Not to be missed: Omar Khairat, Black Theama in Cairo; Once Upon a Time in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Jan 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (24-30 January 2024) in Cairo and Alexandria.

Not to miss

Rehla 404 – Film

Wednesday 24 January
Across cinemas

A few days before she travels to Mecca to perform Hajj (the greater pilgrimage), Ghada faces an emergency which forces her to reach out to people from her tainted past, with whom she had cut off contact.

The film stars are Shereen Reda, Mohamed Mamdouh, Mohamed Farrag, and Mona Zaki.

Adel Mesh Adel – Film

Wednesday 24 January
Across cinemas

A false witness implicates many innocent people in prison, but his life takes an unexpected turn when he wakes up every day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit. Transforming from a false witness to an unjustly accused victim, he seeks to prove his innocence in various ways.

The film stars are Ahmed El-Fishawy, Mohamed Radwan, Sherry Adel, Mahmoud Al-Bazawi, Dina, Badriya Tolba, and Mohamed Otaka.

Laylat El-Eid – Film

Thursday 25 January
Across cinemas

The plot sheds light on women's issues through the suffering of several women living on an island, where they are exposed to several problems and crises due to some men's lack of understanding of their rights.

The film stars are Ghada Adel, Yousra, Reham Abdulghafour, and Abeer Sabry.

Omar Khairat – Concert

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Omar Khairat returns to the Cairo Opera with a concert featuring his beloved by the audience's works. 

Black Theama – Concert

Friday 26 January, 7 pm
El-Sawy Culture Wheel, 26th of July Str., Zamalek, Cairo

Performing on many stages in Egypt and in the region to thousands of their fans, Black Theama were nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for Best Group, Best Live Act, Best Song, and Best Video Clip for the song Fi Belad Al-Ayy Haga (In the Country of Anything).

With the band members coming from Aswan, it is only natural that their compositions and arrangements create an interesting fusion between Nubian, Sudanese, and other African influences, alongside reggae, hip-hop, and R&B.

Earlier this month, Black Theama released the new single Alam Gharib (A Strange World) on their YouTube channel. 

Teatro Amal – Theatre

Friday 26 January, 8 pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Str., Cairo

Teatro Amal is an Egyptian women’s troupe that creates performances that mix the art of dramatic singing with storytelling and acting while interacting with the audience. The performances discuss stories that express feelings experienced by women in our society in a contemporary context.

Vivaldi Concerto – Music

Friday 26 January, 8 pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), Alexandria

Performed by the Alexandria Opera House String Orchestra, conducted by Ahmed Farag, the evening will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The soloist of the evening is Medhat Abdel-Salam (violin). The concert will also incorporate a narrator, Said Kabeel.

Salma Hisham – Concert

Saturday 27 January, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, 10 Etihad Al Mohamin Str., Garden City

Born and raised with a passion for music, Salma Hisham transports audiences back to the vibrant era of the 1920s.

Her band consists of Andrew Maher (lead guitar), Emad Sidhom (bass guitar), Hamany (keyboard), Youssef Sabaa (drums), Wessam Mokhtar (percussion), and Jonathon (nay).

Chamber Music

Saturday 27 January, 7 pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Conference Hall, Alexandria

The evening will feature the BA Youth Orchestra, accompanied by Amir Awad on piano.

The soloists include Harald Simon on cello.

Once Upon a Time – Theatre play

Saturday 27 January, 7 pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Small Theatre, Alexandria

The play is written and directed by Ehab Younis.

It is performed by Al-Dana Theatre Troupe.

Abdel-Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music

Sunday 28 January, 8 pm
Gomhoreya Theatre, Gomhoreya Str., Downtown Cairo

Abdel-Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music was founded in 1967 by Maestro Abdel-Halim Nowera. The Ensemble's mission is to revive the authentic musical heritage, presenting various traditional vocal and musical forms.

The evening will feature several solo singers: Aya Abdallah, Abeer Amin, Zeinab Barakat, and Ibrahim Rashed, among others.

Code Masr – Concert

Tuesday 30 January, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, New Cairo

Code Masr is an independent band that pushes the boundaries of genre with their unique sound. The band's members come from diverse backgrounds and bring their unique perspectives to the music. 

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