Not to be missed: Four Daughters film, Klaxics concert in Cairo, Orfeo ed Euridice opera in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Friday 24 May 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (22-28 May) in Cairo and Alexandria.

Not to miss


Sabbart in Cairo

Sabbart, hosted by the EUNIC Cluster Egypt, launched on 7 May and will run until 12 June at various venues in Cairo.

The programme, organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture EUNIC in Egypt, includes film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions, and a talk.

Sabbart is a blend of "Sabbar" (Arabic for "cactus") and "Art." It explores how arts and culture can shape a more sustainable future. 

Check EUNIC’s Facebook page for more details; the chosen events are listed below.



Four Daughters - film

23, 24, 25, and 26 May (check hours with Zawya
Zawya Cinema, 15, Emad Eddin Str., Downtown, Cairo

Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is the film director.

The film follows Olfa, a Tunisian woman and the mother of four daughters. One day, her two older daughters disappear. To fill in their absence, the filmmaker invites professional actresses and invents a unique cinema experience that unveils Olfa and her daughters' life stories.

The film blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction and between being on-screen and off-screen.

It has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards at international festivals.



The Teacher - film

23, 24, 27, and 28 May (check hours with Zawya)
Zawya Cinema, 15, Emad Eddin Str., Downtown, Cairo

The Teacher was written and directed by Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Farah Nabulsi.

The film won several awards, including the Audience Award for narrative feature at the 67th San Francisco International Film Festival, and is currently screened in movie theatres across Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.

It follows "a Palestinian schoolteacher who struggles to reconcile his risky commitment to political resistance with the chance of a new relationship with volunteer worker Lisa and his emotional support for one of his students Adam."



Garfield - film

Thursday 23 May
Across cinemas

Garfield is about to go on a wild outdoor adventure. After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father  the cat Vic  Garfield and Odie are forced to abandon their pampered life to join Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.

The Arabic version of the film stars Akram Hosni. 



Shubbak El-Fann

Thursday 23 May, 7 pm and 9 pm
Goethe Institut-Kairo, 17 Hussein Wasef Str., Dokki Mesaha, Cairo

The evening will include two performances: Sawt El-Aseel Ensemble (7 pm), followed by Klaxics (9 pm).

Amin Shahin and Sawt Al-Aseel Ensemble present a unique take on Egyptian folklore using instruments such as the argol!

Sawt Al-Aseel revives the heritage of Egyptian folklore through live performances and folk music.

Klaxics performs classical and contemporary songs in the Egyptian dialect in a cappella style, a classical art of singing that relies on human voices rather than musical instruments.

The concert is part of the Goethe Institut’s Shubbak El-Fann programme.



Orfeo ed Euridice - opera

23, 24, and 25 May, 8 pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandrina

The opera will feature artists of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Centre and soloists: Sian Griffiths and Mireille Banoub (Orfeo); Dina Iskander and Malak Fhafei (Euridice); Christine Magdy and Donia Deghedy (Amore).

Nayer Nagui will conduct the Bibliotheca Alexandrina orchestra and choir.

The director of the opera is Hisham El-Tally. 

Orfeo ed Euridice is an opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck, based on the myth of Orpheus and set to a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. 



Disco Misr album launch - music

Friday 24 May
Zed Park, Sheikh Zayed

Three weeks after their return from a European tour, electronic Arab-pop band Disco Misr will launch their new album Lef W Ergaa Tani (Turn and Come Back Again) with a concert.

Disco Misr was formed in the mid-2010s by an Egyptian electronic music group consisting of two DJs and one VJ (visual jockey).

The band represents a new Arabic pop that relies on their original fusions of electronic music, house, nu-disco, and punk music with Arabic tunes, many of which are well known to the listeners. 

Read more here.



Trio recital - music

Friday 24 May, 8.30 pm
Cairo Opera House, small hall

A trio consisting of flutist Safaa El-Gendy, harpist Amira Hamed, and cellist Amany Ghonem will perform a selection of classical works.

In the evening, they will be joined by Naghamaya on piano.



Youssra El-Hawary - music

Monday 27 May, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, 10 Etehad Al-Mohamin Str., Garden City, Cairo

The concert is sold out.

El-Hawary took the music scene by storm in 2012 with her hit single El-Soor, which discussed the Egyptian army's concrete barricades that had then started to crisscross downtown Cairo.

Since then, the accordionist and her band have given several concerts in Cairo and Alexandria and have participated in festivals abroad.

In her upcoming concert, El-Hawary will be accompanied by Tarek Abdelkawi (guitar), Mohamed Ahmed (cello), Lucas (percussion), Youssef Hassan (bass), and Maram El-Sabbagh (keyboard).



Sahar El-Zoghbi - music

Tuesday 28 May, 8 pm
Egyptian Centre for Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Street, Cairo

The concert is a soul-stirring musical journey with People's music album, which includes seven original pieces of music, and three songs from Somra’s upcoming album, which ODAI composed during his travels over the past six years. 

This musical masterpiece is a rich cultural and spiritual experience, with each song carefully crafted to resonate deeply within your being.

Violinist Yasmine Samy, bass guitarist Ahmed Mustafa, and percussionist Hossam Hilal will accompany El-Zoghbi.


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