Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sat 21, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs songs of late singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab.
American University in Cairo
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall
New Cairo Campus, Room 2175, Tel 02 2615 2694
Malak Gabr Arts Theatre
Thurs 19, 6-8pm: Enjoy classical Arab music performed by the AUC Arab Music Ensemble and students of Arab Theory II, directed by Wael El-Mahallawy and Alaa Sabr. Registration link: https://forms.gle/zgBqmxUw27cQ1J196
(Free admission, live streaming and open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests to AUC must pre-register and show ID and proof of vaccination (or a recent negative antigen test) upon entry).
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
Sun 22, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Thurs 19 - Fri 20, 8pm: Tango Legends company (Argentina).
Sat 21, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Thurs 19, 8pm: A harp recital by Mona Wassif.
Fri 20, 8pm: Violin and piano recital by Yasmine Samy Ibrahim.
Sat 21, 7pm: Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor is aired live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Mon 23, 8pm: The Egyptian Opera Group for chamber music.
Thurs 26, 8pm: Flute recital by Rania Omar.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 19, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage Company performs Shagaret Al-Dore dance show.
Fri 20, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious songs.
Sun 22, 8pm: Singing recital by Yasmine Ali.
Mon 23, 8pm: Fabrica band features soprano Neven Allouba.
Thurs 26, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble performs 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).
28 Falaki St, Bab Al-Louk, Cairo, Tel 010 90322400
Thurs 26, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Hashem El-Garhy, Ahmed El-Sharqawy, Kerolos, Mohamed Hassan, and Ahmed Morgan.
Italian Cultural Institute
3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791
Sun 22, 7pm: On the occasion of the Italian Cinema programme, Italian maestro Mario Margiotta gives the piano concert “Federico Fellini and Nino Rota” performing music by Rota. The great Italian film director Federico Fellini and eminent Italian composer Nino Rota were long-time collaborators.
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 9-10pm: 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, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6th of October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5 – 16828
Fri 20, 8pm: A concert features super star singer Ali El-Haggar.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sat 21, 8pm: Led by women, run by women, and performed by women, “Comedy Sett” is a bunch of extremely satirical comedians: Kato, Reem, Bernadette, Donya, and Ghada, who showcase sets of hilarious and rib-tickling comedy.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 19, 9pm: “Life is a Joke” stand-up comedy show features a lineup of the best comedians: Tarek Salem, Hassan Hossam, Mahmoud Khashaba, Tawfik El-Menshawy, Muaz, and Esraa El-Zarea.
Fri 20, 9pm: Saeed Talaat Wel Sohba band performs soundtracks, movie songs, a variety of jazz, Arabic and international music, personal compositions, and a new vision of melodic variations. The project follows the technique of singing by the oud, accompanied by piano and a group of instruments, in addition to percussion. The band members: Saeed Talaat (oud), Ayman Mostafa (piano), Mohamed Hamdi (bass guitar), Ali Kotb (guitar), and Shady Fouad (Percussion).
Sat 21, 9pm: Casino Badi3a bohemian project is a new Oriental branch where you are taken through a time machine to sing and dance in early folkloric Egyptian 20s. Musicians: Mo'men (Oriental flute), Abdullah El-Asabgy (bass), Abdel-Rahman (Percussion), and singers Mariam Salem and Rehab Khattab.
Thurs 26, 9pm: Mosaad Ozil is an Egyptian singer, composer and music producer. He has his own original songs and some Arabic traditional songs with very unique and different music arrangements.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 21, 8.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by the Comedy Bunker.
Mon 23, 9pm: Luka Wel Batteekh is an indie folk band formed in 2021. The band’s influences include folk, Latin jazz, neo jazz and gnawa.
Tues 24, 9pm: Strawberry Swing is the first acknowledged Coldplay tribute band in the middle east.
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)
Sun 22, 7pm: Cairo Tunes band revives the old classical songs.
Mon 23, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Iman Hussein.
Thurs 26, 7pm: STG band.
Thurs 19, 7.30pm: For the first time Ziad Sahab and Lamiaa El- Ghandour together on stage.
Fri 20, 7.30pm: Syrian Abo Shaar Brothers troupe performs religious songs.
Sat 21, 7.30pm: Hakawy El Moulid musical evening.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 19, 8-10pm: Isis String Orchestra, Isis Oud Ensemble and Awtar Quartet, conducted by Khaled Saleh present a fusion of western classical music with eastern Arabic tunes and instruments. The concert is held in loving memory of Mona Latif-Ghattas (1946 - 2021).
(Free admission, live streaming and open to the public. Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Proof of vaccination is a must upon entry).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 19, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Sat 21, 8pm: A concert of works by late composer Mohamed El-Mogui.
Sun 22, 8pm: Tango Legends company (Argentina).
Tues 24, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria’s Talents Development Centre.
Thurs 26, 8pm: Ala Mar Al Agyal (through the generations) band.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 19 May, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.