Not to be missed: Don Giovanni in Alexandria, Shubbak El-Fann in Cairo

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 May 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (17-23 May) in Cairo

Not to miss

Love Again in cinemas
Thursday 18 May

This 2023 American romantic comedy-drama focuses on a young woman who tries to ease the pain of her fiancé's death by sending romantic texts to his old cell phone number, and forms a connection with the man the number has been reassigned to.

The film stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Sofia Barclay and features Céline Dion’s music.

Al Saf Al Akheer in cinemas
Thursday 18 May

The film follows a young man who has little experience with life and looks at everything around him from one angle, embarks on a journey from one day that turns all his concepts upside down.

The film stars Bayoumi Fouad, Tiam Gamar, Yasir Al Tobaji, Noura Abdulrahman.

You Have to Make Amends
Thursday 18 May, 5pm
Goethe Institut-Kairo, 17 Hussein Wasef St, Dokki Mesaha, Cairo

You Have to Make Amends will be performed by Al-Kousha group. Since it`s foundation in 2000, the puppet theatre group Al-Kousha has presented a variety of performances in public places. The puppet enthusiasts stand for the potential of puppet theatre and hold on to this rich art tradition full of creativity and surprises. The play You Have to Make Amends will be performed by Nour Saeed Ahmed Murad, Islam Adel Hafez, Islam Ibrahim Ramadan and Nassef Azmi Hanna (founder of the theater group).

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

Flute & Bow
Thursday 18 May, 7pm
Goethe Institut-Kairo, 17 Hussein Wasef St, Dokki Mesaha, Cairo

Flute & Bow is an ensemble led by an award-winning flutist Rania Omar. The ensemble plays tango and other works from dance music repertoire. The compositions range between Western works and the well known tangos by Arabic composers as transposed on the Western flute and arranged for strings.

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

Tinka ensemble
Thursday 18 May, 8pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Str, Cairo

Tinka is a traditional music ensemble created by cellist Maiana Lavielle. Originally from the Basque Country, Maiana explores the musical traditions of her country and reinterprets them by blending them with other historically relevant musical practices.

For this project, Maiana is the 2022 winner of the Leenaards cultural grant, which will allow her to travel and study various musical practices from outside Europe. 

Opera Don Giovanni
18, 19, and 20 May, 7pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Mozart’s famed opera Don Giovanni is directed by Manuel Schmitt with scenography by Bernhard Siegl, the 18 and 20 May performances will feature the professional performers, while 19 May gives stage to young Egyptian talents.

During all evenings, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandrina Choir conducted by the orchestra’s principal conductor Nayer Nagui, will be performing. 

Read more about the performances here 

Friday 19 May, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, open air theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

Cairota is an ensemble consisting of five women singers, accompanied by instrumentalists. 

Since their establishment last year, the ensemble has performed in numerous venues and attracted attention of listeners and media alike.

Abu-Shaar Brothers
Friday 19 May, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall, 26th of July St, Zamalek, Cairo

Formed in the 1980s, with new generations subsequently entering the ensemble, Abu Shaar Bro (El Ekhwa Abu Shaar), are internationally renowned Syrian performers whose music and lyrics focus on a religious repertoire including songs praising Prophet Muhammad.

The Abu Shaar brothers currently reside in Egypt, where they hold many concerts.

Isis String Orchestra
Saturday 20 May, 8pm
All Saints Cathedral, Michel Lotfalla St, off 26th of July St, Zamalek, Cairo (behind Marriott Hotel)

Dubbed An Evening of Renaissance and Baroque Music, the concert features Isis String Orchestra, an ensemble comprising of amateur musicians trained and led by a professional violinist Khaled Saleh. The orchestra is a continuation of Saleh's previous project of the same character, Osiris String Orchestra, a body that was also established by the musician.

During the concert which will also feature Michael Onsi on oud and Naghamaya Safwat on organs and harpsichord, the orchestra will be conducted by Khaled Saleh.

Rowan Maher
Monday 22 May, 9pm
Room Art Space, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Cairo

Rawan returns with a concert presenting old songs to refresh back our memories, topped with new compositions.  In the evening, she is accompanied by a number of instrumentalists.

Gaby Bishara's Sinatra Show
Tuesday 23 May, 8pm
Room Art Space, New Cairo

Performing covers by Frank Sinatra, the band is led by Gaby Bishara as vocals. The band’s line-up also features Mimi Ayad (drums), Basem Mamdouh (keyboards), Martin Yaacoub (saxophone) and Toni Habeeb (bass guitar)

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