Heritage & Modernity 11th - 14th April 2016 in Cairo

Heritage and Modernity Newsletter no. 1. for partners & Guests

with the generous support of the Allianz Culture foundation

Dear Partners and Guest Artists

We are very glad to announce the release of Heritage and Modernity’s first exclusive newsletter. This newsletter shall facilitate a regular update on the event planning evert fortnight, provide you with info. on the new partners and artists joining recently and much more things that will keep you well informed before your expected visit. Moreover, Schedule of the day is designed to include several activities which will start every day at 10 a. m. Such activities vary between lectures, seminars and solo recitals of Egypt's most renowned musicians. The schedule is organised in a way that enables you to have some time through the day and between sessions to exchange thoughts and opinions with other musicians and composers. Then by the end of the day’s sessions (around 4:00 p.m. CLT) we will make sure we bring you back to hotels which are very close to the city centre where all events we are taking you to take place and specifically in the Down Town area. The most prominent highlight of the evening program is the World premier of Caprice that will take place at the Institute for Arab Music that will also feature the Fantastic Gayagum Player Yi Ji-young and Two performances of Egypt´s folkloric groups in the inspiring Old Islamic Cairo, Al fustat.

News room
We are also very enthusiastic and happy for winning the venues of the American university in Cairo
The AUC provided Two of its beautiful venues in Cairo such as the Oriental Hall and Malak Gabr Theater exclusively for the Heritage and Modernity Platform

They have also made meeting rooms available for the purpose of rehearsals and interaction
The uniqueness of such venue arises from its speciality to EECMS as it is the first venue that ever hosted the first concert of our ECME ensemble and its guest back in 2010 and then marked the huge kick off of the main player of the Egyptian contemporary music scene.


The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language university and an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.

Furthermore, AUC is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The university’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline. On another note, the AUC is a uniquely chosen venue for such event because it is considered for many years the centre of the arts not only in Egypt but also the Middle East.


We are very excited about the international interest in involving younger generation composers in the platform we call currently Y-LAP. Over 15 promising composers have already been recommended by their countries’ institutions and getting ready to explore a new cultural and artistic landscape and work closely with more established Composers from three continents. We are also very grateful for our colleagues George Kentros chairperson of ISCM Sweden, Madeleine Gille and Erik Lindman-Mata chairmen of UNM Sweden for their engagement and support. Still many countries and ISCM sections are to join and will be announced after finalising needed confirmation.

*FYI, December 1st is the last date for registration.

Meet Kajsa Magnarsson
She is a Swedish sound artist, performer and curator. Magnarsson has a BA in (1985-) Composition, Sound Art, from the Academy of Music and Drama, Gothenburg University (2012-15). She has also studied composition at Universität der Künste in Berlin (2015) and at Gotland School of Composers (2009-11).

Her work mostly deals with political or sociological subjects, exploring objects and phenomena with a curious and reflective eye, never shying away from provocative topics. Magnarsson doesn’t want to project an opinion on the listener or viewer, but rather makes the audience reflect by themselves. She works in several artistic fields, from building sound sculptures to making films or playing with her electroclash alter-ego La Katla.


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