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Centennial Celebration Week

Join us for a full day of fun, festivities and fantastic experiences. From virtual reality to digital graffiti, the program promises an adventure into the future. Enjoy the 100 Years of Fashion Evolution live runway show by AUC alumni and students, and engage with talented street performers. Stop by the Sci-Tech Hub to watch an exciting science experiment, see the galaxy in the next 100 years and check out the NextARCH Lab. Mark the 100th anniversary of K.A.C. Creswell’s first documentation of Cairo’s Islamic monuments at a very special exhibition. Indulge in international food flavors and embark on a scavenger hunt through the campus. Children are promised mind-stimulating activities at the Kids Corner. Don’t forget to check out the Centennial Merchandise store.

Venue: Bartlett Plaza
Date: February 15, 2020
Time: 12 – 5 pm

For more information about the carnival, click here.

Watch the AUC Portal come to life in a 3D mapping experience, visualizing the future of architecture under a moonlit sky. Explore the Future of Design: What’s Next? exhibition, highlighting rising creative talents and gaze into the night sky as it transforms in a spectacular fireworks finale.

Venue: AUC Park and Square
Date: February 17, 2020
Time: 6 – 9 pm

For more information about Centennial Nights, click here.

Join us for a special evening of live musical entertainment at the AUC Center for the Arts.

Enjoy a unique collaboration between AUC’s outstanding music majors and the Cairo Festival Orchestra – the University’s professional orchestra in residence – in an uplifting Concerto-Aria, featuring the music of Bach, Fasch, Mozart and Rossini.

Venue: Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 16, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 6:40 pm

Lions of Cairo
In Memory of Christopher Thoron (Performing and Visual Arts Courtyard)
Delight in music by the highly lauded Lions of Cairo. The live concert showcases the classical music talents of AUC faculty musicians.

Venue: Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 16, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 7:40 pm

AcaPop Concert
Listen to the soothing sounds of AUC’s AcaPop Choir, performing your favorite tunes with the Cairo
Festival Orchestra. The concert is directed by Nesma Mahgoub ’13.

Venue: Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 16, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 9:10 pm

With Bartlett Plaza as their stage, AUC student dancers engage and dazzle in a dynamic, internationally-inspired performance, highlighting the University’s global identity during Centennial Celebration Week.

Venue: Bartlett Plaza
Date: February 16, 2020
Time: 1 -2 pm

Discover what’s next in the world of design at AUC’s dynamic conference, Future of Design: What’s Next?. The spirited design talks will highlight new movements in the region’s design and creative industries, bringing together design practitioners and scholars to exchange experiences, discuss the role of design as an effective practice, frame existing challenges and contribute to the innovative vision of a sustainable future society.

Guest Speakers

Huda Abi Fares 
Founding Director, Khatt Foundation
Rana Beiruti
Director, Amman Design week
Hani Asfour
Dean, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation
Salem Al-Qassimi
Founder and Creative Director, Fikra Design Biennial

Venue: AUC Center for the Arts
Date:February 17, 2020
Time: 12 – 4 pm

Discover what’s next in the world of design at AUC’s contemporary exhibition, Future of Design: What’s Next?. The exhibition showcases today’s most relevant design talents and projects across the regional and global creative sectors with great attention to projects by rising young talents.

Venue: Sharjah Art Gallery and Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 17 – 19, 2020
Time: 6 – 9 pm

Explore the extraordinary life and work of Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell at an exhibition commemorating 100 years since he began officially documenting Cairo’s Islamic monuments. Creswell’s Cairo Collection: A 100-Year Legacy highlights his contributions in documenting and founding the study of Islamic art and architecture of Cairo’s medieval monuments. The collection features never-before-seen photos of historic Cairo, rare aerial photographs of Cairo taken by the Royal Air Force from Creswell’s photo collection and much more. Experience the collection with a new virtual reality 3D effect.

Venue: Foyer of AUC Library
Date: February 17 – March 12, 2020
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join award-winning playwright Heather Raffo for an artist talk at AUC’s Malak Gabr Arts Theater, on February 18 at 5:30 pm followed by the opening of her hit, Off-Broadway play, Noura, at The Gerhart Theater. The play brings the experience of Iraqi refugees to the stage through the compelling story of Noura and her Chaldean Catholic family who fled their home in Mosul, Iraq eight years ago to the United States. As the family celebrates Christmas and their new life in New York City, a visit from a young Iraqi refugee from their hometown stirs up memories they had tried to leave behind and forces them to confront where they are, where they’ve been and who they’ve become. Inspired by the stories and lives of Arab-American women and loosely based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Noura investigates definitions of home and tells the story of how we try to balance our past with the present.

Heather Raffo, artist talk
Venue: Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 18, 2020
Time: 5: 30 pm

Noura play
Venue: The Gerhart Theater
Date: February 18 – 20, 2020
Time: 7 – 9 pm

Noura play
Venue: Falaki Theater
Date: February 25 – 28, 2020
Time: 7 – 9 pm

Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office for EGP 50 starting February 18, 2020.

Tickets can be reserved through or through Fawry link.

The highly anticipated Visions: The Cairo Egyptian Short Film Festival is back for its third edition in March 2020. In celebration of Egypt’s largest and most significant short film festival, the event receives an early welcome during Centennial Celebration Week. A special screening of the award-winning films of the 2019 second edition will take place on February 19 at Malak Gabr Arts Theater. The film festival is sponsored by AUC’s film program and showcases the works of both established and up-and-coming talents.

Venue: Malak Gabr Arts Theater
Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 6 – 9 pm

The AUC folklore student group presents a brilliant performance of high-energy Egyptian folk dance routines, honoring AUC’s new century as the region’s cultural hub.

Venue: Bartlett Plaza
Date: February 19, 2020
Time: 1 – 2 pm

Arts and Technology Exhibitions

Corner of a Dream: Art and Technology Exhibitions
Known for her groundbreaking work combining Arabic typography and graffiti, Bahia Shehab extends her visual poetics with a series of short videos inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. Shehab revisits the sites of her previous graffiti projects, filming about the walls she painted in Beirut, New York, Marrakech and the Greek island of Cephalonia. The shift from graffiti to video marks a change in the artist’s work that reflects larger transformations in the relationship between artists and society in Egypt. Shehab’s quietly evocative video installation offers a view of the lingering aftermath of social upheavals. The artist describes her graffiti walls as “meeting points” that reflect the unity of humanity.

Venue: Marriott Room, AUC Tahrir Square
Date: February 12, 2020 – March 11, 2020
Time: All day

Glitch: Art and Technology Exhibitions
Glitch brings together a group of international artists to explore the ways our understanding of the past, present and future is mediated through technology. The exhibit will span video art, digital paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Exhibited artists include VJ Um Amel (b. Alexandria, Egypt), Petra Cortright (b. Santa Barbara, United States), Shady El Noshokaty (b. Damietta, Egypt), Mounir Fatmi (b. Tangier, Morocco), Jonathon Hexner (b. Dhaka, Bangladesh), Pouran Jinchi (b. Mashhad, Iran), Basim Magdy (b. Assiut, Egypt), Haytham Nawar (b. Gharbiya, Egypt), Mona Omar (b. Cairo, Egypt), Kour Pour (b. Exeter, United Kingdom), Shahzia Sikander (b. Lahore, Pakistan) and Talisker (b. Paris, France).

Venue: Margo Veillon Gallery, AUC Tahrir Square
Date: February 12, 2020 – March 11, 2020
Time: All day

Beit Um Amel: Art and Technology Exhibitions
Beit Um Amel marks VJ Um Amel’s first solo exhibition in the Arab world. The Egyptian-American artist suggests there is no longer a digital divide between theory and practice, and that the integration of technology into our everyday lives means we are all already living an immersive digital experience. The figures of Arab cyborg and mother come together in VJ Um Amel, who will transform AUC’s Future Gallery into her home, Beit Um Amel. Welcoming visitors into her home, the cyborg asks that we navigate shifting data landscapes with greater attention, awareness and an insistence on hope.

Venue: Future and Legacy Galleries
Date: February 12, 2020 – March 11, 2020
Time: All day

Approximately 95% of Egyptians inhabit 5% of Egypt’s land along the Nile. The strategy of urban expansion away from the Nile valley has shifted many times in attempts to give the desert new life or simply create settlements to absorb the country’s rapid population growth. How did our quest for expanding into the desert drive the new urban growth paradigm?

Emergency Exit delves into how our cities have grown over the past few decades in a national quest for modernity.

Venue: Medhat Haroun Courtyard, School of Sciences and Engineering
Date:February 15 – 20, 2020
Time: All day

For International Guests

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to AUC’s Centennial Celebration Week: Experience the Future at AUC New Cairo on February 15 – 19, 2020. To facilitate your trip to Cairo, we are glad to assist you with your accommodation booking.

For more information, click here.