Not to be missed: Rageh Daoud's works at Cairo Opera, Mohamed Abla's solo exhibition

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Jan 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (17-23 January 2024) in Cairo and Alexandria.

Not to miss


Final days of the Panorama of the European Film

The 16th edition of Panorama of the European Film began on 11 January and continues until 20 January, with film screenings taking place across numerous movie theatres: Cinema Zawya (downtown Cairo), Zamalek, Point 90, Arkan Cinema in Cairo, Jesuit Centre in Alexandria, and Jesuit Centre in Minya.

The rich programming focuses on the most notable productions of European cinema, featuring numerous films that have been already screened at major international festivals.

The productions include films from France, Bulgaria, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Sweden, among other countries, many of which have won major international awards.

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Al-Malika – Film

Wednesday 17 January
Across cinemas

Set in a comic approach, a businesswoman named Majida faces numerous harassment acts; however, she manages to survive her enemies' attempts to harm her and successfully secures her rights.

The film stars Bassem Samra, Hala Sedqy, Karim Afify, Shereen Reda, Mohamed Radwan, and Dina Talaat.


Crash to Fly – Theatre play

Daily 18-21 January, 8 pm
Falaki Theatre, American University in Cairo, Tahrir campus 

Directed by Leila Saad, the play is an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. 

The play is a philosophical-psychological interpretation of the novel, aimed at adult audiences, as it redirects the orientation inward, to our inner world. 

The play is performed by the ACT Theatre Group, a body created in 2009 with its members striving to engage audiences of all ages in an ongoing dialogue of ideas and to encourage cooperative work and lifelong learning as a core community value.


Maksoum – Film

Thursday 18 January
Across cinemas

Maksoum follows the story of a retired singer (Laila Eloui) who formed a musical band with Shereen Reda and Samma Ibrahim back in the 1990s.

Years later, when they receive an invitation to sing together in Aswan, the three women reunite and are forced to work together on one last show. As they come together for this surprise reunion, they find themselves in a mix of challenges and comedic moments, remembering their past and rediscovering their present.

The film stars Shereen Reda, Laila Eloui, and Samma Ibrahim alongside Sayed Ragab, Sarah Abdel-Rahman, Mohamed Mamdouh, and Amr Wahba.

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Reem Ezzeldin – Concert

Friday 19 January, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, 10 Etihad El-Mohamin St., Garden City

The concert will include several songs by great composers and singers, such as Fairouz, Abdel-Halim Hafez, Fadel Shaker, Hamid El-Shaeri, and Amr Diab, in addition to some of Reem Ezzeldin’s original songs beloved by her audience, such as “A Far Dream” and “Where Do You Go?”

In the concert, Ezzeldin will be accompanied by Kirollos Sami (violin), Mohamed El-Ashry (bass guitar), Ahmed Magdy (keyboard), and Mohamed Arafa (percussion).

After more than 15 years of performing with numerous formations, Ezzeldin launched her band in 2022. She performed in numerous venues including the American University in Cairo (Tahrir Campus), the Arabic Music Institute, Room Art Space (Garden City and 5th Settlement), and the Cairo Opera House’s small hall, during the Arabic Calligraphy celebrations.

Over the past months, she has participated in several artistic workshops that focus on songwriting. She is also working on her first album.


Musical Moment – Recital

Friday 19 January, 8 pm
Arabic Music Institute, Ramsis St., Downtown Cairo

Dubbed a Musical Moment, the evening will feature a selection of musical pieces for harp, violin, and cello.

The line-up includes renowned Egyptian musicians like Mona Wassef on harp, Mohamed Ahmed on cello, and Yasmine Samy on violin. 

Wael El-Fashny – Concert

Friday 19 January, 8 pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), Alexandria

El-Fashny is known for his improvisational performances of “mawal,” a Middle Eastern form of vocal music. 

El-Fashny established his profile through collaborations with singers and bands such as Mohamed Tharwat, Mahmoud El-Tohamy, Ihab Yunis, Mohamed Saad, Cairokee, and Basata, among many others. 


Armenian Dreams – Exhibition

Opening Saturday 20 January, 12 pm
Liwan Gallery, 23 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek, Cairo

The exhibition will feature works by Armenian Cairo-based artists: Armen Vahramian, Abraham Saakian, Romeo Avagyan, and Alek Alekyan.

The exhibition will also highlight the works of Armenian pioneers: Bogos Tatikian, Oskan Chimchidian, John Papasian, and Rose Papasian.

Armenian Dreams will remain on display until 20 January 2024. 


Cairo: A Tapestry of Tales – Exhibition

Opening Saturday 20 January, 4 pm
Maq‘ad of Sultan Qaitbey (MASQ), Darb El-Lsaqia Str, behind Qaitbay Mosque, Manshiet Nasser, Old Cairo

The solo exhibition by the renowned artist Mohamed Abla takes the viewers on a journey into the very soul of their creator. It is a testament to the enduring power of art to capture the essence of a place and the artist's unwavering love for it.

"Cairo: A Tapestry of Tales" promises an immersive odyssey through the place he holds so dear. Prepare to navigate bustling alleyways teeming with life, rendered in strokes so rich that you can taste the spices in the markets and hear the murmur of incessant haggling.


Rageh Daoud – Concert

Sunday 21 January, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

The evening will feature works by Egypt’s renowned composer Rageh Daoud. The orchestra will be conducted by Ahmed Farag.

Born in 1954, the pianist, composer, and professor at the Cairo Conservatory Rageh Daoud is one of the leading members of the third generation of Egyptian composers.

His compositions include works for piano, voice, and orchestra. He has also composed numerous film scores for feature and documentary movies, including Al-Kit Kat, The Shepherd and the Women, The Champion, Birds of the Nile, The Scandal, and Messages of the Sea, among others. His works are often in Egypt and internationally.

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