Tag Archives: entertainment

Events Wednesday 9th May, Cairo

Wednesday 9th May

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

8 Champollion Street, Downtown

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

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Azza Balbaa, singer

Azza Balbaa


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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

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

End 26th July Street, Zamalek

Ahwa Sada band

Ahwa Sada


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

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

Advertisements

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.

Weekend events 13-15 April

Friday 13 April

Conversation on art at Townhouse Gallery: Iman Issa and Mia Jankowicz at 6pm
As part of visual arts programme of D-CAF, Iman Issa will discuss her recent work, including ‘Material’, an exhibition presented in Istanbul in 2011.

Townhouse Gallery Factory Space, 22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, 4th floor, Cairo

Violin and piano recital the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Osman El-Mahdy playing solo violin and David Hales on piano team up for an evening including pieces by Händel, Beethoven and Brahms. More info here.

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Speaker’s Progress’ — Play in Falaki Theatre at 8pm
Playing on a Shakespearian theme, and depicting the Arab world’s dynamic which led to regional revolt, Kuwaiti writer and director Sulaiman Al-Bassam presents this play as part of D-CAF.

AUC Falaki Campus, 24 Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Anachrony by Nermine Hammam in Safar Khan Gallery
Hand painted photography exhibition depicting the artist’s experience in Fayoum with her daughter and her cousin, dancer Karima Mansour. Hammam takes inspiration from nature and the elements around her. Read our interview with Hammam regarding her current and past works here.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘The Artist’ Screening at Sufi – Film 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sufi presents the Oscar winning film the Artist by Michel Hazanavicius. This silent film is about the early Hollywood days and a fan’s journey that leads to her auditioning for a dance part. Attendance is free of charge.

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek

Fish event at el Sawy Culturewheel

‘Fish Revolution’ at El Sawy Culturewheel 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Conscience Association for Orphans presents ‘Fish Revolution’, a theatricalshow directed by Ismail Yousry. The performance will take place in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 10LE for non-members and 5LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek



Gyorgy Ferenczi & Gabor Bizjak at El Sawy Culturewheel
– 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
In cooperation with the Office of the Hungarian Cultural Counsellor, Gyorgy Ferenczi, harmonica player, singer, violinist and guitarist, will perform with horn player Gabor Bizjak in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 20LE for non-members and 15LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Re-reading History: ‘The Ancient Age’ 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Taking a look back at history, Dr. Yasser Shehata will host the lecture in Word Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

‘Managing The Pressures of Work’ Lecture at El Sawy Culturwheel – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Dr. Aya Maher, Human Resources professor at AUC, will host the lecture in Word Hall at El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Haithim Nabil at El Sawy Culturewheel

Haitham Nabil at El Sawy Culturewheel – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
In River Hall, Haitham Nabil will perform his latest Arabic hits. Tickets are 30LE.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Ayamna El Helwa Ensemble at Cairo Opera House – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Ayamna El Helwa Ensemble is a musical theatre group led by Mohamed Osman. Known for their fresh idea and new approached, the group will perform in the Open Air theatre of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are available at Cairo Opera House box office.

Cairo Opera House, El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

DJ Fabric at Melouk – Thu Apr 12 9:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 3:00 am, Melouk
DJ Fabric is fast becoming Melouk’s favourite DJ, and he’s back once again for the entire weekend. Reservations at Melouk are recommended.

8, Abdel Rahman El Rafaie St., Dokki


D-CAF Festival: Bikya & Ramsi Lehner at Radio Theatre
– Fri Apr 13 10:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 12:00 am, Radio Theatre
Radio Theatre hosts its last music act with Bikya performing their unique experimental style. They are followed by Ramsi, a strong theatre personality who has performed, designed and directed in various productions. Tickets are 30LE.

24 Talaat Harb St., Downtown

Dance

‘Who, What, When, Where?’ at El Gomhouria Theatre
– Wed Apr 11 8:00 pm to Sat Apr 14 10:00 pm , El Gomhouria Theatre
‘Who, What, When, Where?’ is an Egyptian modern dance performance presented at El Gomhouria Theatre. Tickets are available at Cairo Opera House box office for 25LE.

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

DJ Raysoo at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
House music is taking on new dimensions with DJ Raysoo’s daring pop-exotic twists. Head over to CJC and prepare yourself for an unrivaled musical experience! Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Lel We Ain

Lel We Ain

Lel We Ain at After Eight – 9:00 pm to 3:00 am, After Eight
Egyptian band Lel We Ain are known to fuse the old with the new, head Downtown to After Eight for a night of their distinctive tunes. Minimum charge is 100LE.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 14 April

Dahab Festival kicks off at 10am
Promoting Dahab through water sports, art and music, the festival kicks off Saturday and will continue until 20 April. Events include musical performances and art workshops.

Several locations in Dahab, Sinai

Cypriot Poet Niki Marangou in El-Cabina at 7pm
The prominent poet will read several of her poems along with a chapter from her novel From Famgusta to Vienna, accompanied by Arabic translation.

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

Great German composers at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm
Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hisham Gabr will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Johannes Brahms. More info here.

Cairo Opera House, Small Hall, Zamalek

‘Road to Tahrir’ — Exhibition by Mohamed Abla in El-Bab Gallery
Renowned artist Mohamed Abla exhibits a decade-worth of previously censored, controversial, socio-political artworks. Read our review here.

Museum of Egyptian Modern Art, Cairo Opera House Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Verdi’s La Traviata – The Met Live in HD at Cairo Opera House
Based on the 1852 play La dame aux Camélias, the title ‘La traviata’ literally means ‘the fallen woman’. The Met: Live in HD captures the onstage action from striking angles, using robotic cameras and state-of-the-art technology. It offers an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera. Tickets are 100LE and the screening is in the Small Hall.

El Borg Gezira, Gezirah, Zamalek

Redeemers at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Redeemers is an Egyptian symphonic rock band that performs songs in the form of stories that mix between reality and fantasy. The concert will be held in Wisdom Hall. Tickets are 25LE for non-member and 20LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Nemra Setta Band at El Sawy Culturewheel – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Combining eastern, western and Spanish melodies, Nemra Setta bring a unique inspirational sound to the stage. The songs handle daily social issues from regular and political life. For their 1st anniversary the concert will be in River Hall. Tickets are 15LE for non-members and 10LE for members.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

The Egyptian Meeting ‘Presidency in Politics’ 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
The Egyptian meeting ‘Presidency in Politics’ with Kamal El Helbawy, Dr. Hussam Eissa, and poet Said Hegab will be moderated by Mohamed Mahsoub. The lecture takes place at Word Hall. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Revitalization of Arabic Language at El Sawy Culturewheel – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, El Sawy Culturewheel
Ahmed El Ashry will host a talk titled, ‘Revolution Against Grammatical Mistakes’ at Word Hall of El Sawy Culturewheel. Attendance is free.

End of 26th of July St. Zamalek

Salalem

Salalem


Salalem at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
With their sarcastic and witty lyrics that render an optimistic outlook on life’s daily struggles, Salalem’s indie pop, funky performance will leave you beaming with joy! Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen


D-CAF Festival: ‘I’m Not There’ at Townhouse Gallery

As part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival , CIC presents ‘I’m Not There’, an empty exhibition and a nightly series of artist interventions.Contrary to the traditionally spectacular vibe of a festival, ‘I’m Not There’ is an exhibition of absent artworks – a fully staged exhibition with many artists involved, but without the artworks. It forms part of a long history, following Surrealism and Conceptualism, of disrupted and empty exhibitions. I’m Not There, however, reflects specifically on the broad scale of conditions of working for artists both in Egypt and abroad. Attendance is free.

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

Hoopoe's heart
‘Hoopoe’s Heart’ by Ahmed Abd Al Karem at Picasso Art Gallery – Wed Mar 28 10:00 am to Wed Apr 18 9:00 pm, Picasso Gallery
Continuing until the middle of April, Ahmed Abd Al Karem presents his colourful new exhibition ‘Hoopoe’s Heart’ at Picasso Art Gallery in Zamalek.

30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

Sunday April 15

Roof Top Session at Cairo Jazz Club – 10:00 pm to 3:00 am, Cairo Jazz Club
Roof Top Sessions are a trio of top notch musicians bringing you jazz music interpreted with funky modern arrangements and sounds. Reservations are recommended.

197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Remon Fawzy at Cairo Opera House – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Cairo Opera House
Remon Fawzy will present a clarinet performance in the Small Hall of Cairo Opera House. Tickets are sold at the Cairo Opera house box office.

‘Chungking Express’ — Film screening in Karmet Shawky at 6.30pm
Brought forward by the Ministry of Culture, this 1994 Hong Kong-based film tells the stories of two love struck policemen.

Karmet Ibn Hanie Cultural Centre in Ahmed Shawky Museum, 6 Ahmed Shawki Street, Corniche El-Nil, Giza


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

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

‘The True Story of Mohannad’s Death’ by Ahmed Sabry in Mashrabia Gallery
With playful and wide-ranging text and caricature images, Sabry presents an exhibition that is both highly entertaining and informative. Read our review here.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

Egypt is fine

“Egypt is Fine” – Cairo Jazz Festival’s slogan this year – sends a message to the world to prove that life is going on despite the political happenings and that culture will thrive and bloom regardless of the political climate. Cairo Jazz Festival (CJF), primarily being held at the El Sawy Culture Wheel, aims to introduce jazz to a wider audience. CJF presents a variety of jazz activities in addition to the musical performances, activities such as jam sessions, workshops and master classes.

Cairo Jazz Festival
CJF pays tribute to major jazz figures that have contributed to this great culture, a tradition that started with the first edition of CJF in 2009. This year the Festival honours the Dutch drummer Han Bennink for over 50 years of great jazz achievements in the European modern jazz scene. Han will be receiving the CJF 2012 trophy for his life time achievements during his concert.

Eftekasat World Jazz Group will be celebrating their 10th anniversary, coinciding with celebrating “10 YEARS UNDERGROUND” highlighting the success stories of the “underground ” scene over 10 year. Movie screenings, peeks behind the scenes, a mega photo exhibition of underground bands, seminars, keynote speakers, celebrities and music critics will contribute to the celebration.

“Jazz Beyond Stage” After hours shows will take place as usual at the Cairo Jazz Club that has always been an amazing partner to CJF, hosting the best of jazz shows with world figures like Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Michael Bortslap and Carles Benavent in an intimate jazzy atmosphere. This year enjoy the likes of the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from Austria or Portugal’s Andre Carvalho Quintet. After hours shows and jam sessions start from 11 pm onward at the Jazz Club.

The kids’ program “Jazzinino” has been a proven success in introducing jazz to Egypt’s kids, who can experience the feel of “being on stage” together with professional artists in a warm family atmosphere.

Kempinski Nile Hotel will be hosting, for the first time, some of the jazz shows at its superb jazz bar located on the 10th floor, a breath-taking experience of watching jazz while looking at Cairo from above.

Workshops and free educational seminars will offer an added dimension to the festival. Check out the drum circle led by jazz icon Han Bennink together with the school of Al Darb Al Ahmar, or enjoy a saxophone master class given by the saxophone masters of Artvark from Holland.

Check out the programme at http://www.cairojazzfest.com/#!program

Events today and tomorrow in Cairo

Saturday, 10 March

Spring Farmers’ Market at Nūn Center

From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Spring Farmers Market provides a sales outlet for Cairo’s Organic and GAP certified farmers, craftspeople and local producers. It is also an opportunity for locals and visitors to find fresh produce, baked goods and various other products in pleasant surroundings.

Nūn Center, 4 Shafik Mansour St., Zamalek

Live painting performance by SHANK at Tache Art Gallery at 12:30pm

Mohamed Fathi – more commonly known as SHANK – will be painting live in front of an audience for his project “Seven x Three.”

S-139 El-Sahara District, Designopolis, Km 38 Cairo/ Alexandria Rd., Sheikh Zayed, 6 October City

Cairo Symphony Orchestra, led by Czech conductor Jiří Petrdlík, “Painting in Music”

8.00pm Cairo Opera House

The evening will include “Mathis der Maler” (Matthias the Painter) symphony, one of the best-known works by 20th century German composer Paul Hindemith and “Three Walks in Zamalek”, a bassoon concerto by John Baboukis, composer and director of music at the American University in Cairo.

Also on the programme is “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano and orchestra. Composed by the 19th century Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky‎ for solo piano and orchestra, this version was arranged by 20th century French composer Maurice Ravel, most famous for orchestral piece “Bolero.”

The soloist for the evening is Tamer Fahmy Kamal on bassoon.

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group at 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

Tannoura dancer with colourful whirling skirt

Tanoura dancer at Wekalet el Ghouri. The tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance performed by Sufi men, Darawish. The dance is similar to the Sufi whirling in Levant and Turkey. In this version, the men wear long colorful skirts, also known as a tanoura.

“Bab Aziz” film screening at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm

The newly opened Sufi Bookstore has been holding film nights every Friday. This weekend they show Tunisian film “Bab Aziz” about an old man and his granddaughter who travel across the desert on their way to a Sufi festival and meet interesting characters along the way.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club
Sat Mar 10 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 11 3:00 am

It’s Oriental Saturday Cairo Jazz Club and nobody else but Basheer could light up the evening with his modern Egyptian folkloric beats. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Gazaga in El Sawy Culturewheel

Sat Mar 10 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

In the Wisdom Hall at El Sawy Culturwheel, Gazaga brings a night of traditional Egyptian music with a 21st century twist. Tickets are 20LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end of 26 July Street, Zamalek

“Winter Garden” exhibition at Gezira Art Center

This exhibition, organised by the Japan Foundation in Cairo, is a travelling exhibition featuring the works of 14 Japanese artists.

1 El-Sheikh Marsafy Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘Made in Egypt’ Charity Bazaar at Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo

From 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

With over 150 vendors selling Egyptian products and at least 20 NGOs participating, the Inner Wheel Zamalek hosts ‘Made in Egypt’ charity bazaar, with donations going to the Children Kidney Transplantation Unit in Abu El Rish as well as the development of Cairo slums. Held in the Cleopatra Ballroom.

Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo, 11511 Corniche El Nil, Garden City

The Kiosk of French Booksellers Festival

From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

In celebration of the Month of Francophonie, the French Institute is organising the Kiosk of French Booksellers festival. Today the media library is open to the public for the entire day. There are also various workshops one can attend such as comic book drawing, text learning and poetry interpretation.

Institut Francais d’Égypte au Caire

Metal Blast One Year Anniversary

Sat Mar 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

One year on and El Sawy’s heavy metal festival ‘Metal Blast’ is stronger than ever. More than just a gig, this one year anniversary celebration in the River Hall will resemble more of a heavy metal convention as musicians, fans, journalists and record labels come together

El Sawy Culturewheel, end of 26 July Street, Zamalek

‘Khadra’ Exhibition at Darb 1718

Runs to Sat Mar 17 8:00 pm

Khadra is a contemporary group exhibition featuring a group of artists from the same generation who present their social, political, psychological, and religious views.

Darb 1718, El Fustat – Old Cairo, Islamic Cairo

Sunday, 11 March

“Public Screen,” a video art night at Lazoghly Square at 6pm

Part of Mahatat Collective’s initiative to bring art to public space, they will hold the first screening – in a series of many more over the coming months – of 17 short films by video artists.

Lazoghly Square (Next to Misr Bank), Mounira, Cairo

Opening of the “Voices of Syria” exhibition at the Mashrabia Gallery at 7pm

A visual arts exhibition by dissident Syrian artists currently living and working in Syria, despite the dangerous political situation.

Open daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 8pm

10 Champollion Street, downtown, Cairo

“Gasping,” a theatrical performance at Rawabet Theatre at 8pm

Directed by Laila Saeed, the Alumni Community Theatre group brings “Gasping” – Ben Elton’s hilarious and controversial farce that savagely rips apart that most sacred of institutions and big businesses – to the Rawabet Theatre.

2 Hussein El-Me’mar St. off Mahmoud Bassiouni St., next to the Townhouse Gallery

Tank Girl at Gallery Misr
To Thu Mar 29 9:00 pm

Addressing the existing fears of a patriarchal military dictatorship in the present Egyptian context, Nadine Hammam’s echibitiom, Tank Girl, suggests the need for a power inversion; where a woman assumes control over one of the most masculine symbols of military power – the Tank.

Gallery Misr, 4 A, Ibn Zanki Street, Off of Hassan Sabri Street, Zamalek

‘East…West’ by Taha Hussein at Al Masar
To Thu Mar 29 9:00 pm

Al Masar in Zamalek are dedicating their entire space to the works of contemporary Egyptian painter Taha Hussein. ‘East…West’ highlights the cultural drives behind both art and human action. Al Masar is open between 10AM and 9PM. Friday visits are by appointment only.

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