Following their successful collaboration on the Art Beat festival, Darb 17 18 and Cairo Jazz Club are teaming up once again to host Mawaweel, a Ramadan program filled with late-night festivities where you can enjoy the arts and the spirit of Ramadan congruently.
The festival’s title stems from the word Mawlawid, dating back to the 13th century. Originally created by world-renowned Sufi poet Rumi, the Mawlawid is a symbolic dancing ritual that stimulates one’s connection with God through the use of art and music. Combining an artistic atmosphere and spiritual ambience, this Ramadan program is sure to get your creative juices flowing and spiritual energies nursed!
From August 19th till September 3rd, events will be hosted on the grounds of Darb 17 18 in the heart of the Fustat community. As Darb 17 18 firmly believes in the importance of creating a collective, communal space for art; the event will provide the area’s craftsmen and artists with an open space to exhibit their work.
Activities and events for the public will also range from musical and theatrical performances to storytelling and craft workshops. Each week, the activities will change, allowing individuals the opportunity to try new things while providing a little something for everyone.
The Cairo Jazz Club Agency promotes new artists and manages various events in Cairo. The agency will bring in music of all kinds, including a performance by Grammy winner Fathy Salama as well as local favourites Yehia Khalil, Wust El Balad and Beshir.
For some classical Naguib Mahfouz tales, storyteller Abeer Soliman will leave you in awe, accompanied by folkloric music to get your imagination reeling. Other spellbinding performances include a mesmerising Tanoura dance troupe, who will also be taking the stage.
Pottery, paper and craft workshops will be available at Darb 17 18, allowing people to further develop a favourite craft or try their hand at something new. A bazaar will sell homemade products that will be on site, for those that like to keep their hands clean.
Thanks to the guys over at Darb 17 18 and Cairo Jazz Club, we have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of activities foster the arts. As the event is taking place in one of the oldest areas in Cairo; you can’t help but feel the history in the midst of it all. Call your friends and family, and make plans to attend Mawaweel this Ramadan; you won’t be disappointed.
For more information, check out the Facebook group and as always keep in touch with Cairo 360 for a slew of Ramadan activities that will have you enjoying the late Ramadan nights, and drinking sahlab while you’re at it.