Khaled Said Street

Between Port Said Street and Corniche, Cleopatra

Mahienour and Moushira describe crucial moments of the Egyptian revolution, from saving old houses to reclaiming the streets for protests, discussing why it is important to remember events preceding the death of Khaled Said.

Rally Café

Sidr Beshr Corniche, Mohammed Naguib Street

In which Mohammed explains and speculates on the future of Alexandria's main road. Are cars controlling the relation between the city and the sea? Is having a car what is left of freedom?

Street 555

Malek Hafni Street, Victoria

Surrounded by apartment buildings, in between the train and tram tracks, the people of Victoria like to speak about the days when they could see the Sea. They are tailors or fruit sellers, repair car engines, sell fish or chicken. And know how to bake ”gazelles' feet”.

The Corniche

Stanley Beach

Whether they go to the Bibliotheca, meet friends at Selsela's or sit on one of the benches along the Corniche, Alexandrians always keep at least one eye focused on the traffic. This piece invites you to listen to the realities of what could be a bridge between the city and the sea. 

East to West

Qaitbay Citadel

The musician Wael Sayed lives in Cairo. But the sound of Alexandria is always with him. Car - car - car - traffic jam, waves, high chattering voices in Bahary, and birds chirping in winter. An imaginary sound walk from South to North and East to West.

For the English script of the track please click here.

Foreign Affairs

Pharos Café in Anfoushi

Once a place for ships and goods from around the world, the ancient port of Alexandria is today a space for decisions, lost memories and stories about the first journey to the world's end.

Open Access

The bench at the plaza of Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Silence and hyperactivity can both be found at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Built as a research hub for students, researchers and visitors from around the world, it also invites people to come and meet for protests, gatherings and romantic encounters.

Along the Lines

Raml Station, Downtown

Poor and rich neighbourhoods can both be found along Alexandria's tram lines. Enter a wagon at Raml Station, and you'll travel through collective histories, local cultures and time.

A Protest Zone

Victor Emanuel Square, Semoha

When students and Alexandria residents took to the streets after the revolution and organised a protest at the central square of Semoha, they didn't expect they would be chased away with tear gas.

The Bohemian Past

El-Lagiteh, Ibrahimiya

A famous movie theatre in the 1960s, La Gaité now has disappeared from the map of the city. But just like the cultural salons of the past, it is still on people's minds.

Street Life

Kom el-Dikka

The Park of Pan, an amphitheatre and Roman-era baths once existed on the site of this lively neighborhood. But Kom el-Dikka is best remembered as the birthplace of Sayed Darwish, the composer and singer whose legacy persists in Alexandria's citizens.

Bridging the Gap

Serapeum, Carmous

The Serapeum has been a unique laboratory of ideas and development projects for centuries and is therefore the ideal place to listen to young Alexandrian theatre practitioners, writers and activists who participate in the creation of an open society today.

To be Inherited

Villa Cicurel, Abu Qir Street, Mostafa Kamel

You can catch us in the studio, working on and editing this track!

The Industrial Zone

Cairo Alexandria Agricultural Road

Where factories pollute the water and a lack of urban planning increases the slum areas, architects and activists would like to build gardens and affordable apartments. If only the land owners agreed.

Rafy's Bookstore

GAD / juice shop, Semoha

Is a space for writers and readers alike, an archive of Alexandrian-Armenian culture, a meeting point for the neighbours and a copy shop for the children of the block. 

A Short Encounter

Any café in Mansheya

In his latest book “Faces of Alexandria” the writer Alaa Khaled tells Aida's story and recalls encounters with other unique characters from Alexandria.

Looking for the Prophet

Nabi Daniel Street

The young writer Heba Basiony is searching for a book on Nabi Daniel Street and meets an old bookseller who recounts a police action which resulted in the destruction of a number of book stalls. 

On the Edge

Abu Qir

A musician who organises mini mobile concerts in public places, an activist who works with the neighbourhood, and a soundscape where oriental music meets the noise of mahragan music.

The Military Road

Starting from Shabty Corniche till Soter Street

No one calls the Corniche by its official name. But during the revolution people used it for marches and protests, demonstrating at the seashore, fighting against the police or taking down posters – and more.

Alexandria Mirage

Train Station Mahattat Misr

When today's Alexandrians speak of the future of the city, they still refer to the  literary myth of Alexandria created by writers and poets such as Durrell, Gide, Kavafis and Ungaretti, Forster and Mahfouz.