American University in Cairo
Sat 28, 7pm: “On Design Collaborations” is the new edition of AUC design talks. It hosts three design collectives who present and discuss their work in the framework of collaborative practices and their role in supporting design communities by offering an inspirational environment where design is more involved with its surroundings. The last talk presents Studio Mobius: Hala Al-Ani, Hadeyeh Badri and Reem Hassan
(Livestreaming link: https://youtu.be/xvJ9RojpFBA).
The talk is open to the public and live-streamed on the AUC Center for the Arts YouTube channel.
Sat 28, 4.30-6pm Cairo Time, 2.30-4pm GMT: “How to Future Proof a Business Using Digital Tools” corporate governance webinar will take place as a part of the “Empowering Women in Egypt and Africa Webinar Series.” It will be delivered by Lead Consultant at Slay with Digital Media Marketing Expert Yetty Williams.
Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4pm: The training courses of the Arab Singing House students.
Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581
Every Saturday and Tuesday, 1pm: Enshad Dini (religious chanting) workshop by Munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy.
Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: Playing on musical instruments workshop for ages from 10 to 18 years
Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: The singing workshop of Amir Taz Palace Choir trained by Heba Ramadan.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3pm: A workshop on preparing the actor with Ahmed Zakariya.
Beit Al-Aini (The Child Creativity Centre)
Al-Azhar, district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990
Every Saturday, 11am: A workshop for the Beit Al-Ain Children’s Choir, supervised by Prof. Eman Suleiman. Every Monday, 12noon: Wire and clay toy formation workshop, supervised by Rahma Mahgoub.
Every Wednesday, 1pm: A recycling workshop supervised by Hala Anwar.
Beit Al-Harrawi (The Arab Oud House)
Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174
Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4-9pm: Oud, nay, qannun, violin and percussion instruments classes given by the oud professors of the Arab Oud House.
Every Saturday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Workshops on learning the theories of playing oud by professors Elham Alhag and Ahmed Altaweel.
Every Saturday, 5-6pm: Workshops on the theories of playing oud for beginners by Fadi Adel Al-Hajj.
Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre
1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103
Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Egypt’s artisans’ initiative for training on handicrafts such as porcelain, copper, Khayamiya, heritage jewellery.
20 Boulos Hanna St, Dokki, Tel 02 3760 1746
Thurs 26, 5.30pm: Cervantes Institute celebrates great Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), in cooperation with the Egyptian Aragouz Festival (24-28 November). A seminar on the works and life of Lorca will be presented by the Spanish, specialist in this field, Pedro Ignacio del Castillo, who will introduce the audience to how Lorca was able to restore the popular tradition of puppet theatre and give it artistic and literary value. The seminar will show the similarities between the puppets in Spain and the Aragouz in Egypt based on the works of Lorca. Castillo will also present to us how Lorca was able to restore this tradition and give it artistic and literary value.
All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of guests, including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and limited capacity in the hall.
The Child Creativity Centre (Beit Al-Aini)
Al-Azhar district, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990
Every Saturday, 11am: Handicrafts workshop and Beit Al-Aini Children Choir workshop, supervised by Manal Suleiman (2pm).
Every Monday, 3pm: Miscellaneous activities workshop.
Every Wednesday, 11am: A workshop of skills development for people with special abilities by Doaa Fathy.
Every Thursday, 12pm: A cultural day.
French Cultural Institute
Wed 2 and Thurs 3, online: “Being a Citizen in the Metropolis: Mobility, Hospitality and Sanitary Challenges” international symposium is organised by the CEDEJ and the IFE, marks the fourth edition of the series of yearly conferences “Making the Sustainable City” initiated by the French Institute in Egypt (IFE). It intends to bring a reflection on the relationship between the phenomenon of metropolization and the question of urban citizenship.
Due to the current health crisis, this conference is only online. You can now discover the programme.
http://cedej-eg.org/index.php/international-symposium-being-a-citizen-in-the-metropolis-2nd-and-3rd-of-december-2020/ And register by filling out the following form: forms.gle/JeVATwW3m66YwSvN6
A zoom link will be sent to you after your registration that will allow you to attend live the two-day conference. Participants: Myriam Ababsa, Randa Abdel-Aziz, Mona Abdel-Wahab, Mohamed Abo Tera, Michel Agier, Hend Aly, Rasha Arous, Mohamed Bakhit, Salma Belal, Ahmed Borham, Soraya Boudia, Barbara Casciarri, Ludovic Chalonge, Armelle Choplin, Collectif Cocomasr, Agnès Deboulet, Eric Denis, and many more.
In Cairo, the library at Goethe-Institute, apart from providing books and facilities for language learning, is since its renovation in 2016 a third space, a place of encounter and exchange, events and general learning. This is why Goethe-Institute Cairo has decided to set up a maker-space in its library premises with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability supported by San3a Tech. Here, people are offered first practical insight into new technology and can express themselves in a creative way during workshops and other events while furthermore promoting the concepts of self-driven learning, social innovation and out of the box thinking – core skills both for people who aspire a certain professional career and for persons who want to promote change and development in their community.
Workshops on urban gardening, recycling and Virtual Reality, as well as activities on coding and 3D-printing are offered. The Institute has launched the new space with a series of online talks and discussions in Arabic with leading members in the field and with support of San3a tech starting 30 October.
During the four events, topics with focus on different aspects of the maker-idea will be tackled: Starting with a dive into the history of the maker-movement and maker-spaces in libraries with Omar Essafty, participants will gain a broad insight in the idea of maker-spaces in general and profit from the speaker’s experience. The soft launch series will end on 4 December with an online talk about the challenge of combatting misinformation in the virtual world and addresses the importance of digital literacy. Representatives of ADEF and Tactical Tech are invited. The main language of the events will be (Egyptian) Arabic. Talks and discussions will be streamed on Facebook and will be available after the event on the pages of the two partners.
Stay tuned to not miss any of the events: follow Goethe-Institute Cairo and San3a Tech on Facebook!
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Ewart Memorial Hall
Sat 28, 6pm: The launch of A History of Arab Graphic Design book in the presence of the authors Bahia Shehab and Haytham Nawar. All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of guests, including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and limited capacity in the hall. Event is open to the public and a valid photo ID is required at entrance.
Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm: The centre’s Children Choir rehearsals.
Every Saturday and Monday, 12pm: A training course to teach how to write and read in Braine for the blind, under the supervision of the archaeologist Ahmed Mohamed Naguib.
Every Saturday and Thursday, 12pm: Handicraft, artistic and metalworking workshops for making small handicraft projects for young people and those with special abilities.
Every Wednesday and Friday, 10am: A workshop on preparing the actor.
Every Wednesday and Friday, 2pm: Art expression workshop, in addition to artistic and cultural activities for normal children and those with special needs.
Every Saturday, 11am: A meeting in the framework of human skills development for people with special abilities, supervised by professors Doaa Fathy and Iman Abul-Magd.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 26 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly