Category Archives: Festivals

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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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.

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

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

100Live festival this weekend in Cairo

The sixth annual 100Live Electronic Music Festival takes place Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 June, in downtown Cairo. Ten acts will play in the black box of Rawabet Theater. Organized by music label 100Copies, the relatively small festival is a major event for the local electronic music scene, an incubator for the avant-garde, a listening post for a year in music.

That said, don’t ask label founder and festival organizer Mahmoud Refaat what to expect from the two days. “Adventurous and experimental” music is his forecast. About 1,500 people are expected to attend. Of the 10 acts, seven are from overseas: Wormholes and DNB from Lebanon, Molsen and YNFI-X from Tunisia, Hidden Orchestra from the UK, Conforce from the Netherlands, and DJ Animal Strabisme from France.

100 Live
The local acts are Wet Robots & Bosaina, Ramsi Lehner and Kareem Lotfy.

“It’s not for a lot of people anyway,” adds Refaat, who wants the festival to stay a platform for promoting alternative music. Some of the acts are only produced for the festival, he says, as there are few other avant-garde electronic music festivals in the Egyptian capital. Local clubs tend to prefer more accessible DJ music, he says.

“We have chosen musicians on the label, and musicians working around the label,” says Refaat of 100Copies. “They have an alternative way of working. We tried to invite musicians with two different musical influences: [electronic] and experimental combined with classical instruments.”

It is the third time the festival will be held at Rawabet. Its location downtown carries a whiff of politics. Tahrir Square, with all its associations, is just down the road, and the major political parties are based nearby.

Refaat says he likes the concept of a music festival at the center of social and political ferment — though the festival itself is not making any particular political statement.

“It’s a music festival. As we’re not politicians, we’re not contributing to politics. We’re cultural people and contributing to culture. Most people working in culture think this is not the right moment to be holding festivals. But 100Copies doesn’t think this way.”

Three to four years ago, he adds, he would have said that electronic music is a rebellion against mainstream music. “I can’t say that anymore, though,” he says. The local scene is small but diffuse. Electronic music samples every genre: drum and bass, dub, ska, rock, pop, reggae, jazz and even local shaabi music.

While 15 years ago every Cairo club featured a rock band, these days you are more likely to find mixing decks and scratched vinyl. “It’s not exactly the thing in Egypt anymore,” the former heavy-metal rocker attests. “The concept of music is drifting somewhat.”

The 100Live festival has grown every year since its 2007 debut. In that time, the label has also fostered a regional electronic music scene, linking up with the Moroccan Irtijal Festival (10 years old) and the Tunisian E-Fest (also six years old). Cairo musicians tend to collaborate with those in Beirut, says Refaat, while Tunisian and Moroccan musicians are more likely to look to Europe, especially France. But this began to change two years ago, when 100Copies began promoting music from beyond Egypt’s western border.

Perhaps next year, Refaat hopes, the festivals will combine their programs and share local and international acts. The dream is to create a fortnight-long North Africa-wide festival.

The 100Copies label has also begun to promote shaabi and mahraganat music, which is usually only played at local weddings and nightclubs.

“It’s not to make them popular, but to represent this music on stage at festivals,” Refaat says of the new development. The label does not want to frame it as exotic, North African music, he says, but simply as good music in its own right.

Aside from the festival, 100Copies also has a radio station, 100Radio, and in coming weeks will open the 100Space studio and performance space off Talaat Harb Street downtown. Refaat hopes the venue will “push and accelerate” the quality of local electronic music. The space will likely hold a small gig every Friday — something understated enough to lure artists from their bedroom studios.

“They have to be interested in us, though,” he says. “They have to come to the scene.”

Thanks to Egypt Independent http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/916406

Contemporary Music Days programme

Contemporary Music Days, which kicks off 19 May and continues until 25 May, will offer a number of concerts, workshops and lectures with Egyptian and foreign musicians and music specialists. The second Contemporary Music Days, organised by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS), will kick off 19 May and will include a number of concerts presenting contemporary music from Egyptian and international composers. The festival, which will run until 25 May, will also offer workshops and lectures related to contemporary music. Lots more information abouat the festival at http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/33/41853/Arts–Culture/Music/Contemporary-Music-Days-Unique-in-exploring-contem.aspx

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

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


Concerts:
Saturday 19 May

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek

6pm: Opening Ceremony

8pm: Ensemble Linea

Programme:

Pierre Boulez (*1925): Dérive (1984)

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

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

Philippe Hurel (*1955): Step (2007)

Gérard Grisey (1946-1998): Talea

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

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

Sunday 20 May

Alexandria Opera House at 8pm

Sayed Darwish Theatre, 22 Tariq Al-Horreyya, Alexandria

Ensemble Linea

Programme:

Pierre Boulez (*1925): Dérive (1984)

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

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

Philippe Hurel (*1955): Step (2007)

Gérard Grisey (1946 – 1998): Talea

Monday 21 May

El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

26 July Street, Zamalek

Marie Uitti and Ayman Fanous

Improvisation

Tuesday 22 May

Malak Gabr Theatre at 5.30pm

American University in Cairo, new campus, New Cairo

Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble

Programme:

Amr Okba (*1972): Integration (2003)

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 24 May

Prince Taz Palace at 8pm

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

Therry Pecou and The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble

Programme:

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

Thursday 25 May

El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

26 July Street, Zamalek

Aliquid

Progressive Jazz

Workshops and Master Classes:

Sunday 20 May

11am: Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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

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

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

Monday 21 May

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

Thierry Pécou (France): Composition master class

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

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

Music after 1945 – Lecture on the aesthetics of contemporary music

Weekend events, 10 – 13 May 2012

Thursday 10th May

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

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

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

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

1, Saad Zaghloul St., Downtown

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek


El Masryeen El Ahrar Party Conference at El Sawy Culturwheel

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

10 May: The General (1928)

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

17 May: Safety Last! (1923)

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

24 May: City Lights (1931)

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

31 May: Sunrise (1927)

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

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

Friday 11th May

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

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

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

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

ENd 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

Dina Brigade, dancer

Dina Brigade, dancer

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

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

Saturday 12th May

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

Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Rd., Al Azhar

Weekend events 20-22 April

A selection of cultural and other events happening over the weekend. Don’t forget to check out our earlier post on the Spring Festival program as well.

Friday 20 April

Yeha Khalil

Yeha 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. More information here.

Small Hall, Zamalek, Cairo.

El Dor El Awal

El-Door El-Awal in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
With their latin jazz oriental fusion, El-Door El-Awal takes the Culturewheel stage promising another original music performance.

River Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo.

Monodrama Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel Monodrama Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel – Fri Apr 20 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The last day of the festival, where individuals perform monodramas to a panel of judges, will take place in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 10LE.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Turkish Coffee band in Amir Taz Palace at 8pm
Part of the Spring Festival, Turkish Coffee band comprising Nedim Nalbantoğlu, Nuri Karadermili, Barbaros Erkose, Volkan Kipri and Ismet Kizil host the first event of the programme.

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

German Weeks: Events at the German Church in Boulak Fri Apr 20 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
The German church in Boulaq will host a variety of activities throughout the day, starting at 4PM there will be a photo exhibition, followed by lectures at 6PM – both titled ‘Houses of Prayer in Exile’. At 7.30PM the renovated 100-year old organ will be reinauggurated in a concert by musical director Klaus Schulten. Attendance is free.

German Church, Galaa Street, Boulak

German Weeks: Open Day at Goethe Institute – Fri Apr 20 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
In honour of the German language, Goethe Institute invites visitors for an afternoon of events and games. Highlights are the award ceremony for the German-Arabic Translation Prize 2012, German sample lessons, booths with information about language courses and film screenings. Of course food and drinks will also be available.

Goethe Institute, 5 El Bostan St., Downtown

Sufi
Sufi Chants by Eslam at Sufi – Fri Apr 20 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sufi Chants by Eslam provides a rare opportunity to discover authentic Sufi music. The songs and instrumental pieces combine inner tranquility with a sensuality of great beauty.

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

DJ Ouzo at Cairo Jazz Club – Fri Apr 20 10:00 pm to Sat Apr 21 3:00 am
With his exhilarating progressive house beats, and having performed alongside the likes of David Guetta, Eric Morillo and Roger Sanchez, DJ Ouzo’s beats will keep you jumping and dancing all night. Reservations are recommended.

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

DJ Ouzo

DJ Ouzo

‘Sufism & Jihad’ Seminar at El Sawy Culturewheel
Dr. Mohamed Mehana will host a religious seminar on ‘Sufism and Jihad’ at Word Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free of charge.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘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 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.

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

‘Egypt’s Constitution Rights and Duties’ Lecture at El Sawy Culturewheel – Fri Apr 20 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Egyptian Association for Maintaining Heritage is hosting a lecture titled ‘Egypt’s Constitution Rights and Duties’ with speaker Mr. Kamal Gab Allah, Al Ahram’s Managing Editor. Taking place in Word Hall, attendance is free.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Anas Al Alousi Exhibition at Chocolate Lounge – Sun Apr 01 10:00 am to Mon Apr 30 11:00 pm
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.

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

‘Surrealism – Present Day Cairo’ at The Gallery – Tue Mar 27 10:00 am to Thu Apr 26 8:00 pm
‘Surrealism – Present Day Cairo’ at the Gallery is showing works by Sherine Morsi, Raouf Simaan, Esmat Dawestashy, Ahmed Moursl and Halim Habashi looking at Cairo through unique perspectives. The Gallery is located inside Zamalek shop Le Souk.

The Gallery,
In Le Souk, 6 Salah Eldin St., Zamalek

Saturday 21 April

Farmers Market
Farmers Market at Nūn Center – Sat Apr 21 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
A sales outlet for Cairo’s organic and GAP certified farmers, craftspeople and local producers, Nūn Center will provide you with all the fresh produce, baked goods – as well as other products – that you could possibly need.

Nūn Center, 4 Shafik Mansour St., Zamalek

Garage Sale at Sufi – Sat Apr 21 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Anyone looking for a good bargain on books, handicrafts and accessories should head over to Zamalek where the popular bookshop and cafe will be hosting a garage sale. For your own table to sell goods, call 01006715887.

Sufi, 12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

Musical tribute to Tharwat Okasha at Cairo Opera House at 8pm
The Prague Mixed Choir, A Capella Choir and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jiří Petrdlík will perform Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Tharwat Okasha who passed away last February. More information here.

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo.

‘Here/After’ Contemporary Dance in El-Falaki Theatre at 8pm
German dance group Dorky Park take the American University in Cairo’s Falaki stage for their performance part of the Spring Festival. The event is by invitation, to get your own contact 02 27976373.

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo.

Film Noise of Cairo
‘The Noise of Cairo’ Screening at Rawabet Theater – Sat Apr 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Following the interplay between art and the revolution in Egypt, the film highlights how the art scene has begun to flourish once again since the demise of the Mubarak dictatorship.

Rawabet Theatre, 3 Hussien El Me’amar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St. ,from Talaat Harb Sq., Downtown

Fuego Band in El-Cabina at 8pm
An Egyptian band whose music had been described as a fusion between Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody along with salsa funk. Fuego will bring their music to Gudran Association for Development through Art’s El-Cabina space.

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

Discord Magazine – Wake & Bake Music Brunch at Yasso – Sat Apr 21 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Emerging music magazine Discord is treating Cairo to a brunch with music performances by Wetrobots ♥ Bosaina, Soopar Lox, Hashem El Saifi, Omar Foda and more. Enjoy some good music as you munch on sandwiches made by budding local chef Alia Abdel Rahman. Tickets can be purchased through Tazkarty.

Yasso Lebanese Lounge, 23 El Nil Street, Giza

The Golden Calfby 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. Read our review here.

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

Loay at El Sawy Culturwheel – Sat Apr 21 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The crowd pleasing, up and coming popstar Loay is throwing a concert at River Hall of El Sawy Culturwheel. Tickets are for 25LE.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

A Documentary About South Africa at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Apr 21 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A form of entertaining geography, the documentary film will be screened with Dr. Ali El Koraei. Held in Word Hall, attendance is free of charge.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Value of Faith is Lived on the Land of Egypt’ Meeting at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Apr 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The discussion will be held in Word Hall with the participation of author Gamal El Ghitany, Dr. Fathy Saleh and Dr. Aliaa Rafei. Attendance is free of charge.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Bedouin
German Weeks: The Bedouin and His Law at DAAD – Sat Apr 21 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Bedouin and his law is taking a particular legal case from the Bedouin community to be presented and commented on. The purpose is to explain how Bedouin law is enacted and what role it plays in Bedouin life. The lecture will be in German.

DAAD: 11 Saleh Ayoub Street Zamalek

Oshak El Nagham Ensemble at Cairo Opera House – Sat Apr 21 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Oshak El Nagham Ensemble, directed by Mohamed Abdel Sattar, will play at Cairo Opera House. The concert takes place in the Open Air Theatre and tickets can be bought at Cairo Opera House box office.

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

Sidelines
Sallie Pisch & Adam Awad at Bikya – Sat Apr 21 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm
‘Side Lines’, a photography exhibition by Sallie Pisch, provides a look into Egypt’s underground music scene. Adding to the entertainment of the evening is Adam Awad, who will perform a set of originals songs as well as covers. Attendance is free of charge.

Bikya, 23 Dr Zaki Hassan St., off El Nasr St., Nasr City

El Dor El Awwal at Cairo Jazz Club – Sat Apr 21 10:00 pm to Sun Apr 22 3:00 am
El Door El Awwal are distinct in their use percussion and oriental beats meshed with groovy jazz music. Using some electronic effects, the result is an authentic sound full of eclecticism. Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

El Dor El Awwal

Sunday 22 April

Screening of winners of Luxor African Short Films Festival in the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm
For three consecutive days the Artistic Creativity Centre at the Cairo Opera House will host screenings of the films that won awards in the festival that took place in Luxor last February. Tonight’s selection includes winning films from Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameron.

Artistic Creativity Centre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo.

Diwan Bookstore
‘Unleash’ Book Signing at Diwan – Sun Apr 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Writer Farida El Zawahry will host a book signing of ‘Unleash’ at Diwan in Zamalek. A collection of short stories, the book highlights struggle vs. peace and aims to trigger your senses.

Diwan, 159, 26th of July St., Zamalek

Opening of We were there too… exhibition by Street Children at Townhouse Gallery at 7pm
The street children filled Tahrir Square at different points finally finding a safe haven, and as the revolutionary year went by were labelled as ‘thugs’ with 47 of them appearing before military courts. In this exhibit 20 children paint their hopes, fears and despairs.

10 Nabrawy Street, Off Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Zabaleen & AboMariam bands celebrate Earth Day at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
Zabaleen who use recyclable materials and trash cans to make music will share a stage with emerging post-revolution duo AboMariam for an evening of environmental awareness along with local environmental conservation initiatives.

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek.

Shubra Line Exhibition at Artellewa Gallery
This collaborative installation exhibition brings the work of artists Mina Nasr and Yara El-Mekawi. Through sounds and sketches of live-sized people on the walls of Artellwa’s gallery space the artists take viewers through a short journey on the Cairo metro.

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

Spring Festival events and programme

The fifth edition of Spring Festival presents a variety of artistic activities in Cairo, expanding to Alexandria, Minya and Assiut. Spring Festival will open on 19 April and will continue until 16 May in Egypt extending to Beirut and Tripoli and incorporating many renowned Arab and international artists; Ahram Online is among media sponsors.

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

In Egypt, the festival that will take place from 19 April until 16 May and will include a wide range of the most prominent contemporary artists from Europe, Central Asia, the Arab Region and the US.

It will open on Friday 20 April with a celebration of Turkish music at the Prince Taz Palace, featuring violinist Nedim Nalbantoglu, oud player Nuri Karadermilli, and clarinetist Babaros Erkose, among others who will perform a mixed programme, solo and in duets, improvisations and compositions, under the title of a Turkish Coffee.

Exploring the relationship between anonymity and isolation, along with concepts of the individual and urban life, the public and the private, German/Argentinian choreographer Constanza Macras and her Dorky Park ensemble will present their latest dance theater piece Here/After at El Falaki Theater.

In Menya,Turkish master of shadow puppetry Cengiz Ozek will present the comedic Garbage Monster at Jesuits Cultural Center. This show be also presented at Beit El Seheimyin Cairo.

Checkpoint 303, a Palestine/Tunisia band, will present their avant-garde activist sound art project combining electronic music and political commentary; musicians from Uzbekistan will perform “The Invisible Face of the Beloved”, that reaches out to diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms.

Audiences will have the opportunity for the first time to see Tausi Taarab of Zanzibar, all female orchestra performing Taarab and traditional Zanzibari music and featuring Bi Kidude, the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music.

Tunisian ensemble Dima Dima will perform their eclectic mix of western and eastern genres and traditional sounds while virtuoso string quartet Zapp 4 will invite us to their fusion of experimentation, improvisation and musical fantasy. Dima Dima will perform their eclectic mix of western and eastern genres and traditional sounds.

From the US, San Francisco’s Dance Brigade, under the artistic direction of Krissy Keefer, will bring their unique blend of political dance theater, martial arts, and taiko drumming with a feminist perspective in their acclaimed show Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation.

The festival concludes with a series concerts for the Iranian band AJAM in Alexandria, Cairo and Assiut. Based in the UK, Ajam will bring their fusion of Iranian regional and tribal music with a contemporary urban edge to Egyptian audiences, with the support of the British Council.

The festival will also include two special programs that address the current political climate in Egypt and the region: Future Manifesto, a round-table panel discussion featuring the political activists Alaa Abdel-Fattah (Egypt), Fathi Terbil (Libya), Azyz Amamy (Tunisia), Nabila AlMufti (Yemen), and moderated by the remarkable TV presenter Dina Abd El-Rahman at AUC’s Ewart Hall. Below is the complete programme of the festival

CAIRO

Friday 20 April at 8pm

Music

Turkish Coffee

Nedim Nalbantoğlu, Nuri Karadermili, Barbaros Erkose, Volkan Kipri and Ismet Kizil

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April at 8pm

Contemporary Dance

Here/After

Dorky Park — Germany

Choreography and direction: Constanza Macras

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

By invitation

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo

For invitations contact: Tel: 02 27976373

Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April

Contemporary Dance Workshop

Constanza Macras with Karima Mansour

Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre (CCDC)

Wednesday 25 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Beit El-Sehemy, Cairo

El-Darb El-Asfar Alley, Off Moez El-Din El-Fatemy Street, El-Gamaleya, Cairo

Free Admission

Wednesday 25 April

Shadow Puppet Workshop

Cengiz Özek with Nabil Bahgat

Beit El-Seheimy

Thursday 26 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

The Invisible Face of the Beloved — Tajikistan / Tunisia / Uzbekistan

Abduvali Abdurashidov, Sirojiddin Djuraev, Ozoda Ashurova, Jasser Haj Youssef and Abbos Qosimov

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Panel Discussion moderated by Dina Abdel Rahman

The Future Manifesto

Alaa Abdel Fattah — Egypt

Aziz Amami — Tunisia

Fathi Terbil — Libya

Nabeela Al Mofti — Yemen

Ewart Hall, AUC, Downtown Campus

113 Kasr El-Aini Street

Free Admission

Friday 4 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Saturday 5 May at 8pm

Music

Zapp 4 — Netherlands

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Sunday 6 May

Music masterclass with Zapp 4

For Cairo Conservatory students

Monday 7 May to Wednesday 9 May

Workshop

Dance Brigade with Darb Ahmar Arts School students

Tuesday 8 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Arwa Othman — Yemen

Nabil Tammam — Bahrain

Nader El-Sayed — Egypt

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Wednesday 9 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Ibrahim Alaguri — Libya

Ragab Makry — Tunisia

Yara Nosseir — Syria

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Thursday 10 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Guevara Nemr — Syria

Khaled Abdel Hamid — Egypt

Yousra Ennouri — Tunisia

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo

Friday 11 May at 8pm

Dance

Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation

Dance Brigade — USA

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo

Free Admission

Saturday 12 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

ALEXANDRIA

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8.30pm

Music and Singing

The Invisible Face of the Beloved — Tajikistan / Tunisia / Uzbekistan

Abduvali Abdurashidov, Sirojiddin Djuraev, Ozoda Ashurova, Jasser Haj Youssef and Abbos Qosimov

Cinema Rio rooftop,

1 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free Admission

Sunday 29 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Cinema Rio rooftop, Alexandria

37 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free admission

Friday 11 May at 9.30pm

Music

Ajam — Iran / UK

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria

Free Admission

MINYA

Monday 23 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

Jesuits Cultural Centre, El-Hommeyaat Street, Ard El-Moulid, Minya City

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

Jesuits Cultural Centre, El-Hommeyaat Street, Ard El-Moulid, Minya City

Free Admission

ASSIUT

Monday 14 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Nile Hall, University of Assiut

Free Admission

For more see http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/35/39338/Arts–Culture/Stage–Street/th-edition-of-Spring-Festival-more-dynamic-than-ev.aspx

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