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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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: https://twitter.com/DCAFEgypt Press: www.dcafpress.com Blog: www.d-caf.org/blog
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalTuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 12:57am
Vote Now ! and let us know your Favorite AAF- Arab Arts Focus Performance this year!

شركونا برائكم و صوتوا لاحلى عرض للملتقى الدولي للفنون العربية المعاصرة بنسبلكم السنادي
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 at 2:30am
This Year D-CAFs Music Programme had three very diverse Music Concerts
-With Samira Said (Morocco/​E​gypt), Pink Oculus (The Netherlands), Elbi (France), And Shahira Welnas Elkhatira (Egypt)
-Tarek Yamani, Out Of Nations And El Sawareekh (Lebanon/usa/germany/egypt)
-Bachar Mar-khalifé, Bit-tuner & Andro El Hawy + El Sweasy And Teklife & Islam Chipsy + Sadat (France/lebanon/switzerland/usa/egypt)

Who do you think will be on stage at D-CAF19 ?

السنادي في دي كاف كان 3 حفلات مزيكا مختلفة من بلاد مختلفة متنوعة
(سميرة سعيد و فرق عالمية (بينك اوكيولس, إلبي ,شهيرة و الناس الخطيرة
الصواريخ/NATIONS OF OUT/طارق يمني
بشار مار-خليفة / بيت تيونر / ١٠٠ نسخة/ تك لايف

تتوقعوا مين هيكون في حفلات دي-كاف 19؟
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalFriday, June 15th, 2018 at 6:10am
The Orient for Film & Theater Productions family wishes you a Happy Eid
عيد مبارك
و كل عام انتم بخير!
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, June 14th, 2018 at 12:14am
D-CAF 18 is still rolling!

A group of lecturers and students from German University in Cairo visiting D-CAF visual arts programme// Roznama studio program Followed by entertainment night of the week here at The space held by and at one of the participating artists from our programme

دي-كاف 18!
مجموعة من اساتذة و طلاب الجامعة الالمانية فى زيارة الى ستوديوا روزناما و شاركوا فى عرض لاحدى الفنانين المشاركين بالبرنامج
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalFriday, June 8th, 2018 at 6:00am
Ramadan is coming to an end. Every year Ramadan reminds us of the importance of giving. With the ‘Arts for All’ campaign’ this year D-CAF has successfully provided free tickets for 1325 marginalized individuals all over Egypt to access our theater, music, dance and film events.
Keep up the good spirit ! keep spreading art and love to everyone <3
We hope you had a blessed Ramadan ! <3

كل سنة رمضان بيفكرنا بأهمية العطاء و فعل الخير . و السنادي مهرجان دي كاف من خلال حملة "الفن للجميع" تمكن من إتاحة فرص مجانية ل 1325 شخص بكل إنحاء مصر لحضور فعاليات الفنون بكل انواعها (مسرح - موسيقى - فنون بصرية وافلام)
شكرا لكل من شاركنا و خلينا نكمل رحلة العطاء ونشر الفنون والثقافة للجميع 3>
خواتم مباركة 3>
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalWednesday, June 6th, 2018 at 11:39pm
If you know our Executive Manager Reem Khalid Allam you'd know shes shes always up to something cool.

Tomorrow she will be representing D-CAF Festival as part of the "Performing Arts In and Around Europe: Regional Festivals Present Themselves" symposium at the Berlin Performing Arts Festival.

Way to go Reem!

For more about the About the PAF 2018 check out the link below.

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ريم علام المديــرة التنفيــذية لمهرجــان وسط االبلد للفنون المعاصرة (دي-كاف)، هتمثل دي-كاف في مهرجان الفنون الأدائية ببرليين

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