Cairo The concrete barriers and occasional skirmishes over the past two years have turned downtown Cairo into a bleak place. Residents and passers-by find it hard to lead their normal life. But this April a new generation of artists has been finding creative ways to overcome these challenges.
Three multidisciplinary arts festivals, the Second Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF), Hal Badeel (Alternative Solution) and Al Fan Midan (Art is a Square) are going to raise the curtain on their exciting programs, which cater to both the local community and hopefully those who have been avoiding the neighborhood altogether.(...)
Events take place in theaters and other historic buildings built between 1879 and the early 1950s, an era when Cairo’s downtown—stretching east from Tahrir Square towards Abdin Palace—was considered a cultural melting pot and the architectural Paris of the Middle East.