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Weekend events 29 June to 1 July

Friday 29 June

Screening of ‘Landscape in the Mist’ at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm
This 1988 Greek production, which won “Best Direction” at the Chicago International Film Festival, tells the story of two children, Voula and Alexandre, who are in search of their father, supposedly living in Germany. The film is the creation of multi-award winning art film director Theodoros Angelopoulos.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Omar Khairat Concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat is set to take the main hall stage of the capital’s opera house, this Friday.

Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Wust El-Balad concert at El-Geneina Theatre at 8.30pm
The popular underground band returns to the Al-Azhar Park stage with their much-loved blend of contemporary Egyptian tunes, jazz and world music.

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

“6 Years in Egypt” Photography exhibition in El-Cabina Centre ongoing
In Alexandria, the El-Cabina centre hosts Swiss artist Olivier Guignard, who offers up reflections on his time spent in Egypt. Guignard presents his six-year-long stay in the country’s coastal city before he is due to finally leave. The exhibition is ongoing until Saturday.

11 San Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria

‘Tracks of Cairo’ Screening at Darb 17 18, Fri Jun 29 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Darb 17 18 will host a screening of ‘Tracks of Cairo’; a documentary about the contemporary music scene in the capital and specifically about the impetus given to local bands by the revolution’s. Filmmakers Alex Brief & Johannes Roskamm will be present for a Q&A. Attendance is free.

Darb 1718, El Fustat, Old Cairo

DJ Amir Sharara at Cairo Jazz Club, Fri Jun 29 10:00 pm to Sat Jun 30 3:00 am
Nonstop uplifting tech, groovy, funk vocalistic, electric and proggy house mixes from the dynamic and versatile DJ Amir Sharara.Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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


Reham Alaa Exhibition at Cairo Atelier – Tue Jun 26 8:00 pm to Sun Jul 01 8:30 pm

Cairo Atelier in Downtown Cairo hosts young artist Reham Alaa’s first solo exhibition. Daily opening hours are 9AM – 1PM and 6PM – midnight.

Cairo Atelier, 2, Karim El Dawla St., off Mohamed Bassiouni St., Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Ahl Cairo at El Sawy Culturewheel – Fri Jun 29 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Formerly known as Step by Step, Ahl Cairo is a contemporary Egyptian pop band that has been on the scene since 2005. Catch them live in El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall. Tickets are 15LE for members and 20LE for non-members.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Talents Development Centre Concert at Cairo Opera House – Thu Jun 28 7:00 pm to Sat Jun 30 9:00 pm
The Cairo Opera House Talents Development Centre is crowning the semester with a series of concerts by its students.The event takes place in the Small Hall and tickets are available from the Cairo Opera House ticket office.

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

Saturday 30 June

Meetphool: Clown, Mime and Street Performance in Studio El-Madina and Anas El-Wogood Café at 7pm
Meetphool, a platform connecting artists, hosts a smorgasbord of street mime and clown along with storytelling, interactive theatre, contemporary dance, mini-concerts and poetry. The performers hail from across Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, Minya and Fayoum.

8 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Alexandria.

Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Cairo Symphony Orchestra



Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Since its residency at Cairo Opera House began in 1990, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra has played a crucial role in the development of Egyptian contemporary music and in the inspiration of Egyptian musicians and conductors alike. The concert will be held in the Main Hall and tickets are available at Cairo Opera House ticket office.

Cairo Opera House, El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

“Solid Urban Waste Project” Townhouse Gallery at 7pm
The Spanish architecture collective “Basurama” together with architect and urban planner Omar Nagati, showcase the results of a workshop held in Cairo, in which participants explored waste as a primary resource in order to design and build prototypes.

Factory Space, Hussein El-Memar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Senet at Cairo Jazz Club – Sat Jun 30 10:00 pm to Sun Jul 01 3:00 am
Founded just last year by singer and krar player Ibrahim Fanous, bassist Ahmed Omar and percussionist Ali Hassan, Senet’s traditional and folkloric music takes inspiration from Eritrean tribes. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

‘Lost Gods’ by Joshua Goode at Darb 17 18 – Sat Jun 30 7:00 pm to Thu Aug 30 11:00 pm
‘Lost Gods’ is about experiencing art from a new perspective. Creating the exhibition out of 200 small sculptures that will be buried in containers of sand, attendees will be asked to dig them out and place their finds on a shelf or table.

Darb 1718, El Fustat, Old Cairo

Harassment exhibition poster


Opening of harassment exhibition ‘Enough’ in Darb 1718 at 7pm
Harassmap, an online initiative mapping out sexual harassment in Egypt, join forces with Darb 1718 to host an exhibition featuring various artists, that encourages women to speak up against harassment on Egypt’s streets. Aya Mostafa will be playing music for the opening night. Read more on the initiative here.

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

Quithara Ensemble at Arab Music Institute – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Led by Alfred Gamil, Quithara -named after the Arabic word for harp- will perform in the Arab Music Institute in Downtown Cairo.

Arab Music Institute, 22 Ramses St., Downtown

High on Body Fat & Hany Mustafa at Bikya – Sat Jun 30 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Bikya in Maadi rounds of a busy June with a gig of huge proportions. Musical comedy duo & Arabs Got Talent contestants High on Body Fat perform, with stand-up comedian Mohamed Shaheen opening. Acoustic-indie musician Hany Mustafa will then perform with songstress Farida El Geuretly. Tickets are 20LE at the door.

Bikya, 40 El Hadaek St. (Off Road 9), Maadi

Watan Workshop at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Jun 30 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A choir group that addresses societal issues in an artistic manner, catch Watan Workshop in concert in the River Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Tickets are 10LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Mado at El Sawy Culturewheel – Sat Jun 30 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Make your way over to El Sawy Culturewheel’s Wisdom Hall for an evening of acoustic music with Mado, who’s back in concert after two years of absence. Tickets are 15LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end 26th July St, Zamalek

Sunday 1 July

Mashrou' El Mareekh's Open Mic Night (Photo: Mashrou' El Mareekh on Facebook)

Mashrou’ El Mareekh’s Open Mic Night (Photo: Mashrou’ El Mareekh on Facebook)

Mashrou El-Mareekh’s Open Mic Night in Makan Centre at 7pm
El-Mareekh are back with their monthly open mic nights, giving everyone who signs up five minutes of fame to do whatever they want in front of an audience. Past performances have included music, stand up comedy, talks and group meditations. Read more on the El-Mareekh Project here.

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, Downtown, Cairo

Film Screening of “Bird” in Darb 1718 at 7.30pm
Originally set to be screened last week, the biographical film follows the life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker – featuring tunes like “Lester Leaps In”, “Ornithology”, “Why Do I Love You”, “April in Paris” and “All of Me”. Directed by award-winning Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood, it stars Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora.

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

“The Holy Family in Egypt” exhibition at the Picasso Gallery
This exhibition centres around portrayals of biblical scenes of Christianity’s holy family in Egypt. Including sculpture, watercolour, oil painting and metal work, the event features contemporary Egyptian artists Helmy El-Tony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel-Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programme:

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

Exhibition opening today 20 June

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

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

Chair

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walls – what walls?

You MUST check out how Egypt’s young artists are transforming the walls erected Downtown…

On 9 March, one year after military police forcefully dispersed a sit-in at Tahrir Square, arrested protesters and tried them in military courts, a group of artists and activists launched their five-day graffiti campaign “Drawing through Walls.” A Facebook event was created, inviting people to join seven teams in painting “open streets.”

Wall art in Downtown Cairo

Wall art in Downtown Cairo. Photographed by Virginie Nguyen

Challenging the concrete structures, the artists prepared sketches of the streets on paper before they began working on the walls. Some sketches simply show the other side of the street, which most civilians, except for residents of the particular street, can no longer access. Others recreate scenes from the clashes, while some are hopeful and poetic.

Wall art in Downtown Cairo

Wall art in Downtown Cairo

Read the full story and see more amazing images at http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/723496