Second Di-Egy Festival for digital arts set to open early March

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Feb 2017

Di-Egy Fest 0.2 is themed around 'Coding & Identity,' with exhibitions, workshops, performances and discussions

Di-Egy Festival for digital arts
Di-Egy Festival (photo: fragment from the promotional material on the festival's Facebook page)

The second edition of the Di-Egy Festival for digital arts, DI-EGY Fest 0.2, is set to take place between 7 and 14 March.

The DI-EGY Fest 0.2 is centered around the theme of 'Coding & Identity' and will be held at Darb 1718's premises.

Workshops will also be held in other venues across Cairo, including the Khalifa Community Center and The Faculty of Art and Design at MSA University.

The seven-day festival will include exhibitions by Egyptian and international artists, workshops, art talks and panel discussions, as well as live performances and digital art activities for children.

DI-EGY Fest is the first festival in Egypt dedicated to the digital arts. It was launched in 2013 by event directors and curators Elham Khattab and Haytham Nawar, to shed light on the ways in which electronics have altered the art world.

The festival defines its mission on its Facebook page as creating “an environment designed to maximise exchanges, stimulate new ideas, encourage experimentation and produce different activities.”

Among the participating artists are Swiss artists Boris Edelstein, Walid van Boetzelaer, Thomas Isler and Sonja Feldmeier, as well as Austrian artist Gunther Friesinger, and Japanese artist Masasuke Yasumoto.

Several workshops held by these international artists will aim to introduce both young people and professionals to the practices of video and led mapping, curating digital art and culture, the creation of experimental films and augmented reality games.

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