American University in Cairo
New Cairo Campus
Malak Gabr Arts Theatre
Mon 8 May, 7-8pm: Cairo Guitar Collective (CGC) performs world premieres of five works composed especially for the group. This concert showcases composers living in Egypt. Composers include Amr Okba, Bahaa El-Ansary, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Fattah, Karim Frège and John Baboukis. CGC members include Paweł Kuźma, Taha El-Mansy, Rowies Aziz and Chelsea Green (Free, open to the public and livestreaming).
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 27, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: 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, 8pm: “Alaragouz 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 28, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 29, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Thurs 4 May, 8.30pm: Super star Ali El-Haggar and his band.
Sun 30, 8pm: Pianist Fathi Salama and his Sharqiat band.
Thurs 4 May, 8.30pm: Mando and his band.
Thurs 27, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Group for Chamber Music features Alaa Abdallah.
Sun 30, 8pm: A musical concert of Mohamed Adel’s compositions.
Mon 1 May, 8.30pm: A concert of romantic songs, conducted by maestro Ahmed Farag.
Tues 2, 8.30pm: Piano recital by Mustafa Garana.
Thurs 4, 8.30pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Sun 30, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab music ensemble.
Thurs 4 May, 8.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting.
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
Every Tuesday, 8pm: 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, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sun 7 May, 8pm: Break a Leg Vol.2, three different contemporary dance performances presented by different artists: Mountain Trail by Samar Ezzat, Trio by Ziad Wallace, Ziad Medhat, Mohanad Azzam, and
How El Fann Began (how art began) by Mounir Said.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 27, 9pm: Gaby Bishara’s Sinatra show.
Fri 28, 11pm: Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion forcovering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
Sat 29, 10pm: Experience Medic’s Prog music in an unplugged context that you’ve never witnessed before.
Tues 2 May, 8pm: Karaoke night.
Thurs 4, 9pm: Join 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 over a drink or coffee. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early (8:00) and fill our application form at Room.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 30, 8.30pm: Comedy Therapy presents a stand-up comedy show.
Mon 1 May, 9pm: Join 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 over a drink or coffee. If you want to register as a performer, don't forget to come early (8:00) and fill our application form at Room.
Tues 2 May, 9pm: Klassic Kulture Vol.2 performing more legendary old-school hits by Dr. Dre, Biggie, MF DOOM, and more.
El Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Sat 29, 8pm: Super star singer Ali El-Haggar and his band.
Thurs 27, 7.30pm: Abu Shaar Brothers, a Muslim Sunni Syrian troupe performs religious chants.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Mon 8 May, 8.30-10pm: A drumming spectacular, master tabla player Said El-Artist will present dozens of his students in a grand concert spanning multiple generations of rhythmic colours.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Sat 29, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Sun 30, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 27 April, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly