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Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery Tentatively Reopens After Being Shut Down by Authorities

Townhouse Gallery, the nonprofit contemporary art space in downtown Cairo, has reopened after officials shut it down in December, reports Mada Masr.

Townhouse Gallery and Rawabet Theater were shut down after an interagency raid last fall, with officers seizing computers, exhibition and archival material, documents, and USB flash drives, as previously reported here.

The reopening is tentative, however, and Townhouse has still to resume public programming. “From our closure until last week we approached several entities, including the municipality, who did not give us solid answers about the closure and the necessary procedures to reopen,” said Yasser Gareb, Townhouse’s outreach manager. According to artist and assistant residency coordinator Ayman Ramadan, “staff would resume work in the Townhouse offices and the library would be open to the public as of Tuesday.” Rawabet, meanwhile, would reopen after its emergency exits were reinstalled to meet code. As Artinfo's Mostafa Heddaya reports, Townhouse West, located in a suburb of Cairo, was not affected by the closure.