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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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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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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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalFriday, June 29th, 2018 at 1:28am
Seven Years running and still strong !
How many Editions did you catch?!

سبع سنين و لسى مكمليين !
كم سنة بقلكم بتحضروا دي-كاف؟

#TBT #throwbackthursday #7 #festivals #contemporary #arts #DCAF
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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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The Orient for Film & Theater Productions family wishes you a Happy Eid
عيد مبارك
و كل عام انتم بخير!
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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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