Hal Badeel (Alternative Solution) Festival for Arts launches its first series of performing arts events in Townhouse Gallery's factory space between 24 March and 17 April, turning the art gallery into a stage for music, dance, puppetry and film screenings.
The festival is an independent initiative by two young artists: Mido Sadek and Saber Sayid, who address the issue of shutting down of cultural spaces in Cairo.
The group recycled Townhouse's Factory space from an exhibition hall to a theatre, as an experiment. "With many artistic spaces closing, such as Rawabet Theater, we wanted to try and use spaces such as garages and warehouses, which are empty for art," an organiser of the festival Maha Moneb told Ahram Online.
With a focus on independent arts and younger performers, the festival is bringing to the stage many Egyptian artists across various disciplines.
The volunteer-run festival is not charging any ticket fees at the door to make the festival more inclusive. They are also placing a screen on Nabrawy Street outside of Townhouse, where there is a popular local cafe, and many bystanders, allowing them to see the performances inside the hall.
"Until the festival starts, the space is also open all day for rehearsals and pop-up events by any artists," Moneb said. "We encourage people to pass by and take a look at what we've done with the stage," she added excitedly.
Sunday 24 March
7pm A word from the organisers.
7.15pm Film screening of Ahad sokan Al Maddina (One of the City's Residents) by Adham El-Sherief.
7.40pm Electronic Music Project performance Shorba Mohamed Shafik & Nadah El-Shazly
8.15pm Concert by Mashrou' Koral, Sallam Yousry
Tuesday 26 March
8pm Film screening Though I Know The River is Dry by Omar Hamilton
8.30pm Mashrou’ Mareekh's Open Mic
9.10pm Concert by Darwasha Band
Thursday 28 March
8pm Poetry night by Amin Haddad directed by Reem Hatem
Saturday 30 March
8pm Film screening of Dakhel w Khareg El Ghorfa (In & Out The Room) by Dina Hamza
9pm Electronic Music concert by Maurice Loca
Wednesday 3 April
8pm Short Movie screenings
Friday 5 April
8pm Be Basata Keda (simply like this) performance of stories about the revolution by Ana El-Hekaya Group
Sunday 7 April
8pm Screenings by Mosireen Media Cooperative
8.45pm Electronic Music concert by Rami Abadeer
9.15pm Concert by 'Page 2' Band Feat. Aly Talibab's Lyrics & Poetry
Monday 8 April
8pm Documentary Theatre No Time For Art directed by Laila Soliman
Tuesday 9 April
8pm Contemporary Dance performance Not for Everybody by Mirette Michail
8.45pm Concert by Hassan Zaki
Thursday 11 April
8pm Dancing Martial Art Brazilian Capoeira by Mohamed Tiger
8.45pm HipHop Dancing by We Are Group
Saturday 13 April
8pm Multimedia performance No Exit by Omar El-Motaa'z Bellah
Monday 15 April
8pm Contemporary Dance performance Disorder by Sherien Hegazy
8pm Stand Up Comedy by Ali Qandeel
8.45 Mime by Amro Abdel Aziz
9pm Contemporary Dance performance One by Ahmed El Gendy
Wednesday 17 April
7.30pm Clown performance by Outa Hamra
8.30 A Word from the Organisers
8.45 Contemporary Dance Centre performance by Karima Mansour
9.45 Concert by Yousra El-Hawary