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Egypt's culture picks of the week - 13-20 April: VIDEOS

India By the Nile, music events and film screenings make up this week's culture picks by Ahram Online

Ahram Online, Sunday 13 Apr 2014
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From top left clockwise: Fragment of a work by Amira Parree, part of 'Between existence and nonexistence' exhibition (opening 15 April, Photo: courtesy of the artist), Macadi Nahhas (18 April, Photo source: Soundcloud), Cartoon by Sudhir Tailang (exhibition opening 17 April, Artwork courtesy the artist), Takao Hyakutome (concert 13 April, Photo source: artist's facebook page).
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Sunday 13 April

Rajastan Josh at Hanager Arts Centre at 7pm

Nathoo Solanki, Chugge Khan, and other Rajasthani musicians will perform traditional music from the north western region of India. The same performance will be staged in Alexandria on 12 April. The event is part of the India by the Nile Festival. Check the complete programme of India by the Nile here.

Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Opening of 'Toys' by Hany Rashed at Mashrabia Gallery at 7pm

Hany Rashed presents his latest collection of artwork in what will be his ninth solo exhibit at the Mashrabia Gallery downtown. In Toys, the artist tackles the assumption that human beings in contemporary society exist with a freedom that is limited by constraints, thus resembling toys. Rashed presents a world of plastic objects in this exhibition, paradoxically responding to contemporary reality through creating inanimate toys. The exhibition runs until 15 May

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

Japanese violinist at Falaki Theatre at 8pm

Opening on 13 April the annual Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2014, Japanese violinist Takao Hyakutome will present the Egyptian première of Vykintas Baltakas’ Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). Organised by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS), the event will run until 17 April. The evening will also include Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII, works for violin by Mateu Malondra and Gamal Abdel Rahim. Read more here.

24 Al-Falaki St, Off Mohamed Mahmoud St, American University in Cairo (Downtown Campus), Cairo

Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra to perform in Alexandria at 8pm

In its gala concert, Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra conducted by Hassan Sharara will be joined by a multitude of musicians including: the Awtar Quartet, Emad Hamdy on guitar, soprano Amina Khairat, baritone Ezzat Ghanem and tenor Walid Korayem. The evening will include works by Vivaldi, Bizet, Sphot, Dyens along with repertoire from musicals and Neapolitan songs. Awtar Quartet consists of Yasser Ghoneim on first violin, Khaled Saleh on second violin, Essam Abdel-Hamid on viola and Mohamed Abdel-Fattah on cello. Read more about Awtar Quartet here.

Sayed Darwish Theatre (Alexandria Opera House), 22 El-Horreya Road, Raml Station, Alexandria

Also on this day:

Screening of Indian movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag at the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm. Read the film programme here.

Hany Rashed Toys
Toys by Hany Rashed (Photo: Courtesy of Mashrabia Gallery)

Monday 14 April

Screening of Indian film Guzaarish at the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm

Guzaarish is a 2012 drama romance, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shernaz Patel. The movie is a story of a paralyzed magician-turned-radio jockey who files a petition in court seeking permission to end his life. The film will have Arabic subtitles. Screening is part of Indian Film Panorama, which will takes place between 11 and 16 April, part of the second edition of India by the Nile. Check the programme of the Indian Film Panorama here, and the trailer below.

Artistic Creativity Centre, Cairo Opera House's grounds.

Welad El-Batta El-Soda at Hanager Theatre at 7:30pm

El-Mesaharaty Lab, in cooperation with Doum Cultural Foundation, will be performing 'Welad El-Batta El-Soda' (Children of the Black Duck) at Cairo's Hanager Theatre starting 14 April. In Welad El-Batta El-Soda, the performers explore the concept of discrimination: Is it inherent in society, an integral part of it? Or has it been nurtured throughout the years? Is it the norm? Or is it still practiced only by a random few? Most importantly: will it ever stop? The show combines acting, singing and storytelling, and flows animatedly for one-and-a-half hours. Read more here.

Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

On five consecutive evenings (between 14 and 18 April), the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui, will perform 'Don Quixote,' a ballet based on the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Though 'Don Quixote' is within the Cairo Opera Ballet Company's repertoire, it is not performed frequently. The troupe first performed this ballet in 1992, and then in 2005. Thus the ballet returns once again to the Cairo Opera House stage after a nine-year absence. Read more here

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:

- Welad El-Batta El-Soda at Hanager Theatre at 7:30pm. Read more here.
- Violin and piano recital at Cairo Opera’s small hall at 8pm. Hossam Shehata (violin) and David Hales (piano) will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Wieniawski and Ysaye

Tuesday 15 April

Discussion on music criticism at Conservatory at 12pm

Ivan Hewett will hold a discussion about music criticism. Hewett, who writes for UK Daily Telegraph, is a British music journalist, academic, and radio and television presenter.

Cairo Conservatory, off Haram street, Cairo

Opening of exhibition 'Between existence and nonexistence' at Mahmoud Mokhtar museum at 7pm

“There is no sovereign identity. The way in which the perception of oneself is elaborated in contact with the outside world based on direct circumstances and other more indirect related to the history and evolution of the society,” writes Amira Paree, an Egyptian-Dutch artist, in notes accompanying her solo exhibition titled 'Between existence and nonexistence'. In her works, Paree analyses her own process of living, communication, and creation and uses this analysis as a new moment of creation. The exhibition will run until 5 May.

Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum, 5 Tahrir St, next to Cairo Sporting Club

Performance of 'Bollywood Love Story' at The Piazza

The musical 'Bollywood Love Story' will be performed at Sahl Hasheesh, close to Hurghada, as part of the first events of the India by the Nile Festival. The Musical features more than 35 dancers, live music and singing, intricate costumes and magical set design and lighting. Check the complete programme of India by the Nile (1-20 April) here and read more about the musical here.

The Piazza, Sahl Hasheesh, 20km south of Hurghada

Harp recital at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Joined by her Oriental ensemble, Manal Mohie Eldin will perform a selection of Arabic music arranged for harp. Mohie Eldin is a professor at the Cairo Conservatory. She continues to perform in Omar Khairat’s ensemble and with her own Oriental ensemble. Over the past decade, she gained popular fame thanks to her many performances with the Banat Al-Nil (Daughters of the Nile) Ensemble, which she co-founded in the early 2000s. With her Manal Mohie Eldin Oriental Ensemble, she released a CD including an Arabic repertoire for harp. In 2013 Mohie Eldin received a prestigious State Incentive Award for Arts. Over the past few years, Manal Mohie Eldin has become known to wider audiences both for her performances and, more recently, her political activism. Read more here.

Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:

- Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm. Read more here
- Welad El-Batta El-Soda at Hanager Theatre at 7.30pm. Read more here 
- Screening of Indian movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara at the Artistic Creativity Centre at 6pm. Read the film programme here

Mahmoud Mokhtar
Fragment of a work by Amira Parree, part of 'Between existence and nonexistence' exhibition at Mahmoud Mokhtar museum (Photo: courtesy of the artist)

Wednesday 16 April

Opening of ‘Studio Hopping’ at Medrar at 7pm

Medrar for Contemporary Art presents an exhibition and project, including 19 artists spanning across several generations. During the opening, spectators will get a chance to meet the artists and sign up for studio visits. The visits are not curated, but rather informal and happen organically. The only rule is visitors can’t go empty handed. They have to take something with them on the visit. The artists include: Ahmed Badry, Ahmed Sabry, Ali Abd El-Mohsen, Ammar Abo Bakr, Amr Elkafrawy, Dia Hamed, Ganzeer, Hala Elkoussy, Hamdy Reda, Hany Rashed, Hashem L Kelesh, Kareem Osman, Khaled Hafez, Marwa Elshazly, Mohamed Abla, Mohamed Taman, Sabah Naim, and Shayma Kamel.

7 Gamal Abu El-Mahasen Street, Garden City, Cairo

Screening of Indian film English Vinglish at Artistic Creativity Center at

English Vinglish is a 2012 comedy drama directed by Gauri Shinde and starring Sridevi, Adil Hussain, Mehdi Nebbou. The film is about a housewife decides to study English so her husband and daughter stop mocking her lack of English skills. The film will have Arabic subtitles. Screening is part of Indian Film Panorama, which will takes place between 11 and 16 April, part of the second edition of India by the Nile. Check the programme of the Indian Film Panorama here and the trailer below.

Artistic Creativity Centre, Cairo Opera House's grounds, Cairo

Also on this day:

- Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm. Read more here
- Welad El-Batta El-Soda at Hanager Theatre at 7.30pm. Read more here

Thursday 17 April

Performance of ‘Ultras’ at 100 Copies Music Space at 8pm

‘Ultras’ is a composition for e-Cello and live electronics. According to the programme notes, the composition reflects the panic, fear, escape, chaos and agony which broke out when hundreds of thugs brutally attacked peaceful football fans, killing 74 of them and injuring hundreds. The performance is part of the annual Cairo Contemporary Music Days organised by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS).

22 Talaat Harb St., Downtown, Cairo

Discussion between authors from India and Egypt at the Supreme Council for Culture at 6pm

Literary figures from Egypt and India will take part in Words on Water, part of India by the Nile. The discussion will be moderated by Mohamed Salmawy. Among the renowned names who will participate in the discussions will be Indian cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, as well as Urvashi Butalia, Indian feminist, publisher and historian. To wide audiences Butalia is recognised as a co-founder of India's first feminist publishing house, Kali for Women and author of works tackling India's history, culture and politics. Read an interview with Butalia published in January 2014.

Council Hall, Supreme Council for Culture, Cairo Opera House’s grounds

Opening of an exhibition of political cartoons by Sudhir Tailang at the Modern Arts Museum

As part of the visual arts section of India by the Nile 2014, renowned Indian cartoonist Sudhir Tailang will present his works between 17 and 19 April. Sudhir Tailang is one of India's most renowned political cartoonists with daily cartoons published for over four decades in leading newspapers, including the Hindustan Times. While Tailang’s cartoons persist to comment on the daily political events of India, he also reacts to major international news. Among Tailang's works are a few commentaries on the Egyptian revolution. Tailang's cartoons become a vivid testimony to the social and political changes of India, touch on international phenomena; as they poignantly criticise, they invariably leave a large margin for thoughtful reflection. Read more here and read Ahram Online's interview with Sudhir Tailang conducted in his home in Delhi, here.

Aba’ad Gallery, Egyptian Modern Arts Museum, Cairo Opera House grounds

Also on this day:

- Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm. Read more here
- Welad El-Batta El-Soda at Hanager Theatre at 7:30pm. Read more here

Friday 18 April

Last performance of Don Quixote ballet at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

On five consecutive evenings (between 14 and 18 April), the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Nayer Nagui, will perform 'Don Quixote,' a ballet based on the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Though 'Don Quixote' is within the Cairo Opera Ballet Company's repertoire, it is not performed frequently. The troupe first performed this ballet in 1992, and then in 2005. Thus the ballet returns once again to the Cairo Opera House stage after a nine-year absence. Read more here

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Macadi Nahhas at El-Genaina Theatre at 8pm

This time, Nahhas will return to El-Genaina -- where she performed in 2010 -- to take part in the theatre's early spring programme, an initiative hosting Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian musicians between 10 and 18 April. Nahhas' concert is the last in the sequence of Arab musicians. Nahhas' music does not stick to one genre; using her powerful voice, she borrows from other genres to ultimately create a contemporary sound, with roots in Arabic classics. Read more here and check the video clip of Nahhas’ song Hayya Ala Hayya below

El-Geneina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Al-Darassa, Cairo

Also on this day:

- Political cartoons by Sudhir Tailang at the Modern Arts Museum. Read more here.

Saturday 19 April

Opening of the International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts at Salah Eldin Citadel at 6pm

Launched with the title 'Drums Dialogue for Peace', in its second edition the festival continues to promote intercultural dialogues among the participating countries. The festival will continue until 25 April and is organised by the Ministry of Culture - Foreign Cultural Relations and will take place in various cities around Egypt.

Saladin Citadel, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Also on this day:

- Political cartoons by Sudhir Tailang at the Modern Arts Museum. Read more here

Sunday 20 April

Hassan Khan Exhibition at Kodak Passageway

This year, D-CAF decided to dedicate its visual arts programme to contemporary Egyptian artist Hassan Khan. The show is the first major survey of Khan's work in Cairo. The exhibit features works produced by the internationally acclaimed artist between the mid-90s and present day. The works include text-based projects, sculptural forms, music projects, among others. The exhibition will be located in unused storefronts alongside the Kodak passageway in Downtown Cairo. The site has been designed and curated by CLUSTER in such a way that creates a series of exhibition spaces that blur the lines between the artist's diverse oeuvre and the surrounding local community. Exhibition runs until 26 April. Read more here.

20, Adly St., Downtown Cairo

Also on this day:

- International Festival for Drums and Traditional Arts

Hassan Khan
Hassan Khan, Jewel, 2010. (Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel)

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