El-Cabina, Alexandria from a Fish’s Eye, a set on Flickr.
A few photos to showing El-Cabina, Gudran’s space dedicated to music and literary arts. Previously El-Cabina was the Air Conditioning unit of the adjacent Cinema Realto. After the cinema changed systems to central air conditioning before finally shutting down, the space was left for years. The owner of the unit, a Greek Alexandrian, donated the building to Gudran to turn it into a cultural center. The group used the basement for a music studio, where bands can rent it to practice and record their music for a small symbolic fee. Having an affordable space to practice, along with the courtyard to perform, lead to a huge boom in Alexandria’s underground music scene. The top floor is reserved for a library space with the most recent books, available for loan for free. The library space also hosts literary figures for monthly roundtable discussions with the public as well as film screenings.