Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 16, 8pm: Cello recital by Mohamed Ahmed.
Fri 17, 8pm: Artist Hazem Shahine performs Takht Sharqi pieces.
Thurs 23, 8pm: Singer Rehab Metaw’a in a programme of classical Arab songs.
All Saints’ Cathedral
5 Michel Lutfallah St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 3679
Mon 22, 7pm: Soft Power Productions presents a Christmas concert features singer Lily Farid.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: 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, 7pm: “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
Thurs 16, 8pm: Cairo Steps band performs music by Bassem Darwish, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui. The concert will feature vocalist Dina El-Wedidi, munshid (religious chanter) Sheikh Ehab Younis, and German harpist Evelyn Huber.
Fri 17, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 18, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Mon 20 and Tues 21, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra.
Thurs 23 and Fri 24, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra present a Christmas concert.
Thurs 16, 8pm: Jazz concert features Yehia Khalil and his band.
Fri 17, 8pm: Boughdady Big band, led by Magdy Boughdady.
Mon 20, 8pm: Violin and piano recital by Hassan Sharara.
Tues 21, 8pm: Soprano Neveen Allouba features a Christmas concert.
Mamdouh Salem St, Nasr City, Cairo, Tel 02 22607863
Thurs 16 - Sat 25: “ILUSIO Magic On Ice” is the one-of a-kind, critically acclaimed, Merlin award winning illusion spectacular that left millions around the world enchanted! A magical symphony of a breathtaking figure skating adventure awaits. Ilusio’s magic is suitable for all ages. For tickets and registration go to ticketsmarche
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Sun 19, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Wed 22, 8pm: A Christmas concert features singer Dalia Farid.
Thurs 23, 8pm: The Arab Takht Ensemble for Arab Music and Singing, led by Yasser Moawad, in a repertoire of classical Arab 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 and Wed, 7pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 8-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby
Darb Al-Saqia St, behind Qaitbay Mosque, City of the Dead, Tel 01226569944
Sat 18, 3pm-9pm: Enjoy the lively music by the Accordionella band and the graceful contemporary dance show Him and Her – parts of the Breaking Walls Festival held at the opening of “Sultan Handcrafts Fair– Arts Meet Crafts” exhibition.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs16, 9pm: The Mina Nashaat Saxophone trio’s concert.
Fri 17, 9pm: Estabena (The Mediterranean music project)
performs folk music from the Mediterranean countries Morocco, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Algeria, France.
Sat 18, 9pm: Bohemian Project performs world-famous Christmas melodies combined with vivacious Cuban rhythms and sensual jazz harmonies.
Sun 19, 8pm: Karaoke night.
Thurs 23, 9pm: Taht El Sefr: Acoustic is an independent indie rock band aims to challenge the audience with a collection of adventurous sounds and themes that inspire and connect on a personal level. It features vocalist Dina Bahgat, bass guitarist Ahmed Weaam, Keyboardist Marc Samer, drummer Mario Samer, and electric guitarist Mohamed Ayman.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Fri 17, 9pm: The Mangabeys will be performing your favorite Artic Monkeys songs. Band Members: Ahmed Rayan (Lead/Rhythm Guitarist and Backing Vocals), Hussein El-Attar (Lead/Rhythm Guitarist), Ibrahim El-Attar (Bassist), Mohamed Abaza (Drummer and Backing Vocals), and Youssef Rayan (Main Vocals).
Mon 20, 9pm: Invaders is the first and only Egyptian Iron Maiden Tribute band. Current Lineup: Hesham Zaky (vocals), Tamer Brazily (guitars & vocals), Ally Salem (guitars), Moanis Salem (bass), and Tamer Essam (drums).
Tues 21, 9pm: Bohemian Project performs world-famous Christmas melodies combined with vivacious Cuban rhythms and sensual jazz harmonies.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Thurs 16, 7.30pm: Singer Wael El-Fashny.
Fri 17, 4pm and 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Mix.
Sat 18, 7pm: A singing recital by Mohamed Saeed.
Sun 19, 7pm: A Christmas concert by Fabrica band.
Mon 20, 7pm: A singing recital by Reham Nasim.
Tues 21, 7pm: Anghamna band performs rap, patriotic songs, sketches, monologues, children’s songs.
Thurs 23, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show by Waleed Abou El-Magd.
Thurs 16, 7pm: Pappillon band, conducted by Ahmed Gouda, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Fri 17, 7.30pm: Munshid (religious chanter) Ali El-Helbawi.
Thurs 23, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Toni performs Sufi dances and songs.
The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105
Thurs 30, 7pm: Jordanian Indie band Autostrad’s music is influenced by a mix of rock, reggae, Latin and funk combined with their own lyrics written in the Jordanian dialect.
Sheikh Zayed, Six October
Fri 17 and Sat 18, 8pm: For the first time ever in Egypt, legendary international comedian, Russell Peters will be performing in Cairo.
The record setting comedy superstar brings his brand new “Russell Peters Meet and Greet” to Egypt. Organized by R Productions and Al Hezb El Comedy, this event will mark the first time in history that an A List comedian performs in the country.
Thurs 23, 6.30pm: Cairokee features a musical night with Christmas vibes only at ZED Winter Festival.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Sat 18, 8pm: El-Nafikha brass quintet’s repertoire includes musical medleys and songs arranged for the ensemble by the trumpeter Mohamed Sawwah.
Wed 22, 8pm: Alexandria Talents Development Centre concert.
Thurs 23, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 16 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.