Don’t miss Danses qu’on Croises and Carmina Burana ballets concerts at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 16 May 2023

Danses qu on Croises ballet
Danses qu on Croises ballet


American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Malak Gabr Arts Theatre

Thurs 18, 7-9pm: Enjoy a musical evening of turath (heritage). The AUC Arab Music Ensemble and the Arab Choir perform classic songs (Free, open to the public and livestreaming).

Sun 21, 7-8pm: Enjoy two concerts in one. The AUC String Trio performance features music for two violas and a cello. The chamber singers will present ancient and modern music for voices in many different styles. Khaled Saleh directs the String Trio, and John Baboukis directs the Chamber Singers (Free, open to the public and livestreaming).



Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Sat 20, 8.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini (religious chanting) troupe performs religious songs. 

Sun 28, 8.30pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.  



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 18, Fri 19, Sun 21, Mon 22, 8.30pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and Cairo Opera Orchestra perform Danses qu’on Croises and Carmina Burana ballets. 

Thurs 25, 8.30pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble performs classical Arab songs. 

Open-Air Theatre

Fri 19, 8.30pm: Cairota band. 

Small Hall

Thurs 18, 8.30pm: Violin and harp recitals by Hossam Shehata and Manal Mohie Eldeen respectively.

Fri 19, 8.30pm: Cello and piano recital by Amany Ghoneim.  

Sun 21, 8.30pm: The Cairo Opera House Chamber Music Group performs works by Mahmoud Osman

Thurs 25, 8.30pm: The Cairo Opera House Chamber Music Group

performs works by Roseela. 



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 18, 8.30pm: Cairo Café band features Ali Sharaf.

Sun 21, 8.30pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble honors the memory of late composers Mohamed Abdel-Wahab and Riyad El-Sonbati.     



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 

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

Sat 20, 8.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by comedians: Ahmed El-Sharkawy, Bernadette, Khaled El-Shoky, Kamatcho, and Dawoud. 

Wed 24, 8pm: Skeletøn Clique is a tribute band for Twenty-One Piltos, started in Egypt back in 2018. Join a similar Twenty-One Piltos experience in terms of music, performance and visuals. 



Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159

Thurs 18, 9pm: WKND CMDY is presents a night full of crazy stories and side-splitting jokes. This weekend’s lineup: Hamza Bahaa, Esraa Elzarea, Mohamed Kamtcho, Amon Osman, and Dawoud. And the opening act for the night: Seven Samy. 

Fri 19, 9pm: Selected old and new Arabic songs with a new musical arrangement arranged by Mafdy Ghattas and performed by the guests Shereen Abdo, Abdel-Rahman Belala, Nermeen Wasfy and the band. 

Sat 20, 9pm: Jonas Cambien and Aly Eissa meet to revisit their common and uncommon senses while interpreting traditional folk Egyptian music. 

Mon 22, 9pm: A singing recital by Rowan Maher.  

Tues 23, 8pm: Karaoke night. 

Thurs 25, 9pm: Scorpion’s rise - Rebel Cello tour #23 by Rafael Kalil Directed by Mohamed Kamal

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

Thurs 18, Wed 24, and Thurs 25, 8pm: Karaoke night. 

Tues 23, 9pm: Gaby Bishara’s Sinatra show. 

Sat 20, 9pm: BigBang features a stand-up comedy night.

Mon 22, 9pm: A singing recital by Rowan Maher.  



El Sawy Culturewheel

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

River Hall

Thurs 18, 8pm: A concert by Harmony Araby Choir. 

Sun 21, 8pm: A singing recital by Ahmed Ragab for the first time. 

Wed 24 and Thurs 25, 8pm: Disco Misr’s music sheds the spotlight on the forgotten memories of our childhood and revive the nostalgic emotions in their fans. 

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 18, 8pm: Religious chanting by Mahmoud El-Tohamy

Fri 19, 8pm: Religious chanting by the Syrian Abu Shaar Brothers troupe. 



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Ewart Memorial Hall 

Thurs 25, 8pm: A concert features the dynamic piano and violin duo Fouad and Mounib, who tell their musical tales by fusing modern and classical styles in a mesmerizing show. Ticketed via






Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 18, 8.30pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab music and singing. 

Fri 19, 8.30pm: A ballet concert by the Russian Cultural Centre’s students.  



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Port Said St, Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Main Hall 

Thurs 18, Fri 19, Sat 20, 7pm: BA Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui and BA Choir perform Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Alexandria, directed by Manuel Schmitt

A version of this article appears in print in the 18 May, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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