The third edition of the Cairotronica Festival will take place - between 26 April and 1 May 2021 - across several stages, including at the Tahrir Cultural Centre (American University in Cairo Tahrir campus) and Factory Space located in Downtown Cairo.
Dubbed this year as 'Data Fiction', once again the festival combines art with technology shedding light on media art through a large selection of performances, exhibitions, talks and workshops.
Cairotronica was founded by Haytham Nawar, a director and also one its curatorial team members. The team is also represented by Ghalia Elsrakbi, (co-founder and artistic director), Nada Bakr (managing director) and Ahmed Al-Laithy (in charge of partnerships and strategies).
Over 45 artists from 22 countries - Egypt, regional and the international scene - will participate in addition to music performances and animation movie screenings, all aiming to showcase "the complexities of dealing with new technologies and explore the myths around data between fact and fiction," the Cairotronica Facebook event reveals.
The event's press release clarifies that Cairotronica aims to structure a programme that is useful and relevant to local and regional context, while presenting the region's perspective on critical and urgent topics that lie at the intersection of art, science, technology and society.
Among the programme highlights are exhibitions that will fill the halls of the Tahrir Cultural Centre and the Factory Space located at the 5 Hussein Basha Al-Meamari street, Downtown Cairo.
Several talks will take place at the Tahrir Cultural Centre's premises, tackling subjects such as 'Poetic Ecosystems' (27 April), 'Economies of Human Behavior' (Online Conversation, 28 April), 'The Sound of My Voice Will Haunt You: Artificial Intelligence in the Home' (28 April), 'Decolonising the Digital Sensoriality of the Past' (30 April), among others.
"The artworks present a range from video art, game art, installations, generative design to interactive and internet art, experimental film, animation and performances, [while] the talks and panel discussion program aim to start a mutual dialogue between the audience and artists," the press release reads.
The Quantum Noize, a performance by Mia Zabelka and Epitaten will take place on 1 May at the Bartlett Fountain Area, an open area of the Tahrir Cultural Centre.
A follow up on Cairotronica Festival will be marked by 'Natural, Artificial and Digital Landscapes', a workshop by Fragmentin - an artist collective based in Lausanne, Switzerland - which will take place throughout the whole day on 25 May.
The Cairotronica Festival is an international festival of electronic and new media arts in Cairo. It includes a program of artistic and academic activities. The first edition of Cairotronica took place in 2016 under the theme of 'Only Connect', followed by the second edition in 2018 exploring the theme 'A Future of Possibilities'. The third edition was scheduled to take place in 2020 but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival's previous editions explored venues such as the Cairo Opera House grounds and cinema Zawya, among others. This year, the festival's organisers decided to keep the event mainly at the Tahrir Cultural Centre; in its many halls and large open-air venue, along with Factory Space and other locations in the area.
All festival activities are open to the public and cover a diverse pool of interests where the audience can engage in activities according to their interest. The festival's organisers stress the importance of social distancing, wearing masks, frequent usage of open-air venues among all other safety procedures that can curb the spread of COVID-19.
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