Not to be missed: Tamer Ashour, Mahmoud El-Esseily in Family Park, Sleeping Beauty ballet in Cairo Opera

Ahram Online , Friday 10 May 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week 8-14 May 2024 in Cairo.

Not to miss


Last days of exhibition
Photo Kegham of Gaza: Unboxing

The exhibition which opened on 26 April will close on 12 May
French Institute, Mounira, Cairo

Curated by Kegham Djeghalian Jr., the exhibition explores Gaza’s visual history as captured by the lens of Kegham Djeghalian (1915-1981) over nearly four decades.

The display is a photographic legacy that transcends mere documentation, offering a vivid portrayal of the social, official, political, and everyday aspects of life in Gaza.

Certified Mail - film
Wednesday 8 May, 7pm
Goethe-Institut Kairo, 5 Al Bustan St, Qasr El Nil, Cairo 

“Since her husband went to jail, Hala has to face her suicidal thoughts alone. Her strength has to come from within as society does not help nor forgive a depressed woman, especially if she is a mother,” reads the film’s synopsis.

Directed by Hisham Saqr, Certified Mail (2019) stars Basma, Passant Shawky, Sayyed El-Abasiri, and Ibrahim El-Batout.

The film was nominated for Tanit d'Or at the Carthage Film Festival (2019)

Mazaher ensemble (Zar) - music
Wednesday 8 May, 8pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Str, Cairo
Mazaher is an ensemble in which women play a leading role.

The musicians of Mazaher, Um Sameh, Um Hassan and Nour El-Sabah are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt. The music is inspired by the three different musical styles of the Zar tradition practised in Egypt.

Sleeping Beauty - ballet
9, 10, 12, 13 May, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Based on the timeless story titled La Belle au Bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) by Charles Perrault, the ballet is composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The original choreography of the ballet is by Marius Petipa.

In Cairo’s performances, the Cairo Opera Ballet Company will be accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra conducted by Ahmed Farag.

Escape - film
Thursday 9 May
Across cinemas

Ten trafficked women attempt to escape a ruthless gang after being abducted from a resort. A nurse and dancer lead the fight for survival in the desert against traffickers during daring getaway plan.

The film stars Sarah Alexandra Marks, Ksenia Islamova, Sophie Rankin

Tamer Ashour and Mahmoud El-Esseily - music
Friday 10 May, 7pm
Family Park, Suez Rd, New Cairo

In this unique double-act, two pop stars will take the stage consecutively.

Singer and composer Tamer Ashour came into the spotlight in the mid-2000s. Since then he has released seven albums establishing himself as one of the most popular performers in Egypt and the Arab world.

Mahmoud El-Esseily came to the limelight in the early 2000s, and ever since has since released several albums, including Meen Ana (Who Am I), Tool Manty Ganby (As Long As You Are Next To Me), Donia Gedida (New World), etc. Faithful to the light pop genre, El-Esseily touches the hearts of his fans with songs that tackle themes of happiness and the pains of romantic relationships.

Fouad and Mounib - music
Friday 10 May, 8pm
Theatro Arkan, Sheikh Zayed city, Cairo outskirts

The story of Fouad and Mounib goes back to 2015 when the two musicians met on Facebook and began sharing their music. After a few months, the duo performed in their first concert at Alexandria’s Creativity Centre. 

The duo’s popularity increased, taking them to numerous renowned halls, including the Cairo Opera House and Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Arts Centre, and tours to Morocco and Austria.

With time, the musicians started pursuing more ambitious creative endeavours, with Mounib creating arrangements for various ensembles and an orchestra.

The Just - theatre play
Friday 10 May, 8pm
Rod El-Farag Cultural Centre, Abou El-Farag Str, close to El-Souq Square, Rod Al Farag, Cairo 

Directed by Mohamed Fadel, the play is based on Albert Camus’s The Just Assassins. Camus’s play looks into issues of murder and terrorism while shedding light on the true story of Russian socialist revolutionaries who assassinated Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905.

The Just features Khaled Raafat, Hadir Tariq, Mohamed Fadel, Abdel Rahman Kamal, Rami Nader, and Saeed Kabil.

The play’s duration is 50mins

Moulin Rouge - theatre play
Saturday 11 May, 8pm
Rod El-Farag Cultural Centre, Abou El-Farag Str, close to El-Souq Square, Rod Al Farag, Cairo 

Taking the viewers to the famed Parisian cabaret, Moulin Rouge is a play directed by Hossam El-Touny to the music by Ziad Hagras

Kazdoura - music
Tuesday 14 May, 8pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Str, Cairo

Kazdoura is a Toronto-based band that serves up Arabic fusion with a modern twist. Equal parts nostalgia and reinvention, their style is a cross-cultural blend of Eastern and Western music that blends old-world Arabic classics with jazz, funk, electro-pop, and disco.

Saad El Oud - music
Tuesday 14 May, 9pm
Room Art Space - New Cairo

Saad El-Oud plays songs representing authentic Egyptian heritage while interacting with the audience.

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