Crafts in the City of the Dead: supporting traditional culture in Egypt
December 9, 2015
As part of the EU-funded project ‘Outside In’: “The Art of Inclusion”, local craftsmen will showcase their work during the second in a series of events as part of the Sultan Qaitbay Fair on Friday 11 December in Cairo’s ‘City of the Dead’ from 4-8pm.
The Fair is an opportunity for local artisans, who have been preserving their traditional craftsmanship over the years, to showcase and sell their products, which include hand-blown glass, silver inlay, brass, silver jewelry, mother-of-pearl inlays, turned-wood furniture and more. The fair will also feature pieces by contemporary artists in different media, and seeks to enhance art and culture accessibility of the neighborhood within the City of the Dead.
The hawd of Sultan Qaitbay opened last July after restoration, contributing to sustainability in the neighborhood economy through establishing a steady showroom where local craftsmen can display their products on a rotational basis. The restoration was primarily financed by the EU, and was implemented by Cairo-based ARCHiNOS Architecture in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities and its Historic Cairo Project. (EU Neighbourhood Info)