PLOT TWIST: Amr Diab Is Finally Old

PLOT TWIST: Amr Diab Is Finally Old

by Karine El-Tantawy

  Oh my Diab!!! What is going on here? The man who defied the laws of nature, physics and biology for years is actually aging. Egypt’s biggest superstar, Amr Diab, has been able to defy age for decades. Everytime a photo of him surfaces online, he managed to look younger than the year before. Plastic […]

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

When art is done containing footage or reference to the Middle East, there is a typical arsenal of imagery that pops up. From camels standing in the middle of the dessert to exotic belly dancers, to heavily gender- segregated spaces, the Middle East is more often than not portrayed as a region stuck in its […]

Wrap My Hijab Music Video Reveals Sickening ‘Hijabiphobia’

by Rana Elhawary

Last week, Mona Haydar — a veiled, Muslim, pregnant, Syrian-American — released a music video commemorating the very first official International Muslim Woman’s Day. Haydar released the video hoping it would combat certain stereotypes regarding veiled women being passive, oppressed, and voiceless.   This is one of those situations when the intention of the artist […]

Egyptian Becomes First Arab Female to Win UN Prize for Street Art

Egyptian Becomes First Arab Female to Win UN Prize for Street Art

  Each year, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture rewards two laureates for their work and outstanding achievements. This year Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will award Egyptian-Lebanese visual artist, Bahia Shehab, for her use of Arabic calligraphy in street art.   Shehab is the first female to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah award. She won the award for her project ‘No, A […]

Egyptian Graphic Designer Ghada Wali Makes Forbes List ’30 Under 30′

Egyptian Graphic Designer Ghada Wali Makes Forbes List ’30 Under 30′

  It always gives us a sense of pride when an Egyptian makes it big. This time it is a 27-year-old graphic designer, residing in Florence, Italy. Ghada Wali is our latest star after winning the Granshan competition in Munich, in addition to two Adobe Design Achievement awards. According to Forbes, the Society of Typographic […]

Artist Uses Henna to Bring Palestinian Landscapes Back to Life

Artist Uses Henna to Bring Palestinian Landscapes Back to Life

  Fatima Al-Ghoul, a 36-year-old Palestinian painter, has decided to use henna for something that doesn’t involve tattooing. Instead, she created a series of paintings of historic sites in Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories, a job she’s been doing for the past eight years.     “Henna is part of our culture, which is why I chose to draw these […]

8 Jobs That Are Looked Down Upon by Egyptian Society

8 Jobs That Are Looked Down Upon by Egyptian Society

Sadly, our society likes to favor only a few professions, I’m sure you know families that only consists of doctors, pharmacists, engineers and so on. Society is so used to considering people working the following eight jobs as second degree citizens, it’s sickening, and it needs to stop.     1) “Mesawaraty” – Photographer     […]

Credit to the Artist: Rabab Elghamry, the Techno Typographer

Credit to the Artist: Rabab Elghamry, the Techno Typographer

  This month for our Credit to the Artist, we’ll be focusing on aspiring typography artists in Egypt. Everyone loves a good typography. Type is the muse of so many extremely talented designers, and Egypt is simply overflowing with beautiful examples just waiting to inspire you to create your own masterpiece. Today, we’re shedding light on […]

11 Underrated Egyptian Artists You Seriously Need to Know Right Now

11 Underrated Egyptian Artists You Seriously Need to Know Right Now

By Lana Helmy

This year, Egypt recorded a population of 93,383,574. It won’t be a surprise at all if I claim that among this about-to-be-a-billion civilization resides millions of homegrown talents and artists who might not be visible or appreciated in the dramatically busy days of our lives –pun intended. So let’s take a moment to appreciate those artists, […]

#CairoGigs: In Celebration of Ahmed Safi

#CairoGigs: In Celebration of Ahmed Safi

  One of our favorite local musicians was born on this day nearly a quarter of a century ago, so we thought we would celebrate with him! You may know him as Safi or as Safister, but probably not as Ahmad (unless you’re his mother – or his brother, who also goes by Safi). Maybe […]