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Monday, January 19, 2009


The French Cultural Centre in Mounira, in addition to its educational activities, is very active hosting concerts, theatre performances and film screenings. Its Auditorium is very well done, with comfortable seating and good visibility from all rows of seats due to its steep inclination.
When the weather allows it (read: pretty often) events are held outdoors, in the patio of the Centre, where a friendly cafè-restaurant operates daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (closed on Friday).

The only slight problem is that it is, so to say, a bit off the beaten track. If you have a driver or take a taxi, just scroll down to the address. But if you are a Metro person (all my symphaty) you might find it a bit difficult to find the place. Try with this directions: take the Metro line Helwan-El Marg until the Seyyeda Zeinab station. Take the right (west) exit and walk up north on the narrow road bordering the Metro line wall (on your right) until you find the first coffee shop at a corner on you left. Turn into this road and walk until you reach the next main road (again easily identifiable because of coffee shops on both corners). Turn right and walk until you see on your right a large handsome colonial style building with a large garden. This is the IFA (French Archeological Institute). Turn right again at the first corner and at the end of the street on the right side you'll find the entrance of the CFCC. The walk takes about 15 min. If you find yourself in doubt or lost ask any coffe shop client or shopkeeper for the "Markaz al-Thaqafi al-Faransi". Everybody seems to know and with the ever useful sign language they will kindly direct you on the right way.
Another option, more convenient if you come from the North of the city, is to get off at Saad Zaghloul Station and walk south on Al Falaki Street. Haven't tried yet this option but judging from the new map on CFCC leaflets it seems quite easy to find the Centre. If in doubt, just ask. 

Centre Francaise de Culture et de Coopération: 1 Madrasset el-Huquq El-Frenseya, Mounira
Tel.: 02-27915809


  1. These are the exact directions I needed to make it there by metro. Thanks!!!!

  2. Date: 2/4/2009

    Dear Sir/Madam

    On behalf of the Egyptian Shooting Club's Art Committee, we cordially invite you to participate in our 4rd annual Children's Art Work Festival for the year 2010.

    The Egyptian Shooting Club's Art Committee was founded in 2005, with the ultimate goal of improving children's artistic skills and capacities. We mainly target children within the age bracket of six to 18 years old.

    In 2007, the Children's Art Work festival was inaugurated, not only to encourage artistic and talented children through the opportunity to display their artwork, but also to provide fostering opportunities for the different social and sporting clubs allover Egypt to participate in a well organized and fairly competitive contest.

    The Festival is keen on adopting a scientific and fair approach in managing the contests. Arbitration is carried out by high caliber Art Professors, with specialty in children's artwork. Winners' prize awards are distributed by and under the auspice of well-known Artists in the field.

    Due to the success of the festival in building a very positive image concerning its organization, arbitration, and prize awarding, the festival's audience and attendees are enormously growing despite the festival's short and fresh existence. In November 2007, participating clubs were five clubs, with a total number of participants amounting to 315. In November 2008, number of participating clubs more than doubled reaching 12 clubs, and so did the number of participants reaching 503 participants. In November 2009, number of participating clubs more than doubled reaching 15 clubs, and so did the number of participants reaching 713 participants.

    This annual festival is sponsored by the Egyptian Shooting Club and it will be held on November 2010 at the Egyptian Shooting Club.

    We look forward to your active participation in this festival. Please send us a confirmation letter if you agree to participate. Confirmation letters can be forwarded to the following email address or to the email address

    Fax: +202-33374633.

    Or you can contact me on: +2012-2329650 /+2012-5516744 for any information.

    Upon receiving your confirmation letter, we will send you the festival application form.

    Kindly accept our sincere and warm regards.

    dr.tarek hassan

    Coordinator creative art director

  3. dear sir
    Thank you for providing a detailed set of directions. However when i attempted to follow them i got lost.
    1)exit the station from the "marg" direction
    2) keep the metro rail on your right and walk down the street
    3) you will find a rail crossing bridge
    4) take a left at the bridge
    5) you will find a school on your left
    6) take the left after that school and you will see the entrance of the center

  4. hello, I'd like to enquire on your theatre activities. Can an AUC student come to the cfcc to participate by either play writing or directing?

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