Orchestrated by AFCA for Arts and Culture , the 3rd edition of Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children was held from the 13th to the 16th of March 2013 at Hanaguer theater (Cairo Opera House) .

Orchestrated by AFCA for Arts and Culture , the 3rd edition of Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children was held from the 13th to the 16th of March 2013 at Hanaguer theater (Cairo Opera House) . This year the festival was placed under the theme of musicality and rythmic featuring performances from USA with the acclaimed clowning show Aga-Boom which mesmerized children as well as adults. Also featured, was a musical from France called “The little Vampire”  and played by the Sultan Bacchus theater company. The festival also had it’s local touch with Egyptian performances such as “Nour and the Little Bird” from the Arab Origami center mixing between black light theater and Origami. A clowning performance called “Transformers” by the “Outa Hamra” company. A theatre play, “Fish tricks” by Malameh Theater company and a theater play “Hope of Tomorrow” that was born out of an initiative with underpriveleged children. Besides the performances the festival presented multiple workshops and art installations that helped explore children’s musicality such as the “Cairo wall of sounds” and African percussionists.

This year we have hosted nearly 4000 festival goers from shcools , Ngos and the general public. We would like to point out a special initiative done in cooperation with UNESCO and the MDG fund , where we had the pleasure to host 530 children and 70 adults from the region of Dahshour on Saturday and Friday the 15th and 16th of March 2013. The objective behind this initiative was to support and favor art exposure to regions and populations with limited access to culture and promote the cultural diversity and the diversity of cultural expressions starting from very early age.

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AGA Boom by Aga Boom (USA)


Wednesday 13th of March 2013 at 7PM - Thursday 14th of March 2013 at 6PM

Friday 15th of March 2013 at 6PM - Saturday 16th of March at 1PM

AGA-BOOM is a theatrical event that must be seen to be believed! Rooted In the unique European theatrical style and universal language of clowning, Aga-Boom cuts through the barriers of language and culture with the art of slapstick, the humor of physical comedy and the delightful excitement of childhood.

Aga-Boom is an interactive mayhem that carries audiences to the other side of the funhouse mirror with outrageous zaniness and unrestrained laughter. This 75-minutes explosion of pure family fun, for children and adults alike, is high energy and nothing you have seen before.

Created by veteran of Cirque Du Soleil Dimitri Bogatirev, AGA-BOOM was nominated for the Ovation Award, in the category of best touring show, along with The Producers, 42nd Street, Lily Tomlin and Elaine Stritch.

Made 4 representations of their show Aga-Boom during Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children. Supported by the US Embassy in Cairo.


The Little Vampire by Sultan Bacchus theater company (France)

The little Vampire


Wednesday 13th of March 2013 at 10 AM and 12PM - Thursday 14th of March 2013 at 10AM and 12PM

This musical performance counted the adventure of a vampire kid fascinated by daylight who didn’t want to live anymore in obscurity and at night. His parents, Clara and Dracula tried to do everything in their power to dissuade him, knowing very well that daylight can and would destroy him.

The vampire kid embarked the audience on his quest to discover the meaning of light and achieve his dream.





Transformers Performed by Outa Hamra(Egypt)

Outa Hamra (Egypt)

A clown parade arrives with drumming and movement

They gather the audience and The Presenter introduces his Clown “stars” one by one, each one with their tricks

The Presenter’s biggest number is the TRANSFORMERS – in which three clowns change into the stereotype characters of: the Evil, the Dumb & Romeo. When soon also Juliet & her Mother appear, the stage is set for a clowns’ take of the classic story.

There’s confusion, magic, ”death”, and much laughter

Performed twice. Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of March 2013 in the outdoor area of Hanaguer theater. Performances were attended by children coming from the region of Dahshour and the general audience.


Nour and the Little Bird by the Arab Origami Center (Egypt)



A black theater fairy tale that was made to merge the origami art with theater as all the characters and objects on stage are 100% origami.

The play emphasizes the idea of freedom of expression and that freedom lies in the ideas. Nour, a little kid who meets a little bird and dreams of becoming one so that he can be free to fly. On his journey to find the wizard who can transform him into a bird, he meets several animals and each one of them sees himself better than the bird.

Nour finally transforms into a bird but doesn’t find the freedom that he expected. His animal friends help him return to a human being after he learned that one’s ideas set one free and that one creates his freedom with his own mind.

The Performance is a Produced by “The Arab Origami Center” in cooperation with Ibn Danyal Theatre Group and Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The performance of Nour and The little Bird was followed by a storytelling and an Origami art demonstration from Ossama "Ozoz" Helmy, founder and director of the Arab Origami Center.


Hope of tomorrow (AFCA for Arts and Culture)


In the framework of the grant for artist program of the British Council in Egypt,This performance was the resulting work of a project coordinated  by Mohamed el Ghawy and AFCA for Arts and Culture   with underprivileged children. The project was done in cooperation with NGO Alwan Wa Awtar with children from the region of Moqattam, NGO Tawassol with children from the region of Stabl Antar and an experimental school called “El Thawra”.

The main objective of the project was to provide a space of self-expression for the children and produce a theatrical performance through their life stories. The performance was multi-layered with acting, singing and dancing, exploring different topics such as the revolution and the problems and struggles they encounter in their daily life such as education, health, sexual harassment.

We want to thank Poet Bahaa Jaheen for the song “Ana Masry” and the English translation for the show. We want to also thank poet “Diaa Al-Rahman for the song “Ana zay Otta”.


Fish tricks Performed by Malameh Theater company (Egypt)

Malameh theatre Company

Saturday 16th of March 2013 at 10AM

This theatrical performance counts the story of the population of a village situated near the sea. The population suffered greatly under the ruthless and unfair rule of a prince. One day, while the prince was on a boat trip, a big fish who knew how badly the prince treated his people decided to get revenge and trick the prince…


African percussion + 5
Performed by
musicians and Visual artists (Eritrea, Germany, Egypt and Sudan)

African Percussion + 5

Wednesday 13th of March 2013 at 6PM

The festival started with a blast, presenting a fusion performance combining and mixing the rhythmic of talented percussionists coming from Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt, with the Jazzy touch of a saxophonist and the classicism of a German Violoncellist. This melting pot of different musical influences merged to bring a unique and memorable atmosphere that was followed by an outdoor action painting session by 5 visual artists who painted to the sounds and rhythmic of the musicians.



Workshops and Art installations

Cairo “Wall of Sounds”Conducted by visual Artist Susi Weber (Germany)

Cairo Wall of Sounds

This interactive art installation was put in place to explore the representations Children make from the different sounds and noises they hear in Cairo Streets. Through the recording and sampling of differents noises and sounds mixed with music, Susi Weber invited children to draw on a "Wall of paper" their interpretation of the sounds , hence their interpretation of Cairo Streets.

The "Cairo Wall of Sounds" was conducted in the gallery of Hanager Theatre Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of March 2013 with children from the general public , Dahshour region and special needs children .

Percussion workshops

African Percussion


Workshops by AFCA for Arts and Culture

Art Installation


DAHSHOUR community
Making Hakawy an inclusive event


Supported by UNESCO and the MDG achievement fund, the main initiative for this edition was to bring children from the 5 villages of the region of Dahshour (Manchiet Dahshour, Dahshour, Zawiet, Mazghona, and Manchiet Kasseb) to attend different performances and participate in different activities during the festival.  The objective behind this initiative was to support and favor art exposure to regions and populations with limited access to culture and promote the cultural diversity and the diversity of cultural expressions starting from very early age.

The initiative occurred on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th of March 2013. In total 530 children supervised by 70 adults came to the festival.

Transportation was arranged during the 2 days to get the children from Dahshour to the Cairo Opera House and back to their home at the end of the day.



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