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Art Beat Festival: Calling all Art Lovers

Art Beat Festival: Calling all Art Lovers
    written by
    Hannah Cooper

    Cairo is such a culturally rich city, running
    deep with musical and artistic talent. It thrives on historical craftsmanship and
    is challenged by modern day music.

    However, the Cairene
    public rarely has access to the art experience in all arenas. Since the
    majority of the local and international arts scene is unfortunately often secluded
    to selective venues, only a limited number of people access these performances
    and art exhibits.

    Launching in Cairo and El Minia on
    June 10 th and running until June 14 th, the Art Beat Festival aims at dissolving
    barriers and providing an opportunity for all Cairenes to enjoy both local and
    international arts on display.

    The Art Beat
    Festival is the brainchild of the musical minds at Cairo Jazz Club in conjunction
    with the creative team at Darb 1718. While Cairo Jazz Club
    has always supported up-and-coming local musicians, Darb 1718 has done a
    phenomenal job in providing an arts space for both local and international
    artists. Other participating venues include El Genina Theatre in Al Azhar Park,
    as well as the Roman
    Theatre in El Minia.

    Sponsorship from
    the Goethe Institute and Robert Bosch Stiftung in El Minia led to the expansion
    of the festival to performances outside of Cairo; thereby providing access to a
    larger audience. Minia artist Hassan Shark will display his paintings at the Roman Theatre
    in El Minia, which have been featured internationally and promise to be one of
    a kind.

    While the
    festival includes various arts and crafts ranging from musical performances to
    workshops and local art exhibits, there will be something for everyone; whether
    it is a live show or the chance to spin a little pottery of your own.

    Given that one of
    the main goals of the festival is to fuse local and international artistry and
    to create a cultural exchange, musical performances will include bands from Germany, Holland,
    Switzerland and Spain;
    covering various genres from Cuban folkloric music to electronic mixes. Also
    included in the line-up are local bands such as El Dor El Awwal and Al Nil

    Throughout the
    entire festival, works of art, including sculpture and pottery, will be on
    display at Darb 1718, in addition to Darb’s latest exhibit, Uncovered, which
    provides insight into today’s fashion industry and its relation to the state of

    Head out to Cairo
    Jazz Club this Thursday night for the opening ceremony featuring Spanish band La
    Banda del Pepo. During the festival, the Cairo Jazz Club imposes no cover
    charge as usual, and drinks are priced normally. Seeing as Cairo Jazz is known
    for its strict front door policy, you may want to go ahead and book in advance.
    You never know.

    Take this weekend
    of opportunities to soak up a little artistic and musical talent that might
    just inspire you to start something of your own.

    For more
    information about the Art Beat
    or for
    the festival’s schedule, check out our events listings.