A look back at the 7th edition of D- Caf: street performances

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Sun, 08 Apr 2018 - 09:50 GMT

Street performances: Urban Visions (Trolleys, Dedicated To..., Square one, and Shapers) - Photo courtesy of D-Caf media office

Street performances: Urban Visions (Trolleys, Dedicated To..., Square one, and Shapers) - Photo courtesy of D-Caf media office

CAIRO - 8 April 2018: Coming back for another round of remarkable shows, ranging from dance to music, film, literature and visual arts, the seventh edition of

Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

(D-CAF) has displayed an array of performance that ran from March 9 to March 29 with a special “women-dedicated” edition and cutting-edge performances that shed light on the ever-developing Arab arts.

Among the special performances that took place this year was the street performances Urban Visions (Trolleys, Dedicated To, Square one, and Shapers) by Shaun Parker & Company who toured D-Caf after receiving a grant funding from the Council for Australian – Arab relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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For the very first time, Egypt’s only multi-disciplinary, international contemporary arts festival will be inaugurated outside the downtown Cairo area, with the opening music concert set to take place at Al-Azhar Park. And as it sets off on International Women’s Day, this year’s event has been planned as a special women’s edition, D-CAF Founder and Artistic Director Ahmed El-Attar tells Egypt Today in a previous interview.

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“The opening concert will feature outstanding local, regional and international female musicians from different genres,” Attar reveals. On top of that, the festival provides a 50 percent voucher for all female attendees.

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Established in 2012, D-CAF has been held for three weeks in March and April for the past five years and is now in its seventh edition.

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“What makes this year special,” he adds, “is that the festival offers free tickets of theatre, dance and musical concerts to civil organizations for refugees, disabled people and orphans, giving them a chance to come and see these events.” A crowd-funding campaign has been launched to help offer free shows and affordable tickets for D-CAF performances.


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