Raya wa Skena dance show at Al-Gumhouriya Theatre is not to be missed

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 23 Apr 2024

Raya wa Skena
Raya wa Skena


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, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble, conducted by maestro Ahmed Amer, performs Abdel-Wahab's much-loved songs.

Fri 26, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert celebrates Sinai Liberation Day. 

Sun 28, 8pm: 100 Years of Singing concerts series features mega star Ali El-Haggar

Mon 29, 8pm: Superstar Hany Shaker in a concert conducted by maestro Mustafa Helmy.  

Tues 30, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra concert. 

Thurs 2 May, 8pm: Easter concert features the powerful voice Marwa Nagui.  

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 25, 8pm: Singer Marco Mamdouh.

Fri 26, 8pm: Piano recital by Ehab Ezzeddin.

Sun 28, 8pm: A concert by pianist Fathy Salama.  

Small Hall

Sat 27, 8pm: Piano recital by Amr Selim and his orchestra. 

Mon 29, 8pm: Cairo Classical Ensemble, led by Wessam Ahmed.    

Tues 30, 8pm: Piano recital by Mustafa Garana

Thurs 2 May, 8pm: A concert of chamber music by Sherif Salaheddin.  



French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Sat 27 and Sun 28, 12-9pm: Step into the vibrant world of Palestinian art with “Here, Palestine” – a dynamic two-day event brought to you by the French Institute of Egypt, alongside the Embassy of France and the Embassy of Palestine in Egypt. This thoughtfully organized programme spans two days to embrace the diverse spectrum of Palestinian artistic expression within a nurturing and inclusive environment. Get ready for live concerts, interactive workshops, captivating performances, energizing dance sessions, and many more.  


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).



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 25, Fri 26, Sat 27, 8pm: Forsan Al Sharq (The Knights of the Orient) dance company performs Raya wa Skena dance show, directed by Karima Bedair

Thurs 2 May, 8pm: Isis Orchestra features Khaled Saleh




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

Thurs 25, 8pm: Acclaimed musicians Tamsin Elliott and Tarek Elazhary explore the parallels and celebrating the idiosyncrasies of both Egyptian and English folk traditions. 

Fri 26, 8pm: "Molook El Sanaa" (kings of the profession) is a musical night that brings together more than one rapper, DJ, and Mahrajanat singers from all over Egypt for the first time. You will hear a mixture of more than one music genre, such as rap, electro, and the mahrajan, from the founders of the Mahrajan and the rap stars. 

Wed 1 May, 8pm: El Sira El Hilaleya troupe will present a collection of inspiring stories from The Hilali Epic (El Sira El Hilaleya), the popular Arab saga that embodies the spirit of heroism, bravery, and generosity. One of the most traditional folk epics, its pioneers and poets are renowned in Upper Egypt and the world, such as Sayyed El-Dawi and Gaber Abu Hussein. The troupe will perform the part of the orphans' leaving Tunisia, and the assassination of Sultan Mabid. 




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

Fri 26, 9pm: A concert by Paranoid Eyes, an Egyptian progressive rock band.   

Sat 27, 9pm: Violin and oud recital by Ayman Asfour and Aly Eissa.
Mon 29, 9pm: Embark on a captivating and soul-stirring musical journey with an album featuring seven original compositions, along with unreleased songs with The People's Music band. It features the emotional voice Sahar El-Zoghby, accompanied by percussionist Hossam Helal, and bass guitarist Ahmed El-Mustafa.

Tues 30, 9pm: Karaoke night. 

Thurs 2 May, 8pm: Ozma stand-up comedy show.  

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

Thurs 25 and Thurs 2 May, 9pm: Karaoke night.

Sat 27, 9pm: Giggle Terminal's stand-up comedy show.   

Mon 29, 9pm: Embodying the spirit of the iconic rock band Muse, The Hues have carved their niche in music. With a bold approach, they've captured the essence of Muse's electrifying performances and innovative sound. 

Wed 1 May, 9pm: Karaoke night.


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: The People's Music band. 

Sat 27, 8pm: Shaabi singer Abdel-Basset Hammouda.

Mon 29, 7.30pm: Star Light choir concert.  

Wisdom Hall 

Thurs 25, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Adham Soliman

Fri 26, 7.30pm: Sufi chanting by El-Hadra troupe. 

Thurs 2 May, 6 and 8pm: El Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs. 

Word Hall

Thurs 25, 8pm: Stand-up comedy show KONAFA CN. 





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Fri 26, 8pm: A concert features Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra. 



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Main Hall

Sat 27, 7pm: Easter concert features BA Orchestra, BA Youth Orchestra, and BA Choir, conducted by Donia Deghedy and 

Mustafa El-Herazi

* A version of this article appears in print in the 25 April, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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