Not to be missed: From Mohamed Mounir at New Alamein Festival to Sufi chanting in Cairo

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jul 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (10-16 July) in Cairo, and beyond.

Not to miss


Msh Romeo w Juliet (Not Romeo and Juliet) - theatre
Daily except Wednesdays, 9 pm
National Theatre, Al-Attaba, Cairo

A star-studded play features Ali El-Haggar, Rania Farid Shawky, Medo Adel, Ezzat Zein, Donia El-Nashar, Taha Khalifa, Aser Ali, Tarek Ragheb, among others.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Egyptian play is directed by Essam El-Sayed, with music by Ahmed Shatot and choreography by Sherine Hegazy.

The play premiered on 17 June at the National Theatre and continues to be performed daily except Wednesdays.

Nile Crocodile - film
Wednesday 10 July, 7 pm
Goethe-Institut Kairo, 5 El-Bustan Street, Downtown, Cairo

The 2021 film is an intimate portrait of Abdelatif Abou Heif, the long-distance swimmer of the century, seen through the eye of his long-time friend Nabil Shazli, the film’s director. 

Based on testimonies and archives, the film depicts the journey of Abou Heif in the changing political landscapes of Egypt, starting from his hometown Alexandria and travelling around the world. 

The screening is at Goethe-Institut’s Der Projektor, an initiative that takes place every second Wednesday of the month and showcases highlights from the independent Egyptian film scene, offering audiences a chance to discuss the films with their creators. 

Minus One - theatre
Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 July, 8 pm
Falaki Theatre, AUC Tahrir Square, 24 El Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo 

The play was written by Mohamed Adel and directed by Abdallah Saber.

The show tackles the impact of the disabled child on his family and the suffering that his parents go through to understand him and how they are affected by society.

New Alamein Festival - music
Thursday 11, Friday 12 July, etc
New Alamein City, North Coast

New Alamein 2nd Festival kicks off with Medhat Saleh, featured by Mona El-Shazly, and a special programme curated by the Ministry of Culture.

The festival’s first grand event takes place on Friday 12 July with a concert by Mohamed Mounir, in addition to a Palestinian dance.

The festival extends for six weeks, until 30 August.

It features music, film, theatre, and sports events. Most of the activities in the first weeks will be on weekends, between Thursdays and Sundays.
Check the complete programme here  

Al-Mawlawiya Al-Masreya and Amer El-Tony - music
Thursday 11 July, 8 pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, River Hall, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

The evening presents Sufi chanting and dancing by Al-Mawlawiya Al-Masreya, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony.


Drum Circle - music
Friday 12 July, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Gusour Cultural Centre

Drum circle is a group of people playing drums and percussion instruments. 

In drum circles, people can gather and drum together to give off some positive vibes and feel the transformative energy that music provides.

The drum circle is led by Moustafa Bakar.

Three consecutive sessions begin at 6, 7, and 8 pm.

Blue Iris - music
Saturday 13 July, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, 10 Etehad Al Mohamein St., Garden City

The all-girl band, Blue Iris, presents covers of many beloved singers and bands, such as Laufey, Radiohead, and Amy Winehouse, among others. 

The band’s line-up includes Omnya Ali (lead guitar), Anan Gouda (vocals and guitar), Sandy Essam (vocals), Salma El-Shereef (drums), and Tarneem Etman (cello). They will be joined by guest musicians Bishoy Fekry (bass guitar and saxophone) and Tony Ibrahim (keyboard).

Oud duet Ghassan & Dina - music
Saturday 13 July, 8 pm
Al Ghouri Dome, Al-Darb Al-Ahmar, Intersection of Al-Ghouriya Street with Al-Azhar Street, Old Cairo

Ghassan Alyoussif and Dina Abdelhamid are known for their joint performances, which they have given across many venues in Egypt in the past years.

Graduates of Naseer Shamma’s Beit Al-Oud (The House of Oud) in Cairo, the duo performs oud arrangements for classics from the repertoire of Sayed Darwish, Um Kalthoum, and Fairouz, among others.

Casino Badeea - music
Monday 15 July, 8 pm
Room Art Space & Café, New Cairo

Casino Badeea (spelled as Casino badi3a) is an Oriental branch of the Bohemian project that focuses on Cuban rhythms and jazz.

It presents the early folkloric Egyptian tunes, taking the listeners to the heart of Egypt’s 1920s.

Singers are Mariam Salem and Rehab Khattab accompanied by musicians on oriental instruments, such as oud, nay, and percussions.

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