Thursday 31 May
‘Laugh it off’ comedy night at Rawabet Theatre at 7pm
Ramez Youssef, Haitham Awad, Mo’love, Mohamed Morgan and other stand up comedians take part in this uncensored night with both English and Arabic performances.
2 Hussein El-Meamar Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouni Street, next to Townhouse Gallery, Downtown, Cairo
Omar Khairat music concert at Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Egyptian musical legend Omar Khairat takes to the Opera House stage again on piano with several musicians.
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo
Two-act opera ‘The Medium’ at El-Gomhouria Theatre at 8pm
The Medium is a short, dramatic opera in two acts with words and music by Gian Carlo Menotti. The opera will be performed to a piano accompaniment.
El-Gomhouria Theatre, 12 El-Gomhouria Street, Downtown, Cairo.
Yosra El-Hawary at Kotob Khan Bookstore at 8pm
Rising start Yousra El-Hawary sings and plays the accordion in Maadi. Her music is based on simple lyrics and catchy musical styling that many can relate to. She is the artist behind the viral music video of El-Soor filmed by the famous Downtown walls. Read more about El-Hawary here.
3A El-La Selky Road, New Maadi, Cairo
Maryam album launch at French Culture Centre in Alexandria at 8pm
Maryam takes her new album ‘Mesh Baghany’ (I’m not singing) to Alexandria after launching in Cairoearlier this month. Her music includes a mix of her originals and old Arabic resistance song covers.
30 El-Naby Daniel Street, Alexandria
Friday 1 June
Group Exhibition at Cala Art Gallery 25/05/2012, 12:00:00 until 19/06/2012, 21:00:00 Exhibition review by Melissa Howell.
Zamalek’s many art galleries have recently grown in number with the opening of Cala Art Gallery. Located above La Taverna on 26th of July Street, the gallery resides on the second floor of a dark, musty building. In stark contrast to its surroundings, Cala Art Gallery is a pleasant, sunlit space whose inaugural exhibit, simply titled ‘Group Exhibition’, showcases the works of nearly thirty artists, in line with the gallery’s stated aim of promoting emerging Egyptian talent.
The exhibition features the work of up-and-coming Egyptian artists alongside more established members of Cairo’s art scene. With no less than twenty-eight artists showing work in this exhibit, a wide range of styles and perspectives are on display. The collection includes watercolours, oil paintings, mixed-media, textiles and sculptures – some abstract, others depicting landscapes and portraits.
With so many artists currently showing at Cala, there is plenty to appreciate in this exhibit. However, some artists’ work stand out as especially memorable including Mennatallah O’llow’s series of small relief prints of Luxor and Dalia Bahig’s ink and watercolour portraits. Marwa Ashmay showcases an impressive drawing of an Oriental music concert that commands an entire wall of the gallery. Several of Hassan Hassan’s pop-art, fashion-centric pieces offer much more for the eye than their size initially suggests, while his acrylic portrait Purple is skilfully textured and – dare we say – hauntingly beautiful.
The diversity of the works on display results in an overwhelming experience for guests, which is only partially mitigated by apparent attempts to thematically separate the work, with the more traditional sculptures and landscape paintings displayed near the front of the space with the whimsical portraits and abstract works dominating the back walls. However, in a number of cases, various pieces by a single artist are scattered throughout the space rather than being displayed cohesively, further fragmenting an already eclectic collection of art. Moreover, the gallery is debatably too small for the number of pieces included in the exhibition, with some works displayed too closely together to appreciate each individually. However, the exhibition succeeds in delivering a broad scope of impressive local artistry.
While slightly frustrating that the works displayed in this group exhibition are in such contrast, the artists featured in the exhibit seem to have been carefully selected to expose a high level of local talent, ensuring that within the melange of work, there is much to enjoy.
140 26th of July St., Zamalek
The Cassettes, Shady Ahmed and Dina El-Wadidi in Bikya Bookstore Maadi at 7.30pm
In the three-day celebration of the new branch’s opening, Bikya bring a mix of artists for the show. On Thursday, they hosted Grey Grass, Ahmed Safi El-Din and Hany Mustafa. On Saturday Bikya Maadi will host various performers such as Abu Mariam, Adam Awad along with stand up comedy.
Road 9, Maadi, Cairo
Tamer Abu Ghazala concert at Jesuits Cultural Centre in Alexandria at 8pm
Abu Ghazala sings and plays oud with his music inspired by traditional poetry from the region. Most of his songs are in Palestinian and Egyptian dialect. Shadi El-Husseiny (piano), Khyam Allami (drums) and Mahmoud Waly (bass) will also be performing.
298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria
Yehia Khalil Band in Cairo Opera House at 8pm
One of the most established jazz musicians in Egypt, Yehia Khalil brings his percussion beats and fellow musicians to the Opera House’s Small Hall.
Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo
“Elections” group exhibition in Darb 1718
Whether the artists are idealists, activists, reformists or anything else, the monumental moment of the elections touches people in a way that brings about intense creativity. Darb 1718 hosts this group exhibition portraying just that. Hind Samir, Ahmed Sabry, Hani Rashed, Sabah Naeem, Marwa Adel, Ali Abdel Mohsen, Ahmed El-Shaer, Atef Ahmed, Amira Parree, Hala Abu Shady, Neven Emam are all on show. (Open from 4pm-10pm)
Qasr Al-Shamee Street, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque, Old Cairo.
Saturday 2 June
Bikya Maadi Opening 12 noon to 8.00pm
The celebrations marking the opening of Bikya’s new branch in Maadi end with performances from Abou Mariam , RaSh Radio, Adam Awad and stand up comedians from InterACT and Al Hezb El Comedy. Tickets are 20LE, available at the door and at Bikya, Nasr City.
Road 9, Maadi, Cairo
El-Fan Midan (Art is a Square) in Abdeen Square at 1pm
After cancelling the Mayevent in mourning of after deadly clashes in Abbasiya, the Coalition for Independent Culture holds its monthly event El-Fan Midanreclaiming public space use for different art forms. Events usually include a line up of musicians, painting, among other art forms. It takes place in several squares in other governorates.
Abdeen Square, Downtown Cairo
Symphonic concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi will perform Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Brahms’ Symphony No 3. Also, Amira Hamed, the soloist of the evening, will perform Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Orchestra.
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo
Sandwiches & Jams at Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah 2.00pm to 9.00pm
Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah
Brought to you by Popsicle, Sandwiches & Jams combines the pleasures of the the Nile and Cairo weather with live music, great food and drink at the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah. Tickets are 300LE with unlimited healthy cocktails and food expertly prepared by a big-shot French chef.
3 El Thawra Council St., Zamalek
“Gallery Collection” exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery
The exhibition showcases a fine selection from exhibitions the gallery has held over the past four years, including works by the stars of 20thcentury Egyptian modern art, pioneers of the third, fourth and fifth generations, and the young artists of today. On display will be works by Adel El-Siwi, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Essam Marouf, Georges Bahgory, Hamdi Attia, Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Mahmoud Abdullah, Sami Aboul Azm, Sami Abdul Azm, Kareem El-Qurity, Leila Ezzet, Omar El-Nagdy and others. (Open from 11am-9pm)
Al-Masar Gallery, Baehler’s Mansion, 157b 26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo
Alexandria Opera Ensemble at El Gomhoria Theatre 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Alexandria Opera Ensemble travel south to Cairo for a performance in Downtown Cairo’s El Gomhouria Theatre.
12 Al-Gomhouria St., Abdin, Across from Abdin Palace, Downtown
Sunday 3 June
Abo Mariam at El Sawy Culturewheel 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Formed in Tahrir at the time of the revolution, Abo Mariam’s musical influences include Egyptian and western folk, Balkan music, reggae, Latin, rock and pop. The group will perform in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non members.
El Sawy Culturewheel, 26th July Street, Zamalek
Three films by Salvador Dali at Kermet Ibn Haine Culture Centre at 6.30pm
Three films by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali who initiated this type of film.
Ahmed Shawky Museum, 6 Ahmed Shawki Street, Corniche El-Nil, Giza
Opening of ‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ exhibition at Picasso Gallery at 7pm
The exhibition “The Holy Family in Egypt,” to be shown starting Sunday in the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek, will include a selection of works by contemporary artists, including Helmy Eltony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others.
30 Hassan Assem Street, from Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo
‘Hawi ‘screening at Netherlands-Flemish Institute 7.00pm to 9.00pm
‘Hawi’ follows the story Youssef, a prisoner released after five years of solitary confinement, and his return to Alexandria. Inspired by Alexandria and the actors the director met in the street, ‘Hawi’ is a touching sketch of the social reality of Egypt and the daily life in Alexandria with its hope and disillusion. Attendance is free.
1 Dr. Mahmoud Azmi St., Zamalek
‘Carry on’ exhibition at Artellewa Gallery
This is the exhibition for the Arab Collaboration Project that brought together six artists and writers from countries of the Arab uprisings in Cairo to collaboratively develop a creative project over a 10-week residency. The participants are Ahmed Zidan, Aliaa El-Gready, Ibrahim Jawabreh, Iman Hasbani, Jameel Subay, Rola Khayyat.
19 Mohamed Ali El-Eseary Street, Ard El-Lewa, Giza, Cairo
The Beach Pop Up Event at 18.213 – Sat Jun 02 12:00 pm to Sun Jun 03 7:00 pm
Under the theme of ‘keeping our beaches clean’, pop up venue 18.213 is hosting a two day shopping opportunity with collections by Deana Shaaban, Shibshibi flip flops and Foota towels.
18.213, 18 Road 213, Maadi