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Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend 6-9 September

Thursday 6 September



Maryam Saleh in El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
After releasing her first album I don’t Sing last May, Maryam and her band have been performing in Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. Tonight they take the Culturewheel stage performing a mixture of rock and Arabic music. Read more on Maryam’s other projects here.

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘Bahari’ Short Film Screening in El-Cabina Center at 8pm
The award winning 13 minute short film will be screened at El-Cabina, one of Alexandria’s favourite cultural hubs. The film’s writer, director and producer Ahmed Ghoneimy will be present for a discussion after the screening. Read more here.

Library Space, 11 San Saba Street (Behind Cinema Realto), Downtown, Alexandria

Screening of 16 films from the 48 Hour Film Project in Darb 1718 at 8pm
As part of the 48 Hour Film Project of short films made from A to Z in under 48 hours, Darb will screen the 16 most successful films from the competition. The films come from Paris, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Warsaw, Berlin and other cities with genres ranging from comedy to sci-fi. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Mohamed Rida the producer of the project in the Middle East.

Qasr Al-Shamee St., Al-Fakhareen (behind Hanging Church and Amr Mosque), Cairo

Eftekasat in El Geneina Theater at 8.30pm
One of Egypt’s oldest and biggest oriental jazz bands, Eftekasat celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012 and continues to bring beats from their two albums to the audience. Read more on Eftekasat here.

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Friday 7 September

Screening of ‘A Seperation’ in Sufi Bookstore at 7pm
The Academy Award winning Iranian film, which generated contreversy in Egypt and the Middle East, follows the story of a couple dealing with divorce. The film was directed by Asghar Farhadi.
12 Sayed El Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Hosam Ghaleb in 100Copies Music Space at 8pm
The venue will kick off its September schedule with Hosam Ghaleb’s dub trip beats. Ghaleb is also known for his music with Puzzle Band.

22 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

Contemporary Dance Night (Group B) in AUC’s Falaki Theater at 8pm
The initiative aims to bring dance closer to Egyptian audiences. Tonight sees the second group of performances (which will be repeated on Sunday and Tuesday): Disorder by Sherin Hegazy, π by Shaymaa Shoukry, A Step Back (Video Dance) by Ezzat Ezzat, Voodoo Doll (Video Dance) by Ibrahim Abdo, 1 by Ahmed El Gendy, Not for Everyone by Mirette Mechail. Read more here.

American University in Cairo Falaki Campus, Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Saturday 8 September

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in Wekalet El-Ghouri at 7.30pm
Expect traditional dance, vibrant music and colourful performances by El-Ghouri Dance Group this Saturday. They play every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

3 Mohamed Abdou Street, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

Tok Tok 7 Comic book launch in Townhouse Gallery at 7pm
The comic book launched a few weeks after the start of the revolution is now in its seventh issue. On the launch night there will also be the launch of the fourth issue of ‘Ninth Art’, a comic art publication.

Factory Space, 10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo

Mariam Elias Talk in 100Copies Music Space at 8pm
The children’s author is set to discuss art, music and books with the audience.

22 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

Sunday 9 September

Art therapy in Sufi Bookstore at 5pm
Shima Youssef and Dr Suzan Radwan, who were mentored in art therapy under one of the best art therapy practitioners in Egypt, the late Dr Magdi Refaat, offer people a space to explore their personality and feelings through painting. Participants are welcome to join any time between 5pm and 9pm. Read more on Art Theray here.

12 El-Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Exhibition Opening ‘Leaving’ by Amado Alfandi in Awan Art Space at 7.30pm
The Sudanese artist showcases his individual style of painting in the newly opened Awan Contemporary Art Space.

4 Hoda El Shaarawy Street, Downtown, Cairo

Sahara Band in El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
One of the most established Rai music bands in Egypt, Sahara, regularly performs at the Culturehweel; and this month is no exception.

Wisdom Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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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.


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.


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.

100Live festival this weekend in Cairo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra performing in Malta

Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra performing in Malta

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday 7 June at 8pm

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

Weekend events 31 May – 3 June

Thursday 31 May

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

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

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

Omar Khairat music concert at Cairo Opera House at 8pm

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

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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

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

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

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

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

Yosra El-Hawary at Kotob Khan Bookstore at 8pm

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

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

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

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

30 El-Naby Daniel Street, Alexandria

Friday 1 June

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

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

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

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

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

140 26th of July St., Zamalek

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

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

Road 9, Maadi, Cairo

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

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

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria

Yehia Khalil

Yehia Khalil

Yehia Khalil Band in Cairo Opera House at 8pm

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

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

“Elections” group exhibition in Darb 1718

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

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

Saturday 2 June

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

Road 9, Maadi, Cairo

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

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

Abdeen Square, Downtown Cairo

Symphonic concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

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

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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

3 El Thawra Council St., Zamalek

“Gallery Collection” exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery

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

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

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

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

Sunday 3 June

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

El Sawy Culturewheel, 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

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

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

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



‘Hawi ‘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.


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

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


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)

Saturday 19 May

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek

6pm: Opening Ceremony

8pm: Ensemble Linea


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


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


Tuesday 22 May

Malak Gabr Theatre at 5.30pm

American University in Cairo, new campus, New Cairo

Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble


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


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

Thursday 25 May

El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

26 July Street, Zamalek


Progressive Jazz

Workshops and Master Classes:

Sunday 20 May

11am: Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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

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

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

Monday 21 May

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

Thierry Pécou (France): Composition master class

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

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

Music after 1945 – Lecture on the aesthetics of contemporary music

Weekend events, 10 – 13 May 2012

Thursday 10th May

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

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

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

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

1, Saad Zaghloul St., Downtown

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

El Masryeen El Ahrar Party Conference at El Sawy Culturwheel

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

10 May: The General (1928)

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

17 May: Safety Last! (1923)

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

24 May: City Lights (1931)

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

31 May: Sunrise (1927)

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

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

Friday 11th May

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

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

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

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

ENd 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

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

Dina Brigade, dancer

Dina Brigade, dancer

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

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

Saturday 12th May

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

Al Azhar Park, Salah Salem Rd., Al Azhar