Campaign successfully funded on: 25 Mar,2018
People with disability, street children, economically impoverished groups, ethnic minorities, orphans, refugees, and many more socially excluded segments are marginalized in various ways in the Egyptian society.
Around 15% of Egyptians have a disability; one third of them are children, and many have no access to rehabilitation services and suffer from misconceived perceptions of their conditions in our society. Egypt has been rated one of the most 6 intolerant countries worldwide for disabilities in 2015. (As Per WHO)
There are 3 million street children in Egypt as a result of social injustice and slum life, and about 24 million people — nearly 27% of population — live below the national poverty line, according to official figures. (As per National Center for Social and Criminological Research in Egypt.)
Over 211,000 individuals were registered as refugees and asylum-seekers in Egypt from 63 nationalities with the United Nations Refugee Agency. Only 18.1 percent of refugees have access to basic hygienic and domestic household items. (As per United Nations Refugee Agency)
Worldwide, there has been an increasing policy emphasis on broadening access to the arts among those underrepresented public groups, where policymakers/researchers have been arguing that it will have a long-term positive impact on the well-being and happiness of citizens, as well as on combating social exclusion within societies.
About Arts for All
Arts for All aims to allow wide segments of the Egyptian society, regardless of their socio-economic status, employability, age, disability, or any protected characteristic, to engage with D-CAF’s cutting-edge contemporary arts performances in March. Through this, we aim to offer inspiring and challenging world-class arts performances free of charge to marginalized individuals and groups.
We believe excellent art should be for everyone due to its transcendental capability of transforming people’s lives. Such engagement is believed to be important for the well-being, creativity, and self-expression of citizens, which also positively impacts their potential contribution to the arts and creative industries in Egypt.
“Going to a huge music concert, fulfills an existential need where all human beings strive for. The need of losing oneself in the crowd… The need to transcend in mind and soul… The need of sharing a conscious collective, even for a few seconds... For once, we do not think of each other as competitors, but a group seeking unified sensational satisfaction for all. It’s an inspirational experience that no one in society should be deprived of”
Support us in reaching 1000 tickets for marginalized audiences to attend for free!
A collaboration was established with NGOs dealing with socially excluded segments to arrange for them to attend different D-CAF events via free transportation and free tickets.
Last year, Arts for All initiative has attracted attendees with physical disabilities from El Hassan Foundation, and socio-economically deprived youth and orphans from Amal Village NGO as well as female street children from Banati Foundation. In addition to unprivileged kids from El Darb El Ahmar, attendees with physical disabilities from El Hassan foundation, and Syrian refugees from Syria Tomorrow foundation, as well as attendees with mental disabilities from Zayee Zayak charity, Bedaya NGO and Alwan w Awtar.
Those NGOs want to collaborate with us again, and thus having the groups develop the habit of visiting a theater or music venue to experience contemporary art, as well as gain access to view the back-stage and set-up work happening before and after the start of the shows while meeting the artists behind it.
This year D-CAF is willing to collaborate with a wider range of NGOs like Helm, FACE for children in need, Amal Village NGO, Terre Des Hommes as well as Zayee Zayak, El Hassan Foundation, Alwan w Awtar, Etijah and more! If you are an NGO and interested in being part of such initiative, please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
D-CAF would like to thank all the above mentioned NGOs for collaborating with us in such an impactful project aiming for broadening access to the arts in Cairo.
D-CAF is Egypt’s only international multi-disciplinary contemporary arts festival, taking place over three weeks in March-April every year, at multiple sites across Downtown Cairo. D-CAF features local, regional and international music, theatre, dance, visual arts and film by cutting-edge artists from Egypt, the Arab world, and beyond. www.d-caf.org
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The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) is Egypt’s only international, multidisciplinary, contemporary arts festival. For the past five years D-CAF has delivered a consistently high quality programme of local and international theatre, performance art, music, visual arts, film, and workshops.…Full biography