Not to be missed: Abundance of films and music, topped with Nutcracker ballet

Ahram Online , Tuesday 20 Dec 2022

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (21-27 December) in Cairo

Not to miss


Egypt premiere: The Amazing Maurice (2022)
Wednesday 21 December
Vox Cinemas

The animated film follows Maurice, a goofy streetwise cat who has the perfect money-making scam. He finds a dumb-looking kid who plays a pipe and has his very own horde of  surprisingly literate rats.

Egypt premiere: Mindcage (2022)
Wednesday 21 December
Vox Cinemas

The thriller focuses on detectives Jake Doyle (Martin Lawrence) and Mary Kelly (Melissa Roxburgh) who seek the help of an incarcerated serial killer named The Artist (John Malkovich) when a copycat killer strikes. 

Memory Box (2021)
Thursday 22 December, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1, Dr. Mahmoud Azmi Street Zamalek, Cairo 

The Lebanese/French film is directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Memory Box follows a single mother, Maia, who lives in Montreal with her teenage daughter, Alex. On Christmas Eve, they receive an unexpected delivery: notebooks, tapes, and photos Maia had sent to her best friend from 1980’s Beirut.

The film which competed for the Golden Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival (2021) stars Rim Turki,  Manal Issa, Paloma Vauthier.

Cairo Steps concert
Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall

German-Egyptian ensemble Cairo Steps is a brainchild of Basem Darwisch, composer, oud player and music manager. Cairo Steps has gained international acclaim for its many multicultural layers. The ensemble is a dense carpet, tightly woven with threads representing Coptic culture, Saeedi (or Upper Egyptian) music, Sufi chants, Egyptian and Nubian sounds, jazz, ethnic and classical music. 

Sufi Night with Whirling Dervishes of Rumi
Friday 23 December, 8pm
El-Ghoury Dome, 3 Mohammed Abdu Street, Al-Azhar district, Cairo

The event fuses spirituality with cultural components in one of the architectural gems of Cairo. The Sufi Night at El-Ghoury Dome marks the first anniversary of this particular ensemble performing in the Dome. The dervishes will be led by Hussein Soliman.

Comedy Bunker: Standup comedy show
Friday 23 December, 8pm
Zed Park, Sheikh Zayed

The event will feature Alaa El-Sheikh, Mohamed Moula, Pola Samuel, Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, Noha Kato and Mohamed Helmy 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Netflix premiere
Friday 23 December
The film follows a famed Southern detective, Benoit Blanc, who travels to Greece for his latest case.  Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the new Netflix production stars Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn. The film premiered in September 2022 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was screened across numerous festivals where it was nominated for over 30 awards -- winning 11 so far, including Audience Award at Chicago International Film Festival . It also received much acclaim for many critics.

Black Theama concert
Saturday 24 December, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Popular Egyptian band Black Theama presents original compositions and arrangements of their known hits along with their unique music that hails from the rhythms of Nubia, Sudan, and Africa. 

Dabbet Namla concert
Monday 26 December, 9pm
Room Art Space & Cafe, New Cairo

Arabic Indie Pop Rock band performs original songs filled with rhythms that oscillate between Oriental and Western beats. The band’s lyrics revolve around the common cultural and trending topics in the local community.

The Nutcracker ballet
Tuesday 27 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek

The annual celebrations of Christmas season always include performances of the Nutcracker ballet by Cairo Opera's ballet company. The beautiful fairy tale that is set to Tchaikovsky's music is suitable for the whole family to enjoy. The ballet will continue being performed daily until 30 December.

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