Category Archives: Egypt

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

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.

El Hibeh – still an issue

From Dr. Carol Redmount

I have just learned that the NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams program “on the chaotic state of Egyptian Antiquities,” in which El Hibeh plays “a prominent part in the story” is scheduled to air this Thurs 10pm on the U.S. East Coast. Filming took place while we were in Egypt. However, I was also warned that if there were any breaking news stories the segment could be postponed. If a web-link is forthcoming I will post it here . . .

TO keep up-to-date with what is still happening in regards to El Hibeh, and at times more generally the state of looting Egyptian antiquities please join the FB page Save El Hibeh Egypt at http://www.facebook.com/groups/337119989673652/

Looter pits are thick on the site at El Hibeh

Looter pits are thick on the site at El Hibeh

Reburying scattered mummy pieces at El Hibeh

Reburying scattered mummy pieces

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

El Hibeh mummy remains

Destroyed mummy on burial textiles a few meters south of destroyed excavation trench. Now reburied.

El Hibeh North Cemetery. Looted grave with adjacent burned material.

El Hibeh North Cemetery. Looted grave with adjacent burned material.

Looted mummy remains at El Hibeh

Looted mummy remains at El Hibeh

El Hibeh Friday update 4 May 2012

Latest update from Dr Carol Redmount

 

 

El Hibeh remains of a child mummy

Child’s foot. Truly outrageous. Now reburied.

This was supposed to be a regular Friday update, but yesterday got away from me so for this week it is a Saturday update. I flew directly from Cairo to the national Annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, the main professional organization for U.S. Egyptologists, where I gave a paper on the Hibeh looting entitled “Collateral Damage: El Hibeh Middle Egypt and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.” The presentation was well attended and well received, with a number of people commenting that the damage came through much more forcefully on a large screen than on face-book. I have also received several invitations to speak on the topic at local ARCE chapters, which of course I will accept. I am now back in Berkeley, while Andy remains on the front lines in Cairo.

 

My re-entry into California life has been somewhat disrupted by the sudden and unexpected death of my home desktop computer, my primary work station. Even more helpfully the thing died right after downloading off the server (so I can’t access it) about the previous two week’s worth of e-mails plus some earlier ones I was saving to respond to immediately upon my arrival in Berkeley. Fortunately everything is backed up (or supposed to be), but it will take me a few more days to get the replacement computer up and running and the back-up information onto the new computer with the help of a university technical person.

Now that we are out of the field we are regrouping and charting our short and long-term courses of action. We are NOT going to stop agitating for protection for Hibeh, and we are going to continue to do our best to keep raising awareness of the looting problem at Hibeh and at Egyptian sites more generally, and to maintain pressure on the authorities to adequately protect cultural heritage sites to the greatest degree possible. All, of course, with your help; we cannot do any of this alone. 

We recognize, of course, that at present our Egyptian friends and colleagues, and for that matter all Egyptians (as well as ourselves and many non-Egyptians) are focused on and intently following the Egyptian elections. It remains to be seen how the election process plays out, especially given the recent violence in Cairo, and what the results are. Nevertheless we hope and pray that everyone does not completely lose sight of the on-going damage being inflicted on Egypt’s antiquities in the current unsettled situation, and that attention to cultural heritage safety does not get totally engulfed in the vortex of politics and the elections. Once sites are gone, they are gone forever.

As far as Hibeh specifically goes, our efforts will not stop. We will continue our efforts to keep Hibeh (and antiquities more generally) in the public eye and we are working on further media campaigns about which you will hear more shortly. Inter alia, I will be giving lectures at various venues over the coming months highlighting the destruction at Hibeh. We are NOT going away. 

As always we thank you for your steadfast support and for all your efforts on our behalf.

El Hibeh final field update 2012

The field season has now ended for the El Hibeh Excavation team, however the fight to stop the looting goes on. This is the final posting from the field from Dr Carol Redmount.

Another exposed and destroyed mummy found beside path back to guard building at El Hibeh. This was reburied.

Another exposed and destroyed mummy found beside path back to guard building. This was reburied.

We ended our 2012 Hibeh field season at the Ihnasya Magazine on April 19. I am pleased to report that, despite less than ideal conditions, we were nevertheless able to make a significant dent in our ceramic and small objects backlogs during the month we were working. Rexine Hummel processed approximately 1500 sherds, concentrating on selected excavated areas with well stratified Third Intermediate Period archaeological deposits. The object registry team, headed by Joan Knudsen, reviewed, registered and/or rehoused virtually all the material we transported from the Hibeh magazine to Ihnasya (we left behind at Hibeh large and delicate items that would have been problematic to transport). We especially wish to thank our MSA Inspector, Mr. Rabee Akl, for all his support and assistance, the Director of the Ihnasya Magazine, Mr. Atef Helmy, who so generously let us take over his office for our work, and the General Director of the Beni Suef Inspectorate, Mme. Nadia Ashour, as well as the Cairo MSA officials who gave us permission to transport El Hibeh materials to the Ihnasya Magazine and study them there. We are very grateful to all these individuals.

Unfortunately, our number one concern, the on-going and massive looting at the site, continues unabated. We were very pleased that last Tuesday, April 17, an official delegation, headed by Abdel-Hamid Maarouf, Director General of the Pharaonic Sector, came from Cairo to investigate looting at several sites, including Ihnasya and El Hibeh. The delegation stopped very briefly to greet us at the Ihnasya Magazine and then, after visiting Ihnasya, continued on to Hibeh where they reviewed the damage to the site accompanied by many members of the Beni Suef Inspectorate. We were told that the delegation visited the site for over an hour and took many pictures. It is our sincere and very great hope that their visit will result in rapid and direct action being taken to protect Hibeh and other sites from further looting.

We received permission to return our study materials to the Hibeh Magazine from the Ihnasya Magazine on the last day of our field season, April 19. We rented a truck, packed the materials, and returned them to Hibeh where, after some initial difficulties with the local Hibeh guards who manhandled the bags of pottery, we succeeded in getting everything back in place in the Hibeh magazine. We then visited the site one last time during our 2012 field season with our MSA colleagues from the Beni Suef Inspectorate. Our goal was to bury as many of the scattered mummy/ body parts as we could, and to see whether there had been further damage to the tell. Alas, the answer to that last question is that more large-scale looting had taken place since our last visit, and even in the two days that had passed between the visit of the official delegation from Cairo and our arrival. It appears that dirt from the new looting is used to fill and cover up the holes created by previously looting. Distressingly, more fresh body parts were everywhere, including the mummified forearms and lower legs of a small child. The partial mummy of the woman that we had photographed at our last visit, however, had disappeared. Together with our Egyptian colleagues and the assistance of two site guards we reburied as many body parts as we could, as close as possible to where they were found.

Reburying scattered mummy pieces at El Hibeh

Reburying scattered mummy pieces

Although this is our last update from our currently field season in Egypt, it is not our final posting. That will not occur until Hibeh is adequately protected. In the coming days we will add more photos to our albums and continue comparing the various looting photos that we have taken ourselves or been sent with each other and with earlier, pre-looting photos of the site. In this way we hope to track, as best we can, the progress of the pillaging. We will also continue to carry on our work to raise public awareness of the looting problem generally — Egypt’s cultural heritage is, after all, an important, non-renewable resource that is also an important part of world heritage — as well as continue our campaign to get Hibeh and other Egyptian cultural heritage sites protected. I leave Egypt shortly to fly to the annual national meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt (the major professional organization of American Egyptologists), which is also attended by Egyptologists from all over the world, where I will be giving a talk entitled “Collateral Damage” that will review the importance of Hibeh and assess the irreparable damage the looting has done and is still doing to the site.

As always, we thank all of you, Egyptians and non-Egyptians, for your steadfast support and we very much hope you will continue that support as we carry our cause forward past the ending of our 2012 field season. We will not stop our efforts until Hibeh and Egypt’s cultural heritage are protected once more, however long that may be, although we very much hope it will be sooner rather than later.

Looter pits are thick on the site at El Hibeh

Looter pits are thick on the site at El Hibeh

See all the images at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.364071873645130&type=1

El Hibeh 19 April 2012

El Hibeh looting pits

El Hibeh looting pits all over the mound

From the Hibeh Excavation Team

On the very last day of the season, much of which was spent reviewing previously excavated material that we were allowed to take to Ihnasya, we were allowed to visit El Hibeh with heavy police guard. The main task was to bury exposed human bodies that looters have strewn all over the site. We thank all the employees of the Ministry of Antiquities who made the visit possible. The visit was severely depressing and emotional. Looting continues on a vast scale with massive pits appearing since Carol’s last visit only a few weeks ago.

El Hibeh mummy remains

Destroyed mummy on burial textiles a few meters south of destroyed excavation trench. Now reburied.

El Hibeh looter pits

Looter pits looking towards North Gate.

El Hibeh remains of a child mummy

Child's foot. Truly outrageous. Now reburied.

El Hibeh huge looter's pit

Limestone doorframe and mudbrick structures exposed by looters. The sheer scale of the pit and destruction is unbelievable. — with Rabee Akl and Carol Redmount.

Gathering mummy parts for reburial at El Hibeh

Gathering mummy parts for reburial

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters.

For all the photos from this site visit please see http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.364071873645130&type=1 If you haven’t already joined the group please do so and give your support.

Weekend events 13-15 April

Friday 13 April

Conversation on art at Townhouse Gallery: Iman Issa and Mia Jankowicz at 6pm
As part of visual arts programme of D-CAF, Iman Issa will discuss her recent work, including ‘Material’, an exhibition presented in Istanbul in 2011.

Townhouse Gallery Factory Space, 22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, 4th floor, Cairo

Violin and piano recital the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Osman El-Mahdy playing solo violin and David Hales on piano team up for an evening including pieces by Händel, Beethoven and Brahms. More info here.

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Speaker’s Progress’ — Play in Falaki Theatre at 8pm
Playing on a Shakespearian theme, and depicting the Arab world’s dynamic which led to regional revolt, Kuwaiti writer and director Sulaiman Al-Bassam presents this play as part of D-CAF.

AUC Falaki Campus, 24 Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Anachrony by Nermine Hammam in Safar Khan Gallery
Hand painted photography exhibition depicting the artist’s experience in Fayoum with her daughter and her cousin, dancer Karima Mansour. Hammam takes inspiration from nature and the elements around her. Read our interview with Hammam regarding her current and past works here.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Artist’ Screening at Sufi – Film 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sufi presents the Oscar winning film the Artist by Michel Hazanavicius. This silent film is about the early Hollywood days and a fan’s journey that leads to her auditioning for a dance part. Attendance is free of charge.

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

Fish event at el Sawy Culturewheel

‘Fish Revolution’ at El Sawy Culturewheel 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Conscience Association for Orphans presents ‘Fish Revolution’, a theatricalshow directed by Ismail Yousry. The performance will take place in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 10LE for non-members and 5LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek



Gyorgy Ferenczi & Gabor Bizjak at El Sawy Culturewheel
– 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
In cooperation with the Office of the Hungarian Cultural Counsellor, Gyorgy Ferenczi, harmonica player, singer, violinist and guitarist, will perform with horn player Gabor Bizjak in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 20LE for non-members and 15LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Re-reading History: ‘The Ancient Age’ 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Taking a look back at history, Dr. Yasser Shehata will host the lecture in Word Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

‘Managing The Pressures of Work’ Lecture at El Sawy Culturwheel – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Dr. Aya Maher, Human Resources professor at AUC, will host the lecture in Word Hall at El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Haithim Nabil at El Sawy Culturewheel

Haitham Nabil at El Sawy Culturewheel – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
In River Hall, Haitham Nabil will perform his latest Arabic hits. Tickets are 30LE.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Ayamna El Helwa Ensemble at Cairo Opera House – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Ayamna El Helwa Ensemble is a musical theatre group led by Mohamed Osman. Known for their fresh idea and new approached, the group will perform in the Open Air theatre of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are available at Cairo Opera House box office.

Cairo Opera House, El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

DJ Fabric at Melouk – Thu Apr 12 9:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 3:00 am, Melouk
DJ Fabric is fast becoming Melouk’s favourite DJ, and he’s back once again for the entire weekend. Reservations at Melouk are recommended.

8, Abdel Rahman El Rafaie St., Dokki


D-CAF Festival: Bikya & Ramsi Lehner at Radio Theatre
– Fri Apr 13 10:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 12:00 am, Radio Theatre
Radio Theatre hosts its last music act with Bikya performing their unique experimental style. They are followed by Ramsi, a strong theatre personality who has performed, designed and directed in various productions. Tickets are 30LE.

24 Talaat Harb St., Downtown

Dance

‘Who, What, When, Where?’ at El Gomhouria Theatre
– Wed Apr 11 8:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 10:00 pm , El Gomhouria Theatre
‘Who, What, When, Where?’ is an Egyptian modern dance performance presented at El Gomhouria Theatre. Tickets are available at Cairo Opera House box office for 25LE.

12 Al-Gomhouria St., Abdin, Across from Abdin Palace, Downtown

DJ Raysoo at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
House music is taking on new dimensions with DJ Raysoo’s daring pop-exotic twists. Head over to CJC and prepare yourself for an unrivaled musical experience! Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Lel We Ain

Lel We Ain

Lel We Ain at After Eight – 9:00 pm to 3:00 am, After Eight
Egyptian band Lel We Ain are known to fuse the old with the new, head Downtown to After Eight for a night of their distinctive tunes. Minimum charge is 100LE.

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

‘The Golden Calf’ by Kareem El Qurity at Al Masar – Sun Apr 08 10:00 am to Sat May 05 8:00 pm, Al Masar
Al Masar Gallery in Zamalek presents ‘The Golden Calf’ by the highly talented international contemporary artist Kareem Al Qurity. Belonging to the fifth generation of the Egyptian art movement, this show will mark the young artist’s first solo exhibition.

157 B 26th Of July St., Floor 0, Zamalek

Anas Al Alousi Exhibition at Chocolate Lounge – Sun Apr 01 10:00 am to Mon Apr 30 11:00 pm , Chocolate Lounge
Iraqi artist Anas Al Alousi exhibits his latest collection of paintings and sculptures in the Chocolate Lounge of Kempinski Nile. The exhibition is in cooperation with Zamalek Art Gallery.

Kempinski Nile Hotel, Corniche El Nil, 12 Ahmed Raghab Street, 11519, Garden City

Saturday 14 April

Dahab Festival kicks off at 10am
Promoting Dahab through water sports, art and music, the festival kicks off Saturday and will continue until 20 April. Events include musical performances and art workshops.

Several locations in Dahab, Sinai

Cypriot Poet Niki Marangou in El-Cabina at 7pm
The prominent poet will read several of her poems along with a chapter from her novel From Famgusta to Vienna, accompanied by Arabic translation.

11 San Saba Street, behind Cinema Rialto, Mahatet Raml, Alexandria

Great German composers at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hisham Gabr will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. More info here.

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek

‘Road to Tahrir’ — Exhibition by Mohamed Abla in El-Bab Gallery
Renowned artist Mohamed Abla exhibits a decade-worth of previously censored, controversial, socio-political artworks. Read our review here.

Museum of Egyptian Modern Art, Cairo Opera House Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Verdi’s La Traviata – The Met Live in HD at Cairo Opera House
Based on the 1852 play La dame aux Camélias, the title ‘La traviata’ literally means ‘the fallen woman’. The Met: Live in HD captures the onstage action from striking angles, using robotic cameras and state-of-the-art technology. It offers an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera. Tickets are 100LE and the screening is in the Small Hall.

El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

Redeemers at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Redeemers is an Egyptian symphonic rock band that performs songs in the form of stories that mix between reality and fantasy. The concert will be held in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 25LE for non-member and 20LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Nemra Setta Band at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Combining eastern, western and Spanish melodies, Nemra Setta bring a unique inspirational sound to the stage. The songs handle daily social issues from regular and political life. For their 1st anniversary the concert will be in River Hall. Tickets are 15LE for non-members and 10LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

The Egyptian Meeting ‘Presidency in Politics’ 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
The Egyptian meeting ‘Presidency in Politics’ with Kamal El Helbawy, Dr. Hussam Eissa, and poet Said Hegab will be moderated by Mohamed Mahsoub. The lecture takes place at Word Hall. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Revitalization of Arabic Language at El Sawy Culturewheel – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Ahmed El Ashry will host a talk titled, ‘Revolution Against Grammatical Mistakes’ at Word Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Salalem

Salalem


Salalem at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
With their sarcastic and witty lyrics that render an optimistic outlook on life’s daily struggles, Salalem’s indie pop, funky performance will leave you beaming with joy! Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


D-CAF Festival: ‘I’m Not There’ at Townhouse Gallery

As part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival , CIC presents ‘I’m Not There’, an empty exhibition and a nightly series of artist interventions.Contrary to the traditionally spectacular vibe of a festival, ‘I’m Not There’ is an exhibition of absent artworks – a fully staged exhibition with many artists involved, but without the artworks. It forms part of a long history, following Surrealism and Conceptualism, of disrupted and empty exhibitions. I’m Not There, however, reflects specifically on the broad scale of conditions of working for artists both in Egypt and abroad. Attendance is free.

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

Hoopoe's heart
‘Hoopoe’s Heart’ by Ahmed Abd Al Karem at Picasso Art Gallery – Wed Mar 28 10:00 am to Wed Apr 18 9:00 pm, Picasso Gallery
Continuing until the middle of April, Ahmed Abd Al Karem presents his colourful new exhibition ‘Hoopoe’s Heart’ at Picasso Art Gallery in Zamalek.

30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

Sunday April 15

Roof Top Session at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
Roof Top Sessions are a trio of top notch musicians bringing you jazz music interpreted with funky modern arrangements and sounds. Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Remon Fawzy at Cairo Opera House – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Cairo Opera House
Remon Fawzy will present a clarinet performance in the Small Hall of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are sold at the Cairo Opera house box office.

‘Chungking Express’ — Film screening in Karmet Shawky at 6.30pm
Brought forward by the Ministry of Culture, this 1994 Hong Kong-based film tells the stories of two love struck policemen.

Karmet Ibn Hanie Cultural Centre in Ahmed Shawky Museum, 6 Ahmed Shawki Street, Corniche El-Nil, Giza


‘The Golden Calf’ by Kareem El-Qurity
in Al-Masar Gallery
Born in 1982, Kareem El-Qurity represents the Egyptian art movement’s fifth generation. The Golden Calf will be the first solo exhibition for the gallery’s youngest artist. El-Qurity recreates the story of Apis using the vocabulary of contemporary art.

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

‘The True Story of Mohannad’s Death’ by Ahmed Sabry in Mashrabia Gallery
With playful and wide-ranging text and caricature images, Sabry presents an exhibition that is both highly entertaining and informative. Read our review here.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

Wadi Abu Subeira, Egypt: Palaeolithic rock art on the verge of destruction

These are very difficult times in Egypt, with administration and political organisation in a relatively chaotic state, and presidential elections soon coming up. As more information about the situation appears, I will keep watching it at this website. Fingers crossed for one of the most significant archaeological sites in Egypt.

via Wadi Abu Subeira, Egypt: Palaeolithic rock art on the verge of destruction.

Friday update

From Dr Carol Redmount of the El Hibeh Excavation team:

Friday update, March 30, 2012.

Not a great deal to report this week. At Ihnasya we continue to study pottery and small finds from our previous excavations at Hibeh. Again we wish to thank the SCA for permission to undertake this work. We continue to work to raise the profile, nationally and internationally, of looting at Hibeh and elsewhere and again we thank you for all your support. Alas, Hibeh still has no security, and we must continue our efforts until the site is protected. Thank you all again, and I hope I will have more to tell you next Friday.

Before and after looting picture at El Hibeh

Before and after looting picture at El Hibeh. East town wall before (above) and after (below) looting.

Looted and scattered mummy

Looted and scattered mummy at El Hibeh

Coptic Cemetery at El Hibeh. Detail of looting at western end.

Coptic Cemetery at El Hibeh. Detail of looting at western end.