Take a computer screen that wraps 180 degrees around you, add nine video projectors and a wealth of cultural and natural heritage, and what do you get? Culturama, an interactive virtual tour of some of Egypt’s most iconic landscapes and buildings. Developed by the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT),Culturama offers show about Modern Egypt, Ancient Egyptian History, Islamic and Coptic Architecture history and Luxor and Cairo University.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina houses Culturama theater; others are located at Sharm El-Sheikh’s Soho Square, Luxor Heritage Center, Cairo University and in El Gouna. For more about Culturama, visit www.cultnat.org.
It’s not just about stars at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The Planetarium’s IMAX 3D theater also lets you and your children explore the universe with The Zula Patrol, follow intrepid river explorers in Mystery of the Nile and search for distant signs of life in Oasis in Space. Shows are about 30 minutes long, so you’ll have time to roll up your sleeves and head over to the ALEXploratorium, the Bibliotheca’s hands-on science facility.
• Corniche, Chatby, Alexandria
• Tel: +2 (03) 483-9999
The back streets near the ruins of the Roman amphitheater conceal an ode to a literary giant. Though Greek by nationality, Constantine P. Cavafy was a born son of Alexandria and an acclaimed poet, famous for his “Waiting for the Barbarians” and “Ithaca.” He lived humbly working as a civil servant in Alexandria for 30 years, and his apartment on Sharm El-Sheikh Street has been preserved as a museum with his manuscripts, photos and possessions.
Alex’s answer to the independent art scene is El Dokan – Space for Art & Society, hosting exhibitions, concerts and even storytelling sesssions. Located in El Mansheya, El Dokan also offers workshops and a shop with locally made handicrafts. Updated event announcements are posted on the Facebook group El Dokan - Space for Art & Society.
The Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF) also hosts exhibitions, lectures and symposia focused on contemporary arts, media and culture.
•10 Hussein Hassab Street, Flat 6, Azarita, Alexandria
• Tel: +20 (03) 483-1643 • Email: email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
• Facebook page: Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (ACAF)