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Egypt's cultural picks of the week, 24 November - 1 December: VIDEOS

Exhibitions, film screenings, music, debates... This week offers a variety of cultural events taking place across Egypt between 24 November and 1 December

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Nov 2013
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From top left clockwise: Zajel ensemble (27 Nov); Still from 'Giraffada', one of the movies screened during the Panorama of the European Film (27 Nov - 7 December); Awtar Quartet (27 Nov); Søren Aabye Kierkegaard sculpture, documentary screening and panel discussion about the Danish philosopher (26 Nov).
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Sunday 24 November


'The Arsonists' at AUC New Cairo, 5pm

This play, subtitled The Morality Play without a Moral, was written in 1953 for German radio after the Nazi regime and World War II. It shows how regular citizens can be enticed to carry out evil acts. 'The Arsonists' is set in a nameless country, at a non-specified time, allowing for varied audiences to relate to its themes. The play shows how societal weakness and apathy, in addition to the greed of some, can allow evil to take over. AUC's production is directed by Frank Bradley and will also be performed on 25, 26 and 27 November.

Malak Gabr Theatre, American University in Cairo, New Cairo

Sweet Dreams: Amre Heiba at Mashrabia Gallery

In a solo exhibition opening on 17 November at the Mashrabia Gallery in downtown Cairo, contemporary artist Amre Heiba showcases a selection of paintings produced between 2009 and 2013. The artist uses art to react to his observations of public life and express his private reflections. The collection features large-scale oil paintings, mostly depicting abstract figures in strong, raw colour. According to the artist, painting is a medium through which he can capture his thoughts, feelings and dreams. The exhibition runs until 9 December.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

Amre Heiba
Artwork by Amre Heiba. (Photo: courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)

Also on this day:
Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo

   

Monday 25 November


Hewar El-Nil in The American University in Cairo, 6pm

The Nile Project invites interested individuals to participate in a conversation about the sustainability of the Nile Basin and the role of students in this process. The talk will be preceeded by the screening of a documentary about the Nile Project’s 2013 gathering in Aswan, which featured 18 musicians from around the Nile basin who gathered to discover their diversity and what they have in common. Read more on the Nile Project here.

Mansour Hall, AUC New Cairo

The Monodramas from Ancient Egypt at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 6.15pm

The wonders of Ancient Egypt will be brought to life through Samira Kirollos' theatrical performance. With a background in ballet and violin playing, Kirollos is a performance storyteller living between Cairo and London. Over the past three decades, she has performed across the globe, telling stories to children and adults. Her performance at the Czech embassy will be accompanied by two flutists from Al-Nour Wal Amal blind girls chamber orchestra. Confirm your place by sending an email to tatimwonders@yahoo.com

4 Al-Dokki Street, next to the German school, Giza

Her Name is Naasa at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Directed by Karima Bedeir, the show revives the folkloric story of Ayoub and his loving wife Naasa. When Ayoub's illness leads to a loss of wealth, Naasa stands by him until they find a cure, giving up all luxuries. The story shows that Ayoub was cured by his wife's love. Her name is Naasa aims to underscore the strength, capacity for sacrifice and patience of Egyptian women. The performance will be repeated on 26 and 27 November. View photo gallery from the performance here

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House

'My Nineties' in Falaki Theatre, 8pm

Cairo's Falaki Theatre will host My Nineties, an art project that explores media trends during the nineties and their influence on the Egyptian collective memory through an audio-visual performance by visual artist Mohammed Allam and electronic musician Rami Abadir. The project utilises collected footage from across the decade as source material. A documentary film featuring several icons of the era's media industry will additionally be screened, and a book documenting snipets from newspapers, magazines and research papers about television and media in this era will be on sale.

Falaki Theatre, AUC Tahrir campus, Cairo, Egypt

Fady Galal
Artwork by Fady Galal, part of Brain Damage: Collective Exhibition at Darb 1718. (Photo: Kalb Balady)

Also on this day:

'The Arsonists' at AUC New Cairo, 5pm. Check Sunday 24 November entry for more details
Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

 

Tuesday 26 November


Celebrating Søren Kierkegaard at Makan Centre for Arts and Culture, 6pm

The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) together with the Danish Embassy will celebrate the bicentennial of Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. The event will include a documentary screening about Kierkegaard, followed by a debate on the philosopher and life’s big questions. Panellists will include: Rasmus Quistgaard from Denmark, Kierkegaard Connoisseur; Hassan Hamaad, Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, University of Zagazig; Andeel, Cartoonist, Script Writer, Co-founder of comic magazine Tok Tok among others.

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El Dawaween, Cairo

No Thank You, We Don't Want It: Mona El-Bayoumi at Picasso Art Gallery

A solo exhibition featuring paintings by Mona El-Bayoumi runs until the end of November at the Picasso Art Gallery. The exhibit sets out to showcase the artist's interpretation of the role of Western forces in Egypt over the past three decades. Symbolism drawing on Egypt's pharaonic heritage and a vibrant palette will be employed to illustrate the Egyptian people's yearning for freedom and independence, according to the curatorial text. The exhibition runs until 29 November.

30 Hassan Assem Street, off Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Below: Trailer of Sons of the Wind, one of the movies screened during the opening day of 6th Panorama for European Film, opening on Wednesday 27 November.


Also on this day:
- 'The Arsonists' at AUC New Cairo, 5pm. Check Sunday 24 November entry for more details
- Her Name is Naasa at the Cairo Opera House. Read details in Tuesday 25 November listings (above)
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo

 

Wednesday 27 November


Opening of the 6th Panorama of the European Film

Running in three cinemas across the capital from 27 November – 7 December, Panorama of the European Film brings over 50 award-winning films to Egyptian audiences. Ahram Online is the official media sponsor of this year's Panorama. All details related to Panorama, it's programme, trailers, features and interviews can be found in a special section dedicated to Panorama.

Zajel vocal ensemble at Cairo's British Council, 7pm

Members of Zajel are professional singers, some are graduates of the Cairo Conservatory or the Music Education Faculty in Zamalek, while they have studied Arabic music. A number of members sing with A Cappella Choir operating under the Cairo Opera House. Read more here . Listen to Zajel's song titled ‘Motamaredeen’ (‘Rebels’)  below.

British Council, Agouza, Cairo

Awtar Quartet at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Awtar Quartet – Yasser Ghonem and Khaled Saleh on violins, Essam Abdel Hamid on viola and Mohamed Abdel Fattah on cello – will perform a collection of jazz standards, in addition to Dvorak's string quartet no.12 in F major "The American."

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Last day of O.M.G.: Bassem Samir at Safarkhan Art Gallery

This multi-media exhibition by emerging artist Bassem Samir is the product of years of observing Egyptian society and its transformations. Combining a mixture of conceptual photography, installation, music, video and other elements, Samir attempts to capture the state of chaos he believes Egypt to be in today. "The concept behind the works is a blend of the current revolutionary, political, and social state with a phenomenal ancient history that is long forgotten," the artist's statement reads. See Ahram Online's review of the exhibition here. Exhibition runs until 27 November.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Costumes from A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Centre of Artistic Creativity

The enchanting and imaginary world of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is materialized through theatrical scenography and costumes. Works created by students of the Creativity Studio, are on display at the Centre of Artistic Creativity (Markaz Al-Ibdaa) until the end of the month, daily, between 5pm and 8pm. Read more here and view the photo gallery presenting chosen works.

Cairo Opera House grounds, next to Hanager Theatre, Zamalek, Cairo




Also on this day:
- 'The Arsonists' at AUC New Cairo, 5pm. Check Sunday 24 November entry for more details
- Her Name is Naasa at the Cairo Opera House. Read details in Tuesday 25 November listings (above)
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

    

Thursday 28 November


Screening of Bollywood movie Bodyguard at Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Arts

A classical story of the daughter of a wealthy man who falls in love with her bodyguard. Released in 2011, Bodyguard broke many records in Indian cinema, including the highest grossing film on its opening day and in its opening week, grossing US$15 million. This is the last screening in Maulana Azad centre's weekly film screenings in November. December films will be announced soon. Check the movie trailer below.

23 Talaat Harb, Downtown Cairo

Lectures on cinema and filmmaking in Makani, Damietta, 5pm

Lectures covering a wide range of topics about cinema and filmmaking are part of Makani's project titled, Face to Face: Social media are older than the Internet, organised in collaboration with Dahlia Refaat. The project aims to reach emerging filmmakers in Damietta. Lectures take place on Thursdays and Fridays until the end of November. Read more here

Makani, Sorour Square, Oscar building, Damietta

Brain Damage: Collective Exhibition at Darb 1718

A collective exhibition entitled Brain Damage opened Saturday 16 November at the Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center, featuring artwork by a group of emerging artists (Amro Okacha, Fady Galal, Fajr Soliman, Ghadir Wagdy, Haytham Sherif, Maghraffiti, Mohamed Khaled, and Razan Saeed) working under the umbrella of Wust el-Balad Studion, an art incubator born after the 2011 revolution to support young artists. Its curatorial statement says that the exhibition will tackle "the crippling effects of years of neglect of the Egyptian education system on society’s ability to think properly and progressively with regards to human development and the status of women." The exhibition runs until 15 December.

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

Also on this day:
- 6th Panorama of the European Film. For details, view our special section dedicated to Panorama
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo

 

Friday 29 November

Lectures on cinema and filmmaking in Makani, Damietta, 4pm

Lectures covering a wide range of topics about cinema and filmmaking are part of Makani's project titled, Face to Face: Social media are older than the Internet, organised in collaboration with Dahlia Refaat. The project aims to reach emerging filmmakers in Damietta. Lectures take place on Thursdays and Fridays until the end of November. Read more here http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/85724.aspx

Makani, Sorour Square, Oscar building, Damietta.

Gamal El-Sagini
Artwork by Gamal El-Sagini, part of exhibition at Zamalek Art Gallery. (Photo: courtesy of Zamalek Art Gallery)

Also on this day:
- 6th Panorama of the European Film. For details, view our special section dedicated to Panorama

 

Saturday 30 November

Sweet Sound Band at the Cairo Opera, 7pm

Led by violinist and the ensemble's founder Mounir Nasr El-Din, Sweet Sound Band will perfrom a collection of pop, jazz and gypsy music. Sweet Sound Band consists of Mounir Nasr El-Din on violin, Kadry Nasr El-Din on drums, Akram Abdallah on bass, Omar Eltoudy on keyboard  and piano, Akram El-Hanboly on lead guitar, guitarist Ehab Aboud as lead singer, along with singer Hala Nada. Listen to one of the performances of Sweet Sound Band below.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Cairo Berlin Exhibition in Nile Sunset Annex, 7pm

Garden City's unique artist run space presents a show curated by Daniel Rode, which combines works by contemporary artists in Cairo and Berlin. Among the participating artists are: Taha Belal, Jenifer Evans, Julian Faulhaber, Ganzeer, Sara Pfrommer, Daniel Rode, Klaus Walter. The exhibition is open everyday from 4-8pm except Friday.

1071 Nile Corniche, Garden City, Cairo; (Nile Sunset Annex Building) Apt 5, 1st floor (not the ground floor)
 

Also on this day:
- 6th Panorama of the European Film. For details, view our special section dedicated to Panorama
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo

 

Sunday 1 December
 

Short Film Forum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Taking place throughout the whole of December, the Film Forum will screen a series of movies under consecutive themes. 1 December will be dedicated to short movies and will include eight films from Gulf countries: UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The event is organised in cooperation with Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the Gulf Film Festival (GFF). The total screening time of all the movies is 110 minutes. Contact Bibliotheca Alexandrina at 03.4839999 for more details. Below is a teaser of one of the movies to be screened on this day: Rain, directed by Abd Allah Al-Ayaf from Saudi Arabia

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria.


Also on this day:
6th Panorama of the European Film. For details, check our special section dedicated to Panorama.

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