D-CAF Goes to the City of Dead

City of Dead

City of Dead is a large collection of graves located by the Mokattam Mountains. Have no fear, however, D-CAF is here! Our Urban Vision artists are set to rock these umm, populous streets with their infectious energy during an unforgettable performance in D-CAF’s 6th edition.

Despite its strange setting, the area has developed over the years to become a true cultural backdrop at the heart of the city. It memorably features numerous people and workers living their daily routines among the dead.

Its foundations date all the way back to Egypt’s Fatimid era during the 7th Century. At the time, many people are rumored to have been buried alive in their confines there to follow in the footsteps of legendary Muslim commander, Amr Ibn al-Aas, who utilized the area as his family’s graveyard. The area’s legendary status has been built on bit by bit since then.

Indeed, the City of Dead’s unique location at the south of Cairo added to its intrigue, with many historic leaders continuing to utilize the area as a royal graveyard when ruling from the nearby Mokattam district.

The famed necropolis is now predictably considered one of Cairo’s more enduring tourist destinations. It features the shrined graves of revered Islamic leaders such as Prophet Mohamed’s grandchildren, Al Husayn and Sayeda Zeinab, as well as Sheikh Ali and Shagaret il Dor.

City of Dead

In recent years, the City of Dead was gorgeously renovated through a project spearheaded by architectural geniuses, ARCHINOS Architecture, with the company’s famous founder, Agnieszka Dobrowolska, at the forefront. As a designer who’s been working in Egypt for over 20 years now with projects that have been commissioned by renowned organizations such as the European Union and USAID, Dobrowolska leveraged her considerable experience to create a modern platform for the memorable location.

As a contemporary festival, we naturally couldn’t resist, and only found it fitting to include the historic venue in the 6th edition of D-CAF. Renowned artists will rock the memorable site with stunning performances that are sure to entertain and delight spectators in equal measure. Even a city of dead deserves to have some fun; wouldn’t you agree?

 

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Joop Oank on the way to Cairo for the street performance. We can't wait to see the reactions of everyone in public. pic.twitter.com/kjhP…

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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AAF- Arab Arts Focus

A project by D-CAF Festival (Cairo) and Northern Stage (Newcastle) in collaboration with Tamasi collective for the performing arts AAF2017 will be a part of, Edinburgh Festival Fringe the world's largest Arts festival.

Considering this dire need for mutual understanding through artistic exchange, The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) began the biennial performance program, the Arab Arts Focus (AAF) in 2014.
The event invites producers and programmers from all over the world to experience a dense programme of the best in contemporary Arab theatre and performance.

The AAF was conceived with the objective of supporting the development of the arts sector in the Arab world by providing artists from the region the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience of industry professionals.

The previous success of the program over the past two editions (in 2016 and 2014) inspired us to attempt this initiative on a larger scale, and to deliver the AAF on an international stage. So came the idea of AAF @ Edinburgh 2017

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D-CAF's 3 year old project; The Arab Arts Focus is launching again this year, but this time it's flying to one of the biggest art festivals in the world; The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August for its 70th anniversary.

AAF- Arab Arts Focus will be the first Arab Arts showcase ever taking place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Performance venues will be Summerhall, Dance Base National Centre For Dance, and Newtown Theater.

Presenting a dense program of performances by promising Arab artists in various disciplines from theatre to talks to dance, we just cannot wait for this one!

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