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Art Alert: Taxi at Darb 1718's Mawaweel Festival

An interactive theatre performance entitled Taxi - based on Khaled El-Khamissi's bestselling novel – will be performed by the Thousand Tongues at Darb 1718 this Thursday as part of the Mawaweel Festival

Ahram Online, Monday 21 Jul 2014
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As part of the Mawaweel Festival, taking place over two weekends at Darb 1718, theatre company The Thousand Tongues will present an adaptation of Khaled El-Khamissi's novel Taxi at Darb1718 on Thursday 24 July. Music performances by the Mawlawiya group and the Meshwar reggae band are also set to take place on the night.

Co-directed by American Brian Farish and Egyptian Rewan El-Ghaba, the play uses a selection of El-Khamissi's 58 conversations in an interactive and upbeat performance.

Hosted by Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre and co-organised by the Cairo Jazz Club Agency, this fourth edition of the festival brings a diverse cultural programme on the weekends of 17-18 and 24-25 July.

"Mawaweel offers a culturally rich, alternative Ramadan experience in contrast to the typical shisha cafés and kheima concepts [marquees set up as a post-fasting entertainment cafés] around every corner," the organisers stated in their press release.

"Cairo Jazz Club Agency and Darb 1718 have always shared a common interest in taking on any projects which generate a sense of culture and authenticity through art and music," they added.

Taxi will be performed at Darb 1718 at 9pm.
Darb 1718, Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

Also on Thursday 24 July (26 Ramadan)

9pm

-- Aseer Doum Troupe performance
Doum Cultural Foundation, 13 El-Fardos Street, Agouza, Giza

-- Hansa El-Bisharia (Algeria) concert part of Hayy Festival with opening act by Rasha Magdy
El-Genaina Theatre, Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

-- Tahteeb folkloric art, Taxi installation theatre performance and a concert to be announced, part of Mawaweel Festival
Darb 1718, Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

Check out Ahram Online's Ramadan Culture Agenda for more events taking place until the end of the month..

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