The D-caf Team

  • Ahmed El Attar

    Artistic Director

    An Egyptian independent theatre director and playwright, Ahmed El Attar is the artistic director of D-CAF and Falaki Theatre, as well as the founder and manager of Orient Productions, Temple Independent Theatre Company and Studio Emad Eddin. With several degrees under his belt and having received recognition and awards from institutions worldwide, his work has been performed all over Europe and the Arab region. In 2005 El Attar was chosen by the Arabic edition of Newsweek as one of forty-two personalities who’ve influenced change in the Arab world. In 2010, El Attar received the prize for best theatre text from the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development for his play ‘Life is Beautiful or Waiting for My Uncle From America’. His latest play ‘The Last Supper’ was in the official selection of the 69th edition of the Avignon International Theatre Festival (2015) and the Festival D’Automne in Paris (2015) making it the first Egyptian play ever to be programmed in both festivals.

  • Mahmoud Refaat

    Music Curator

    Mahmoud Refat is a sound artist, musician, and producer. He actively collaborates with artists and musicians on art projects of all genres, both locally and internationally. In addition to music production and live performance, over the past 10 years Refat has been involved in multiple projects for the theatrical stage and cinematic screen. In 2005 Refat founded 100COPIES MUSIC, a music label based in Cairo that releases experimental, electronica and jazz-related music from local and regional artists, and serves as a platform and network for the independent music scene in Cairo. With the rise of the local electro-Shaabi scene, Refat has turned his attention to this burgeoning genre, helping propel local artists to international recognition. Through his varied work, Refat has toured in Europe, North Africa, the Arab World, and South America.

  • Isabelle Fauvelle

    Film & Literature Curator

    After having worked at Flach Film and gathered experience as a producer, Isabelle Fauvel created Initiative Film in 1993. Since, she is the privileged partner of writers, directors and producers for all matters of projects and talents development around the following activities : talent scouting, subject research in literature, consulting, story editing and insightful advising during the whole project gestation period.
    Throughout her career, Isabelle has worked alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed directors today like Tran Anh Hung (Vietnam), Mohamed Diab (Egypt), Amr Salama (Egypt), So a Exarchou (Greece), Burhan Qurbani (Afghanistan), Yahya Al Abdallah (Palestine - Jordan), Martin Provost (France), Razvan Radulesci (Romania), Hicham Ayouch (Morocco), Guillaume Senez (Belgium) and Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia).

  • Reem Allam

    D-CAF Executive Manager & Assistant Curator

  • Ahmed Nagui

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Nevine El Ibiary

    Director of Trainings and Workshop Programmes

  • Basma Hamed

    Communications & Public Relations Manager

  • Sarah Fahmi

    Marketing & Business Development Manager

  • Nadeen Lotayef

    Front of House Manager/Temple

  • Mram Abdel Maqsoud

    Production Manager

  • Enas Abdel Rahman

    Grafic Designer

  • Salma Dahab

    Logistics Coordinator

  • Ali El Sebai

    Visual Arts Programme Coordinator & Arts For All Project Manager

  • Nada Fathy

    Social Media Coordinator

  • Leonie Klose

    Film & Literature Programme Coordinator

  • Dina Said

    Workshop Coordinator & Office Manager

  • Shrouk Tarek

    Volunteer Coordinator

  • Sara Nour


  • Emil Cold

    IETM Coordinator

  • Lotte Debrauwer

    Assistant Coordinator

  • Yasmeen Fahim

    Front of House Assistant & Maktabi Manager

  • Sherin Prinzleve

    Distribution Coordinator

  • Seham Sultan

    Social Media & Graphic Design Intern

  • Hanan Omar

    Press Officer- Arabic

  • Ehab EL Shazly

    Press Officer- English

  • Mostafa Abdel Aty

    Official Photographer

  • Sally Kandil


  • Mohamed Bonga

    Deputy Production Manager

  • Ibrahim Saber

    Theater performances Stage Manager

  • Manar Abdel Rahman

    Production Manager Assistant

  • Mazen Bonga

    Music Program Stage Manager / Production Manager Assistant

  • Ahmed Ashmawy

    Construction and Installation Manager

  • Saber El Sayed

    Festival Lighting Manager

  • Shady Mahmoud

    Chief Sound Engineer

  • Mido Abdel Maqsoud

    Construction and Installation Manager Assistant

  • Ahmed Ismail

    Construction and Installation Manager Assistant

  • Sayed Naggar

    Assistant Lighting Manager

Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is Egypt’s only international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival* that takes place over three weeks in March-April each year, at multiple sites in Downtown Cairo.

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