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
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, April 13th, 2017 at 10:37pm
With D-CAF 2017 coming to an end, we would like to thank everyone who came and attended any of our performances and we hope that you enjoyed your D-CAF experience with us this year.
And because we continuously work on improving our service, we would like to invite you to share your experience with us through this survey.

مع نهاية نسخة دي-كاف لسنة ٢٠١٧، نحب نشكر كل اللي حضر العروض و نتمنى انكم تكونوا استمتعتم معانا.
و لأن احنا بنهتم اننا دائما نحسن من خدمتنا ليكم نحب ندعوكم لمشاركتنا برأيكم و تجربتكم من خلال استطلاع الرأي ده
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalThursday, April 13th, 2017 at 1:06am
Today is the last day for the ongoing actions of Museum of Contemporary Art I D CAF17. It will be performed today one last time. See you there :)
Time: 5 to 8 PM
Place: Kodak Passageway
النهاردة اخر يوم لمتحف الفن المعاصر. ممكن تشوفوه لاخر مرة من الساعة ٥ للساعة ٨ في ممر كوداك
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalWednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 2:42am
The Contemporary Shutter: A Looking Glass at D-CAF Exhibition

In D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 edition, Photopia has chosen a project featuring six selected contemporary photographers. The photographers have been granted full access to all #DCAF17 performances. Each of the six photographers produced an artistic project with their own perspective and unique techniques. If you didn't see it yet, you can still come and see the exhibition. It's open daily until Thursday April 13 in AUC Falaki Theater Gallery Space.

من ضمن النسخة السادسة لمهرجان وسط البلد للفنون المعاصرة، اختارت فوتوبيا مشروع يضم ستة مصورين معاصرين فريدين باعمالهم. آتًيح للمصورون حضور كل فعاليات المهرجان و كل من المصورين الستة أنتج مشروع فني من نظرتهم الخاصة وتقنياتهم الفريدة من نوعها. ممكن لسة تشوفوا المعرض يوميا حتى يوم الخميس ١٣ أبريل في معرض مسرح الفلكي بحرم الجامعة الأمريكية بالتحرير
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalMonday, April 10th, 2017 at 1:56am
Museum of Contemporary Art I D CAF17 ongoing actions will be performed Today and Wednesday for the last time from 5 to 8 PM

Mother, loosen my tongue (UK) DCAF 17 last day is today until at 9 PM in 29 Hoda Shaarawi street, first floor.

On the Steps by Adelita Husni-Bey is open daily from 5 to 9 until the upcoming Wednesday 12 April in Kodak Passageway

#VisualArts #DCAF17
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSunday, April 9th, 2017 at 8:54am
Today counts the last day of D-CAF 2017 edition yet something Fresh is coming as a wrap up of the festival and in collaboration with Photopia , 6 powerful, skillful & uniquely talented photographers will be exhibiting their contemporary perspective of D-CAF. They have been on scene and behind the scenes for this project. Wait for the reveal of their unique separate pieces in The Contemporary Shutter: A Looking Glass at D-CAF Exhibition
Tomorrow Sunday April 9 in AUC Falaki Theater gallery at 7PM.
Featured Photographers:
Nelly El Sharkawy
Karim Hayawan
Faris Zaitoon
Mohammed Saeed
Fathi Hawas
Mohamed Mahdy

النهاردة أخر يوم بنسخة ٢٠١٧ لمهرجان دي- كاف .نحب ندعو الجميع لمعرض الشطر المعاصر بكرة الساعة ٧ مساءً بمعرض مسرح الفلكي . المعرض بالإشتراك مع فوتوبيا ل٦ مصورين و فنانين فريدين بموهبتهم و أعمالهم المتنوعة. كل مصور هيعرض مشروع من١٠ صور تكونت خلال أحداث المهرجان برؤيتهم المُختلفة.

The Contemporary Shutter: A Looking Glass at D-CAF Exhibition
الساعة ٧ مساءً
بكرة، الأحد ٩ أبريل
معرض مسرح الفلكي

نيلي الشرقاوي
كريم الحيوان
فارس زيتون
محمد سعيد
فتحي حواس
محمد مهدي
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival
D-CAF - Downtown Contemporary Arts FestivalSunday, April 9th, 2017 at 2:27am
Museum of contemporary art by Manuel Pelmus & on the steps by Adelita Husni-Bey are closed today because of a fire at the old Brazilian coffee store. We are safe and will be back tomorrow from 5PM to 8PM.