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'Dalidays' event commemorates Egyptian singer, actress Dalida with films and music

The French Institute will feature movie screenings and musical performances over the three-day event

Ahram Online , Monday 9 Oct 2017
Dalidays, three day programme in memory of singer and actress Dalida (Photo: part of promotional material by the French Institute)
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Cairo's French Institute will hold a three-day event next week celebrating the life of the iconic Egyptian-Italian singer and actress Dalida on the occasion of the 30th anniverary of her death.

The programme includes film screenings, a music concert, and a discussion of her career and journey from the Cairo neighborhood of Shoubra to Paris and Las Vegas.

The films will include the 2016 biopic Dalida, which depicts her glamourous but troubled life. Also featured are A Glass and a Cigarette, the 1955 Egyptian film and Dalida's debut in a supporting role alongside Samia Gamal, and The Sixth Day, Youssef Chahine’s 1986 drama set during the cholera epidemic. In the latter, Dalida stars as an Egyptian washerwoman enthralled by the big screen who meets an aspiring and charming street musician.

The event's musical performances include the Abydos Symphony Orchestra, the band FairoNolia, and DJ Dina El-Gharib.

Abydos was established in 2015 by the Egyptian conductor and composer George Kolta.

FairoNolia features Mariam Mounir (vocals), Wagdy El-Fiwy (piano), Mohamed Wave (flute, saxophone), Mohamed Kennesh (percussion), and Abdallah El-Asabgy (bass guitar).

DJ Dina El-Gharib, a 51-year old DJ and visual artist, has played at After Eight and Bulls Eye for over 10 years.

The program is in collaboration with Zawya cinema and Magnolia Leaves of Art.

All events will be held at the premises of the French Institute in Cairo.



17 October
8pm: Screening of Dalida, followed by audience discussion.

18 October
7pm: Screening of A Glass and a Cigarette
9pm: Screening of The Sixth Day

19 October
7pm: Abidos Symphony Orchestra
8pm: Faironolia band
9pm: Electronic music concert with DJ Dina El-Gharib

French Institute, 1 El-Hoqouq El-Frenseya St., Off Kasr El-Eini St., Mounira, Cairo

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