D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival) comes back to Downtown, Cairo for its 7th edition, which will start from March 8th until March 29th, 2018. However, this year’s concept makes us feel like it is not 2018, but in a futuristic Downtown that we have never seen before.
We would hardly recognize downtown, if it were not for the iconic Talaat Harb statue in Downtown. The concept re-imagines Cairo’s Downtown in a more developed, and prosper future. The vivid colors painted by the artist Tarek Abdelkawi restore Downtown to its lively, and artsy status.
The future of arts is here now and will be part of D-CAF’s 7th edition, as the festival’s programs change; a completely new programme will be unveiled “New Media Arts,” introducing a unique form of performances that we have never seen before in D-CAF. The “Visual Arts” programme also transforms into “In Collaboration with Medrar,” keeping up with the futuristic and experimental design.
D-CAF will feature “Arab Art Focus” once again for the third time; AAF joined Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017, which was the highest presence of artists from the Middle East region since Edinburgh Festival started 70 years ago.
This edition promises experimental, alternative, and new line-up of performances, concerts, and events, just like this year’s concept. The avant-garde concept captures how Downtown changes during the time of festival with its stunning performances and events taking over the streets of Downtown, and is a metaphor for what the festival holds for us this year! During the period of the festival, the renowned and talented artists will revamp Downtown venues, and streets into a contemporary, and experimental hub for different forms of arts.
What do you think of this Cairo’s Downtown re-imagined concept?
The festival promises to move forward, and tackle the obstacles and moulds that confine artists in Egypt, the Middle East Region, and from all over the globe.
Stay tuned for more insights about D-CAF 2018.