A special day marking the sixth anniversary of the opening of the Darb 1718 Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Centre will include a rich programme, filled with music and new exhibitions.
The evening will include a performance by Abo wel Shabab, a band that made its first breakthrough in 2013. The band's history goes back to the musical endeavours of its lead vocalist, Abo, who also plays guitar and writes the lyrics. His passion for music was matched in bassist Jack and guitarist Akram. Later on, drummer Negmo and keyboardist Ahmed joined. The band performs songs in Arabic with lyrics touching on social issues.
The Darb 1781 celebrations will also see a performance by Raquy Danziger, an Istanbul-based performer, teacher and composer known for her expertise in dumbek rhythms, played on the Middle-eastern goblet drum known as the darbuka, tabla or tombak, depending on what part of the region.
A different music experience will be offered by Procession Towards the Unknown, where the band explores experimental improvisation and the state of trance.
The evening will also witness the launch of three photography exhibitions.
'Sight' explores the essence of Cairo's streets in works by Eslam Muhamed, Karim El-Hayawan, Monir El-Shazly, Norhan Hawala, Nour Kamel and Shereen Muhamed.
According to Darb 1718, the 'We are All Celebrities' exhibition presents work in progress, part of a larger project called 'Ovine Condition' in three parts: 'Celebrities,' 'Presumed Innocent,' and 'Field of Honour.' The main issue is how far we are informed on matters of wide social concern.
Finally, 'Underneath the Surface' by Nanna Kreutzmann and Toni Haddad is a collaborative work between a Danish photojournalist and a Lebanese photographer.
All three exhibitions will be open until 30 January 2015.
Saturday, 20 December, 7pm
Darb 1718, Kasr El-Sham3 Street, Al-Fakhareen – Old Cairo