dcafD-Caf (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival)  returns for its fifth edition on March 31 running until April 22. “Egypt’s only international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival,” D-CAF has everything from literature readings to concerts, to film and theatre, comedy stand up and a puppet show.

Dina El Wedidi and Khansa Batma open the show with a concert at Horreya Garden. The music program focuses on North Africa, and features Egyptian composer Bahaa El Ansary, Arabstazyfrom Tunisia, Ahmed Elseweasy and Abdelbaset Hammouda.


 In the performing arts section,
Egyptian playwright Laila Soliman‘s Zig Zig
Small rooms directed by Hassan El Greatly
Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak:

an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.


Gardens Speak from Tania El Khoury on Vimeo.




The Arab Arts Focus (AAF) part of the program runs for four days from April 14.

See the full program here.

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