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The Townhouse Gallery: The Beating Heart of Cairo’s Contemporary Art Scene

June 1, 2011

The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo

by Joe Banh

The glories of ancient Egypt are amazing to behold, but contemporary Cairo is just as compelling. Amidst the din of traffic and the chaos of the jostling crowds in downtown Cairo is the Townhouse Gallery. Part art gallery, part performance space, part library and community space, the Townhouse is truly the beating heart of Cairo’s contemporary art scene. Well connected to the movements and ideas circulating in the global contemporary art world, the exhibitions that are mounted by the Townhouse are often extremely relevant to the context of Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. But perhaps what is most commendable is its role as an incubator for nurturing local artists and the art community at large. Offering many free public workshops and lectures by visiting artists the Townhouse Gallery is a model of how art institutions and contemporary art can be mobilized to serve the public. Downtown Cairo is never a dull place, and the Townhouse Gallery ensures that beneath the dust, exhaust and blaring car horns, is a place where people can gather to learn, share and create something meaningful together. If you’re in Cairo it’s worth a visit.

The Townhouse Gallery is located at:

10 Nabrawy St., off Champollion St., Downtown

Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

For more information please visit:

Website: http://www.thetownhousegallery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2591145373

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