​Don’t miss Assala’s concert at Le Lac du Caire

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 2 May 2023



American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Malak Gabr Arts Theatre

Mon 8, 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

Sun 7, 8.30pm: Umm Kolthoum songs performed by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble.   



Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments 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

Main Hall

Thurs 4, 8.30pm: Super star Ali El-Haggar and his band. 

Sat 6, 8.30pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Mon 8, 8.30pm: The annual concert of the High Institute of Ballet. 

Wed 10 and Thurs 11, 8.30pm: Pianist Omar Khairat gives two concerts, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra.  

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 4, 8.30pm: Mando and his band.

Thurs 11, 8.30pm: Al-Tanboura troupe from Port-Said performs the folk songs and dances of the Suez Canal cities.  

Small Hall

Thurs 4, 8.30pm: The Talents Development Centre concert. 

Tues 9, 8.30pm: Fabrica band, led by soprano Neven Allouba.

Thurs 11, 8.30pm: The Cairo Opera Company concert. 




Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707 

Thurs 4, 8.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting. 

Thurs11 and Fri 12, 8.30pm: Forsan Al-Sharq troupe for Heritage performs Bahiya show.    




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)



Le Lac du Caire

Al-Fustat, Al-Khalifa district, Ain Al-Sira, Giza 

Fri 5, 11pm: Embark on a new era at the heart of Cairo and discover an unforgettable experience at a one-of-a-kind venue - Le Lac du Caire - surrounded by stunning scenery. Super star Assala is excited to give a concert performing a number of her highly sought-after songs, reflecting on the challenges Arab women face to achieve success and the millions of people who have yet to pursue their passions.




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, 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 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. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early (8:00) and fill our application form at Room.

Fri 5, 9pm: Luka will use her singer/songwriter skills to tell stories and sing her favourite songs from the past 10 years of her life, this time on her own.

Sat 6, 9pm: Dreamy and moody pop music by Naheli whose warm voice and cinematic songs invite the listener to detach themselves from reality, drift into a meditative state while moving them on a deeply emotional level.

Thurs 11, 9pm: Inside the Blue Balloon features Ayman Asfour, Andrew Nasser on violin, oud and composition by Aly Eissa. 

The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Thurs 4, Wed 10 and Thurs 11, 8pm: Karaoke night.  

Sat 6, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show by Slapsticks

Sun 7, 9pm: Giggle Terminal comedy night Vol.4. 

Mon 8, 9pm: Armenian-Egyptian singer Roupen will perform trendy, hit songs that have been favorites throughout the years. Tues 9, 9pm: Release event for Rizo’s new album Journey



El Sawy Culturewheel

End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448 

River Hall

Sat 6, 8pm: Arab rock songs by Malaz band. 

Tues 9, 8pm: A singing recital by Fady Roushdy

Thurs 11, 8pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Touni, performs Sufi chants and dances. 

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 4, 6.30pm and 8.30pm: El Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs. 

Fri 5, 8pm: A singing recital by Ali El-Helbawi

Sat 6, 8pm: Syrian-Algerian artist Tala Tourqan gives a concert. 

Thurs 11, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by the Comedy Stuff


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, 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.

AUC Tahrir Square Bookstore and Gardens

Fri 5, 5pm: As part of the Tahrir Book Fair, a concert will be given by Oscarima Marching band. 

Fri 12, 5pm: As part of the Tahrir Book Fair, Kousha Puppet group will give two performances with a workshop in between performance to learn how to manipulate puppets.







Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Fri 5, 8.30pm: Fabrica band, led by soprano Neven Allouba

Sat 6, 8.30pm: Blue Nile Orchestra.

Thurs 11, 8.30pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.  

A version of this article appears in print in the 4 May, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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