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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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The 15th Ismailia Documentary Festival opens Saturday

The Ismailia International Documentary Film Festival, opening on Saturday, will showcase films from 40 countries and commemorate lost Egyptian artists.

The festival runs till 28 June; it is headed by director Magdy Ahmed Ali, the head of the National Centre for Cinema, and organised by film critic Amir El-Omrany. 40 countries are participating with over 100 films: 56 in the official selection, divided into four competitions: short feature films (20 films), short documentary films (15 films), long documentary films (8 films), and animated features (13).

The 15th Ismailia Film Festival is dedicated to the late set designer and artist Salah Marei, who is one of the pillars of the festival and will be commemorated during the proceedings.

The opening ceremony will involve the screening of three documentary films directed by the late Shady Abdel-Salam, which are being screened for the first time after they were definitively edited by Magdy Abdel-Rahman, together entitled “The Road to God”. In addition there will be an exhibition exploring the life and work of the late artist Salah Marei.

Participating in the four competitions are nine Egyptian films.

Alexandria’s Cabina Cultural Centre hosts musical forum

The Cabina Cultural Centre is set to host the Oufoky (‘horizontal’) Music Forum this weekend, combining live underground music performances with films that touch upon musical subjects, along with a workshop.

El-Cabina's library space (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

El-Cabina’s library space (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

The forum is taking place in the Cabina, a cultural centre in downtown Alexandria that was transformed from a rundown building to one of Alexandria’s most active centres. It boasts a recording studio in which bands can practice, record and perform. It also promotes the literary arts, with a library that also hosts film nights.

The Gudran Association for Arts and Development, a group of artists who believe in the power of art to realise social change, are the masterminds behind the Cabina and the music forum. Gudran’s work has been enriching Alexandria’s independent cultural scene for years, helping integrate art into the lives of the people.

The films will begin at 5:30pm, the workshop at 6:30pm and concerts at 8pm.



5:30pm Film screening of ‘La Vie en Rose,’ which pays tribute to French music icon Edith Piaf.

8pm Wasla Band from Alexandria performs alternative pop music followed by Meshwar Band from Cairo performing Reggae.


5:30pm Film screening of ‘Bird,’ which pays tribute to jazz saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.

8pm The Simplexity Band followed by the Darwasha Band from Cairo. Both bands play progressive rock music.


5.30pm Film screening of ‘Immortal Beloved,’ which tells the story of the life of Beethoven.

8pm The ‘Storm Band’ plays contemporary Egyptian music from Alexandria, followed by Cairo’s ‘Like Jelly,’ which will put on a musical satirical comedy show.


5.30pm Film screening of ‘The Doors’ by Oliver Stone, following the story of the band.

8pm The ‘Puzzle Band’ from Cairo and the ‘Telepoetic Band’ from Alexandria take audiences through a series of electro-music performances.


6:30pm ‘Drum Clinic’ workshop with Amr Galal.

8pm The ‘Deep Fish Band’ presents electronic music from Alexandria.

The Cabina Centre, 11 San Saba Street, behind the Cinema Rialto, Mahatet Raml, Alexandria

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 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

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

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.