit. I just can’t wait for it to finally happen and I hope that so are you!

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#happeningnow at @CairoMarriott Ahmed El Attar; Artistic Director giving his speech to kickoff the @IETM - International network for contemporary performing arts satellite #Cairo meeting…

D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is Egypt’s first international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival. The 6th edition of D-CAF (#DCAF17) will take place over three weeks from the 17th of March to the 8th of April 2017 at multiple sites in Downtown Cairo. D-CAF will include local, regional and international music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film by cutting-edge artists from Egypt, the Arab world, and beyond. In addition to featuring established Downtown cultural spaces and theatres, D-CAF uses non-traditional sites such as historical buildings, storefronts, alleyways, and rooftops as sites for performances, events, and arts installations, with the aim of bringing audiences and performers to engage with the city in a new way. With its diverse and first-rate programming, D-CAF aspires to become one of the most important annual Arab art events by reaching out to a broad spectrum of Egyptian audiences, creating bridges between Arab artists, international curators and programmers, as well as capitalising on Downtown Cairo’s unique cultural, social and architectural heritage. Furthermore, the D-CAF team seeks not just to bring the best in international contemporary culture to Cairo, but also to deliver a highly professional and well-publicised international festival. Follow us on: Instagram: @dcafegypt Twitter: Press: Blog:
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, March 24th, 2018 at 11:56pm
And here is one more run for the fascinating Shaun Parker & company’s TROLLEYS.
Come and catch the rest of street performances here at Goethe Instiute at Downtown Cairo
See you at at 1:30PM
Location: The Goethe-Institut, 5 Al Bustan St, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate
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#DCAF18 #DCAF #UrbanVisions
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, March 24th, 2018 at 9:20pm
Please note that Before the Revolution is SOLD OUT
If you couldn’t get the chance to see it, there are several performances happening tonight. Also if you purchased already the ticket for Before the Revolution, you can catch the the other performances right after attending tonight.
▪️And Here I’am Townhouse Rawabet theaterat 6:15 PM
▪️The Second Copy at Old French Consulate at 8:30 PM
▪️Ta’a Sakena at Old French Consulate at 6:30PM
▪️Aysha at Jesuit theater at 8PM
▪️Street Performances at Goethe Institute (DowntownCairo) at 1:30 PM
Tickets are on e7gezly, you can also get the ticket at the door one hour before the performance starts.
ممكن النهاردة تقدوا يوم مع دي-كاف في وسط البلد.
▪️الساعة ١:٣٠ حتى ٣ عروض الشارع بمعهد جوته بوسط البلد
▪️الساعة ٦:١٥ و هنا انا ، عرض من فلسطين بمسرح روابط تاونهاوس
▪️الساعة ٦:٣٠ تاء ساكنة بالقنصلية الفرنسية
▪️الساعة :٨ عايشة بمسرح الجزويت
▪️الساعة ٨:٣٠ (النسخة الثانية٢٠٤٥) بالقنصلية الفرنسية القديمة
▪️الساعة ٥:٠٠ لقائات عابرة (روزنامة ستوديو)
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, March 24th, 2018 at 6:45am
Last performance for Possession (UK/Egypt) was tonight. A performance that brought a lyrical, haunting work of Egyptian desert theatre to the stage, based on the experiences and writings of Egyptian Desert Hermits from the third century AD.

Hope you enjoyed the show!

آخر عرض للغاوية انتهى الليلة

نرجو أن تكونوا قد استمتعتم بهذا العرض !
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, March 24th, 2018 at 6:32am
'Before the revolution' an Arab world premiere
By Ahmed El Attar.

عرض أول بالعالم العربي
اخراج و كتابة:أحمد العطار

*Sold Out