PROGRAMME: El-Geneina theatre returns with impressive line-up

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Apr 2013

El-Geneina Theatre, run by the Culture Resource, is back this April and May with a line-up of some of the region's most renowned independent musicians

Ghalia Benali to Perform in El-Geneina, Cairo, Egypt
Ghalia Benali to perform in El-Geneina's Summer Programme (Photo: Courtesy of The Culture Resource)

Azhar Park's stage, El-Geneina, will bring musicians from all over the region every weekend of April and May starting 11 April for evening performances.

The theatre, run by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafi (The Culture Resource) is one of Cairo's most active stages, bringing carefully selected musicians from Egypt, the Milddle East and further abroad. Unfortunately, the programme only extends through Spring, Summer and Autumn, with a special programme in Ramadan. However, the theatre closes in the winter, a period when Cairo loses a unique space.

The programme kicks of with Tunisian musician Ghalia Benali, who mesmerises the audience with her mellow sound, and profound lyrics. Among the highlights of the programme are Autostrad (Jordan) who are considered to be one of the best bands on the Arab independent music scene, and haven't performed in Cairo in almost two years.

Jordan also brings Akher Zapheer and Karim Ziad Quintet hailing from Algeria and France. Lebanese Charbel Rouhana & the Beirut Oriental Ensemble will also play.

Musicians from Egypt will be opening for some of the international acts, while the more established performers will headline. Egyptian musicians include Ramy Attalah Quintet, Shaware'na band, Maii Waleed, Youssra El-Hawary, Maryam Saleh, Ahmed Maher, Wust El-Balad and the Percussion Show will close the programme with an opening act of a percussion show by Darb Al-Ahmar Art School.


Thursday, April 11
Ghalia Benali - Tunisia

Thursday, April 18
Opening Act: Rami Attalah Quintet
Karim Ziad Quintet – Algeria / France

Thursday, April 25
Opening Act: Shawar3na
Autostrad - Jordan

Thursday, May 02
Opening Act: Maii Waleed
Akher Zapheer - Jordan

Thursday, May 09
Opening Act: Ahmad Maher
Charbel Rouhana & the Beirut Oriental Ensemble - Lebanon

Thursday, May 16
Youssra El Hawary - Egypt

Friday, May 17
Wust El Balad - Egypt

Saturday, May 18
Maccadi Nahas - Jordan
Eftekasat - Egypt

Thursday, May 23
Mariam Saleh – Egypt

Thursday, May 30
Opening Act: Darb Al Ahmar Art School
Percussion Show - Egypt

All concerts start at 8pm
Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

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