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An artistic duo re-presents a dying art in Cairo starting tonight

As they walked out from “I’m Nobody’s Shadow” onto the streets of the ancient city of Tunis, audiences couldn’t help...

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Three arts festivals hit downtown Cairo this April with new visions

On one end of the concrete wall blocking Qasr al-Aini Street stands a small grocery store with a red façade....

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The pick: An industry’s pride and glory

Last June, a famous olive oil soap “fossil” from the brand Nabolsy Shahin was exhibited in a vitrine at the...

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Proposal to rent Egypt monuments refused

The Finance Ministry's recent proposal to rent out the country’s key monuments, including the pyramids in Giza, to fund the...

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'Arabian Nights' has a smaller sibling

Almost every reader on the planet is familiar in some way with the epic “1,001 Nights.” We know of Sultan...

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A retrospective of the artist and martyr does not explain Ahmed Basiony

I barely knew Ahmed Basiony in person. I only got to meet him casually at exhibition openings around downtown or...

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Art for the psyche: The work of Sama Waly

Sadly, Sama Waly’s video installation in Photo Cairo 5 was removed before the show came to an end due to...

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Entering a Grimm-like tale

Childish fear was the emotion that artist Noura Seif sought to evoke with “Boody,” a collection of drawings and sculptures...

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Political Veggies: An artistic restaurant triggers conversations

For most of us living in Cairo, it’s often difficult to imagine what our neighborhoods might have looked like in...

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Daily notes of nonexistence: Constructing a communal history through a personal archive

“He swore it all took place under a giant glass dome,” reads a sentence printed in silver below a photograph...

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Blog: A day skirting around downtown Cairo

Even for those who have never set foot in downtown Cairo, it seems familiar, especially after images of Tahrir Square...

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Dreams of engagement

TUNIS — Tunisian artistic duo Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, both choreographers and performers, used to encounter the same audience at...

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Critic's pick: Art from the 'happy' Olympic Games

The official motto of the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 was "Die Heiteren Spiele," or The Happy Games. The Federal...

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Ibrahim Batout's new film to premiere in Venice

"Winter of Discontent," Ibrahim Batout's latest film, will have its exclusive world premiere in this year's Venice International Film Festival....

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