The cult of festivals has been on the rise in Egypt over the last year or so and the latest event to bring together the arts under one roof is Masãfãt.
The result of a collaboration between art and music event curator, Thirty Three Thirty Three, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and the ethereal being that is VENT, Masãfãt will take place in both London (1st-4th September) and Cairo (20th-23rd September), with live music, film screenings, talks and other events set to take place at what is shaping up to be a huge inter-regional, cross-cultural event.
Aiming to open a cultural exchange between both cities through the planes of forward-thinking underground culture, there’s much more than music awaiting at Masãfãt – but it’s certainly looking to be the highlight of the expansive festival.
Among the Egyptian performers set to take to the stage at the London leg of Masãfãt are singer, composer and producer, Nadah El Shazly, audio-visual experimentalists, Tashweesh, and one of the most prolific underground Egyptian musicians, ZULI, as well as Sufi-inspired musician, Abdullah Miniawy, who takes to the stage alongside German band, Carl Gari, in what many are tipping to be one of the highlight acts.
The Cairo leg, meanwhile, will see the likes of Wetrobots and KIK stalwart, ISMAEL. and rapper, Abyusif, perform in their native land, with Bradley Zero and Lee Gamble set for gigs, too, across several venues including Darb 1718 and Sherezade.
Bradley Zero is set to close the Cairo leg of Masãfãt on September 23rd at Darb 1718 Photo: Bradley Zero/Facebook)
By Kalam El Qahaira