Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sun 19, 8pm: Egybadour band, led by Mohamed Abu-Zeid.
Beit Al-Seheimi 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: The Cairo Opera House celebrates Valentine’s Day.
Fri 17, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Sat 18, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Mon 20 and Tues 21, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra.
Wed 22, Thurs 23, Fri 24, 8pm: Moscow Ballet with Marinisky and Bolshoi soloists perform The Sleeping Beauty ballet.
Fri 17, 8pm: Harp recital by Manal Mohieddin.
Sun 19, 8pm: Aida Pocket opera is an innovative version of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, an entirely Italian production designed by the Italian maestro Elio Orciuolo and talented Director Davide Raimondi Garattini.
Wed 22, 8pm: Jazz concert by Yehia Khalil and his band.
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Downtown, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Thurs 23, Fri 24, Sat 25, 7-10pm: What the Hell am I Doing Here? contemporary dance performance is choreographed and directed by Carol Ackad. This internationally acclaimed show is a surrealistic voyage into a woman’s mind caught between fantasy and reality.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 16 and Fri 17, 8pm: The Modern Dance Theatre Company performs The Fear show.
Sat 18, 8pm: The Arab Takht Ensemble for Arab music and singing, led by Yasser Moawad.
Sun 19, 8pm: El-Enshad El-Dini troupe performs religious songs.
Mon 20, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by late composer Mohamed El-Mogui.
Thurs 23, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Al-Ghouri Caravansary 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.
MUST Opera House
Misr University for Science and Technology, Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6 October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5
Thurs 16, 7pm (free entrance): Aida Pocket opera is an innovative version of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, a show addressed to the youth. The opera, in a format of an hour and forty-minute performance, aims to introduce new generations to Aida as a spectacle of music and performing art, which has become to form an integral part of the Egyptian culture. The work is an entirely Italian production designed by the Italian maestro Elio Orciuolo and talented Director Davide Raimondi Garattini, with the participation of Italian and Egyptian singers as well as Italian and Egyptian musicians and ballet dancers.
It features four main singers in the role of Aida, soprano Maria Jelic, the role of Amneris, the mezzo-soprano, Irene Molinari, the role of the Radames, Dario Di Vietri and the role of Amonasro, the baritone Piero Terranova. The orchestra consists of 16 Egyptian and Italian musicians, with the presence of maestro Carmine Colangeli, former Choir Director at the Cairo Opera House.
Room Art Space & Café 10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 16, 9pm: Valentine’s Acoustic Night with Ria.
Tues 21, 8pm: Karaoke Night.
Fri 17, 9pm: Ahmed Ali El-Haggar grew up singing classical Egyptian songs, and currently performing music inspired by that tradition fused with Jazz and Neo-soul.
Sat 18, 9pm: Egyptian singer and composer Mosad Ozil performs his own original songs and some Arabic traditional songs with very unique and different music arrangements.
Thurs 23, 9pm: “Big Bang” a comedy night by a great lineup of fresh comedians such as Mohamed Hassanien, Ahmed Magdy, Seif El- Gammal, and Ahmed Salem. The Spot mall, Infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 18, 9pm: “Funnation” stand-up comedy show.
Wed 22, 8pm: Karaoke Night.
Tues 21, 9pm: Rocksea is an underground rock band that plays different genres of rock.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sun 19, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show like no other by El Hez El Comedy.
El-Sawy Culturewheel 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, 8pm: Sufi chanting by El-Mawlawiya El Masria troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony.
Fri 17, 4 and 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Ali Qandil.
Thurs 16, 7.30pm: Neven Allouba Academy presents Valentine’s Day concert.
Fri 17, 8pm: A concert by Andromida band, the Egyptian pink Floyd tribute project.
Tues 21, 8pm: Singing recital by Ali El-Helbawy.
Thurs 23, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Momos and Mina Selim.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Fri 17, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Sat 18, 8pm: El-Enshad El-Dini troupe performs religious songs.
Sun 19, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Children Choir concert.
Thurs 23, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company gives a Valentine’s Day concert.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thurs 16, 7pm: Riverwood band.
Fri17, 7pm: High Dam band.
Sat 18, 7pm: Black and White band.
Thurs 23, 7pm: Flute and Bow band.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 16 February, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly