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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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalMonday, February 26th, 2018 at 12:17am
ناس كتير بتسأل على ورش و مناقشات دي-كاف ٢٠١٨. جمعناها كلها هنا للتقديم:
Alot of people've been asking about #DCAF18 workshops & discussions. We got it all in one place for you:

Inclusive Dance WorkshopI D-CAF ورشة فرقة كاندوكو للرقص للجميع
حكي وثقافة المقاومة Cultural Resistance & Storytelling|D-CAF18
Acting WorkshopID-CAF 18ورشة تمثيل السيناريو للمسرح
Noise Box Projection mapping Workshop I D-CAF 18
Disability in The Artsندوة عن الفنون ومتحدي الإعاقة|D-CAF 18
Roundtable: Sharing of Experience|D-CAF18
Alien perspective:Scenography Workshop|D-CAF18
How to Turn a Graphic Novel Into a Film I D-CAF 18
Discussing Cultural Relations in Egypt مناقشة I D-CAF 18
Writing workshops by Fence Network
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSunday, February 25th, 2018 at 9:54pm
جدول برنامج مهرجان دي-كاف ٢٠١٨ تقدروا تشوفوه كامل و تحفظوه على موبايلاتكم من هنا بالعربي: http://bit.ly/2ovtrwh
You can download & save #DCAF18 full calendar here in English: http://bit.ly/2EP6W0g
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSunday, February 25th, 2018 at 7:38am
Your city's favorite Festival is BACK!
Thank you to all our partners & sponsors in D-CAF's Biggest edition! Experience #DCAF18 . Only 10 days away !

مهرجانكم المفضل رجع تاني!تابعوا صفحتنا لمتابعة كل العروض، المزيكا، المسرح، الأفلام و في انواع فنون جديدة
. هتشوفوها في النسخة ال٧ للمهرجان
شكرا لكل الرعاه اللي معانا في اكبر نسخة لمهرجان دي-كاف
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalFriday, February 23rd, 2018 at 6:36am
Tickets are now Available for all our Music Concerts:
تذاكر حفلات المزيكا لدي-كاف ٢٠١٨ دلوقتي موجودة على إحجزلي🎉

Tarek Yamani /Out Of Nations/ الصواريخ Concert I D-CAF 18
Ticket60EGP: http://bit.ly/2otgqn0

Bachar Mar-Khalifé /TekLife/BitTuner+100Copies Concert
Ticket75EGP: http://bit.ly/2CeiB7e

Opening Concert I D-CAF Celebrates Women
Ticket150EGP: http://bit.ly/2Fm4SK9

إنتظروا تذاكر عروض المهرجان, هتكون موجودة قريب.

#DCAF18 #Cairo #Concert
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 5:06am
استنوا الديڤا سميرة سعيد اللي هتكون نجمة حفل افتتاح مهرجان دي-كاف للاحتفال بالمرأة يوم 9 مارس في حديقة الأزهر الساعة 7 مساءأ.. ده غير ان هيشارك في الحفلة فنانات من مصر والعالم كله عشان نحتفل بالابداع النسائي في الفن بكل أنواعه!

D-CAF is Celebrating this year’s International women's Day with none other than the Arab World’s diva Samira Said.

An all female lineup will grace @alazharparkcairo stage for an unforgettable musical night.
#CelebratingWomen #أنتي_قدها #DCAF18

For more info and updates check our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/125205284847867/

#CelebratingWomen #أنتي_قدها #DCAF18
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D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalTuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 2:24am
تفتكروا مين ديڤا حفل افتتاح دي-كاف يوم ٩ مارس في حديقة الازهر؟

ملحوظة: بتغني من و هي عندها ٨ سنين
تابعونا على صفحتنا النهارده الساعة ٨ مساءا، هنعلن عن نجمة الحفلة.

This year, we've decided to dedicate our opening concert to celebrate women..
Can you guess who the surprise act is?

Hint: She's been singing since she was 8 years old!

#انتي_قدها #DCAF18 #CelebratingWomen

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