Maktabi is a new project by Orient Productions offering creative office spaces situated right in the bustling center of Cairo. Maktabi offers individuals and organizations in the creative sector fully equipped, short-term as well as long-term rentals.
Your new work address is not only in the heart of the city, but it’s also located in a highly sought-after heritage building that dates back to Egypt’s Belle Époque era.
Studio Emad Eddin (SEE) is located on the famous Emad Eddin Street, once the centre of a booming entertainment and cultural scene. The Studio is located in two large apartments across from one another: Number 18 contains five rehearsal rooms, while number 15 is made up of three workshop spaces as well as administrative offices which host the staff of Falaki Theatre and D-CAF, as well as of the SEE Foundation.
Studio Emad Eddin was inaugurated in February 2005 and is a unique project in the Arab World, offering rehearsal, training and residency space to independent troupes and artists, whether Egyptian, regional, or international, in the field of performing arts.
While in 1968 it was used as a dormitory, the Falaki building has since been entirely renovated, leaving no traces of its heritage in the adopted sleek design. After the American University in Cairo left its Downtown campuses in 2012, Orient Productions took over management of the Falaki Theatre and began establishing it as a central performing arts venue within the independent art scene. With an expertly equipped stage, over the last few years Falaki Theatre has successfully presented various acts from both national and international artists and companies.
Purchased by the American University in Cairo in 1964, and home to the AUC library for decades, this once modern stoic building on Mohamed Mahmoud Street is now splattered with bursts of colourful graffiti from the time of the revolution, a reminder of how much change the city has undergone. The building is now being leased to Sawari Ventures, who opened Egypt’s first technology park on its grounds. The inside courtyard offers an alternative setup for outdoor film screenings and the presentation of performing arts.
Zawya - of Misr International Films (Youssef Chahine) - is an art house cinema in Downtown Cairo. A charming theatre and overall experience, Zawya screens a selection of award-winning and critically acclaimed alternative and independent films from Egypt, the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world, giving Egyptians direct exposure to a broader range of cinema beyond commercial films. As an art house cinema, Zawya also programmes film discussions, retrospectives and offers master classes.
Opening as part of Townhouse Gallery in 2006, Rawabet Theatre largely caters to independent troupes, musicians and performance artists.
Although the space itself is not particularly large, and the set up is fairly casual, the theatre is fully operational with professional lighting and sound equipment, and boasts a multipurpose stage.
Rawabet has hosted a range of productions in the past, from experimental theatre to all sorts of music performances, film screenings, and workshops, making it an ideal space for D-CAF events.
Maq'ad of Sultan Qaitbay is a reception hall that is virtually the only surviving part of the palace built in 1474. It is located within Sultan Qaitbey’s funerary complex in the Desert of the Mamluks in the City of the Dead, Cairo.
Al-Sharifayn Passageway cuts through the heart of al-Bursa. The district derives its name from the Stock Exchange built in 1928 in the Art Deco style, designed by renowned French architect George Parcq, who also designed the Sednaoui Department store in Midan al-Khazindar. The land on which the district was built used to be the palace and gardens of Qattawi Pasha, the promoter and financier of the original Bourse (located on al-Bursa al-Gadida Street, between Qasr al-Nil and Tal‘at Harb Streets), as well as the founder of the Helwan Railway and Bab al-Luq covered market.
Situated on a corner on Gawad Hosny Street, the Tamara Building carries the architectural aesthetic of historic Cairo (circa 1910) combined with a faint feel of Queens, New York. The palazzo-like building contains stories of dwellers back when it was more densely inhabited.