The American University in Cairo
Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tahrir Campus, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Sat 23, 6-8.30pm: The AUC Alumni Folklore Group presents its first official performance bringing its mission “Reviving the Art” to the audience. A presentation of the different folkloric dances incorporating a number of modern elements performed by different generations of dancers coming together to rebuild the love of the folklore art in the Egyptian community, aiming to give it the respect and appreciation this art deserves. A night sure to fill the soul with music that resonates deep in our roots and movements that captures the essence of our culture, a dance journey in celebration of Egypt and it’s wide rich art sure to leave a smile on your face and a warmth in your hearts.
AUC New Cairo Campus
Fri 22, 7.30pm: The AUC student union is back with a phenomenal concert featuring super star Tamer Hosny and the international artist Silento and Marwan Pablo.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 22, 8pm: Al-Khan band, conducted by Fady Al-Maghraby.
Sun 24, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: 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, 7.30pm: “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.
Kasr El Shamaa St, Al Fakhareen, Old Cairo, near Mar Girgis Metro Station, Tel 02 2741 3053/ 0109 3766188
Fri 29, 8pm: Metallica tribute and more by Vyrus band.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 21 and Fri 22, 8pm: La Serva Padrona(The Servant Turned Mistress) opera by Giovanni Battista performed by the Cairo Opera Company.
Sat 23, 8pm:The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Wed 27, 8pm: Al-Nour wa Al-Amal Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha.
Thurs 28, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini (religious chanting) troupe performs religious songs.
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, 7.30pm).
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 8.30pm 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 Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.
Thurs 21, 8pm: A stand-up comedy night with Al Hezb Al Comedy.
El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354
Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Thurs 21, 8pm: Al Kaff Al Aswani band, led by the singer Mahmoud Eledfawi, revives the ancient Upper Egyptian art of palm clapping which goes back to the time of the Pharaohs.
Every Saturday, 8pm: (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
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.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Thurs 21 (7pm), Fri 22, (3pm), Thurs 28 (7pm): ChocoFest Cairo (21-30 November) features the new children puppet theatre show Selim and Selima, the circus show and the chocolate market.
Sat 23, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abou-Shaar troupe from Syria.
Sun 24, 7pm:Arabic rock by Kamshan band.
Mon 25, 7.30pm: Classical Arab music concert features The Maestro troupe, conducted by Iman Genedi.
Tues 26, 7.30pm: An evening of singing and poetry features poet Ahmed Haddad celebrating the 15th anniversary of his first poetic evening, accompanied by Retroband performing old songs from the 20th century and songs of Haddad.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC's Tahrir Campus
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Thurs 21, 8pm: “Fabrica Goes Rock”, concert features Fabricaband in a selection of the most well-known rock songs throughout history, from The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Queen and Aerosmith, to the King himself, Elvis Presley; all with a "Fabrica Twist", with unique renditions of all-time favorites.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 21, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Fri 22, 8pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Sun 24, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra concert.
Wed 27, 8pm: Musicals Gala by the Cairo Opera Company.
Thurs 28, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
BACC Main Hall
Fri 22, 7pm: Works by Rageh Dawoud performed in a concert, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui.
Mon 25, 10.30am: Children Symphonic concert, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui.
BACC Small Hall
Sat 23, 7.55pm: Akhnaten opera by Philip Glass (Live in HD) from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Mon 25, 7pm: Oboe, Violin, and Piano recitals by Wessam Amin, Laura Virtanen and David Hales respectively.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 November, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.