The Hakawy international arts festival is a one-week event designed for children to promote the various techniques of storytelling (hakawy).
The first festival four years ago was an introduction to storytelling in general, followed the next year by storytelling through language and education. Last year the focus was on music and this year it is through body and dance.
There are productions from the USA (Frogz), the UK (Yummm), France (Uccellini), Germany (Paradeis Kinder), the Netherlands (Madcap) and Egypt (Amal Bokra) in which “stories” that happen to children (violence, hunger, revolution) are interpreted through dance.
The festival is organised by the AFCA for arts and culture, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, at Hanaguer Arts Centre in the grounds of the Cairo Opera.