MasterPeace, the international bottom-up peace movement aiming to bridge world conflicts, recenty hosted the second “Street Art Festival” in Al Dokki, Cairo. The festival came as a closure to the “Peace Capital” activities that started on September 21st, the International Peace Day.
Aiming to transform Cairo into the peace capital of the world by 2014, the yearly event is celebrated as one of the most significant happenings that provide opportunities to spread a message of world peace through art, music and collaborative workshops.
MasterPeace provided an opportunity to a diverse group of local artists and bands to showcase their talents and perform in front of an audience of 3,000 people. The “Sound of Underground” competition started a month ago where many underground bands and artists applied to the competition. A jury selected 10 artists to perform at the festival. A voting campaign is to start on the 10th of October 2012, and the winning artists will perform in Holland on the 5th of May 2012 on Holland’s Liberation day.
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MasterPeace's main aim is promoting peace-building activities, which was translated during the festival through graffiti drawings and other workshops.
The audience was impressed by performances of underground bands that included May Abdl El Aziz, Zap Tharwat, Kayan band, Shady Ahmed, Alwan Band, Shaware'na, Simplexity, City band and Revolution Records.
“Last year we expected 500 to 600 people but we were overwhelmed by almost 2000. The origami session was also a big hit because it was provided by the Japan Foundation so the workshops were conducted by professionals,” Ahmed Fathy, Art festival coordinator, said.
The Peace Week in Egypt is part of several activities that were lead by MasterPeace in 25 countries in respect to the UN’s International Day of Peace. The “Street Art Festival” takes place at the end of each Peace week in all participating countries to celebrate the International Day of Peace by presenting a wide range of the most prominent contemporary creations in music and visual arts.