Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Moez St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Thurs 19, 7pm: Pianola band features singer Mohamed Ali.
Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thurs 19, 7pm: Amir Taz Palace Centre’schoir in a concert of classical Arab songs.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 19, 8pm: Mustafa Hussein and Al-Haky band.
Fri 20, 8pm: A singing recital by Dahlia Abdel-Wahab.
Sun 22, 8pm:
Thurs 26, 8pm: Classical Arab songs by Al-Fan Al-Sadeq band, led by Ismail Sadeq.
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
Sat 21 and Sun 22, 11am & 8pm: The international show Alice in Wonderland, family adventure musical fairy tale (Russia).
Mon 23, 8pm: TheCairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestroNayer Nagui performing the compositions of musician Rageh Dawoud, accompanied by flautist and Culture MinisterInes Abdel-Dayem.
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).
Fri 20, 8pm: Singer Iman Shakerand The Friendsband.
Thurs 26, 8pm: Al-Tanbouratroupe.
Fri 20, 8pm: A guitar recital by Croatian guitarist Petar Čulić.
Sat 21, 8pm: Armenia’s Independence Day celebration.
Thurs 26, 8pm: Hakayat band, led by singer Shady Moanis.
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).
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Fri 20, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Thurs 19 (9pm), Fri 20 (4&8pm), Sat 21(4&8pm), Sun 22 (5.30 & 9pm), Tues 24 (9pm), Wed 25 (5.30 & 9pm), Thurs 26 (5.30 & 9pm): 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 Sameh, Umm 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 19, 9pm: Al-Kaff Al-Aswani band, led by singer Mahmoud Eledfawi revives the ancient Egyptian art of palm clapping.
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
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.
Salah Salem Rd, Mokattam, Cairo, Tel 02 2512 1735
Baar Sabaa Theatre
The 12th Samaa International Festival for Sufi and Spiritual Chanting
Sat 21-Thurs 26, 8pm:On the occasion of Egypt taking over the presidency of the African Union this year, Africa is the guest of honour of the festival. Around 20 countries are participating in the festival such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Pakistan, Romania, France, Greece, Spain, Libya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bangladesh, Congo, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Malaysia, Mali, Tanzania, and Brunei.The performances will be held at Salaheddin Citadel, Al-Ghouri Dome, Al-Hanager Arts Centre outer space, Al-Moez Street, The Religions Complex and Al-Horriya Park.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Thurs 19, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni performs Sufi songs and dances.
Fri 20, 7pm: Zakerat Al-Ganoub band.
Sat 21, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Zigzag.
Thurs 26, 8pm: A singing recital by
Thurs 19, 7.30pm: A concert features oud player and composer Mario Said and his band.
Fri 20, 7pm: Religious chanting by Abu-Shaar Brothers troupe from Syria.
Sat 21, 8pm: The Sinatras band pays tribute to Frank Sinatra performing his sons and other pieces by similar artists and jazz tunes from the same period 1940-1960.
Sun 22, 7pm: Religious chanting by Banat Al-Arfin troupe.
Tues 24, 8pm: "A Musical Dialogue" concert features violinist and composer Milan Bajovich (Hungary) and percussionistShams Salem (Egypt).
Wed 25, 7.30pm: The Voice band.
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 19, 8pm: Sayed Darwish Choir.
Sat 21, 8pm: Alexandria Talents Development Centreconcert.
Tues 24, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Children Choir.
Thurs 26, 8pm:Alexandria Opera Companyfor Arab Music and Singing.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
BACC Small Hall
Fri 20, 7pm: Oriental singing performance by the Arts School students, supervised byMohamed Hosny.
BACC Main Hall
Sat 21,7pm:BA Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui,
BA Youth Orchestra, andBA Symphonic Choir in asymphonic concert featuring renowned pianist Ramzy Yassa.
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 19 September, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.