Category Archives: Alexandria

Weekend events 29 June to 1 July

Friday 29 June

Screening of ‘Landscape in the Mist’ at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm
This 1988 Greek production, which won “Best Direction” at the Chicago International Film Festival, tells the story of two children, Voula and Alexandre, who are in search of their father, supposedly living in Germany. The film is the creation of multi-award winning art film director Theodoros Angelopoulos.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Omar Khairat Concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat is set to take the main hall stage of the capital’s opera house, this Friday.

Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Wust El-Balad concert at El-Geneina Theatre at 8.30pm
The popular underground band returns to the Al-Azhar Park stage with their much-loved blend of contemporary Egyptian tunes, jazz and world music.

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

“6 Years in Egypt” Photography exhibition in El-Cabina Centre ongoing
In Alexandria, the El-Cabina centre hosts Swiss artist Olivier Guignard, who offers up reflections on his time spent in Egypt. Guignard presents his six-year-long stay in the country’s coastal city before he is due to finally leave. The exhibition is ongoing until Saturday.

11 San Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria

‘Tracks of Cairo’ Screening at Darb 17 18, Fri Jun 29 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Darb 17 18 will host a screening of ‘Tracks of Cairo’; a documentary about the contemporary music scene in the capital and specifically about the impetus given to local bands by the revolution’s. Filmmakers Alex Brief & Johannes Roskamm will be present for a Q&A. Attendance is free.

Darb 1718, El Fustat, Old Cairo

DJ Amir Sharara at Cairo Jazz Club, Fri Jun 29 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 30 3:00 am
Nonstop uplifting tech, groovy, funk vocalistic, electric and proggy house mixes from the dynamic and versatile DJ Amir Sharara.Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

Cairo Jazz Club, 197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Reham Alaa Exhibition at Cairo Atelier – Tue Jun 26 8:00 pm to Sun Jul 01 8:30 pm

Cairo Atelier in Downtown Cairo hosts young artist Reham Alaa’s first solo exhibition. Daily opening hours are 9AM – 1PM and 6PM – midnight.

Cairo Atelier, 2, Karim El Dawla St., off Mohamed Bassiouni St., Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Ahl Cairo at El Sawy Culturewheel – Fri Jun 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Formerly known as Step by Step, Ahl Cairo is a contemporary Egyptian pop band that has been on the scene since 2005. Catch them live in El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Talents Development Centre Concert at Cairo Opera House – Thu Jun 28 7:00 pm to Sat Jun 30 9:00 pm
The Cairo Opera House Talents Development Centre is crowning the semester with a series of concerts by its students.The event takes place in the Small Hall and tickets are available from the Cairo Opera House ticket office.

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

Saturday 30 June

Meetphool: Clown, Mime and Street Performance in Studio El-Madina and Anas El-Wogood Café at 7pm
Meetphool, a platform connecting artists, hosts a smorgasbord of street mime and clown along with storytelling, interactive theatre, contemporary dance, mini-concerts and poetry. The performers hail from across Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, Minya and Fayoum.

8 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Alexandria.

Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Since its residency at Cairo Opera House began in 1990, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra has played a crucial role in the development of Egyptian contemporary music and in the inspiration of Egyptian musicians and conductors alike. The concert will be held in the Main Hall and tickets are available at Cairo Opera House ticket office.

Cairo Opera House, El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

“Solid Urban Waste Project” Townhouse Gallery at 7pm
The Spanish architecture collective “Basurama” together with architect and urban planner Omar Nagati, showcase the results of a workshop held in Cairo, in which participants explored waste as a primary resource in order to design and build prototypes.

Factory Space, Hussein El-Memar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Senet at Cairo Jazz Club – Sat Jun 30 10:00 pm to Sun Jul 01 3:00 am
Founded just last year by singer and krar player Ibrahim Fanous, bassist Ahmed Omar and percussionist Ali Hassan, Senet’s traditional and folkloric music takes inspiration from Eritrean tribes. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

Cairo Jazz Club, 197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

‘Lost Gods’ by Joshua Goode at Darb 17 18 – Sat Jun 30 7:00 pm to Thu Aug 30 11:00 pm
‘Lost Gods’ is about experiencing art from a new perspective. Creating the exhibition out of 200 small sculptures that will be buried in containers of sand, attendees will be asked to dig them out and place their finds on a shelf or table.

Darb 1718, El Fustat, Old Cairo

Harassment exhibition poster

Opening of harassment exhibition ‘Enough’ in Darb 1718 at 7pm
Harassmap, an online initiative mapping out sexual harassment in Egypt, join forces with Darb 1718 to host an exhibition featuring various artists, that encourages women to speak up against harassment on Egypt’s streets. Aya Mostafa will be playing music for the opening night. Read more on the initiative here.

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

Quithara Ensemble at Arab Music Institute – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Led by Alfred Gamil, Quithara -named after the Arabic word for harp- will perform in the Arab Music Institute in Downtown Cairo.

Arab Music Institute, 22 Ramses St., Downtown

High on Body Fat & Hany Mustafa at Bikya – Sat Jun 30 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Bikya in Maadi rounds of a busy June with a gig of huge proportions. Musical comedy duo & Arabs Got Talent contestants High on Body Fat perform, with stand-up comedian Mohamed Shaheen opening. Acoustic-indie musician Hany Mustafa will then perform with songstress Farida El Geuretly. Tickets are 20LE at the door.

Bikya, 40 El Hadaek St. (Off Road 9), Maadi

Watan Workshop at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A choir group that addresses societal issues in an artistic manner, catch Watan Workshop in concert in the River Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are 10LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Mado at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Jun 30 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Make your way over to El Sawy Culturewheel’s Wisdom Hall for an evening of acoustic music with Mado, who’s back in concert after two years of absence. Tickets are 15LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Sunday 1 July

Mashrou' El Mareekh's Open Mic Night (Photo: Mashrou' El Mareekh on Facebook)

Mashrou’ El Mareekh’s Open Mic Night (Photo: Mashrou’ El Mareekh on Facebook)

Mashrou El-Mareekh’s Open Mic Night in Makan Centre at 7pm
El-Mareekh are back with their monthly open mic nights, giving everyone who signs up five minutes of fame to do whatever they want in front of an audience. Past performances have included music, stand up comedy, talks and group meditations. Read more on the El-Mareekh Project here.

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, Downtown, Cairo

Film Screening of “Bird” in Darb 1718 at 7.30pm
Originally set to be screened last week, the biographical film follows the life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker – featuring tunes like “Lester Leaps In”, “Ornithology”, “Why Do I Love You”, “April in Paris” and “All of Me”. Directed by award-winning Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood, it stars Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora.

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

“The Holy Family in Egypt” exhibition at the Picasso Gallery
This exhibition centres around portrayals of biblical scenes of Christianity’s holy family in Egypt. Including sculpture, watercolour, oil painting and metal work, the event features contemporary Egyptian artists Helmy El-Tony, 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, off Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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Alexandria’s Cabina Cultural Centre hosts musical forum

The Cabina Cultural Centre is set to host the Oufoky (‘horizontal’) Music Forum this weekend, combining live underground music performances with films that touch upon musical subjects, along with a workshop.

El-Cabina's library space (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

El-Cabina’s library space (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

The forum is taking place in the Cabina, a cultural centre in downtown Alexandria that was transformed from a rundown building to one of Alexandria’s most active centres. It boasts a recording studio in which bands can practice, record and perform. It also promotes the literary arts, with a library that also hosts film nights.

The Gudran Association for Arts and Development, a group of artists who believe in the power of art to realise social change, are the masterminds behind the Cabina and the music forum. Gudran’s work has been enriching Alexandria’s independent cultural scene for years, helping integrate art into the lives of the people.

The films will begin at 5:30pm, the workshop at 6:30pm and concerts at 8pm.



5:30pm Film screening of ‘La Vie en Rose,’ which pays tribute to French music icon Edith Piaf.

8pm Wasla Band from Alexandria performs alternative pop music followed by Meshwar Band from Cairo performing Reggae.


5:30pm Film screening of ‘Bird,’ which pays tribute to jazz saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.

8pm The Simplexity Band followed by the Darwasha Band from Cairo. Both bands play progressive rock music.


5.30pm Film screening of ‘Immortal Beloved,’ which tells the story of the life of Beethoven.

8pm The ‘Storm Band’ plays contemporary Egyptian music from Alexandria, followed by Cairo’s ‘Like Jelly,’ which will put on a musical satirical comedy show.


5.30pm Film screening of ‘The Doors’ by Oliver Stone, following the story of the band.

8pm The ‘Puzzle Band’ from Cairo and the ‘Telepoetic Band’ from Alexandria take audiences through a series of electro-music performances.


6:30pm ‘Drum Clinic’ workshop with Amr Galal.

8pm The ‘Deep Fish Band’ presents electronic music from Alexandria.

The Cabina Centre, 11 San Saba Street, behind the Cinema Rialto, Mahatet Raml, Alexandria

Contemporary Music Days programme

Contemporary Music Days, which kicks off 19 May and continues until 25 May, will offer a number of concerts, workshops and lectures with Egyptian and foreign musicians and music specialists. The second Contemporary Music Days, organised by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS), will kick off 19 May and will include a number of concerts presenting contemporary music from Egyptian and international composers. The festival, which will run until 25 May, will also offer workshops and lectures related to contemporary music. Lots more information abouat the festival at–Culture/Music/Contemporary-Music-Days-Unique-in-exploring-contem.aspx

Gramma – Gardens of Writing -- Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2011 (photo: Sherif Sonbol)

Gramma – Gardens of Writing — Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2011 (photo: Sherif Sonbol)

Saturday 19 May

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek

6pm: Opening Ceremony

8pm: Ensemble Linea


Pierre Boulez (*1925): Dérive (1984)

Gérard Pesson (*1958): Ne pas oublier coq rouge dans jour craquelé (2010)

Nahla Mattar (*1971): Core Three (2008)

Philippe Hurel (*1955): Step (2007)

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998): Talea

Wael Sami (*1976): Crescendo II (2012)

Wael Sami’s Crecendo II is played by Rasha Yehia (viola), Ahmed Kamal-Ezzat (violin) and Nermin Ismail (double bass)

Sunday 20 May

Alexandria Opera House at 8pm

Sayed Darwish Theatre, 22 Tariq Al-Horreyya, Alexandria

Ensemble Linea


Pierre Boulez (*1925): Dérive (1984)

Gérard Pesson (*1958): Ne pas oublier coq rouge dans jour craquelé (2010)

Nahla Mattar (*1971): Core Three (2008)

Philippe Hurel (*1955): Step (2007)

Gérard Grisey (1946 – 1998): Talea

Monday 21 May

El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

26 July Street, Zamalek

Marie Uitti and Ayman Fanous


Tuesday 22 May

Malak Gabr Theatre at 5.30pm

American University in Cairo, new campus, New Cairo

Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble


Amr Okba (*1972): Integration (2003)

Ahmed Madkour (*1967): White Shroud (2011)

Mohamed Saad Basha (*1972): Lament Song (2012)

Ramz Sabry Samy (*1973): Copticum (2012)

Wael Sami (*1976): Crescendo II (2012)

Wednesday 24 May

Prince Taz Palace at 8pm

27 Al-Syoufiya Street, Al-Khalifa district, Cairo

Therry Pecou and The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble


Olivier Messiaen (1918 – 1992) Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941)

Thursday 25 May

El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

26 July Street, Zamalek


Progressive Jazz

Workshops and Master Classes:

Sunday 20 May

11am: Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Members of the Slagwerk Den Haag (Netherlands): Percussion workshop – How we work and what we can do together

3pm: Hanager Centre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek

Francis Marie Uitti (Netherlands): Cello workshop with contemporary violoncello works, open to all string players and composers

Monday 21 May

11am: Cairo Creative Centre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek

Thierry Pécou (France): Composition master class

5pm: Cairo Creative Centre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek

Jürg Stenzl (Switzerland) and Azza Madian (Egypt):

Music after 1945 – Lecture on the aesthetics of contemporary music

Weekend events, 10 – 13 May 2012

Thursday 10th May

On Thursday 10 May at 8pm, El-Cabina Culture Centre is set to host a screening of the film Amadeus.

Amadeus was directed by Czech-American director Milos Forman in 1984. The life and art of Mozart are recounted by a character who is a patient in an insane asylum. El-Cabina is one of the Egypt-based Gudran Association for Art and Development’s cultural centres. Its activities focus on film, music and literature.

El-Cabina, 11 San Saba Street, behind Cinema Rialto, Mahatet Raml, Alexandria

Dina El Wedidi at El Sawy Culturewheel
Thu May 10 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Dina El Wedidi combines music from the east and the west, blending jazz, rock and metal without losing her oriental touch. . The performance will be in the Wisdom Hall and tickets are 20LE.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Spring Festival: ‘Samar with the Revolution’ at Makan
Tue May 08 8:00 pm to Thu May 10 10:00 pm
‘Samar with the Revolution’ is a storytelling play that brings together artists from all over the Middle East, including Arwa Othman from Yemen, Nabil Tammam from Bahrain and Nader El Sayed from Egypt. Tickets are 10LE.

1, Saad Zaghloul St., Downtown

Alaa El Aswany at El Sawy Culturewheel
Thu May 10 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Revered Egyptian writer Alaa El Aswany will host a talk about post-revolution Egypt . The event will take place in the River Hall and attendance it is free.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

El Masryeen El Ahrar Party Conference at El Sawy Culturwheel

Thu May 10 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
With the political climate in Egypt at fever, politics is the order of the day at El Sawy Culturewheel, as El Masryeen El Ahrar (the Free Egyptians Party) host a conference in Word Hall 1. Attendance is free.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Salalem at After Eight
Thu May 10 10:00 pm to Fri May 11 3:00 am
Having formed in 2004, Salalem have garnered a huge following through their fresh sounds and satirical lyrics. They’ll perform once again at their second home, After Eight Minimum charge is 100LE

6, Kasr El Nil St., Between Arabesque and Groppi, Downtown

Artellewa Art Space in Giza will be screening a number of cinematic gems from the silent era in May
Screenings will take place every Thursday at 7pm.

10 May: The General (1928)

Directed by Josef von Sternberg, and written by John F. Goodrich and Herman J. Mankiewicz, the film won the very first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The award was given to Emil Jannings as Sergius Alexander. In 2006, the film was selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

17 May: Safety Last! (1923)

A romantic comedy starring Harold Lloyd. The movie includes one of the most iconic scenes in the history of silent film: Lloyd holding on to a large clock as he dangles from a skyscraper above moving traffic.

24 May: City Lights (1931)

A romantic comedy-drama written by, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin. The movie is considered one of silent cinema’s gems and an important accomplishment in Chaplin’s remarkable career.

31 May: Sunrise (1927)

Also known as Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, this American film was directed by German film director F. W. Murnau, and won an Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production at the first ever Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.

The Artellewa Art Space, 19 Mohamed Ali El-Eseary Street, Ard El-Lewa, Giza, Cairo

Friday 11th May

Alexandria Opera House will host the Cairo Opera Company, who will delight the audience with arias from Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni; Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Boheme; Donizetti’s L’elesir d’amore; Bizet’s Les Pecheurs de Perles and Verdi’s Rigoletto, among many others. The singers will also perform known songs from famous musicals such as Cabaret, Grease, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, etc. directed by Abdalla Saad

Singers (in alphabetical order): Abdel Wahab El-Sayed, Amr Medhat, Elhamy Amin, Iman Mostafa, Jolie Faizy, Laila Ibrahim, Medhat Mostafa Mohamed, Neveen Allouba, Reda El-Wakil, Tahia Shams El Din, Tamer Tawfik, Walid Korayem. Grieg Martin will accompany on piano.

Friday 11 May, 8:00pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
22 El Horreya Street (formerly Fouad Street)

Sharhabeel Ahmed at El Sawy Culturewheel
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Catch legendary Sudanese musician Sharhabeel Ahmed for a night of arias, ballads, reggae, jazz and traditional Sudanese song in the Wisdom Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are for 15LE.

ENd 26th July Street, Zamalek

Ana Masry at El Sawy Culturewheel
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Performing a collection of authentically Egyptian songs – in dialect, expression and mood – Ana Masry will take to the stage in the River Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are 20LE for members and for 25LE non-members .

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Lel We Ain at After Eight
Fri May 11 10:00 pm to Sat May 12 3:00 am
Egyptian band Lel We Ain are known to fuse the old with the new, so make your way over to Downtown’s After Eight for a night of unique eastern sounds. Minimum charge is 100LE.

6, Kasr El Nil St., Between Arabesque and Groppi, Downtown

Dina Brigade, dancer

Dina Brigade, dancer

Spring Festival: ‘Cavewomen – The Next Incarnation!’ at Falaki Theatre
8.00pm to 10.00pm
As the only American participant of the Spring Festival, Dina Brigade presents ‘Cavewomen – The Next Incarnation!’ The performance is a rousing combination of satiric verse, taiko drumming, martial arts and dramatic storytelling that makes a biting statement about the cultural effects of the U.S. and male dominance. Attendance is free.

113 Kasr El Ainy St. (on AUC campus), Downtown

Saturday 12th May

Spring Festival: Ajam at El Genaina Theatre
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Iranian group Ajam try to bring the epic, energetic, and often aggressive spirit of the regional music of Iran to this generation. In many ways they reintroduce Iranians to native cultures that are often neglected in representations of Iran as well as creating a platform for an international audience to hear the less standardized and ‘untamed’ music of Iran. Tickets are 10LE.

Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Rd., Al Azhar