Egypt – Cairo

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1 – 15 May 2014

Music, Theatre, Poetry, Visual Arts, Cinema & Workshops

Red Zone is an annual festival launched in Oslo in March 2013 by Kirkelig Kulturverksted (KKV) of Norway, the second edition of the Red Zone festival takes place in Cairo and Beirut from May 1-15, hosted by Culture Resource in Egypt and the Cultural Cooperative for Youth in Theatre and Cinema (SHAMS) in Lebanon in the context of the 6th edition of the Spring FestivalThe Redzone festival is dedicated to freedom of expression in the arts and supporting this freedom through giving artists access to broad audiences. .

Spring Festival is a biannual event organized by Culture Resource to present a wide range of the most prominent artists in music, literature, visual arts, theatre, and dance from around the world, most of who have never performed for Egyptian and Lebanese audiences before.

Thursday May 1

Turab – Palestine

Turab was established in 2004 by a group of young Palestinian musicians from diverse backgrounds seeking to develop a contemporary Palestinian musical tradition. Through instrumental pieces and songs, Turab uses music to address the complexities of politics, love, social justice, and daily life under occupation in Palestine, drawing on a distinguished tradition of politically and socially engaged music and songs, yet maintaining a unique identity. Founder of the group Basel Zayed and the other artists of Turab search constantly for distinctive lyrics and music that express the daily concerns and dreams of the average individual. Turab has release d three albums since 2006, and is currently working on a new release.

8 pm, ticket price: 20 LE
El Genaina Theater
Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa
Tel: 0227510772

Saturday and Sunday May 3 and 4

Spoken World
Spoken word artists from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia present an evening of new original poems, sounds and visuals developed together for the festival.

Aly Talibab – Egypt
A spoken word street artist, his words often aim harsh criticism at society’s structures and taboos. Ali tries to free himself by using art as a medium of expression, guided by nothing except his desire to find meaning in words.

Ghazi Frini – Tunisia
Born in Tunis, Ghazi is a VJ and multimedia artist who manipulates and reformats videos, sounds and images in response to the performance environment, creating a live, on the spot experience for the audience that is never the same twice. In addition to his work with a number of contemporary dance artists, he has presented his work at various international festivals such as EFest Electronic Music and Digital Creation Festival and Dream City Biennale D’Art, the Cutlog Festival Internation Du Film D’Artiste in Paris, and the D-CAF Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo.

Mazen El Sayed (El Rass) – Lebanon
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, El Rass is a poet and rapper who left the world of banking and finance to focus on his long time love of rhyming poetry. His masterful manipulation of language switches seamlessly from classical Arabic to the spoken Lebanese dialect, tackling a wide range of sensitive subjects and issues, from revolution to religion, from Sufism to social agitation. He has also worked as a journalist with Al Safir and Al Modon newspapers. His first album Kashf el Mahjoub was released in February 2012 to regional success, and will be followed by a second release in a few months.

Tarek Abu Kwaik (El Far3i) – Jordan/ Palestine
El Far3i is a Palestinian-Jordanian rapper, songwriter, percussionist and spoken word artist based in Amman Jordan. El Far3i is also the name of his solo project that he layers lyrics over guitar and rhythmic beats produced by himself or other producers.

8 pm, ticket price: 10 LE
Falaki Theater
24 El Falaki Street, Bab El Louk
Tel: 0227976373

Thursday May 8


Capharnaüm – Morocco By Latefa Ahrrar
In Capharnaüm, Latefa uses multiple forms of visual language, to address the taboos within the traditional and conservative Arab society; the body in art and the position of women in society and art. The play was premiered in Morocco and has since been presented in a number of international festivals. The performance is based on a poem by Yassin Adnan.

Latefa Ahrrare, Moroccan actress Latefa Ahrrare is known for her theatrical, television and film roles with renowned Moroccan and foreign directors, which have earned her awards at major national, Arab and international art festivals. Over the last decade she has also created and presented three one woman plays. Also a professor of theater, she attaches great importance to all issues related to human rights and individual freedoms, as well as the principles of solidarity and co-existence.

Points of Pain – Norway  By Kate Pendry
Points Of Pain is a theatrical examination of the events of 22nd July 2011 in Norway and their aftermath. On that day, a right wing extremist set off a bomb in the capital city of Oslo, after which he shot and killed 69 members of the Labour Party youth wing. His stated aim was to kill “cultural Marxists” who had betrayed ethnic Norwegian identity and allowed “islamization” to occur in Norway. A presentation of fifteen different scenes, or situations, exploring the nature of hate, perversions of humanity, and supposed patriotism, the play is made up of imagined meetings, scenes between survivors of the terrorist attack, and a chorus speaking of heaven and hell, the collective mind, and brotherhood. Points of Pain is an attempt to illuminate the pain of this seismic event in Norwegian history, and to explore such universal themes as the loss of children, a mother’s love for her son, and the capacity of love to overcome the malignancy of hatred between humans.

Kate Pendry, born in London, Kate has lived in Norway since 1995 and is a successful performance artist, actress and playwright whose work deals with controversial subjects. Her work is both personal and political, often using dark humor to make its points.

8 pm, ticket price: 10 LE
Falaki Theater
24 El Falaki Street, Bab El Louk
Tel: 0227976373

Saturday May 10


Three poets from Egypt, Morocco and Iraq bring three unique voices and points of view for a night of poetry.

Walid al-Kubaisi, Iraq/Norway
Originally from Baghdad and now a Norwegian citizen, Walid writes on Middle Eastern politics and culture in relation to the West, and is the author of a number of books on Islam in Europe and the integration of Muslim immigrants. He produced the film Equality, Freedom and the Muslim Brotherhood, which was nominated for the Golden Nymph award in Monte Carlo in 2010. He is also the editor of the blog

Michael Adel, Egypt
Michael is a journalist, colloquial poet and author of two published collections of poems: C28 and song, paper and a pen. Michael has also worked for several Egyptian newspapers including Al Youm Al Sabea, Al Wadi and Al Badil, and the Lebanese newspaper Al Modon. He was previously nominated for the Naguib Mahfouz Literary Award.

Mohamed Ellaghafi, Morocco
Poet, founder and head of the University of Morocco Association for Creators, and also founded the Almas Association for Culture and Art and the Five Senses literary movement in Morocco. He has published numerous poetry books including Ukaz Market, The Five Senses are the First Step, among others.

8 pm, free admission
Rawabet Theatre
3 Hussien El Me’amar St., Downtown
Tel: 0225768086

Sunday May 11


This is Not a Film, 2011 – Documentary, 75 min.
Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Winner of the Society of Film Critics Best Experimental Film Award in 2013, this 2012 Iranian documentary created during the director’s house arrest and ban from making films and smuggled out of Iran in a cake will be shown for the first time in Egypt.

This Iranian documentary film was created when Panahi was under house arrest in Iran, awaiting the result of his appeal of a six-year prison sentence and twenty-year ban on making films, leaving the country or giving media interviews for the charge of “propaganda against the regime”. The film was smuggled from Iran to Cannes in a flash drive hidden inside a birthday cake to be screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and later at the New York Film Festival, and others. The New York Times rated This Is Not a Film the fourth best documentary of 2012, calling the film “a “brave and witty video diary, an essay on the struggle between political tyranny and the creative imagination.” In December 2012 it was shortlisted as one of 15 films eligible for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.

8 pm, free admission
Falaki Theater
24 El Falaki Street, Bab El Louk
Tel: 0227976373

Monday May 12

Visual Arts

Fictional Museum by Said Baalbaki – Lebanon
Installations that challenge the credibility of museums as the proper site for artifacts, and reflect on the shattered unity of Lebanon after the civil war

Said Baalbaki, based in Berlin, the Lebanese artist is known for painted works that draw on his experiences as a child during the Lebanese Civil War and the Israeli occupation. Often devoid of people, his works portray piles of items such as suitcases, shoes, clothing and other belongings, symbolizing lost, unrecorded and forgotten stories of history. A conceptual shift in his work occurred in 2006 when he began to examine the role of museums and institutions in guiding dominant perceptions of history. His work has been featured in many prestigious galleries, and has been exhibited across the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the United States.

From the Square by Heba Khalefa – Egypt
Using a combination of painting and collage, photographer Heba Khalifa takes spectators from the battle of the Qasr al-Nile bridge in January 2011 to Holy Family’s visit to Egypt, and from protesters and martyrs of 2011 to a woman from the Pharaonic era.

Heba Khalifa, an Egyptian photojournalist who has worked for Al Shorouk newspaper in 2008. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Helwan University, and worked in social programs for underprivileged children before taking photojournalism as a full time career. She is the recipient of the Mohammed Mounir Award for Visual Arts, Youth Salon, Egypt (2007), and a Scholarship to Study Graphic Art, Salzburg Summer Academy, Austria, and also participated in the Workshop in Visual Storytelling, Egyptian Supreme Council for Journalism.

Opening night: May 12, 8 pm
Exhibit runs May 12 through May 25 – from 12pm to 10 pm
Viennoise Hotel
11, Mahmoud Bassouni St. Downtown
Tel: 0225743153

Thursday May 15


Badiaa Bouhrizi – Tunisia
Badiaa Bouhrizi is a Tunisian singer and musician, who has developed her own style she has named Neyssatou, the new sound of North Africa, an expression of authentic music, neither traditional folklore, nor artificial fusion. Born from the underground scene that claims multiple cultural heritages, Neyssatou draws inspiration from African music, Reggae, classical Arabic music, Jazz and Roots music as well as Amazigh influences. Badiaa’s musical journey has taken her through chorale, rock and roll, improvisation, electronic and minimalism to arrive at her style.

8 pm, ticket price: 20 LE
El Genaina Theater
Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa
Tel: 0227510772