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In Cairo, the contemporary art festival D-CAF finally resurfaces

After two years of closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 9th edition of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) has decided to reopen its doors from October 1 to 22. The program is packed with groundbreaking works by artists from all over the world! 

The first international multidisciplinary festival of contemporary art in Egypt 

Established in 2012, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is the first ever international multidisciplinary contemporary art festival in Egypt.

Each year, and for three weeks, it is in the heart of the downtown of the Egyptian capital that thousands of visitors can discover and admire various works in the fields of music, theater, dance but also visual arts, literature or cinema, made by leading artists from Egypt, the Arab world and elsewhere. 

A festival that takes over cultural spaces as well as non-traditional sites 

A touch of originality that will leave a mark on the minds of passers-by walking through Cairo! 

Indeed, in addition to working with established cultural spaces and theaters, D-CAF innovates and uses non-traditional sites such as historical buildings, storefronts, small alleys and even rooftops in Cairo to present their creations.

This new way of exhibiting works allows them to take over the space and get the public and the artists to engage with the city in a new way. 

And this year will be no exception, as organizers plan to showcase a wide range of historic sites and dynamic new spaces in the downtown area. Follow your GPS to the once stoic building on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, a former American University library that boasts dozens of beautiful graffiti from the 2011 revolution and reveals all the changes the city has undergone over the past decade. 

Photographs, films or interactive installations… A busy program to celebrate the return of the event 

Egyptian artist Hana Gamal’s stunning photographs kicked off the festivities on the roof of the Adly Building, a historic place of testimony and dynamic art in the heart of downtown Cairo.

But that’s not all! The event also features a unique set of films and interactive installations from Hungary, Denmark and France

And because D-CAF believes that art should not be confined to the walls of a gallery, the festival’s Urban Visions program will take art to the streets and sidewalks of the Egyptian capital. Two works by French and Hungarian artists invite the public to explore Cairo’s unique urban fabric and discover the city center in a new light.

Go directly to the website to not miss a detail of the program!