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DCAF picks of the week

The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival returns with a month-long program of dance and theater performances, film screenings from across the African continent, an exciting lineup of Egyptian and foreign musicians, interactive art installations and workshops for upcoming artists, as well as families and children.

The festival runs across various venues in downtown Cairo from 4–28 April 2013. For the complete program of events, please visit

Augmented Airspaces

Lot Amoros from Spain and Dia Hamed from Egypt create an art installation in Cairo, filming the city from the air and enabling viewers on the ground to see the live footage in a completely radical way, thanks to an overlaid digital skin layer.

11–15 April, 6–6:30 pm

Friends Cafe

Elwy St., Behind the Egyptian Exchange, Downtown, Cairo


This play by the Algerian Compagnie el Ajouad is a take on self-immolation in contemporary Algerian society. It follows protagonist Moussa, an employee at the village’s hospital morgue, who receives the body of his best friend. The performance is in French with Arabic subtitles.

11–12 April, 8 pm

AUC Falaki Theater

24 Falaki St., Off Mahmoud Basiony St., Downtown, Cairo


Sham MCs and Khadafi Dub

Leading US trap/dub/electronic musician Khadafi Dub will perform followed by Syrian hip-hop artists Sham MCs. 
11 April, 10 pm

Sharazad Night Club
Alfi Bey St., Off Oraby Square, Downtown, Cairo

‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

Khaled Abol Naga will enact Iranian artist Nassim Soleimanpour’s performance on authority for the first time. With no rehearsals, set or props, the performance promises audiences many surprises. Soleimanpour will discuss his work at 9 pm.

13 April, 8 pm

AUC Falaki Theater

24 Falaki St., off Mahmoud Basiony St., Downtown, Cairo


‘Blind Ambition’

Leading artist Hassan Khan shot this film using a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. He explores situations and moments that take place at different times and places in Cairo with a different set of actors for each of the nine episodes. Khan will also hold a Q&A session at 8:30 pm.

14 April, 7 pm

Radio Cinema

24 Talaat Harb St., Downtown, Cairo

‘The Great War’

The Dutch Hotel Modern will show their live animation theater piece for the first time in the Arab world. Audiences witness the reconstruction of the landscapes of the Western Front on a miniature scale using sawdust, potting soil, rusty nails and parsley as trees. A friendly field gradually mutates into a poisonous mound of mud.

16–17 April, 8 pm

AUC Falaki Theater

24 Falaki St., off Mahmoud Basiony St., Downtown, Cairo


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