Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt with a population of about 5 million people, its art scene spans across thousands of years. In more recent history, its underground cultural scene has been slowly gaining ground, from music to film to graffiti and even skateboarding.
Much of the major cultural spaces in Alexandria have for years been reserved to mainstream artists, resulting in a young scene hungry for an audience. However, in recent years, and more so after the uprisings, a large number of cultural and artistic collectives have emerged. Spaces exhibiting audio visual arts began to emerge in and around downtown Alexandria, mostly thanks to the growing micro-communities of artists, musicians, performers and cultural activists. In the past couple of years Alexandrians, and more broadly Egyptians, have witnessed a boom in street arts, be it graffiti, performance or music. Certain key associations are known to have had an extremely significant impact on the development of the Alexandrian art scene in the past 10 to 12 years, and Gudran is definitely one of them.