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Egypt's culture picks of the week 21 - 28 September: VIDEO

Ahram Online brings you a selection of recommended art events - music, film screenings, festivals and much more - in Cairo and Alexandria

Ahram Online, Friday 19 Sep 2014
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Sunday 21 September

All Quiet on the Western Front screening at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 6pm



The 1930 film by Lewis Milestone showcases the horrors of the World War I, following a young soldier’s disillusionment at the frontlines of the war.



Bibliotheca Alexandrina Auditorium, Alexandria

Opening of Interruption at the Townhouse Gallery, 7pm

Interruption features works by young artists Amna Badawy, Nouran Sherif, Muhammad Taymour, Reem El-Maghraby, Shadwa Ali, Tuqa El-Harouny and is curated by Shehab Awad. It is the sixth installment of Townhouse's exhibition series titled 'The Pick' which has taken place regularly since 2000. The exhibition is ongoing until 29 October. Read more here.

10 Nabrawy Street off Champollion Street, downtown Cairo

Screening of Stable Unstable at Zawya, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm and 9:30pm

Stable Unstable is a comedy-drama film set in an apartment building in Beirut on the last day of the year. Seven characters visit their psychologist, where they face themselves, their loved ones and what is important to them. Thus the couch in Beirut becomes a window into the city’s residents, their hopes and dreams. The film is directed by Mahmoud Hojeij and was featured in the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.

Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, downtown Cairo

Also on this day:
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo

Stable Unstable


Monday 22 September

Out to Sea? Garbage Plastic Exhibition at Darb 1718



Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre invites you to Out to Sea? The Plastic Garbage Project, an exhibition that opened on 19 September, running from 4pm to 11pm.

Out to Sea? is an environmental educational project that began at the Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich (Museum of Design, Zurich) in 2012, toured Europe and is now implemented for the first time in the Middle East in Egypt by Darb 1718.

The exhibition will tour Cairo, Alexandria and the Red Sea. The project aims to create an educational experience to raise awareness regarding the hazards of plastic garbage ending up in the world's seas. Educational and art activities will take place to teach visitors different techniques on how to use plastic waste to make beautiful and practical items. Read more on the project here.

Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

Screening of 5 Broken Cameras at Arab Digital Expression Foundation, 7pm

Co-direct by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi, the 94-minute documentary focuses on turmoil in the West Bank city of Bilin. The film is centered around Burant’s family and is filmed over five years. Burnat won the Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for the film. The film also won the Documentary award at the International Emmy Awards in 2013 and was nominated for best documentary at the Academy Awards during the same year.

143, Road 8, Moqattam, Cairo

Also on this day:
- Fiction Film Forum at Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Auditorium. 7pm. Chatby, Alexandria
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo

- Re7let Hanzala play at El Sakia Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall, 7:30pm

- Screening of Stable Unstable at Zawya, 6:30pm

5 Broken Cameras


Tuesday 23 September

Opening of the ‘Untitled’ exhibition at Art Talks

This solo exhibition by Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr looks into Sufism in relation to the artist’s practice. “The spiritual and the worldly come into play, at times forcefully, at others subtly, in his works, to help us search for the Alchemy of Happiness – alluding to one of the treatises of influential Persian Islamic thinker, Imam Al Ghazali,” we read in Art Talk’s introduction to the exhibition. ‘Untitled’ will continue until 14 October.


8 Al-Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:
- Fiction Film Forum at Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Auditorium. 7pm. Chatby, Alexandria

- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo
- Screening of Stable Unstable at Zawya, 6:30pm

Untitled
Untitled, 2014. Moataz Nasr. Mixed media on wood. 100 x 100cm. (Photo courtesy: Art Talks)


Wednesday 24 September

Go On Living play at Miami Theatre, 8pm

Written for stage and directed by Shady El-Daly, the show weaves a series of stories centred around the notion of suicide. The performance is a product of improvisation sessions. The play was previously performed as part of the National Theatre Festival earlier this year.

Talaat Harb Street (next to Miami Cinema), downtown Cairo

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

Sonam Kalra from India combines Indian and Western music to reach a performance that fuses unique artistic and spiritual elements. She has had formal training in Indian Classical music under Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterji and has also studied various genres of Western music including Gospel, Jazz and opera singing under Hur Chul Yung and Ashley Clement.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek


Also on this day:
- Fiction Film Forum at Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Auditorium. 7pm. Chatby, Alexandria

- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo

Go on Living
Go on Living play Cast (Photo: Courtesy of the cast)


Thursday 25 September

Cinema lesson at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 6pm

Within its regular cinema lectures series, the fourth lesson will focus on film editing techniques. The lecture will be lead in Arabic by film editor Rahma Montasser. Free entry.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

Lebanese artists at Makan at 8pm

Wael Kodeih and Randa Mirza will take a stage in the performance dubbed Love & Revenge. The evening is first in the Bidoun Takleef series, a project launched by the Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thakafy)  organisation to mark its tenth anniversary.

The Lebanese artists will also perform Love & Revenge at Vent cultural space on 27 September, at the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts (Makan). Read more on the Culture Resource's Bidoun Takleef here. 

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween, Cairo.

Also on this day:
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo

- Go On Living play at Miami Theatre, 8pm


Friday 26 September

Aghani Bel Arabi at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

"Aghani Bel Arabi" (“Songs in Arabic”) is among the standard programming sets regularly performed by the Cairo Celebration Choir (CCC) under the baton of its founder and artistic director Nayer Nagui. The first concert under this theme took place in 2008 in Cairo and ever since the choir has performed the programme across Egypt and internationally. This time CCC will be joined by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Choir in their performance of compositions by Sayed Darwish, Gamal Abdel Rehim and Awatef Abdel Kerim, arranged for voice by Nagui.

Open Air Theatre, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Jazz with Boghdady band at Cairo Opera House, 8pm
Brass band founded and conducted by Magdy Boghdady will perform a selection of well-known jazz compositions topped with a few works by Egyptian composers.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Tamer Abou Ghazala, El-Genaina Theatre, 8:30pm

With unparalleled command on the oud and powerful vocals, Palestinian singer and producer Tamer Abou Ghazala will take to the stage at Azhar Park alongside Shadi El-Hosseiny on the piano, Mahmoud Waly on bass guitar and Khyam Allami on the drums. Abou Ghazala, who founded music aggregator Eka3, boasts a catalogue of collaborations with various Arab artist. He studied at the National Conservatory of Music and later under renowned Palestinian musician Khaled Jubran.

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, El-Darassa, Cairo

Also on this day:
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo
- Go On Living play at Miami Theatre, 8pm

Tamer Abu Ghazala Eka3


Saturday 27 September

Beethoven with Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House, 8pm

The concert will open with Beethoven's King Stephan (König Stephan) Overture, followed by the composer's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 61 with soloist Lidia Baich. The concert will close with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Read more about the Beethoven Symphonies series here.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Uss We Laz2 Band at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 8pm

Uss We Laz2 band is among the popular bands in Egypt independent music scene. Uss We Laz2 was founded 1999, originally under a different name The Gray Rat Band, and until date it has a big repertoire with concerts in numerous venues across Egypt.

Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

SWING and 10 Minutes? dance performances at the British Council, 10pm

NUT Dance Company (NDC), a Cairo-based contemporary dance company, will host two consecutive performances by two different choreographers. The brainchild of Nagham Salah Othman, SWING explores the parallel reality in which non-conformists to society are driven into. 10 Minutes? was first performed in 2009 as a 5 minute piece under the title 5 Minutes?. Choreographed by Nadine Emile, the performance challenges the usual roles of the performer and the audience.  

192 El-Nile Street., Agouza, Cairo

Also on this day:
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo


- Go On Living play at Miami Theatre, 8pm

Uss w Laz2


Sunday 28 September

Hip Hop evening at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 8pm

The concert will include line-up of several Egyptian hip hop bands: Revolution Records, Shahin & Boflot, Asfalt, Egy Rap School, and DJ Dekka.

Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

The Third Circle at Falaki Theatre, 8pm

A fusion of modern dance and electronic music by Nancy Naous and Wael Kodeih will showcase at the downtown theatre as part of Bidoun Takleef, a program launched by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

Falaki Theatre, AUC Tahrir campus, Cairo

Also on this day:
- 7th International Samaa Festival for Religious Chanting and Sufi Music in Cairo


- Go On Living play at Miami Theatre, 8pm

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