Not to be missed: Christmas concerts continue, Tamer Ashour in 6th October, Short Films Festival in Cairo

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Dec 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (20-26 December) in Cairo.

Not to miss


Last days of 6th El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF)
Red Sea resort of El-Gouna

Following two postponements, the festival kicked off on 14 December and continues until 21 December. 

The 2023 programming consists of 80 films, including 12 feature-length fiction films, 12 feature-length documentaries, and 21 short films in the official competition.

Read more here 

Cairo Art Fair EAST
TAM Gallery, District 5 Marakez, New Cairo

The 9th edition of the Cairo Art Fair continues until 24 January 2023.

The exhibition launched in early December at District 5 Marakez, showcasing the largest collection of contemporary Egyptian art to date. Over 130 talented artists grace the occasion, presenting an array of more than 1500 artworks. 

Cairo International Short Film Festival 
19 - 22 December
Hanager Cinema, Cairo Opera grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

This festival focuses on short films, this year with a special focus on Palestinian cinema.

The festival canceled its grand awards ceremonies this year, opting for a small-scale event at the Artistic Creativity Centre located at the Cairo Opera House.

Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom - film
Wednesday 20 December
Across cinemas

When an ancient power is unleashed, Aquaman must forge an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to protect Atlantis, and the world, from irreversible devastation.

The film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul Mateen II

NAVA Annual Christmas concert
Thursday 21 December, 7pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Neveen Allouba Vocal Academy (NAVA) will present the Christmas classics. 

Gala El-Hadidi Christmas concert
Thursday 21 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, small hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Mezzo-soprano Gala El-Hadidi will present her annual Christmas recital, accompanied on piano by Greig Martin.

The concert was first scheduled to take place on 17 December but was postponed due to the three-day mourning of Kuwait's late Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (16-19 December).

Abo Nassab - film
Thursday 21 December
Across cinemas

Ali, a pediatrician with a quirky personality is about to marry his beautiful fiancée Dalia. Hilarious events begin to unfold on the day of the wedding when the father of the bride and ex-conman Daoud” is released from prison. 

The film stars Yasmine Sabri, Mohamed Emam, Maged El-Kedwany, Mohamed Sarwat

Dalia Farid & Friends - concert
Friday 22 December, 8pm (doors open 7.20pm)
St John the Baptist Church (MCC Tent), Port Said Street, Maadi

Dalia Farid will present Christmas classics in a concert dubbed ‘Peace on Earth.’

Tamer Ashour - concert
Friday 22 December, 8pm
Dandy Mall, Km 28, Cairo-Alexandria desert road. 

Singer and composer Tamer Ashour came into the spotlight in the mid-2000s. Ever since he has released 7 albums establishing himself as one of the most popular performers in Egypt and the Arab world.

Hany Shenouda - Christmas concert
Friday 22 December, 8pm
MUST Opera House, 6th of October

The concert will present numerous classic Christmas tunes. Hany Shenouda will be accompanied by singer Noha Fekry.

Christmas Tribute to the Holy Lands
Saturday 23 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Presented by Neveen Allouba and Friends, the concert will include a programme filled with classical, musical theatre, pop, and Christmas hits.

The concert’s promotional material reveals that “this year, the concert is a tribute to the Holy Lands.....Meditative, motivational, and hopeful.”

Allouba will be accompanied by her friends and students from over 30 years of teaching in Egypt, including Nesma Mahgoub, Hany Mustafa, and Christine Magdy. Returning from abroad are Rita Ashkar, George Gamal, Andrew William, Fatima Soliman, Lana Ben Halim, Ahmed Amr, Taymour Sirry, and Marc Emad.

Also, several of Allouba’s new proteges will be featured in the evening.

The concert will include Greig Martin on piano.

Blumen Ensemble - Christmas concert
Sunday 24 December, 8pm
Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

The Blumen ensemble consists of Doa Saber (flute), Yasmine Samy (violin), Suzan Saber (viola), and Mohamed Ahmed (cello).

Dubbed ‘The Classic Christmas’, the evening will feature known Christmas tunes arranged for the quartet led by the flute.

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