El Ahwa (The Cafe)
Cafes are considered an informal meeting space for people of all social backgrounds, especially for youth. With increasing unemployment among youth of all social classes and qualifications, not only in Egypt but all over the world, the number of youth sitting at cafes has increased. In general, cafes provide youth with an open space for dialogue, where they can discuss their personal matters and public affairs and in this way acquire culture and knowledge. All this has attracted our attention to the concept of a café which, if used in a different way, can activate the artistic efforts of those youth and sharpen their creative potentials. It can also be used to establish and root the principles of social peace in those youth. Therefore, we think cafes can be tapped into as spaces for young artists to develop artistic practice and to activate social responsibility. The café can be used as a platform for discussing various social causes that currently overshadow young people’s lives.
Gudran and the Café
Gudran has hosted artistic programs at various cafes in downtown Alexandria. Our aim is to activate the potential of young audience members and to create a space in which young artists can display their artistic experiments in an informal environment in front of a constantly changing public.
The Café is an informal social space open to the street, aiming to encourage the artistic abilities of youth positively.
From 2006 to 2007, Gudran organized several artistic events such as concerts, theatrical performances, and story telling. In this way, Gudran aimed to convince the Alexandrian community, young artists, and cafe owners about the importance and economic benefits of the cafe as an artistic platform.