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"If they were British, we said ‘Our shop is cheaper than Asda,’” says Haitham Ibrahim, as we stroll through Sharia al-Souq on a busy summer night. “If they were Australian, we said ‘Captain Cook.’ If they...
Last year's 100Lives electronic music festival at Rawabet Theater had a celebratory feel. “People were drinking in the streets, dressing more freely,” says festival organizer Mahmoud Refaat. “They were expressing the freedom...
The sixth annual 100Live Electronic Music Festival takes place Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 June, in downtown Cairo. Ten acts will play in the black box of Rawabet Theater. Organized by music label 100Copies, the relatively small festival is a...
The cultivation began in the months after the events of 25 January 2011: a few molokhia plants, some basil, a scarecrow, an irrigation pipe. Under acacia trees on the undeveloped Saluga Island, Aswan, the act of trespass was hidden from most eyes....
Animal Care in Egypt was never meant to be a hospital, and El Nada Land was never meant to have a zoo. But since the Luxor theme park diversified into animals-in-cages, it has been on a collision course with the cross-town animal welfare activists....
St. Catherine’s Monastery is going digital. The monastery that claims to be the oldest in the world ­— not destroyed, not abandoned in 17 centuries — has begun digitizing its ancient manuscripts for the use of scholars. A new...
Take a map of the world and dribble lines of honey from north to south, avoiding water. These are basically soaring flight paths of bird migration. Every year in autumn, raptors, storks, pelicans and ibis migrate from India to South Africa, from...
Although filmmaker Jocelyne Saab was born and raised and is based in Beirut, her filmmaking career has also centered on Cairo. She shot one documentary in the city in 1979, a second in 1986 and a third on Arab dancing in 1989. And because it had...
The trade of wild, exotic animals sold in Cairo pet shops has boomed, at least according to animal welfare activists. As it does, it has agitated a growing animal rights scene, illuminating stark differences in ideas about the proper treatment of...
The politics were somber, the mood was buoyant. The audience was small, about half the capacity of the El Sawy Culture Wheel’s River Hall. Word hardly got around about the first AfriCairo music festival, which opened on 5 May. Five bands, one...