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.
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?