Not to be missed: Citadel Festival, Palestinian choir, jazz concert and much more

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Aug 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (23-29 August) in Cairo.

Not to miss


Launch of the 31st Citadel Festival for Music and Singing

The 31st edition of the festival will kick off on 25 August and continue until 7 September, featuring numerous musicians onstage at the Citadel. 

Check the programme highlights here

While the major concerts have already been announced - with artists taking the stage at 8pm and 10pm - Cairo Opera management is yet to reveal the remaining segments of the festival, including the opening acts of each day.

20th Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival

The festival kicked 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  

Nostalgia - exhibition
Opened on 22 August, on display until the end of August
Yassin Art Gallery, 159 C, Baehler’s Mansion, 26th of July Street, behind Diwan Bookstore, Zamalek, Cairo

Reda Abdel Rahman presents a selection of paintings capturing his emotions about Egypt during the years he stayed in New York (2016-2023). The show communicates feelings of nostalgia, longing, and research into, even madness for ancient Egyptian art.

“I delved into researching this period, based on the saying (the ancient Egyptian painter used to paint things in their most specific appearances) by the writer and researcher William H. Beck in his book The Art of Drawing among the Ancient Egyptians,” Abdel-Rahman clarifies in the notes to the exhibition.

Abbad El-Shams Choir
Wednesday 23 August, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, River Hall, 26th of July St, Zamalek, Cairo

The Abbad El-Shams Choir revives the famous musical heritage of Palestine and presents the country’s contemporary songs to an Egyptian audience. The choir of Egypt-based Palestinians and Egyptians dates to the 1980s and has performed at numerous venues across Cairo over the years. During Ramadan, the group captures the imaginations of audiences with tales of Palestinian folklore.  

‎El Nafikha  - concert
Thursday 24 August, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, River Hall, 26th of July St, Zamalek, Cairo

El-Nafikha is an all-brass band, performing arrangements of well-known Egyptian composers with a healthy dose of fun.

Read more about El-Nafikha here

Shady El-Qasseer Ensemble
Thursday 24 August, 9pm (doors open 8.30pm)

Room Art Space Garden City, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St., Garden City, Cairo

The Shady El-Qasseer ensemble plays a mix of modern and modal jazz, enriched with ethnic percussions to create a unique musical experience.

Blue Beetle
Thursday 24 August
Across cinemas

The film follows a recent college grad, Jaime Reyes, who returns home full of hopes for the future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. 

The film stars Susan Sarandon, Xolo Mariduena, Harvey Guillen, Bruna Marquezine

As We Are Here - performance
Sunday 27 - Thursday 31 August, 8pm
Dawar Arts, 16 Adly St, 3rd Floor, Downtown Cairo

The performance is based on the poetry of Refaat Salam and inspired by Samuel Beckett. The show is about four self-absorbed characters as they search for love and truth.

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