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Dates: March 19 – April 9, 2015
D-CAF 4th Edition
The 4th edition of the multidisciplinary Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival will span from March 19th to April 9th. The festival will bring a spectrum of dance, visual and performance art, theatre, music, and film to iconic venues across Downtown Cairo.
Produced by Orient Productions, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) returns this year for its fourth edition under the artistic direction of Ahmed El Attar. The festival’s brainchild, Attar is also the curator of two of its six strands: Performing Arts and Urban Visions – the latter of which presents performance pieces in the public space. Along with Attar, D-CAF 2015 curators include Mahmoud Refaat (Music), Mai Abu El Dahab (Visual Arts), and Rasha Salti (Film).
The Performing Arts programme this year places strong emphasis on audience participation, with some pieces even relying entirely on its spectators, while Urban Visions continues to extend the realm of performing arts into public, unconventional spaces. The Visual Arts programme will feature a selection of solo exhibitions and an evening of visual artists presenting their own performance art.
Having invited a programmer from the Toronto International Film Festival to curate the Film segment, its programme subsequently delivers a diverse range of films hailing from across the globe from Senegal, China, Denmark, Brazil, USA and more. The Music programme this year is directed at what Refaat describes as the ‘urban youth culture’, and features well-known Berlin-based DJs as well as local shaabi acts.
As its name indicates, the Special Events segment offers unique programming outside the curated strands, including talks, workshops, a film master-class, film screenings and a dance performance.
Over the years D-CAF has succeeded in re-opening culturally and historically relevant spaces across the centre of Cairo, and giving new life to spaces that otherwise often go unnoticed, such as Downtown’s many intricate passageways and hidden corners, including the Urban Visions’ location in El Borsa and the Kodak passageway that hosted Hassan Khan’s extensive exhibition as part of D-CAF 2014’s Visual Arts programme. Other key venues include Sherazade Nightclub, Viennoise Hotel, GrEEK Campus, Qasr El Nil Theatre, and Radio Cinema. This year, D-CAF extends to the French Consulate on Shawarbi St, which will host the Visuals Arts programme’s exhibitions and performances.
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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.