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
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 12:00am
ريم علام المديرة التنفيذية لمهرجان دي-كاف تمثل المهرجان في فعاليات الجلسة الثالثة لمنتدى القيادات الشبابية بعنوان "تجارب ناجحة لمشروعات ثقافية و فنية"
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, September 20th, 2018 at 10:26pm
The man behind it all! #AhmedElAttar

Ahmed El Attar Named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres)

Ahmed El Attar has been named a "Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters" by the Ministry of Culture in France for his significant contributions to the field of theatre. Being invited to join the so-called "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" which is an exclusive distinction that was established by the French Minister of Culture in 1957. Its purpose is the recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

حصل أحمد العطار على "وسام الفنون والآداب برتبة فارس" من وزارة الثقافة الفرنسية تقديرًا لعمله المسرحي

وسام الفنون والآداب هو جائزة شرفية فرنسية، يتم منحها من طرف وزارة الثقافة، مكافأة لأولئك الذين تميزوا من خلال إبداعاتهم في المجال الفني أو الأدبي أو من خلال مساهماتهم في تعزيز الفنون والأدب في فرنسا وفي العالم أجمع
#Chevalier #Knight
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalTuesday, August 21st, 2018 at 10:00pm
كل سنة و انتم طيبين :)
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Orient for Film & Theater Productions
كل سنة و انتم طيبين :) D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival Temple Independent Theatre Company Studio Emad Eddin AAF- Arab Arts Focus مكتبي - Maktabi
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSaturday, August 11th, 2018 at 11:15pm
Orient Productions is looking to hire a creative Graphic Designer who can produce works of art efficiently and have an eye for detail. The desired candidate should have experience working with all design softwares.
If you think you've got what it takes, please send your CV along with your portfolio to marketing@orientproductions.org

Good Luck!

تسعى شركة المشرق للإنتاج لتعيين مصممي جرافيك قادرين على تقديم أعمال فنية بكفاءة مع الانتباه الشديد بالتفاصيل. يجب أن يتمتع المرشحين المؤهلين بخبرة في العمل على برامج التصميم. إذا كنت ترى أن لديك المؤهلات اللازمة، برجاء إرسال سيرتك الذاتية و البورتفوليو على
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, July 19th, 2018 at 8:33pm
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalMonday, July 9th, 2018 at 2:35am
We are proud to announce that duo 'The Architects' A Performance By Younes Atabane who preformed at he AAF- Arab Arts Focus during D-CAFs 7th edition will be at Zürcher Theater Spektakel in August 2018.

Congrats Youness Atbane!

https://www.theaterspektakel.ch/en/program18/production/youness-atbane-youness-aboulakoul/
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This performance features a documentary made in the year 2045, where political conflicts have changed the world to a degree that only memories of #art remain. Youness Atbane looks back at the dynamics of contemporary Moroccan art and takes the audience to an ambiguous space between reality and fiction. The Second Copy: 2045 was shown in the Arab Arts Focus program of D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival. https://youtu.be/9_ptaYRo24w Basma Hamed Mohamed Allam Mohammad Helmy Mohamed Samir Saad Dina Jereidini Asmaa Zayed

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