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 42 personalities who have 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 Avignon International Theatre Festival (2015) and the Festival D’Automne in Paris (2015), making it the first Egyptian play ever to be programmed at both festivals.

  • Mahmoud Refaat

    Music Curator

    Mahmoud Refaat 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, for the past 10 years Refaat has been involved in multiple theater stage and cinematic screen projects. In 2005, Refaat 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, Refaat has turned his attention to this burgeoning genre, helping to propel local artists to international recognition. Refaat has toured in Europe, North Africa, the Arab World, and South America, presenting his varied work.

  • Reem Allam

    D-CAF Executive Manager & Assistant Curator

    Reem Allam is the Executive Manager and Curator of D-CAF Festival. In 2018, Allam was selected as a juror for Switzerland’s biggest Zürcher Theater Spektakel festival, as part of the international jury board selecting the ZKB prizes. In 2017 she was a jury board member for Boska Komedia Theater Festival in Poland. Over the past years, Allam has worked in several international festivals, including London's Shubbak Festival, Edinburgh's Just Festival/Fringe Festival 2016, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 for the Arab Arts Focus Showcase. She has also completed the Masterclass of Theatrical Immersion at the Avignon Theater Festival in France. On behalf of Orient Productions company Allam managed the first international classical music festival at Cairo’s Manial Palace heritage. She was awarded an MA with distinction in Arts, Festivals, and Cultural Management from Edinburgh University and received the 2018 Finalist Social Impact Award from the British Council's UK Alumni Awards.

  • Ahmed Nagui

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Basma Hamed

    Communications & Public Relations Manager

  • Sarah Fahmi

    Marketing & Business Development Manager


    Front of House Manager

  • Mram Abdel Maqsoud

    Production Manager

  • Engy Ahmed

    Graphic Designer

  • Omar abo gabal

    Special Events Coordinator


    Volunteer & Programme Coordinator


    Marketing Assistant

  • Omar el Kafrawy

    Social Media Coordinator


    Special Events Interior Architec

  • Dina Said

    Workshop Coordinator & Office Manager

  • Mohamed Hassan


  • Mohamed Kamal

    IT System Administrator


    Media Assistant

  • Mohamed Salem

    English Press Officer

  • Ahmed Eman Zakaria

    Arabic Press & Information Officer

  • Claire Begbie

    English Editor

  • Mostafa Abdel Aty

    Official Photographer

  • Sally Kandil


  • Mohamed Bonga

    Deputy Production Manager

  • Hadeer moustafa

    Theater Stage Manager And Production Manager Assistant

  • Ahmed Ashmawy

    Construction and Installation Manager

  • Ibrahim Saber

    Theater Stage Manager

  • Saber El Sayed

    Festival Lighting Manager

  • Shady Mahmoud

    Chief Sound Engineer

  • Mido Abdel Maqsoud

    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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