Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sun 5, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs songs of late singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab.
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 2, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Tues 7, Wed 8, Thurs 9 and Fri 10, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra present Cleopatra ballet.
Thurs 2 and Fri 3, 8pm: A concert by the Cairo Opera Company performing Menotti’s one-act comic opera The Telephone and Valentine’s Day gala composed of romantic arias from famous operas. It features pianist Greig Martin, and directed by Abdallah Saad.
Mon 6, 8pm: A chamber music concert features Yasmine Samy.
Tues 7, 8pm: A chamber music concert features violinist Hassan Sharara.
5 El-Fadl St, Bab El-Louq, Downtown, Cairo
Frei 3, 8pm: Giggle Terminal Open Mic Vol.1, a stand-up comedy show.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 2 and Fri 3, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage company performs Hatshepsut dance performance.
Sun 5, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Singing recital by Wael El-Fashny and his band.
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, 7.30pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
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.
Cairo Festival City, New Cairo
Fri 3, 9pm: Egyptian queen of romance super star singer Angham.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sat 4, 8pm: Comedy Set is bringing their all-female stand-up crew with a new and exciting line up! Actresses Ola Roshdy returning to the stage after 10 years of hiatus and actress Fadwa Abed will be performing her first stand-up ever. Lineup: Rahma Zein, Reem Nabil, Bernadette, and Noha Kato.
Wed 8, 8pm: A night of music, electronic, folklore, Sufi, traditional and more. All in one day and same place featuring Tunisian composer Benjemy, who handles a percussive and melodious electronic music, mixing traditional instruments and Tunisian Sufi Bendir and Mezwed to an electronic sound incisive and without concessions. While, Shah, is a music producer, who is interested in diverse forms of music, like blues, electronic, folklore and Shaabi, where he thrives on accommodating them to fit in the clubhouses and the playgrounds scene.
Baskot Lel Baltageyya is a tired man who tunes his machines to catch a snatch of the bustling central Cairo and creates a playground where these abandoned sounds, flourish and develop a sense of humor and an acid tongue.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 2, 9pm: Tareeq band are playing different genres mixing music (oriental and western) and cover songs and originals.
Fri 3, 9pm: “The Dark Side” concert by Paranoid Eyes, an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion for covering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
Thurs 9, 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. Or just relax and enjoy back-to-back performances. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early (7:30pm) and fill the application form at Room.
The Spot mall, Infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 4, 9pm: Stand-up comedy by The Comedy Show.
Mon 6, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity in the midst of a group of beloved fans and friends performed by Saad Eloud and his band.
Tues 7, 9pm: Hip hop night with the uprising rappers MCM, Fakhaa and Torky.
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, 7pm: A concert features Jordanian singer Aziz Maraka.
Sat 4, 7pm: A concert by singer Muslim.
Wed 8, 7.30pm: Rouh El-Sharq choir.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Singing recital by Mohamed Saeed.
Thurs 2, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her highly sought-after songs.
Fri 3, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abu-Shaar Brothers group from Syria.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 2, 8pm: A concert by Umm Kolthoum troupe for classical Arab songs.
Fri 3, 8pm: Bint Al-Balad band, led by Afaf Shoukry.
Tues 7, 8pm: An Alexandrian Around the World theatre performance.
Thurs 9, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing concert.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thurs 2, 7pm (Free entry): A concert of Italian music by Giovanile Erasmus Orchestra of Agenzia Italiana Erasmus, conducted by maestro Elio Orciuolo, composed of young European musicians and young Egyptian soloists and musicians such as violinist Mariam Abou-Zahra.
Fri 3, 7pm: Resalet Salam International group.
Sat 4, 7pm: A musical concert features BA Youth Orchestra soloists, artistically supervised by Shady Abdel-Salam.
Thurs 9, 7pm: Religious chanting by Abu-Shaar Brothers group from Syria.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 2 February, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly