Capacity building & Consultation

With over 8 years in operation, Mahatat has developed the necessary know-how on arts in public space, participatory art and cultural management. We are well positioned to provide various arts and culture players with the tools necessary to develop their practice in this field. Capacity building methodologies include workshops, consultations, trainings, training of trainers (ToT) and skills exchange with national, regional and international experts. Continue reading “Capacity building & Consultation”

Participatory art activities

Mahatat follows a participatory approach that creates a platform for audiences to become active participants in artistic activities. As part of the service offering, Mahatat develops tailored artistic events for educational, vocational, team building or entertainment purposes. The implementation of these events is a process that involves conceptualization, logistics and curation with relevant professional artists.

Public art displays and tours

Mahatat’s niche relies on its ability to take art to public spaces and streets. The displays are not limited to one form of art and include everything from public performances to visual installations. We are commissioned to curate, produce and organize unique artistic events. Our outreach across Egypt has been made possible through our strong network in key cities. Continue reading “Public art displays and tours”

Culture Entrepreneurship Program

With the support of the (EU Commission) in Egypt and in cooperation between (Goethe-Institut in Cairo), (Robert Bosch Stiftung) for Cultural Exchange and (Mahatat for contemporary art), this project aims to develop and realize innovative concepts of self-sustained cultural entrepreneurship in Egypt’s regions towards technical and financial independence.

The two-year project (January 2015- December 2016) targetted 12 cultural enterprises in cities across 10 Egyptian governorates (except Cairo, Giza and Alexandria). The aim has been to develop innovative and independent cultural enterprises that target community and market needs with income generating cultural interventions. The targeted entrepreneurs are hoped to be cultural change agents in their communities and resourceful visionaries that have innovative interventions through economically sustainable cultural enterprises. To conclude the program, a two-day forum was organized in Cairo to engage discussions on entrepreneurship, access, growth and collaboration in the arts and culture field in Egypt. This is where Egyptian artists , cultural entrepreneurs and organizations inside and outside Cairo met key representatives in the worlds of business, technology and academia.

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Project Partners

EU CommisionGoethe-Institut in Cairo, Robert Bosch Stiftung

City Shadows

City Shadows: a toolkit on how to transform abandoned spaces through the arts

Villa Fernand on Abdel Salam Aref street stands amongst Port Said’s neglected cultural heritage. The building behind Villa Fernand was a colorful old building that is now in the process of demolition. An open and empty space behind these two structures stood idle and unused with the exception of hosting trash. This was the space chosen for the City Shadows event, part of a creative action research with the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) to explore the ways abandoned spaces in cities can be revived through art. In a short time-frame, this discreetly hidden space in Port Said was cleaned-up, revamped and transformed. The exhibition revolved around Port Said’s popular culture and how the citizens are entangled in their city’s heritage and history. With the support of Artistic Consultant Rana El Nemr, curator and visual artist Nadia Mounier brought the space back to life through old and new photos, video installations and collectibles from Port Said. Audiences were invited in and free to move around as they wish, slowly discovering items such as the paper crafts by artist Nervan Talha. Curators and musicians Nancy Mounir and Omar Mostafa flooded the space with experimental music tracks that faintly spread to the neighbouring streets. For many of the over 300 Port Said residents that attended, it was their first time to hear that Villa Fernand even existed. As a lead up to the event, the group from Port Said Ala Adeemo designed walking and bike tours around the city to take people around significant cultural and historical places including those that have been abandoned.

This event was developed to support in the creation of a Do-it-Yourself toolkit on how to revive abandoned spaces and redirect their use towards artistic learning and expression, developed by Shaimaa Atef. The research has been supported by the European Cultural Foundation and was initiated during the 2015 Idea Camp. The event is developed in partnership with the Drosos Foundation under the umbrella of the Access to Arts/Shababeek program with Mahatat for contemporary art.

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Rana El Nemr (Artistic Consultant), Nadia Mounir (Visual Artist & Curator), Nancy Mounir (Musician), Omar Moustafa (Musician), Nirvan Taha (Origami artist)

Project Partners

Drosos FoundationEuropean Cultural Foundation (ECF)


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