EVENT: “My Neighbourhood”: The Zabbaleen Rubbish Collectors of Cairo

After meeting Cairo’s “Zabbaleen” rubbish collectors while walking from Vienna to Axum Ethiopia, Christian Stejskal spent 5 years taking photos and listening to their stories. This spoken-word and photographic recounting of their lives is accompanied by music on the violin.


Musician and photographer Christian Stejskal, writes:


‘This show is a colourful personal journey from my birth city of Vienna to Ethiopia by foot, then into the lives of Cairo’s rubbish collectors, most of them Christian, whom I met during this pilgrimage. After finishing my walk in Axum, I returned to Cairo and lived with the Zabbaleen. Supporting myself as a violinist at the Cairo Opera House, I spent five years taking photos and listening to stories of their joys, struggles, tragedies and small triumphs. Through seven spoken word vignettes, photos and violin music performed live, this show recounts lives of the Zabbaleen and my encounter with them.’

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Fri 26 Aug 17:30pm

St John’s Episcopal Church (Fringe Venue 127), Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

Tickets (£10 – £8 concessions): https://edinburghfestival.list.co.uk/event/597549-my-neighbourhood-cairos-rubbish-collectors/


Thurs 1 September 17:00pm

Martin Hall, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Tickets (free): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/my-neighbourhood-the-zabbaleen-rubbish-collectors-of-cairo-tickets-26918714600?aff=efbevent


Sat 3 Sept 19:30 pm

Iona Community Base, 21 Carlton Place, Glasgow G5 9JP

Tickets (free) at door.

For more details: Graham Maule graham@wildgoose.scot / 0141 429 7281