Ten years. D-CAF is 10 years old!!!
I can still vividly remember when Karim Shafei & I were discussing the idea in his office in 2010, dreaming about it.
The years have passed & the dream has not only materialized but also become a landmark of the arts & culture scene in Cairo, Egypt, & the region.
In spite of the incredibly daunting local, regional & international challenges the world has witnessed, D-CAF has pressed on with its vision of a world of inclusion, diversity, creativity, & equality.
Ten years in the life of a festival is definitely a landmark, especially for a festival of D-CAF’s size. But 10 years is still young, & we are looking forward to bringing art & joy to our audiences for many more years to come.
D-CAF could not & would not exist without its supporters, its funders, its collaborators, & its networks.
D-CAF would not have become what it is without the artists that honor it with their presence every year; presenting uniquely eclectic, creative, & entertaining works that question the world & our existence in it.
D-CAF would not have grown without its audience, one which has grown to reach thousands in number every year. This audience transcends social, political, & economic divides, proving over & over that art is at the heart of any society’s cohesive fabric.
D-CAF is extremely proud of its continuing partnership with Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment, a unique partnership in the art & culture scene in Egypt, & grateful to Karim Shafei Ismaelia’s Co-founder, CEO & D-CAF’s co-founder for his creative & progressive vision.
Finally, D-CAF would definitely not be what it is without the hundreds of staff & crew members that infuse it with their creative young spirits & energy year after year.
To all of you: thank you for believing in the dream. Thank you for believing in your dreams, because when all is said & done, D-CAF is as much yours as it is everyone else’s.
Welcome to D-CAF’s 10 th edition. Enjoy!