In the midst of historic Old Cairo emerges a beating heart for contemporary art and culture in Egypt. Darb 1718 is an Egyptian non-profit organization founded in 2008. Its premises includes a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that host different art mediums and cultural events. Darb 1718 houses two art exhibition spaces, theater, dance and concert stages, outdoor cinema for independent film screenings, gardens and rooftops in addition to an artist residency to accommodate international artists and curators. The center provides workshops, programs and initiatives to educate and mentor emerging artists and offers them a space to exhibit their work alongside established artists. It is a hub connecting Egyptian artists from several walks of life with the local and international art and culture scene.
Darb 1718 is an art center and gathering point for all art events in Egypt. A wide stage for Cairo’s Contemporary Art Scene. Darb 1718 will be hosting the main exhibition of the main Curator, Simone Njami, and a series of show and performances during the biennale.