Art Alert: Mawaweel festival to host last Ramadan event on Thursday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Jul 2013

Bands including Masar Egbari, Salalem and Basheer will perform at Darb 1718 in Old Cairo

Masar Egbari Band, Basheer and Salalem bands who will e playing in Mawaweel festival. Photo credit: Official page of Mawaweel event on Facebook

The Mawaweel festival, which aims to bring a new cultural flavour to the Cairo Ramadan experience, will host this year’s final event on Thursday.

The festival was due to feature events on three consecutive Fridays – 19 July, 26 July and 2 August - but last week’s event was cancelled due to protests, and the final event has been moved forward to 1 August.

This Thursday will see screenings of two short films; 'Noor' by Ahmed Ibrahim, followed by 'Bahari' by Ahmed Ghoneimy.

The films will be followed by performances from a number of bands.

Masar Egbari (Compulsory Detour), an alternative Egyptian music band from Alexandria whose music is a mixture of jazz, blues and oriental sounds, will take the stage.

Also performing will be Salalem, an indie-pop band whose songs deal with the lives of Egyptian young people.

Finally, Mawaweel is hosting Basheer, who perform folk music with a modern twist.

The event will also include performances of tanoura, a traditional Egyptian dance, fire dancing, art exhibitions, and activities and workshops for children.


Thursday 1 August, 9pm at Darb 1718
Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre,
Kasr El-Shamaa Street, El-Fakhareen – Old Cairo
(Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

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