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Spring culture season: A timeline of festivals
 
 
D-CAF's African Import. Photo: Mostafa Naguib
 

Springtime in Egypt is traditionally celebrated with a festival which involves eating rotten fish outdoors. But cultural operators are also in the habit of programming festivals throughout the season, and this year is no different.

Besides big cultural happenings, ongoing events in Cairo include regular live music nights at Room Art Space and Cairo Jazz Club, and on Wednesdays with Zigzag and Nacelle. Eish & Malh’s Slow Downtown, a market for organic local food and live music, is the first Friday of every month, and their Dinner at the Movies collaboration with Cimatheque continues too.

Below is a timeline of festivals and other significant culture events in Cairo and elsewhere from February to May. Navigate the month using the top bar, while bearing in mind that not all dates are set in stone and may be subject to change. More details and links below.

February

Cairo International Book Fair

January 26 – February 10 in Cairo

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to fair

The Bus Days & Otherwise theater week

January 31 – February 4 at Cairo’s Jesuit Theater

Link to theater week

Cinedelta Documentary Film Festival

February 1 – 9 in Tanta, Alexandria and Rosetta

Mada’s related coverage

Link to festival

I, Daniel Blake and double bill Moug + I am the People

I, Daniel Blake starting February 1

Double bill starting February 15 at Cairo’s Zawya

Mada’s previous coverage of Zawya

Link to Zawya

Cairo Video Festival

February 5 – 28

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to Medrar

City Lights, Ya Sem & The Last Supper at Falaki Theater

City Lights shows from February 9 – 11

Ya Sem shows from February 16 – 18

Mada’s previous coverage of Ya Sem

The Last Supper shows from February 23 – 25

Mada’s previous coverage of The Last Supper

Link to Falaki Theater

Cairo Literature Festival

February 11 – 16

Mada’s previous coverage

5 Raqs

February 13 – 19

Mada’s related coverage

Link to Cairo Contemporary Dance Center

PhotoCairo 6

February 15 – March 23

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to Contemporary Image Collective

Malak Yacout exhibition at Townhouse

19 February – 5 April

Mada’s related coverage

Link to Townhouse Gallery

Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim

Released March 1

Mada’s related coverage

Link to film page

In the Last Days of the City

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to film page

March

Ibero-American Film Week

March 15 – 21

Mada’s previous coverage of Zawya

Link to Zawya

Daniele Genadry exhibition at Gypsum

February 22 – April 1

Mada’s previous coverage of Gypsum

Link to Gypsum

Cairo International Women’s Film Festival

March 4 – 9

Link to festival

Cimatheque March Program: Films on Music

March 2 – 31

Program link

Syria month at NVIC

March 9 – 26

Program link

Di-Egy Festival

March 7 – 14

Link to festival

Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children

March 8 – 14

Link to festival

Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival

March 17 – April 8

Mada’s previous coverage of D-CAF

Link to D-CAF

Backstreet Festival in Alexandria

March 30 – April 4

Link to festival

April

India by the Nile

March 8 – April 27

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to festival

Mahmoud Khaled exhibition at Gypsum

Exact dates to be announced

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to Gypsum

Final chapter of If Not For That Wall at CIC

Exact dates to be announced

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to Contemporary Image Collective

Alexandria International Festival for Contemporary Theater

22-29 April

Link to Bibliotheca Alexandrina Art Center

May

Panorama of the Arab Film

Exact dates to be announced

Mada’s previous coverage of Zawya

Link to Zawya

Goethe Film Week

Exact dates to be announced

Mada’s previous coverage of the Goethe Institute

Link to Goethe

Sandbox Festival

May 4 – 8

Link to Nacelle

Nassim el-Raqs

May 4 – 9

Mada’s previous coverage

Link to event

 

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Rowan El Shimi 
Culture journalist