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CAIRO – 5 August 2017: This year's edition of the UK’s Edinburg Fringe features exceptional presentations of young Arab talent, who seek to challenge the stereotypes and one-sided views of the Middle East currently prevalent through their performances that will run between August 4 and August 28.
The Edinburg Fringe is known as one of the famous art festivals in the world, and began life in 1947, when eight theatres showed up unannounced to perform outside of the Edinburgh International Festival, at the 'fringe' of Edinburg. This unprecedented act turned out to be an enduring success, attracting countless millions to perform and enjoy the Edinburg Fringe.
The plays are all organized by Arab Art Focus Edinburgh (AAFE), which has set out to bring Arab talent to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe. The AAFE is in cooperation with Cairo's Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF). Spanning young actors from across Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Morocco, the AAFE will include eight live performances ranging from visual art to majestic dance performances.
Amongst the performances include “Running Away" and “Mayhkomsh”, a Palestinian/Egyptian double bill dance performance which centers on various themes of Arab identity in the modern world, such as one's relation to their homeland.