Not to be missed: From Alexandria Short Film Festival to Abdel-Baset Hamouda, Ali El-Haggar in Cairo

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Apr 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week 24 April - 1 May 2024 in Cairo, Alexandria

Not to miss


Alexandria Short Film Festival 10th edition (ASFF)

Focusing on short films from several continents, the festival kicks off on 25 April and runs through 30 April in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. 

ASFF includes competitions for fiction films, documentary films, animation films, Arab films, and Egyptian student films.

Read more about the festival here and check the masterclasses here.

Civil War - film
starting Thursday 25 April
Across cinemas

Civil War is a dystopian action movie that depicts America's descent into a violent domestic conflict. A group of journalists embedded with the military urgently tries to reach Washington, D.C., before rebel groups attack the White House.

Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film stars Wagner Moura, Kristen Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Jesse Plemons, and others.

Boy Kills World - film
starting Thursday 25 April
Across cinemas

Another dystopian action film will be playing in cinemas, featuring Boy (Bill Skarsgard), who, after his family is murdered, is trained by a mysterious shaman to suppress his childish imagination and seek revenge for their deaths.

The film also stars Jessica Rothe, Andrew Koji, and Famke Janssen, among others.

The Monkey Man - film
starting Thursday 25 April
Across cinemas

The action thriller’s synopsis is about Kid’s (Dev Patel) quest for revenge against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to victimize the poor and powerless systemically. 

The film also stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Sikandar Kher, and Adithi Kalkunte, and is directed by Patel, who made his directorial debut.

Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra - music
Friday 26 April, 8 pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), Alexandria

The orchestra, conducted by Sherif Mohie Eldin, will perform work by Gustav Holst, Edvard Grieg, Edward Elgar, and Benjamin Britten. 

Ihab Ezz Eldin - music
Friday 26 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Open air theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

Ezz Eldin performs pieces by renowned pianist Omar Khairat and late musicians like Abdelhalim Hafez, Mohamed Abdelwahab, and Umm Kulthoum.

Abdel-Baset Hamouda - music
Saturday 27 April, 8 pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, River Hall, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

The Shaabi star Abdel-Baset Hamouda has widely popular old songs like Ana Mesh Arefny (I Don't Recognise Myself), El-Gaw Hady (Calm Atmosphere), Kollak Agebny (I Like Everything About You), Ediny Albak (Give Me Your Heart), among other new songs.

Amr Selim - music
Saturday 27 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Small Theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

Pianist Amr Selim is known for performing classical music, in addition to Arabic repertoire.

Ali El-Haggar - music
Sunday 28 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

El-Haggar has been one of the best-known singers in Egypt and the Arab world over the past four decades.

He has performed lyrics drawn from the poetry of Salah Jahin, Abdel-Rahman El-Abnoudy and Sayed Hegab and collaborated with some of the country's most renowned composers such as Baligh Hamdy, Sayed Mekkawy, Omar Khairat and Fathy Salama.

Accompanied by the orchestra of conductor Youssef Sadek, the night will feature compositions by the late renowned Egyptian musician Mohamed Fawzy.

Hany Shaker - music
Monday 29 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Renowned long-time Egyptian singer, Hany Shaker, made his debut in the music industry in the early 1970s. 

Shaker has an extensive musical career with hundreds of songs and a large number of accolades.

Shaker’s spring festival concert will be accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Mostafa Helmy.

El-Sira El-Hilaleya - performance
Wednesday 1 May, 8 pm
Rawabet Art Space, 5 Hussein Basha Al Meamari, Downtown Cairo

Al-Sira Al-Helaleya is an oral poem, also known as the Hilali epic.

One of the most important and popular traditional folk epics, Al-Sira Al-Helaleya was written by renowned poets of Upper Egypt and beyond:  Sayed El-Dawi, and Gaber Abu Hussein, among others.

During the evening, the troupe will present part of a poem titled The Orphans.

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