Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 9, 8pm: Sharaa Al-Fan (the street of art) troupe.
American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Fri 3, 7pm: After a two-year break, AUC’s Student Union concerts are making a comeback stronger than ever. Prepare for a unique out of time experience with the performance of the iconic Tamer Hosny, the top artist in Africa and the Middle East, and the rising rap scene with the upbeat Afroto.
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
Fri 3, 8pm: Super star Medhat Saleh in a concert, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Children Choir.
Sat 4, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Sun 5, 8pm: The Twenties of the Last century concert, conducted by maestro Farouk El-Bably.
Wed 8, Thurs 9, Fri 10, 8pm: Gala concert features Saint Petersburg Ballet Company.
Fri 3, 8pm: Singer Iman Shaker and The Friends band.
Sat 4, 8pm: Brett Dean’s Hamlet opera aired live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Tues 7, 8pm: Balance Quartet features Sarah Ahmed and Reham Haggag.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Sun 4, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Thurs 9, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble 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, 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.
Fri 3, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show featuring CROWD SET with Mina Selim and Walid Khairy; an improvisational set, all unscripted, based on the interaction and answers they will get from the audience.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sat 4, 8pm: Mitosis stellar contemporary dance masterpiece is coming to you from Hungary to Egypt. To explore relationships, their dynamics, and their direct correlation to the cycle of life, Mitosis portrays the process of the division of a single unit into two identical units, that arrange themselves into ancient geometric figures. Join us in rediscovering the essence of man and woman in the ongoing cycle of life alongside Hungarian contemporary dancers Dorottya Podmaniczky and David Mikó.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 2, 8pm: The monthly Open Mic Night! If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for 7 minutes on Room stage. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early at 7:30pm and fill the application.
Fri 3, 9pm: ZAMAKAN (time-space in Arabic) was born out of the meeting of two musicians and composers, Abdallah Abo-Zekry (saz) and Baptiste Ferrandis (guitar). The band is a sound experimentation that combines diverse musical styles in search of a new sound. It is focused on a semi-electronic aesthetic - oriental groove and jazz meet rock and in a mix between tradition and modernity, with a touch of improvisation highlighting the dialogue.
Thurs 9, 9pm: Dave Meder and Friends. Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano competition and the American Pianists Awards.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 4, 9pm: It’s Dark Inside, a dark stand-up comedy show hosted by
Mohamed Farouk and performed by Ahmed El-Sharkawy and Bernadette.
Mon 6, 9pm: Stigma is an Egyptian alternative rock band that makes its own Arabic music that conveys its original sound, while also covering your favorite artists music.
Tues 7, 9pm: DarQube is an Egyptian musical band, making a tribute for Imagine Dragons band in their own style.
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)
Fri 3, 7.30pm: Rouh El Sharq Choir.
Sat 4, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Muslim.
Sun 5, 6pm: A children concert by Retro band, led by the poet Ahmed Haddad.
Thurs 9, 7.30pm: The Elite stand-up comedy show vol.7.
Thurs 2, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of diva Umm Kolthoum performing Amal Hayati (hope of my life) and Awedt Einy (my eyes get used to see you) two of her much-loved songs.
Thurs 9, 8pm: For the first time at El Sawy Culturewheel the super star singer Simone.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 2, 8pm: A concert of Italian music.
Fri 3, 8pm: A singing recital by Iman Abdel-Ghany.
Tues 7, 8pm: The Twenties of the Last century concert.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 2 June, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.