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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.

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

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

Weekend events 20-22 April

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

Friday 20 April

Yeha Khalil

Yeha Khalil


Yehia Khalil Band in Cairo Opera House at 8pm
One of the most established jazz musicians in Egypt; Yehia Khalil brings his percussion beats and fellow musicians to the Opera House’s small hall. More information here.

Small Hall, Zamalek, Cairo.

El Dor El Awal

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

River Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo.

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

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

German Church, Galaa Street, Boulak

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

Goethe Institute, 5 El Bostan St., Downtown

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

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

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

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

DJ Ouzo

DJ Ouzo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

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

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

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

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

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

Saturday 21 April

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

Nūn Center, 4 Shafik Mansour St., Zamalek

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

Sufi, 12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yasso Lebanese Lounge, 23 El Nil Street, Giza

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

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

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

DAAD: 11 Saleh Ayoub Street Zamalek

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

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

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

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

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

El Dor El Awwal

Sunday 22 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek.

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

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

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