Category Archives: Art

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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July’s El-Fan Midan to take a Nubian twist

El-Fan Midan (Art is a Square), the art in public space event, will host its monthly event on Saturday 7 July in Abdeen Square with a Nubian them.

El-Fan Midan's one year anniversary edition (Photo: Sherif Sonbol)

El-Fan Midan’s one year anniversary edition (Photo: Sherif Sonbol)

After hosting the monthly event for over a year now, El-Fan Midan’s July edition coincides with the International Day for Nubia, so the crew will celebrate Nubian culture on Saturday 7 July.
The event will feature different music groups, film screenings, dance performances and various art galleries throughout the day.

Some of the artists participating include: Yasser El-Manawehly, Karam Mourad, Mounib Band, El-Darb El-Ahmar school, Cinderella Bayt’s puppet show, and the Percussion circle. There will also be an exhibition of Shemoo’s workshop featuring a variety of talents.

Programme:

El-Fan Midan is from 5pm till 11pm in Abdeen Square, near Downtown Cairo, on Saturday 7 July

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.

Programme:

Thursday:

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.

Friday:

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.

Saturday:

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.

Sunday:

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.

Monday:

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

Exhibition opening today 20 June

A new exhibition called Sit down, I’ll tell you a story is set to open at the Mashrabia Gallery on 20 June.
The exhibition is a collection of photographs of chairs with text telling their stories.

“A chair can tell you wishes, hopes and doubts. They are witnesses of human troubles or achievements. You can often find scars on them,” says the gallery.

Chair

The photography is by Mauro L’Abate and the text by Consuelo Costa.

The exhibition is on-going until 7 July at the Mashrabia Gallery at 8 Champollion Street in Downtown Cairo.

Opening hours: Daily 11am–8pm except Fridays.

Weekend events 15-17 June

Tout Art from Golan Heights perform in Cairo and Alexandra

Tout Art from Golan Heights perform in Cairo and Alexandra

Friday, 15 June

Live Electronic Music Festival at the Rawabet Theatre at 7pm

The Electronic Music Festival will bring together bands from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Rawabet will host: Yunfi-X (Tunisia), Ramsi Lehner (Egypt), Hidden Orchestra (UK), DNB (Lebanon) and Conforce (the Netherlands). Read more here.

2 Hussein El-Meamar Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouni Street, beside the Townhouse Gallery

Cairo Opera Orchestra to perform chamber music at the Cairo Opera Small Hall at 8pm

The Cairo Opera Orchestra will perform chamber music at the small hall of the Cairo Opera House.

Tout Ard Concert at Teatro Eskendria at 8pm

Tout Ard is a six-member reggae band established in 2009 from the Golan Heights. The band’s songs deal with different social and political issues. They also play covers by reggae musicians like Bob Marley. Read more here.

25 Fouad Street, Downtown, Alexandria

Masar Egbari at El-Geneina Theatre at 8.30pm

Hailing from Alexandria, Masar Egbari spent the last few years performing contemporary Egyptian music in different venues around the country.

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Saturday, 16 June

Screening ‘The Silent Speak’ at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 7pm

Al Jazeera’s documentary film shows how people in marginalised communities use the internet and social media to realise change.

Word Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group at Wekalet El-Ghouri at 7.30pm

Expect traditional dance, vibrant music and colourful performances by El-Ghouri Dance Group this Saturday. They play every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

3 Mohamed Abdou Street, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op. 35, always pull large crowds to the Cairo Opera House. The Cairo Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

‘When will tomorrow come?’ play at El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

The play, directed by Michael Mounir, will be performed at the culturewheel for one night.

Wisdom Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘Carry on’ exhibition at the Artellewa Gallery

This is the exhibition of the Arab Collaboration Project. It brings together six artists and writers from countries of the Arab uprisings to collaboratively develop a creative project over a ten-week residency. Participants include Ahmed Zidan, Aliaa El-Geredy, Ibrahim Jawabreh, Iman Hasbani, Jameel Subay and Rola Khayyat.

19 Mohamed Ali El-Eseary Street, Ard El-Lewa, Giza

Sunday, 17 June

‘Spain in the Era of Freedom’ screening at the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm

This 2004 production is directed by Luis Martin del Olmo. The film is part of a series of films on the history of Spain entitled ‘Cinema for Change,’ which will be held from Sunday through Friday, organised by the Cultural Development Fund and the Spanish Embassy in Cairo. It highlights films that explore the legacy of General Franco’s authoritarian rule of Spain. For full programme, click here.

Opera grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ exhibition at the Picasso Gallery

The exhibition ‘The Holy Family in Egypt,’ to open on Sunday at the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek, will include a selection of work 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

‘Gallery Collection’ exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery

The exhibition showcases a fine selection of exhibitions the gallery has held over the past four years, including works by the stars of 20th-century 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 to 9pm.

Al-Masar Gallery, Baehler’s Mansion, 157b 26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo

Weekend events 31 May – 3 June

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 performs in Kotob Khan Bookstore this Weekend (Photo: Youtube Video)

Yosra El-Hawary performs in Kotob Khan Bookstore this Weekend (Photo: Youtube Video)

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

Yehia Khalil

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

Hawi


‘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

‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ in Picasso Gallery

Holy Family painting

Painting by Farid Fadel

On Sunday, 3 June, Picasso Gallery will launch the exhibition ‘The Holy Family in Egypt,’ displaying the works of many Egyptian artists

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.

The opening of the exhibition will take place at 7pm Sunday, 3 June, and the show will run through 3 July.

Programme:

Picasso Gallery, 30 Hassan Assem Street, from Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Open daily from 10.30am to 9pm, except Sundays.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/25/43031/Arts–Culture/Visual-Art/The-Holy-Family-in-Egypt-in-Picasso-Gallery.aspx

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

Events Wednesday 9th May, Cairo

Wednesday 9th May

‘Masriyano’ Book Launch at Mashrabia Gallery
Wed May 09 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
‘Masriyano’ is a collection of stories and anecdotes written by Carmine Cartolano; an Italian teacher who has lived in Egypt for ten years. The book presents an interesting and humourous clash of cultures. Cartolano will be joined by Gennaro Gervasion of the British University in Cairo and journalist Mahmed Farag for a Q&A. Attendance is free.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown

DJ Ramy at Cairo Jazz Club
Wed May 09 10:00 pm to Thu May 10 3:00 am
Known for his boogylicious (not a real word) tracks and mixes, DJ Ramy will host a fantabulous (also not a real word) night of grooving like there’s no tomorrow. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Azza Balbaa, singer

Azza Balbaa


Azza Balbaa at El Sawy Culturewheel
Wed May 09 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Egyptian singer Azza Balbaa throws in her two-cents on the revolution with covers of El Sheikh Emam’s most patriotic songs in El Sawy’s Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

The Economy & the Revolution’ at El Sawy Culturewheel
Wed May 09 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Undoubtedly damaged by the events of last year, Egypt’s economy is slowly on the rise again. Ahmed El Sayed El Naggar will talk about the economic trends that have seen this happen and how the new government can best revive the economy in El Sawy’s River Hall. Attendance is free.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

‘Street Kids in Egypt’ Book Discussion at El Sawy Culturewheel
Wed May 09 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dr. Mohamed Refaat, professor of history at Alexandria University, will discuss his book ‘Street Kids in Egypt’, which looks at issue from as far back as the 1880’s. The event will take place in Word Hall 1 and attendance is free.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Ahwa Sada band

Ahwa Sada


Ahwa Sada at After Eight
Wed May 09 10:00 pm to Thu May 10 3:00 am
With their traditional funky Egyptian tunes, up-and-coming band Ahwa Sada will perform at After Eight in the heart of Downtown Cairo. Minimum charge is 60LE.

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

Events Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 May in Cairo

Monday 7th May

Sahara at El Sawy Culturewheel
From 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Offering rai music like no other band in Cairo, Sahara are back at El Sawy Culturewheel for a performance in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 20LE for members and 25LE for non-members.

End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

‘Incendies’ Screening at Left Bank
Award-winning Canadian film Incendies (2010) follows the journey of a twin brother and sister as they attempt to unravel the mystery of their mother’s life. After their mother suffers from a stroke, they receive final requests in their immigrant mother’s will. To fulfill these wishes, they must journey to her birth land in an unnamed Middle-Eastern country (based on Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war). Entrance fee is 20LE.

Left Bank, 53, Abou El Feda, next to Sequoia, Zamalek

‘Dust’ by Xenia Nikolskaya at Townhouse Gallery
Sun May 06 10:00 am to Wed Jun 13 8:00 pm
‘Dust’ explores the conditions and relevance of empty architectural spaces in Egypt, presenting an entwined dualism: dust as materiality that layers the city, literally tracing the passage of time upon urban objects – but also as a temporal metaphor that registers these changes on the level of memories, both past and present.

Hussein El Me’mar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Basyouni Street, Downtown

No Comment at After Eight
9:00 pm to Tue May 08 3:00 am
Featuring DJ Amr 7a7a, Figo, Sadat Rap and Alaa Fifty, No Comment’s traditional Egyptian shaabi music pumped up with modern beats. Minimum charge is 100LE.

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

Red Beats Round 3 at Cairo Jazz Club
Mon May 07 10:00 pm to Tue May 08 3:00 am
This week, DJ Tito will be leading the third round of this intense DJ competition. Your vote will move another contestant to the semi finals, bringing them closer to victory. All bets on the table. Spin it! Competing DJ’s are Baher Eid, Joey and Minus T. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


3ala Bab El Kelma Poetry Night

May 07 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
3ala Bab El Kelma (at the gate of the word) brings together established and amateur poets from all walks of life to create a hubbub of cultural exchange to Word Hall 1. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

‘Drawing’ by Mostafa Abdel Moity at Zamalek Art Gallery
Mon Apr 30 10:00 am to Sun May 27 8:00 pm
Mostafa Abdel-Moity is an Egyptian artist who identifies himself as a contemporary artist who neither follows in foreign footsteps nor replicates past achievements in Egyptian art. His latest exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery is a collection of sketches.

11 Brazil St., Zamalek


‘Homage to Women’ by Nazli Madkour at Safar Khan Art Gallery

Mon Apr 23 10:00 am to Sat May 12 9:00 pm
Nazli Madkour’s newest exhibition at Safar Khan Art Gallery in Zamalek is a homage to Egyptian women, a tribute to their glory, to their sufferings and to their dignity. The flowers in this collection are symbolic of joy and hope, but often of melancholy and mourning.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek

‘Transformation’ by Britt Boutros Ghali at Picasso Gallery
Mon Apr 23 10:30 am to Tue May 15 9:00 pm
Norwegian born painter Britt Boutros Ghali presents her latest exhibition ‘Transformations’ at Picasso Gallery in Zamalek. The gallery is open daily except for Sundays.

30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

Tuesday 8th May

Love songs and Latin ballads on Tuesday

Yasmin Eid

February 2012 performance: flamenco dance performed by Yasmin Eid with Emad Hamdy on guitar. A still from a film from the concert, posted at YouTube.


The Spring Feeling concert offers a selection of the most famous love songs and Latin ballads. Emad Hamdy on guitar and Yasmine Eid, dancer and singer, will be joined by Iman Ayman on double bass, Hany Zein on percussion and Mostafa Medhat and Amy Shaker on vocals. Emad Hamdy is an Egyptian guitarist is characterised by his sensitivity in playing, particularly playing Latin and Classical Spanish guitar pieces. He continuously works to expand his repertoire and to reach new musical territories and continuously appears in concert with many known Egyptian musicians. He regularly appears with violinist Hassan Sharara and on other occasions with singer and dancer, Yasmine Eid.

Emah Hamdy performs extensively in Cairo and Alexandria. In Cairo he often performs on the stages of the Cairo Opera House as well as in other venues.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 8:00pm
Cairo Opera House, Small Hall

Screening of ‘A Weapon of Choice’ and discussion at the French Institute
Une Arme de Choix is a 43-minute documentary by Florence Tran. The film sheds light on a few Egyptian directors who used their cameras as weapons during the 18 days that ousted Hosni Mubarak in January/February 2011. The directors take action through their cameras and as such participate in the long and difficult process of transforming Egypt. Filmed between May and December 2011, the documentary brings to light differing visions and understandings of 2011’s momentous events. Une Arme de Choix presents directors Ibrahim El-Batout, Ayten Amin, Wael Omar, Khaled Abdalla, Amr Salama, Mohamed Diab and Karim El-Shenawy.

The screening of the movie will be followed by a discussion attended by film’s director, Florence Tran, as well as directors Ibrahim El-Batout and Wael Omar.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012, 7:00pm
French Institute, 1 Masrasset El-Huquq El-Frinseya Street, Mounira, Cairo

‘Men in the Sun’ Screening at Mosireen
Tue May 08 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
As part of their Palestinian film month coinciding with the Gaza Film Festival, Mosireen will screen ‘Men in the Sun’. The film follows three Palestinian refugees seeking to travel from the camps in Lebanon to Kuwait where they hope to find work as laborers. The film is banned in most Arab countries because of its criticism of Arab Leaders.

Mosireen, Flat 34, 19A Adly Street, Downtown

Cooking Class with Chef Benoit at Left Bank
Tue May 08 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Always wanted to learn how to make dark chocolate cream & orange supreme comfit with vanilla ice cream? Head over to Left Bank Tuesday morning where Chef Benoit will reveal a few of his cooking secrets. Participation costs 150LE. Pre-booking is recommended. Call 02 27350014.

53, Abou El Feda, next to Sequoia, Zamalek

Sharqi Blues at Cairo Jazz Club
Tue May 08 10:00 pm to Wed May 09 3:00 am
The members of Holland-based Sharqi Blues bring their oriental-infused rock, blues and jazz to CJC tonight before being joined on stage by Egyptian group El Dor El Awal for a late-night jam session. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


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

The Egyptian Meeting at El Sawy Culturewheel
Tue May 08 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In light if the imminent presidential elections, Dr Mahmoud Mahsoub hosts another edition of El Sawy’s Egyptian Meeting in the River Hall, where attendees will discuss the the current transitional phase of Egyptian politics. Attendance is free.

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

DJ Dina at After Eight
Tue May 08 10:00 pm to Wed May 09 3:00 am
Cairo’s trailblazing lady of the decks, DJ Dina, is taking over After Eight in Downtown Cairo. Minimum charge is 60LE.

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