Now that we are at the sixth edition of D-CAF, I cannot help but feel proud.
I feel proud when I look at the steadily increasing number of our audience members, from 2,800 in 2012 to almost 10,000 in 2016.
I feel proud when I look at the cutting-edge, diverse, high quality productions put on by hundreds of international artists from all over the world, who managed to make it to the festival even during difficult times when Egypt was on many countries’ travel warning lists.
I feel proud when I consider the more than one hundred world-class programmers and producers who attended the 2nd edition of the Arab Arts Focus, a one of a kind project in the Arab world, in April 2016. I feel proud when I look to the future, to the 3rd edition of the AAF, which will be held at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017, marking the biggest Arab presence at the festival since its creation 70 years ago.
I feel proud when I look at how we maintained our accessible ticketing policy, with the help of our partners, in spite of the deteriorating economic situation. I feel proud when I see how our Arts and Disability projects have increased to include more locally produced work since we launched the project in 2015.
I feel proud when I remember that the average age of the D-CAF team is 25 years old and that 90% of the senior management are women. I feel proud when I look at the multitude of institutional, corporate and government support for the festival, making it a model of cooperation in the Egyptian cultural scene. I feel proud when I realize that D-CAF has become the biggest international festival in Egypt, whether in size, attendance or quality.
But what makes me most proud is that D-CAF, from its conception to its execution, is made entirely in Egypt by a young Egyptian generation that is proud of its heritage and taking charge of its future. This is what should make all of us proud of D-CAF.
As always, enjoy the show.