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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.


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

The 15th Ismailia Documentary Festival opens Saturday

The Ismailia International Documentary Film Festival, opening on Saturday, will showcase films from 40 countries and commemorate lost Egyptian artists.

The festival runs till 28 June; it is headed by director Magdy Ahmed Ali, the head of the National Centre for Cinema, and organised by film critic Amir El-Omrany. 40 countries are participating with over 100 films: 56 in the official selection, divided into four competitions: short feature films (20 films), short documentary films (15 films), long documentary films (8 films), and animated features (13).

The 15th Ismailia Film Festival is dedicated to the late set designer and artist Salah Marei, who is one of the pillars of the festival and will be commemorated during the proceedings.

The opening ceremony will involve the screening of three documentary films directed by the late Shady Abdel-Salam, which are being screened for the first time after they were definitively edited by Magdy Abdel-Rahman, together entitled “The Road to God”. In addition there will be an exhibition exploring the life and work of the late artist Salah Marei.

Participating in the four competitions are nine Egyptian films.

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.


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

‘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.


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

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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

New tombs to open on Giza Plateau

In the Western Cemetery on the Giza Plateau are located six Old Kingdom tombs of nobles and top officials of the Fourth Dynasty, waiting for their official opening after restoration.

Although these tombs may be sparse in decoration, they are rich in architectural features. Discovered early in the last century, the tombs have impressive facades, more like temples, and large chambers with rock-hewn pillars.

The first one belongs to Princess Mersankh, the granddaughter of King Khufu. This tomb was originally built for her mother, Queen Hetepheres II, but on Mersankh’s sudden death the tomb was donated to her. The tomb was discovered in 1927 by archaeologist George Reisner where a black granite sarcophagus was found along with a set of Canopic jars, and a limestone statue depicting Queen Hetepheres II embracing her daughter. The sarcophagus is now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo while the statue is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Tomb of Seshemnefer

View of the mastaba of Seshemnefer IV at Giza. Seshemnefer lived around the end of the 5th Dynasty, and held the title: Director of the Two Thrones in the Mansion of Life, Privy to the Secrets of the King in all his Cult Places. His importance can be attested by the size of his tomb and its location near the pyramid of Khufu. (Photo: Sandro Vannini)

The second tomb belongs to Seshem-Nefer, the overseer of the two seats of the House of Life and keeper of the king’s secrets. “It is one of the largest tombs on the Giza Plateau,” Ali El-Asfar, director general of archaeology on the plateau, told Ahram Online, adding that it contains funerary, hunting and offering scenes, as well as a depiction of the Seshem-Nefer’s daily life.

The third tomb belongs to Senefru-Kha-Ef, the king’s treasurer and priest of the god Apis. El-Asfar said that the tomb’s inner walls also reveal typical scenes of the dead official and his children.

The fourth tomb was constructed for Nefer, the overseer of the soul priests. Its walls are decorated with scenes showing the Nefer’s daily life with his family and dog.

The fifth tomb belongs to Yassen, the overseer of the king’s farms. The sixth tomb was for Ka-Em-Ankh, overseer of the royal treasury.

According to Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of state for antiquities, the walls of the tombs have been cleaned and reinforced, graffiti left by visitors removed and inscriptions and paintings conserved. The walls are now protected by wood, and lighting and ventilation systems have been installed. A path linking the tombs to the Great Pyramid of Khufu was established in order to facilitate visits.

These tombs were previously opened 25 years ago, said Ibrahim, adding that they were closed for restoration according to the rotation system introduced at the Giza Plateau in the 1990s, under which some of the noblemen’s tombs will be closed for restoration each year.

“Regretfully they were never opened again,” El-Asfar said.

As they open now, others will close for restoration and preservation.

Thanks to AlAhram

Lots more information about these tombs can be found at

Luxor panoramas

Check out the spectacular panoramas of sites and monuments in Luxor

Like hovering in a helicopter over the pyramids

Just HAD to draw your attention to these fabulous air panoramas that will let you take a virtual tour over the pyramids. Major features are named in some of them and you can get an amazing feel for the Giza Plateau – almost like being there!