Cairo Cafés: The History of Cultural Life from the Margin

Apr 21
Apr 21
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
Oriental Hall
Arabic with translation

Cairo cafes have a complex yet fascinating history in the city's cultural and sociopolitical life. A bridge between the margin and the mainstream and a conversational space, 'El-Qahwa' has been a major feature of the Egyptian public sphere. Linking the past to the present, the people to the space, and the public discourse, this session brings to light how ‘El-Qahwa’ as a space has contributed to Egypt's history and its present. The speakers discuss how Cairo cafes as public spaces and creative hubs changed over time and their contribution to the city's vibrant texture.

Access to the event is on a first-come, first-served basis, and according to hall capacity.

Sayed Mahmoud
Journalist; Former Editor-in-Chief of Al-Qahira newspaper; Managing Editor of Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine; Author