Australian-Egyptian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros gives a concert at Ewart Memorial Hall

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 23 May 2023

Joseph Tawadros
Joseph Tawadros photo: Daniel Sponiar


Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

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

Sat 27, 8.30pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Small Hall

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

performs works by Roseela. 

Fri 26, 8.30pm: A musical concert by the Dominican Republic. 


Falaki Theatre

AUC Tahrir Campus, Downtown, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Thurs 1 and Fri 2 June, 8pm: Experience a mesmerizing dance solo that explores the depths of self-anatomy with an interplay of sound, light, and movement choreographed and performed by Shaymaa Shoukry. This captivating performance takes the audience on a mystical journey of self-discovery and inner reflection. Tickets via




Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Fri 26, 8.30pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab music and singing.  



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

5 Hussien El-Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Wed 31, 8pm: The Jokers are back on Rawabet Art Space stage once again with a new stand-up comedy. 

Thurs 1, 8pm: A concert where oud player Aly Eissa will release his new album Gouda Bar. Featuring his diverse musical influences, Eissa’s compositions create versatile and twisted meditative atmospheres throughout the musical experience. And for the second part of the concert, Abo Sahar from Upper Egypt, will blend authentic and contemporary music, creating a whole new wave that genuinely encompasses your inner nature, your true being. 



Radio Cinema 

24 Talaat Harb, Marouf, Qasr El Nil, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 02 25756562   

Tues 30, 8pm: El Nas El Helwa x Comedy Sett stand-up comedy 

features Ola Roshdy, Bernadette, Noha Kato, Reem Nabil, Salma Al- Naggar, and Momos



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

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

Fri 26, 9pm: Noha Fekry in a jazz concert. 

Sat 27, 9pm: Stand-up comedy open mic by Cairo Comedy Club. 

Tues 30, 8pm: Karaoke night. 

Thurs 1, 9pm: Fairouz tribute night - Michael Onsy Ensemble features Batoul El-Abd

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

Thurs 25 and Wed 31, 8pm: Karaoke night. 

Sat 27, 9pm: Stand-up comedy night with Pola and Reem

Tues 30, 9pm: Egyptian singer/songwriter Ahmad El-Haggar is currently performing music inspired by that tradition fused with Jazz and Neo-soul. 



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

Fri 26, 4.30 and 8.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Ali Qandil

Sun 28, 8pm: Singer Ismail Sadek performs classical Arab songs. 

Wisdom Hall

Fri 26, 8pm: Cassette band for the first time at El Sawy Culturewheel. 

Sun 27, 8pm: Religious chanting by munshid Ahmed El-Aamary

Wed 31, 8pm: A singing recital by Mohamed El-Sawah.  



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. Ticketed via

Sat 27, 8pm (The concert is free and open to the public): In the light of the Egyptian-Australian cultural and art cooperation, the Australian embassy presents one of the world’s leading oud virtuoso and composers, 7-time ARIA award winner Australian-Egyptian Joseph Tawadros to give a public concert. Tawadros was born in Egypt in 1983, and moved to Australia in 1986. Inspired by Egyptian greats like Sayed Darwish, Tawadros has taken the oud – the popular Middle Eastern instrument – and created an eclectic style with his brilliant technique and unique performances. Tawadros is bringing his blend of ancient and modern musical styles to Cairo. The Egyptian audience can look forward to an engaging performance of Tawadros’ innovative, original repertoire. He is a prolific musician, having released 15 albums since 2007. He has worked with orchestras around the world, recorded music with legendary artists across jazz and classical genres, and featured in films and television shows. He is one of 50 Australian composers chosen to write a fanfare celebrating the Sydney Opera House’s 50th birthday.





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Tues 30, 8.30pm: Alexandria’s Talents Development Centre concert.  



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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

Main Hall 

Thurs 1 June, 8pm: Sufi chanting concert by Bodchichya (Morocco). 

A version of this article appears in print in the 25 May, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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