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Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend 6-9 September

Thursday 6 September

Tannoura

Tannoura


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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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

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

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

El Hibeh 19 April 2012

El Hibeh looting pits

El Hibeh looting pits all over the mound

From the Hibeh Excavation Team

On the very last day of the season, much of which was spent reviewing previously excavated material that we were allowed to take to Ihnasya, we were allowed to visit El Hibeh with heavy police guard. The main task was to bury exposed human bodies that looters have strewn all over the site. We thank all the employees of the Ministry of Antiquities who made the visit possible. The visit was severely depressing and emotional. Looting continues on a vast scale with massive pits appearing since Carol’s last visit only a few weeks ago.

El Hibeh mummy remains

Destroyed mummy on burial textiles a few meters south of destroyed excavation trench. Now reburied.

El Hibeh looter pits

Looter pits looking towards North Gate.

El Hibeh remains of a child mummy

Child's foot. Truly outrageous. Now reburied.

El Hibeh huge looter's pit

Limestone doorframe and mudbrick structures exposed by looters. The sheer scale of the pit and destruction is unbelievable. — with Rabee Akl and Carol Redmount.

Gathering mummy parts for reburial at El Hibeh

Gathering mummy parts for reburial

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Coptic era pottery broken at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters at El Hibeh

Tomb or other structures exposed and explored by looters.

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Weekend events 20-22 April

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

Friday 20 April

Yeha Khalil

Yeha Khalil


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

Small Hall, Zamalek, Cairo.

El Dor El Awal

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

River Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo.

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

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

German Church, Galaa Street, Boulak

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

Goethe Institute, 5 El Bostan St., Downtown

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

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

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

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

DJ Ouzo

DJ Ouzo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

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

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

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

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

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

Saturday 21 April

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

Nūn Center, 4 Shafik Mansour St., Zamalek

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

Sufi, 12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yasso Lebanese Lounge, 23 El Nil Street, Giza

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

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

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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

DAAD: 11 Saleh Ayoub Street Zamalek

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

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah

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

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

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

El Dor El Awwal

Sunday 22 April

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek.

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

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

Spring Festival events and programme

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

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

Group Dima Dima will perform at the Spring Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAIRO

Friday 20 April at 8pm

Music

Turkish Coffee

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

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April at 8pm

Contemporary Dance

Here/After

Dorky Park — Germany

Choreography and direction: Constanza Macras

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

By invitation

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

For invitations contact: Tel: 02 27976373

Sunday 22 April and Monday 23 April

Contemporary Dance Workshop

Constanza Macras with Karima Mansour

Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre (CCDC)

Wednesday 25 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Beit El-Sehemy, Cairo

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

Free Admission

Wednesday 25 April

Shadow Puppet Workshop

Cengiz Özek with Nabil Bahgat

Beit El-Seheimy

Thursday 26 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

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

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

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Panel Discussion moderated by Dina Abdel Rahman

The Future Manifesto

Alaa Abdel Fattah — Egypt

Aziz Amami — Tunisia

Fathi Terbil — Libya

Nabeela Al Mofti — Yemen

Ewart Hall, AUC, Downtown Campus

113 Kasr El-Aini Street

Free Admission

Friday 4 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Saturday 5 May at 8pm

Music

Zapp 4 — Netherlands

Prince Taz Palace, Cairo

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa.

Free Admission

Sunday 6 May

Music masterclass with Zapp 4

For Cairo Conservatory students

Monday 7 May to Wednesday 9 May

Workshop

Dance Brigade with Darb Ahmar Arts School students

Tuesday 8 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Arwa Othman — Yemen

Nabil Tammam — Bahrain

Nader El-Sayed — Egypt

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

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

Wednesday 9 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Ibrahim Alaguri — Libya

Ragab Makry — Tunisia

Yara Nosseir — Syria

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

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

Thursday 10 May at 8pm

Storytelling

Samar with the Revolution

Guevara Nemr — Syria

Khaled Abdel Hamid — Egypt

Yousra Ennouri — Tunisia

Makan — Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, Cairo

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

Friday 11 May at 8pm

Dance

Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation

Dance Brigade — USA

Falaki Theatre, Cairo

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

Free Admission

Saturday 12 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Genaina Theatre, Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

ALEXANDRIA

Friday 27 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Checkpoint 303 — Palestine / Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria.

Free Admission

Saturday 28 April at 8.30pm

Music and Singing

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

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

Cinema Rio rooftop,

1 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free Admission

Sunday 29 April at 8pm

Music and Singing

Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra — Zanzibar

Cinema Rio rooftop, Alexandria

37 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria

Free admission

Friday 11 May at 9.30pm

Music

Ajam — Iran / UK

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria

Free Admission

MINYA

Monday 23 April at 5pm

Shadow Puppet Theatre

Garbage Monster

Gengiz Özek — Turkey

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

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

Free Admission

Thursday 3 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Dima Dima — Tunisia

Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC), Minya

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

Free Admission

ASSIUT

Monday 14 May at 8pm

Music and Singing

Ajam — Iran / UK

El-Nile Hall, University of Assiut

Free Admission

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

Cultural objects at risk

One year on from the events that took place in Egypt in 2011, ICOM’s actions to protect the country’s cultural heritage from the ensuing thefts of non-inventoried objects from archaeological sites and museums have led to the publication of the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk.

Red list cover
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) announced the official launch, at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Cairo (NMEC) of a new Emergency Red List: the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. ICOM Director General, Julien Anfruns, officially presented the Emergency Red List, on this occasion, in the presence of the Director of the NMEC, Dr Mohammed Abdel Fatah. Following the presentation, Julien Anfruns had an official meeting with the Minister of State for Antiquities, Pr Mohammed Ibrahim Ali.

The ICOM Red Lists are important, effective tools designed to help police and customs officials, heritage professionals and art and antiquities dealers identify the types of objects that are most susceptible to illicit trafficking and therefore subject to smuggling and illicit trade. “This Emergency Red List will concretely assist all those, inside and outside of Egypt, concerned by an involvement in the protection of Egyptian cultural heritage, by further preventing and reducing the illicit trade and export of the country’s cultural objects”, Julien Anfruns said, when presenting the Egyptian Red List in Cairo.

Read more here http://icom.museum/press-releases/press-release/article/icom-publishes-a-new-emergency-red-list-the-emergency-red-list-of-egyptian-cultural-objects-at-risk-1.html

A great festival is happening at Dahab beginning tomorrow and running for a week – if you’re in Egypt why not make the effort – you’ll have a ball!

Dahab Bedouin Festival

We welcome you all to come and ride a camel and then follow the camel race that will take place on friday the 6th at 17h by the festival area, in the flood plain on the other side of the road by the bridge in Masbat, Dahab.

Camel races are one of the favourite events of Bedouin. It is also an opportunity to see how fast these animals can really go!

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Bedouin Festival

Learn about Bedouin history and culture, find out about the Sinai desert’s medicinal plants, explore canyons carved by time, listen to the silence of the desert, observe the moon and planets through a telescope, witness a camel race, taste bread baked in the sand, enjoy a sweet Bedouin tea or simply come and relax at the Dahab Bedouin Festival taking place this year between the 1st and 7th of April.

The Dahab Bedouin Festival is a non-profit event. Throughout the week from 1st to 7th of April, all earnings from the festival go towards ecological awareness programmes. Promoting Bedouin culture and Bedouin in the tourism industry is the initial objective of the festival. Our second objective is preserving the natural environment. Since the 1st Bedouin festival that took place in May 2011, the main original organisers have been holding monthly events during the full moon in order to raise some funds that go towards cleaning up Dahab. We will persist until we have reached are very easy yet hard to achieve target: to keep Dahab clean.

Bedouin festival poster

Bedouin festival poster

Find out lots more at http://bedouinfestival.com/