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Everything You Need to Know About Centennial Celebration Week

Yakin Ouederni
February 11, 2020

Centennial Celebration Week begins this Saturday, February 15 and goes on until Wednesday, February 19. Every day of the week will have a different event, performance, conference or other activities for the AUC community to enjoy, both after and during school and work hours.

The week is kicking off with a Community Carnival on Saturday, followed by all other activities throughout the week. All events are free, except for Noura play, and are open to all AUC community members, their friends and families. Read on to learn more about each event and plan how you can make the most of Centennial Celebration Week. 


Major Events


Community Carnival: Saturday, February 15, 12 - 5 pm, AUC New Cairo

The Community Carnival is a full day of events, activities, food and games spread out all over campus, including:

  • 100 Years of AUC Fashion Evolution Runway Show
  • Street Performances
  • International Food Festival, powered by the Student Union
  • Virtual Reality
  • Sci-Tech Hub
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Kids Corner, powered by Wellspring

Entry is free. All members of the AUC community are invited to join and bring along their friends and family. The Kid's Corner will be priced.

Click here for a detailed program of the Community Carnival. 


Centennial Nights: Monday, February 17, 6 - 9 pm, AUC Park and Square, AUC New Cairo

Stick around after work and class on Monday for a night full of light shows and glimpses into the future. Centennial Nights will include: 

  • “AI: Humanizing Technology” Talk by Rana el Kaliouby, PhD ’98, ’00   
  • 3D Mapping at AUC Portal
  • Future of Design: What’s Next Exhibition 
  • Fireworks 
  • Free hot chocolate 

Entry is free.

Click here for a detailed program of Centennial Nights.


Events Throughout the Week


International Dance: Sunday, February 16, 1 -2 pm, Bartlett Plaza, AUC New Cairo

Head to Bartlett Plaza during assembly hour for a dynamic traditional performance by AUC student dancers.

Click here for more details on the International Dance.


AUC Melodies: Sunday, February 16, 6 - 9:10 pm, Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo

AUC Melodies will be an evening of live music from different performers: The Cairo Orchestra, AUC music majors, Lions of Cairo and AcaPop. 

Entry is free.

Click here for a detailed program of AUC Melodies. 


Future of Design: What's Next? Conference: Monday, February 17, 12 - 4 pm, AUC Center for the Arts, AUC New Cairo

This conference will bring together design and architecture experts from the region to discuss new movements in the region’s design and creative industries. 

Entry is free.

Click here for a detailed program of the conference.


Noura Play: February 18 - 20, 7 - 9 pm, Gerhart Theater | February 25 - 28, 7 -9 pm, Falaki Theater

On the opening nights, award-winning playwright Heather Raffo will give a talk at Malak Gabr Arts Theate at 5:30 pm, followed by the opening of her hit, Off-Broadway play, Noura. The play brings the experience of Iraqi refugees to the stage through the compelling story of Noura and her Chaldean Catholic family who fled their home in Mosul, Iraq eight years ago to the United States.

The play will show at the Gerhart Theater at AUC New Cairo from February 18 to 20, from 7 - 9 pm. It will then show at the Falaki Theater at AUC Tahrir Square form February 25 to 28, from 7 - 9 pm. 

Tickets are 50 LE and are available at the box office.

Click here for more details on Noura.


Folklore Dance: Wednesday, February 19, 1 - 2 pm, Bartlett Plaza, AUC New Cairo

Stop by Bartlett Plaza during assembly hour to watch the AUC Folklore Dance team perform some Egyptian folk dance routines.

Click here for more details.


Visions: The Cairo Egyptian Film Festival: Wednesday, February 19, 6 - 9 pm, Malak Gabr Arts Theater, AUC New Cairo

Egypt's largest short film festival is back for the third time, with screenings of the award-winning films of the 2019 edition.

Entry is free. 

Click here for more details on the film festival.



In addition to all the events taking place during the week, several special exhibitions will open. Entry to all exhibitions is free. 


Creswell's Cairo Collection: Opening February 17 - March 12, Foyer of AUC Library, AUC New Cairo

Discover never-before-seen photos of historic Cairo and rare aerial photographs of the city — all with a new virtual reality 3D effect. 

Click here for more details.


Corner of a Dream: Art and Technology Exhibitions: February 15 - March 11, Mariott Room, AUC Tahrir Square

Experience the eloquent video installation by Bahia Shehab (MA '09), professor of practice in the Department of the Arts, as the artist shifts from graffiti to video. 

Click here for more details.


Glitch: Art and Technology Exhibitions: February 12 - March 11, Margo Veillon Gallery, AUC Tahrir Square

Explore the influence of technology on our perceptions of the past, present and future.

Click here for more details.


Beit Um Amel: Art and Technology Exhibitions: February 12 - March 11, Future and Legacy Galleries

Arab cyborg and mother converge in VJ Um Amel’s first solo exhibition in the Arab world.

Click here for more details.


Emergency Exit, February 15 - 20: Medhat Haroun Courtyard, School of Sciences and Engineering, AUC New Cairo

Emergency Exit delves into how our cities have grown over the past few decades in a national quest for modernity.

Click here for more details.