Events 7 June – 11 June

Thursday 7 June

Kinan Azmeh

Kinan Azmeh


Syrian musician Kinan El-Azmeh and City Band 8.30pm

El-Genaina’s June programme opens on Thursday 7 June with a performance by Syrian musician Kinan El-Azmeh and City Band. Formed in 2006 in New York, Kinan Azmeh’s City Band immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performances. Born in Damascus in 1976, Kinan Azmeh graduated from the Damascus Higher Institute of Music. In 2000, he moved to New York City and graduated from the Juilliard School. As soloist and composer, Kinan Azmeh has performed in many prestigious concert halls around the world and cooperated with renowned musicians such as Canadian pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, Marcel Khalife, Zakir Hussein, Daniel Barenboim and others.

El-Genaina Theatre, Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darrasa, Cairo

Double Barrel at Sufi 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Performing for the first time at Sufi, two-man band Double Barrel perform music that is all about guitars and smooth rhythms.

Sufi Bookstore,12 Sayed Bakry, Zamalek

Maryam Saleh

Maryam Saleh


Zeid Hamdan & Maryam Saleh at Darb 17 18 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Performing for the first time in Egypt, Darb 17 18 presents the Arabic trip-hop project made up of Lebanese indie-pop artist Zeid Hamdan and Egyptian indie musician Maryam Saleh. Tickets are 20LE .

Darb 1718, El Fustat, Old Cairo

A night of classic songs from musicals such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘The Wizard of OZ’ at the Cairo Opera House 8pm
The Cairo Opera Orchestra invites audiences to a special evening of songs from the most beloved international musicals on Thursday, 7 June. The programme will include songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Pinocchio, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Showboat, The Sound of Music, Cats, Carousel, Les Miserables; No, No, Nanette; New York, New York and My Fair Lady. Soloists include Jacqueline Rafik (Soprano), Amina Khairat (Soprano), Dalia Farouk (Soprano), Dalia Farouk (Soprano), Tamer Tawfik (Tenor), Elhamy Amin (Baritone), Emad Adel (Baritone) and Reda El Wakil (Bass). Cairo Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Nayer Nagui.

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall

Donkey Farm at Falaki Theatre 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Donkey Farm is an original dance performance directed by Mohamed Shafek and features performers Salma Salem, Noura Seif , Hany Hassan, and Aly Khamees among others.

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

The Jokers followed by Deja’vu at Cairo Jazz Club 8:00 pm to Fri Jun 08 3:00 am
Catch The Jokers’ psychedelic 60s rock sound before Deja’vu take you back in time with funk, soul, rhythm and blues covers at 10PM. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Stand Up Comedy Night at El Sawy Culturewheel 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Head to El Sawy’s River Hall for an evening of laughs with stand up comedians Waleed Abu El Magd, Salah El Dali, Alaa Hassan, Moustafa El Saeed and Ismail Moustafa. Tickets are 10LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music at El Gomhouria Theater 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music will perform a selection of classical Arabic songs at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo.

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

‘I Promessi Sposi’ at Italian Cultural Centre 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A theatrical interpretation of the Italian novel by Allessandro Manzoni, which translates to ‘The Betrothed’, I Promessi Sposi’ will be perfomed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory with choreography by Ghislaine Valeriani. Manzoni’s language remains highly poetic, contemporary and theatrical. Attendance is free.

3, El Sheikf El Marsafi St., Across from Beano’s, Zamalek

Vivienne Matthies-Boon at Netherlands-Flemish Institute 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A lecturer in International Relations, Vivienne Matthies-Boon will talk about the mainstream and dominant international responses to the Arab revolts in the region – and to the revolts in Egypt specifically. Attendance is free.

Netherlands-Flemish Institute, 1 Dr. Mahmoud Azmi St., Zamalek

Celebrating Om Kolthoum's life and love, Sakia Puppet Theatre

Celebrating Om Kolthoum’s life and love – Sakia Puppet Theatre


‘Om Kolthoum Back on Stage’ Puppet Show at El Sawy Culturewheel 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Celebrating Om Kolthoum’s life and love, Sakia Puppet Theatre are reliving the best of the legendary singer’s work through the magic of puppetry in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 5LE for members and 10LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

International Earth Day at El Sawy Culturewheel
Tue Jun 5 10:00 am to Fri Jul 06 12:00 am
In association with the German Society for International Cooperation, El Sawy Culturwheel is hosting a day of music, education and activities to mark International Eart Day.. Attendance is free but you have to wear green to get in!

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

‘The Missing Pieces’ by Karim Bakry at Mashrabia Gallery Mon May 28 10:00 am to Mon Jun 18 9:00 pm
‘The Missing Pieces’, made up of an installation and a collection of photographs, uses shipping boxes and crates to metaphiorically transport an idea. Likening the boxes to the Egyptian political state, what is within them represents solidarity and the will to change. See a review of this exhibition at http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/karim-bakry%E2%80%99s-missing-pieces-leaves-much-be-desired-0

Mashrabia Gallery, 8 Champollion Street, Downtown

‘Summer Collective Exhibition’ at Safar Khan Art Gallery Mon May 28 10:00 am to Tue Jul 31 9:00 pm
The Summer Collective Exhibition features modern and contemporary Egyptian art by various artists including recognizable names such as Nermine Hammam, Effat Naghi and Katherine Bakhoum. Safar Khan Art Gallery is closed on Sunday

Safar Khan Art Gallery, 6 Brazil Street, Zamalek

Group Exhibition at Cala Art Gallery – Fri May 25 12:00 pm to Tue Jun 19 9:00 pm
Cala Art Gallery in Zamalek has brought together the work of over twenty of Egypt’s brightest young artists, including Hassan Hassan, Marwa Ashmawy, Medhat William and Mona Saleh. The exhibition runs till June 19th.

Cala Art Gallery, 140 26th of July St., Zamalek

‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ at Picasso Gallery – Sun Jun 03 10:30 am to Tue Jul 03 9:00 pm
Marking the anniversary of the Holy Family’s entry into Egypt, Picasso Gallery in Zamalek has brought together the works of host of contemporary artists including Georges Bahgory, Susan Amer, Nathan Doss and Reda Abdel Rahman. Picasso Gallery is closed on Sundays.

Picasso Gallery, 30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

Gallery Collection at Al Masar – Sun May 20 11:00 am to Sat Jul 21 9:00 pm
Celebrating the four-year anniversary of Al Masar, ‘Gallery Collection’ is a group exhibition that brings together some of the best paintings and sculptures that have been on show at the gallery in the last four years. Artists on show include Georges Bahgory, Leila Izzet and Taha Hussein.

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

Friday 8th June

Huda Asfour at El Genaina Theatre – Fri Jun 08 from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Huda Asfour is a Palestinian oud and kanoun player, born in 1982 in Lebanon and raised in Tunisia and Gaza. Huda reflects her journey as a Palestinian in her music while exploring different genres and styles. Tickets are 10LE.

El-Genaina Theatre, Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darrasa, Cairo

Ahmed Adaweya at Opium – Fri Jun 08 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 09 2:30 am
Popular Egyptian shaabi singer Ahmed Adaweya is taking the stage at Opium this Friday.Entry 250LE with open bar. Reservations can be made through Tazkarty.

Opium, Saray El Gezirah St., Zamalek

L'Argent

L’Argent


L’Argent Screening at Sufi – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Adapted by Robert Besson from a short story by Leo Tolstoy, ‘L’Argent’ (1983) is about a forged 500 franc note that passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a naive man whose life begins to unwind because of the bill.

Sufi Bookstore,12 Sayed Bakry, Zamalek

DJ Ahmed Shawky & DJ Miesh at Cairo Jazz Club – Fri Jun 08 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 09 3:00 am
Hitting the decks at Cairo Jazz Club for the first time, DJ Ahmed Shawky will be spinning progressive house mixes, before DJ Miesh carries the night into the early hours of the morning with some deep tech house. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Lel WeAin

Lel We Ain


Lel We Ain at After Eight – Fri Jun 08 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 09 3:00 am
Egyptian band Lel We Ain fuse the old with the new and will tonight perform at After Eight in Downtown Cairo. Minimum charge is 100LE.

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

Yorka at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Led by Algerian-Egyptian music composer Abdel Moneim Saeed, Yorka’s adaptation of Andalusian music makes their sound one of the most unique on the Cairo scene. Catch their performance in El Sawy Culturewheel’s Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 25LE for members and 30LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

DJ Feedo at Purple – Fri Jun 08 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 09 4:00 am
As usual on a Friday night, Purple is bringing DJ Feedo to rock the boat with his signature hip hop and r&b tracks. Mnimum charge is 150LE. Reservations can be made on 010-0119-9093.

Purple, Imperial Boat, 19 Saray El Gezirah St., Zamalek

House Arrest at O Bar – Fri Jun 08 9:00 pm to Sat Jun 09 3:00 am r
Head over to O Bar this Friday to catch House Arrest! This new concept night will have you dancing to the hottest house tunes brought to you by Cairo’s top DJs. For reservations call 012-0579-5453.

O Bar, Inside the Fairmont Nile City, Lower Lobby, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Boulaq, Downtown

International Earth Day at El Sawy Culturewheel – Jun 05 10:00 am to Fri Jun 06 12:00 am
In association with the German Society for International Cooperation, El Sawy Culturwheel is hosting a day of music, education and activities to mark International Eart Day.. Attendance is free but you have to wear green to get in!

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Saturday 9th June

Best Buy Shopping Event at Le Pacha 1901 – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Cairo’s local designers and boutiques are offering a one day only event to shop to your heart’s content. With summer here, the event is helping you transition into the season with style and at special discount prices. So head over to Le Pacha and shop till you drop! Collections include: Dokkan Bala…

Le Pacha 1901, Saray El Gezirah Street, Zamalek


No Comment at After Eight
– Sat Jun 09 10:00 pm to Sun Jun 10 3:00 am
Featuring DJ Amr 7a7a, Figo, Sadat Rap and Alaa Fifty, No Comment’s traditional Egyptian shaabi music is given a kick with modern beats. Minimum charge is 100LE.

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

Basheer

Basheer


Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club – Sat Jun 09 10:00 pm to Sun Jun 10 3:00 am
Originating from Upper Egypt, Basheer blends traditional, oriental sounds with modern fusions. Focusing on western instruments, he creates a unique sound which encompasses his diversity in culture. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Ramy Atalla Quintet at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Performing in the Wisdom Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel, expect a night of smooth Latin jazz with the Ramy Atalla Quintet. Tickets are 30LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Cairo Symphont Orchestra at Cairo Opera House – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Cairo Symphony Orchestra will perform a mix of classical music at Cairo Opera House in the Main Hall. Tickets are available at the Cairo Opera House ticket office.

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

Tannoura

Tannoura


El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wekalet El Ghouri – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein tonight for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group. Wikalet El Ghouri is located on your right side if you’re facing El Azhar and Khan Khalili market is on your left.

Wekalet El Ghouri, Mohamed Abdo Street, Azhar, Cairo

Sunday 10th June

El Asala Fi Rabea El Omr at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sun Jun 10 8:00 pm to Tue Jul 10 10:00 pm
Translating into something like ‘originality in the spring of life’, this musical ensemble are back at El Sawy Culturewheel for an evening of vintage Arabic music. The performance will be held in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Dr. Mostafa Hegazy at El Sawy Culturewheel – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hosting a debate on the upcoming political events and what our future may hold, the discussion will take place in the River Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Oud
Heritage Ensemble for Arab Music at Arab Music Institute – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
As performers, the Heritage Ensemble for Arab Music perform traditional music of the Near East, with the aim of making it accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Catch them at the Cairo Opera House’s Arab Music Institute.

Arab Music Institute 22, Ramses St., Downtown

Monday 11th June

Talta Talet Band at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
With a new musical vision of Egyptian entertainment, young band Talta Talet perform live in the River Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are 10LE for members and 15LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Poetry Evening at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
For an evening of poetic songs, join poet Gamal Bekheit in the Wisdom Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are 20LE for members and 25LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

El Asala Fi Rabea El Omr at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sun Jun 10 8:00 pm to Tue Jul 10 10:00 pm
Translating into something like ‘originality in the spring of life’, this musical ensemble are back at El Sawy Culturewheel for an evening of vintage Arabic music. The performance will be held in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

International Earth Day at El Sawy Culturewheel – Tue Jun 05 10:00 am to Fri Jul 06 12:00 am
In association with the German Society for International Cooperation, El Sawy Culturwheel is hosting a day of music, education and activities to mark International Eart Day.. Attendance is free but you have to wear green to get in!

El Sawy Culturewheel El Sawy Culturewheel, End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

Blind girls orchestra to perform at Wekalet El-Ghouri in Cairo on Thursday 7 June

Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra performing in Malta

Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra performing in Malta

On Thursday 7 June, an orchestra consisting of over 30 blind girls, the pride of the Al-Nour Wal-Amal Association, will perform a concert at Wekalet El-Ghouri.
The orchestra was created by Istiklal Radi, the first director of the association. The late Samha Khouli, former president of the Academy of Arts and former dean of the Cairo Conservatory, provided the association with an academic basis for the creation of professional musicians. For two decades, the orchestra was trained and conducted by late Ahmed Abul-Eid.

Today, it is under the artistic supervision of Ines Abdel-Daim, chairperson of the Cairo Opera House, and conducted and trained by Aly Osman. The first generation of musicians formed an orchestra consisting of 16 girls. Today, it has 38 musicians, representing mainly third generation graduates of the Al-Nour Wal Amal Music Institute.

“Since its creation, the Chamber Orchestra at the Music Institute has become one of the most important parts of the association. The first time the orchestra performed outside the association’s premises was at the old Cairo Opera House in 1972,” Amal Fikry, vice-chair of the association, explains.

Today, the orchestra performs extensively in Egypt and has over 20 international trips on its resume. Last May, the orchestra gave a very successful performance in Malta. This month, the orchestra will perform in Belgium.

Read more about Al-Nour Wal Amal Orchestra at http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/41424.aspx

Programme:

Thursday 7 June at 8pm

Wekalet Al-Ghouri, Mohamed Abdo Street, Azhar, Cairo

Weekend events 31 May – 3 June

Thursday 31 May

‘Laugh it off’ comedy night at Rawabet Theatre at 7pm

Ramez Youssef, Haitham Awad, Mo’love, Mohamed Morgan and other stand up comedians take part in this uncensored night with both English and Arabic performances.

2 Hussein El-Meamar Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouni Street, next to Townhouse Gallery, Downtown, Cairo

Omar Khairat music concert at Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Egyptian musical legend Omar Khairat takes to the Opera House stage again on piano with several musicians.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Two-act opera ‘The Medium’ at El-Gomhouria Theatre at 8pm

The Medium is a short, dramatic opera in two acts with words and music by Gian Carlo Menotti. The opera will be performed to a piano accompaniment.

El-Gomhouria Theatre, 12 El-Gomhouria Street, Downtown, Cairo.

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

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

Yosra El-Hawary at Kotob Khan Bookstore at 8pm

Rising start Yousra El-Hawary sings and plays the accordion in Maadi. Her music is based on simple lyrics and catchy musical styling that many can relate to. She is the artist behind the viral music video of El-Soor filmed by the famous Downtown walls. Read more about El-Hawary here.

3A El-La Selky Road, New Maadi, Cairo

Maryam album launch at French Culture Centre in Alexandria at 8pm

Maryam takes her new album ‘Mesh Baghany’ (I’m not singing) to Alexandria after launching in Cairoearlier this month. Her music includes a mix of her originals and old Arabic resistance song covers.

30 El-Naby Daniel Street, Alexandria

Friday 1 June

Group Exhibition at Cala Art Gallery 25/05/2012, 12:00:00 until 19/06/2012, 21:00:00 Exhibition review by Melissa Howell.
Zamalek’s many art galleries have recently grown in number with the opening of Cala Art Gallery. Located above La Taverna on 26th of July Street, the gallery resides on the second floor of a dark, musty building. In stark contrast to its surroundings, Cala Art Gallery is a pleasant, sunlit space whose inaugural exhibit, simply titled ‘Group Exhibition’, showcases the works of nearly thirty artists, in line with the gallery’s stated aim of promoting emerging Egyptian talent.

The exhibition features the work of up-and-coming Egyptian artists alongside more established members of Cairo’s art scene. With no less than twenty-eight artists showing work in this exhibit, a wide range of styles and perspectives are on display. The collection includes watercolours, oil paintings, mixed-media, textiles and sculptures – some abstract, others depicting landscapes and portraits.

With so many artists currently showing at Cala, there is plenty to appreciate in this exhibit. However, some artists’ work stand out as especially memorable including Mennatallah O’llow’s series of small relief prints of Luxor and Dalia Bahig’s ink and watercolour portraits. Marwa Ashmay showcases an impressive drawing of an Oriental music concert that commands an entire wall of the gallery. Several of Hassan Hassan’s pop-art, fashion-centric pieces offer much more for the eye than their size initially suggests, while his acrylic portrait Purple is skilfully textured and – dare we say – hauntingly beautiful.

The diversity of the works on display results in an overwhelming experience for guests, which is only partially mitigated by apparent attempts to thematically separate the work, with the more traditional sculptures and landscape paintings displayed near the front of the space with the whimsical portraits and abstract works dominating the back walls. However, in a number of cases, various pieces by a single artist are scattered throughout the space rather than being displayed cohesively, further fragmenting an already eclectic collection of art. Moreover, the gallery is debatably too small for the number of pieces included in the exhibition, with some works displayed too closely together to appreciate each individually. However, the exhibition succeeds in delivering a broad scope of impressive local artistry.

While slightly frustrating that the works displayed in this group exhibition are in such contrast, the artists featured in the exhibit seem to have been carefully selected to expose a high level of local talent, ensuring that within the melange of work, there is much to enjoy.

140 26th of July St., Zamalek

The Cassettes, Shady Ahmed and Dina El-Wadidi in Bikya Bookstore Maadi at 7.30pm

In the three-day celebration of the new branch’s opening, Bikya bring a mix of artists for the show. On Thursday, they hosted Grey Grass, Ahmed Safi El-Din and Hany Mustafa. On Saturday Bikya Maadi will host various performers such as Abu Mariam, Adam Awad along with stand up comedy.

Road 9, Maadi, Cairo

Tamer Abu Ghazala concert at Jesuits Cultural Centre in Alexandria at 8pm

Abu Ghazala sings and plays oud with his music inspired by traditional poetry from the region. Most of his songs are in Palestinian and Egyptian dialect. Shadi El-Husseiny (piano), Khyam Allami (drums) and Mahmoud Waly (bass) will also be performing.

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria

Yehia Khalil

Yehia Khalil

Yehia Khalil Band in Cairo Opera House at 8pm

One of the most established jazz musicians in Egypt, Yehia Khalil brings his percussion beats and fellow musicians to the Opera House’s Small Hall.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

“Elections” group exhibition in Darb 1718

Whether the artists are idealists, activists, reformists or anything else, the monumental moment of the elections touches people in a way that brings about intense creativity. Darb 1718 hosts this group exhibition portraying just that. Hind Samir, Ahmed Sabry, Hani Rashed, Sabah Naeem, Marwa Adel, Ali Abdel Mohsen, Ahmed El-Shaer, Atef Ahmed, Amira Parree, Hala Abu Shady, Neven Emam are all on show. (Open from 4pm-10pm)

Qasr Al-Shamee Street, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque, Old Cairo.

Saturday 2 June

Bikya Maadi Opening 12 noon to 8.00pm
The celebrations marking the opening of Bikya’s new branch in Maadi end with performances from Abou Mariam , RaSh Radio, Adam Awad and stand up comedians from InterACT and Al Hezb El Comedy. Tickets are 20LE, available at the door and at Bikya, Nasr City.

Road 9, Maadi, Cairo

El-Fan Midan (Art is a Square) in Abdeen Square at 1pm

After cancelling the Mayevent in mourning of after deadly clashes in Abbasiya, the Coalition for Independent Culture holds its monthly event El-Fan Midanreclaiming public space use for different art forms. Events usually include a line up of musicians, painting, among other art forms. It takes place in several squares in other governorates.

Abdeen Square, Downtown Cairo

Symphonic concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi will perform Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Brahms’ Symphony No 3. Also, Amira Hamed, the soloist of the evening, will perform Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Orchestra.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Sandwiches & Jams at Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah 2.00pm to 9.00pm
Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah
Brought to you by Popsicle, Sandwiches & Jams combines the pleasures of the the Nile and Cairo weather with live music, great food and drink at the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah. Tickets are 300LE with unlimited healthy cocktails and food expertly prepared by a big-shot French chef.

3 El Thawra Council St., Zamalek

“Gallery Collection” exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery

The exhibition showcases a fine selection from exhibitions the gallery has held over the past four years, including works by the stars of 20thcentury Egyptian modern art, pioneers of the third, fourth and fifth generations, and the young artists of today. On display will be works by Adel El-Siwi, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Essam Marouf, Georges Bahgory, Hamdi Attia, Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Mahmoud Abdullah, Sami Aboul Azm, Sami Abdul Azm, Kareem El-Qurity, Leila Ezzet, Omar El-Nagdy and others. (Open from 11am-9pm)

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

Alexandria Opera Ensemble at El Gomhoria Theatre 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Alexandria Opera Ensemble travel south to Cairo for a performance in Downtown Cairo’s El Gomhouria Theatre.

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

Sunday 3 June

Abo Mariam at El Sawy Culturewheel 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Formed in Tahrir at the time of the revolution, Abo Mariam’s musical influences include Egyptian and western folk, Balkan music, reggae, Latin, rock and pop. The group will perform in the Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non members.

El Sawy Culturewheel, 26th July Street, Zamalek

Three films by Salvador Dali at Kermet Ibn Haine Culture Centre at 6.30pm

Three films by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali who initiated this type of film.

Ahmed Shawky Museum, 6 Ahmed Shawki Street, Corniche El-Nil, Giza

Opening of ‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ exhibition at Picasso Gallery at 7pm

The exhibition “The Holy Family in Egypt,” to be shown starting Sunday in the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek, will include a selection of works by contemporary artists, including Helmy Eltony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others.

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

Hawi

Hawi


‘Hawi ‘screening at Netherlands-Flemish Institute 7.00pm to 9.00pm
‘Hawi’ follows the story Youssef, a prisoner released after five years of solitary confinement, and his return to Alexandria. Inspired by Alexandria and the actors the director met in the street, ‘Hawi’ is a touching sketch of the social reality of Egypt and the daily life in Alexandria with its hope and disillusion. Attendance is free.

1 Dr. Mahmoud Azmi St., Zamalek

‘Carry on’ exhibition at Artellewa Gallery

This is the exhibition for the Arab Collaboration Project that brought together six artists and writers from countries of the Arab uprisings in Cairo to collaboratively develop a creative project over a 10-week residency. The participants are Ahmed Zidan, Aliaa El-Gready, Ibrahim Jawabreh, Iman Hasbani, Jameel Subay, Rola Khayyat.

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

The Beach Pop Up Event at 18.213 – Sat Jun 02 12:00 pm to Sun Jun 03 7:00 pm
Under the theme of ‘keeping our beaches clean’, pop up venue 18.213 is hosting a two day shopping opportunity with collections by Deana Shaaban, Shibshibi flip flops and Foota towels.

18.213, 18 Road 213, Maadi

‘The Holy Family in Egypt’ in Picasso Gallery

Holy Family painting

Painting by Farid Fadel

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

The exhibition “The Holy Family in Egypt,” to be shown starting Sunday in the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek, will include a selection of works by contemporary artists, including Helmy Eltony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others.

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

Programme:

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

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

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

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

Events Wednesday 9th May, Cairo

Wednesday 9th May

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

8 Champollion Street, Downtown

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Azza Balbaa, singer

Azza Balbaa


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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Ahwa Sada band

Ahwa Sada


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

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

Events Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 May in Cairo

Monday 7th May

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

End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


3ala Bab El Kelma Poetry Night

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

End of 26th of July St., Zamalek

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

11 Brazil St., Zamalek


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

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

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek

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

30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

Tuesday 8th May

Love songs and Latin ballads on Tuesday

Yasmin Eid

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mosireen, Flat 34, 19A Adly Street, Downtown

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

53, Abou El Feda, next to Sequoia, Zamalek

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


Spring Festival: ‘Samar with the Revolution’ at Makan

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

1, Saad Zaghloul St., Downtown

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

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