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Don’t miss the shows of Verdi's Aida opera at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Saturday 28 Sep 2019
Aida Opera
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Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 26, 8pm: Classical Arab songs by Al-Fan Al-Sadeq band, led by Ismail Sadeq.

Sun 29, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble.

Mon 2 Oct, 8pm: A singing recital by Haidy Moussa.


Balassi Institute

Hungarian Cultural Counsellor Office

13 Gawad Hosni St, Abdin, Downtown, second floor, Tel 02 2392 6692

Tues 1, 7pm: Screening a recorded concert featuresMuzsikás Ensemble and friends. Among performers on the Hungarian folk and world music scenes, it is Muzsikás - now together for some 42 years - who have given the most concerts at the Palace of Arts in the concert hall that bears the name of the composer Béla Bartók. The Bartók Album was a milestone for Muzsikás, on which the group - by “reconstructing” Bartók’s experiences as a folk music researcher - evoked the melodies that inspired the composer’s works.


Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 8pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat


Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736  0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

Main Hall

Thurs 26, Fri 27 and Sun 29 and Mon 30, 8pm: Verdi's Aida opera is performed by the Cairo Opera Company, Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by Christian Frattima, Cairo Opera Ballet Companywith choreographer Erminia Kamel, Cairo Opera Choirwith Choir Master:Pascale Rozier, vocalcoaching: David Hales – Davide Dellisanti, lighting designer:Yasser Shaalan, set designer:Mohamed Abdel-Razek,and directed byHisham El-Tally (Arabic & English translation on stage).

Sat 28, 8pm: TheCairo Symphony Orchestra.

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 26, 8pm: Al-Tanbouratroupe.

Fri 27, 8pm: Al-Masryeenband and stars of the future, led by accordionist Hany Shenouda.

Small Hall

Thurs 26, 8pm: Hakayat band, led by singer Shady Moanis.

Fri 27, 8pm: Harp recital by Yasmine Al-Harby.

Sun 29, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Children Choir concert.

Tues 1 Oct, 6pm:15th International Kavafis Forum(Greece).


Al-Ghouri Caravansary
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat, Mon, and Wed,8pm).


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707

Fri 27, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble

Sat 28, 8pm: Alhan Al-Sharq (Melodies of the East) band, conducted by Manal Afify in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.  


Hyde Park

New Cairo

Thurs 26 (5.30 & 9pm), Fri 27 (4&8pm), Sun 29 (9pm), Tues 1 and Wed 2 Oct (9pm), Thurs 3 Oct (6 & 9.30pm): The biggest and most celebrated Cirque show in the world, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL is coming to Egypt for the very first time, with its latest show creation BAZZAR.

BAZZARis Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd original production since 1984.

Performing under the infamous and iconic BIG TOP tent, Cirque du Soleil’s BAZZAR is an eclectic lab of infinite creativity where a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians craft an awe-inspiring spectacle. Lead by their maestro, they band together to invent a whimsical one-of-a-kind universe. In a place where the unexpected is expected, the colorful group re-imagines, rebuilds and reinvents vibrant scenes in an artistic, acrobatic game of order and disorder. 


Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday, 9pm: (fixed event) Zikr and Sufi night.
Every Tuesday, 9pm (doors open at 9.30pm and reservations is canceled at 7.30pm): Mawawil and Gamalat Shiha present traditional music of the Nile Delta; Nubian Fadeka music and songs with Aragid, featuring Saleh Abbass and Farah Al-Masri; traditional Sudanese music and songs performed by Queen of Henna Settouna; Al-Jaafra music played by musicians from Aswan; Nass Makan (People from Makan) and Sanet perform traditional music from Eritrea.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher, featuring Umm SamehUmm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.

El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354

Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts

Thurs 26, 8pm: El Tanbura troupe performs folk songs and dances from Port-Said.  

Every Saturday, 9pm: (fixed event) Asyad Al-Zar (The Zar Masters) band. The Zar Masters band is comprised of some of the few remaining Egyptian and Sudanese Zar performers playing Tanbura, Toza

(small 2 sides percussion) Mangour, (a wide belt of goat hooves worn around the hips), Marakesh (hand-held rattles) and the tambourine.


Room Art Space

New Cairo

The new branch of Room Art Space hosts live music shows on a daily basis. Room’s new branch is located in The Spot mall in front of AUC gate on 4,370 square metres with indoor and outdoor areas where live music events and concerts are featured on a daily bases, hosting up to 400 guests per event, and its open from 9am till after midnight.

Thurs 26, 8pm:"A Musical Dialogue" concert features violinist and composer Milan Bajovich(Hungary) and percussionist Shams Salem(Egypt).The two musicians will create a unique sound and play original pieces sharing their musical journey.


Salaheddin Citadel

Salah Salem Rd, Mokattam, Cairo, Tel 02 2512 1735

Baar Sabaa Theatre

Thurs 26, 8pm:The closing ceremony of the 12th Samaa International Festival for Sufi and Spiritual Chanting where a number of the participating troupes will be joined on stage.


El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

River Hall

Sat 28, 4 and 7.30pm: Massar Egbari band.  

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 26, 8pm: Pop rock by Strawberry Swing band.





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Thurs 26, 8pm:Alexandria Opera Companyfor Arab Music and Singing.  

Thurs 3 Oct, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemblein a programme of classical Arab songs.   


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999

BACC Main Hall

Thurs 26, 7pm: Egypt, the Way Opera is commemorating the Holy Family’s Journey to Egypt. The opera is presented in cooperation with the National Egyptian Heritage Revival Association (NEHRA).


*A version of this article appears in print in the 26 September, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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