Spring Festival events and programme

The fifth edition of Spring Festival presents a variety of artistic activities in Cairo, expanding to Alexandria, Minya and Assiut. Spring Festival will open on 19 April and will continue until 16 May in Egypt extending to Beirut and Tripoli and incorporating many renowned Arab and international artists; Ahram Online is among media sponsors.

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

In Egypt, the festival that will take place from 19 April until 16 May and will include a wide range of the most prominent contemporary artists from Europe, Central Asia, the Arab Region and the US.

It will open on Friday 20 April with a celebration of Turkish music at the Prince Taz Palace, featuring violinist Nedim Nalbantoglu, oud player Nuri Karadermilli, and clarinetist Babaros Erkose, among others who will perform a mixed programme, solo and in duets, improvisations and compositions, under the title of a Turkish Coffee.

Exploring the relationship between anonymity and isolation, along with concepts of the individual and urban life, the public and the private, German/Argentinian choreographer Constanza Macras and her Dorky Park ensemble will present their latest dance theater piece Here/After at El Falaki Theater.

In Menya,Turkish master of shadow puppetry Cengiz Ozek will present the comedic Garbage Monster at Jesuits Cultural Center. This show be also presented at Beit El Seheimyin Cairo.

Checkpoint 303, a Palestine/Tunisia band, will present their avant-garde activist sound art project combining electronic music and political commentary; musicians from Uzbekistan will perform “The Invisible Face of the Beloved”, that reaches out to diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms.

Audiences will have the opportunity for the first time to see Tausi Taarab of Zanzibar, all female orchestra performing Taarab and traditional Zanzibari music and featuring Bi Kidude, the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music.

Tunisian ensemble Dima Dima will perform their eclectic mix of western and eastern genres and traditional sounds while virtuoso string quartet Zapp 4 will invite us to their fusion of experimentation, improvisation and musical fantasy. Dima Dima will perform their eclectic mix of western and eastern genres and traditional sounds.

From the US, San Francisco’s Dance Brigade, under the artistic direction of Krissy Keefer, will bring their unique blend of political dance theater, martial arts, and taiko drumming with a feminist perspective in their acclaimed show Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation.

The festival concludes with a series concerts for the Iranian band AJAM in Alexandria, Cairo and Assiut. Based in the UK, Ajam will bring their fusion of Iranian regional and tribal music with a contemporary urban edge to Egyptian audiences, with the support of the British Council.

The festival will also include two special programs that address the current political climate in Egypt and the region: Future Manifesto, a round-table panel discussion featuring the political activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah (Egypt), Fathi Terbil (Libya), Azyz Amamy (Tunisia), Nabila AlMufti (Yemen), and moderated by the remarkable TV presenter Dina Abd El-Rahman at AUC’s Ewart Hall. Below is the complete programme of the festival

CAIRO

Friday 20 April at 8pm

Music

Turkish Coffee

Nedim Nalbantoğlu, Nuri Karadermili, Barbaros Erkose, Volkan Kipri and Ismet Kizil

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April at 8pm

Contemporary Dance

Here/After

Dorky Park — Germany

Choreography and direction: Constanza Macras

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

By invitation

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo

For invitations contact: Tel: 02 27976373

Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April

Contemporary Dance Workshop

Constanza Macras with Karima Mansour

Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre (CCDC)

Wednesday 25 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Beit El-Sehemy, Cairo

El-Darb El-Asfar Alley, Off Moez El-Din El-Fatemy Street, El-Gamaleya, Cairo

Free Admission

Wednesday 25 April

Shadow Puppet Workshop

Cengiz Özek with Nabil Bahgat

Beit El-Seheimy

Thursday 26 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

The Invisible Face of the Beloved — Tajikistan / Tunisia / Uzbekistan

Abduvali Abdurashidov, Sirojiddin Djuraev, Ozoda Ashurova, Jasser Haj Youssef and Abbos Qosimov

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Panel Discussion moderated by Dina Abdel Rahman

The Future Manifesto

Alaa Abdel Fattah — Egypt

Aziz Amami — Tunisia

Fathi Terbil — Libya

Nabeela Al Mofti — Yemen

Ewart Hall, AUC, Downtown Campus

113 Kasr El-Aini Street

Free Admission

Friday 4 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Saturday 5 May at 8pm

Music

Zapp 4 — Netherlands

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Sunday 6 May

Music masterclass with Zapp 4

For Cairo Conservatory students

Monday 7 May to Wednesday 9 May

Workshop

Dance Brigade with Darb Ahmar Arts School students

Tuesday 8 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Arwa Othman — Yemen

Nabil Tammam — Bahrain

Nader El-Sayed — Egypt

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Wednesday 9 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Ibrahim Alaguri — Libya

Ragab Makry — Tunisia

Yara Nosseir — Syria

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Thursday 10 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Guevara Nemr — Syria

Khaled Abdel Hamid — Egypt

Yousra Ennouri — Tunisia

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Friday 11 May at 8pm

Dance

Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation

Dance Brigade — USA

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo

Free Admission

Saturday 12 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

ALEXANDRIA

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8.30pm

Music and Singing

The Invisible Face of the Beloved — Tajikistan / Tunisia / Uzbekistan

Abduvali Abdurashidov, Sirojiddin Djuraev, Ozoda Ashurova, Jasser Haj Youssef and Abbos Qosimov

Cinema Rio rooftop,

1 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free Admission

Sunday 29 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Cinema Rio rooftop, Alexandria

37 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free admission

Friday 11 May at 9.30pm

Music

Ajam — Iran / UK

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria

Free Admission

MINYA

Monday 23 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

Jesuits Cultural Centre, El-Hommeyaat Street, Ard El-Moulid, Minya City

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

Jesuits Cultural Centre, El-Hommeyaat Street, Ard El-Moulid, Minya City

Free Admission

ASSIUT

Monday 14 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Nile Hall, University of Assiut

Free Admission

For more see http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/35/39338/Arts–Culture/Stage–Street/th-edition-of-Spring-Festival-more-dynamic-than-ev.aspx

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