Not to be missed: Summer Festival in Alexandria, Rana Haggag & Ahmed El-Haggar in Cairo

Ahram Online , Friday 4 Aug 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (2-8 August) in Cairo and Alexandria

Not to miss


20th Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival

The festival kicks off on 3 August and continues until 1 September, offering an extensive lineup of concerts, theatre plays, standup comedy, workshops, lectures for musicians, and family activities.
Check the programme here 

Exhibitions showcasing a plethora of Egyptian artists

We selected four Cairo galleries showcasing group exhibitions featuring Egypt's diverse talents, offering a chance to discover the country's versatile artistic expressions.
Read more here 


Wednesday 2 August
Across cinemas

Moamen is a low-paid single parent that would do anything to support his only child whose mother has passed away. But the father soon discovers that his son suffers from a terminal illness, and an extremely expensive surgery is his only chance at survival. As the lead singer in a mediocre Mohraganat band, will Moamen be able to earn the money and save his son? 

The film stars Mohamed Ramadan, Nelly Kareem, Joumana Mourad, Islam Ibrahim, Monzar Mohran

Marei El-Breemo

Wednesday 2 August
Across cinemas

Marei is a watermelon merchant who is married to his impulsive wife Gamalat. His grandfather sends thugs to kidnap him and take him to Upper Egypt, where Marei discovers that he is the worthy heir of a large fortune of diamonds. In order to hide his inheritance from his greedy brothers-in-law, Marei decides to hide the diamonds inside two watermelons. Waking up the next morning, Marei enters into a state of shock when he discovers that Gamalat had sold his two precious watermelons! Will the melons be saved?

Ahimsa - lecture
Friday 4 August, 6pm
American University in Cairo - Tahrir Square, Cairo

This lecture deals with the principle of non-violence (Ahimsa), what a nonviolent life is and what duties it entails, and the possibility of its use as a basis for ethical theory. The lecture will shed light on the effects of this principle on our relationship with ourselves, others, and the ecosystem by considering topics such as the need for forgiveness and compassion, nonviolent communication styles, the possibility of loving one's enemies, and the ethics of eating. 

The lecture also looks at the applications of this principle in different religions such as Hinduism and on its prominent supporters like Gandhi.

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Klaxics - concert

Friday 4 August, 8pm
Dawar Arts, 16 Adly St, 3rd Floor, Downtown Cairo

Founded and led by Dalia Ihab Younis, Klaxics is an Egyptian a-cappella ensemble. Klaxics (or Kalaxkeyat in Arabic) is a portmanteau of the words “klaxon” and “classics,” combining the everyday noise of klaxons with the art of classical singing. 

Zobaida Beyond the Horizon - musical performance

4, 5 and 6 August, 8.30pm
Rawabet Theatre, 5 Hussein Basha Al Meamari, Downtown Cairo

This musical production was born from a collective workshop where the script and lyrics, musical composition, and artistic vision were collectively developed by participants. It is a musical journey that combines design and artistry to celebrate The Choir Project's 13th anniversary. 

The same performance will be also staged later this month, between 27 and 30 August.

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Rana Haggag - concert

Sunday 6 August, 9pm (doors open 8.30pm)
Room Art Space Garden City, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St., Garden City, Cairo

Rana Haggag is a violinist and singer who combines classical Arabic music with jazz music. In this special event, she will be joined by Faisal Fouad (piano), Mohamed El-Ashry (bass guitar), Hazem Abdel Qader (drums), Andrew Maher (guitar), and Hany Bedair (percussion). 

Ahmed El-Haggar - concert

Monday 7 August, 8pm
Rawabet Theatre, 5 Hussein Basha Al Meamari, Downtown Cairo

The concert will feature compositions by Ahmed Ali El-Haggar, an Egyptian singer/songwriter and Berklee College of Music alumnus. He blends classical Egyptian songs with jazz and neo-soul influences. He has performed with the likes of Carole King, Jason Mraz, and Melissa Etheridge.

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