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We’re excited to announce #operationkoshary, a collaboration that brings together Koshary, culture and social entrepreneurship! 

Kairo Koshary, tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg and Mafish Studio have joined forces to bring you exclusive cultural content you can take home while supporting independent organisations in the Middle East and the EU. 

#operationkoshary begins on May 26th at the Kulturbrauerei with Kairo Koshary. We will be offering a limited series of 100 posters of Taheyya Kariokka, based on “In Taheyya we Trust/ ثقتنا في تحية”, a door painting on Wiener Str, by Caram Kapp of Mafish Studio. The posters also be available at tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg as of the beginning of June in the framework of a pop-up exhibition at the Performing Arts Festival, further Kairo Koshary events, and online. 
Our first goal is to raise cash contributions for CILAS, an independent education institution in Cairo. You can find out more about them here:

How does this work?

Simple: we sell artwork at pop-up stores and you buy it. The more we sell, the higher the contribution we can make. 

How do you calculate the contribution?

As we are producing the artwork on our own time with private resources, a rising percentage of the selling price will go towards the contribution, while also covering production costs and distribution. 

Let’s make this transparent: 
In words: We sell
— up to 10 posters: 10% contribution, 70% costs, 20% distribution
— up to 20 posters: 20% contribution, 60% costs, 20% distribution
— up to 30 posters: 30% contribution, 50% costs, 20% distribution
— up to 40 posters: 40% contribution, 40% costs, 20% distribution
— 50 posters and above: 50% contribution, 30% costs, 20% distribution. 
100 posters sold: 60% contribution, 20% costs, 20% distribution

Okay, this sounds good. How do I find you?

Currently, the easiest way to find us is by checking in on Kairo Koshary’s events, or by visiting the TAK. If you help us make this first experiment a success, we will establish a more permanent online home for the project. 

For the time being, you can reach us through: 

Who is Taheyya Kariokka?

Taheyya Kariokka’s work spans three generations of Egyptian Cinema, 4 rulers and one revolution. And throughout, in spite of the many characters she inhabited in over 200 films, her 14 (or so) husbands, being the only person to dance on Umm Kulthūm s stage and many years of activism, she remained one thing: an Egyptian woman with a deep understanding of the society she was a part of, and the will to be true to herself and her convictions. She remains an enduring example of life that transcends both art and politics, self-respect in the face of power and truth in resistance. 

You can find more information on the process that led to “In Taheyya We Trust” here:


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