Egypt's culture picks of the week 19-26 October: VIDEOS

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 Oct 2014

This week includes exciting concerts, film screenings and a circus festival. Ahram Online recommends culture events for the week in Cairo and Alexandria

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Sunday 19 October

Screening of The Gold Rush at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 7pm

Directed by Charlie Chaplin, The Gold Rush (1925) is his first movie in which his iconic character of The Little Tramp appears. The screening of the movie is part of a Charlie Chaplin retrospective that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth and the centenary of The Tramp. The retrospective will run until 22 October, screening one movie each day. Read more about the Chaplin retrospective here.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

Cannula Storytelling at the Greek Campus, 7pm

Volunteers from the alumni of the Cairo Centre for Human Rights Studies have come together for a storytelling night on ongoing hunger strikes by detained political activists.

The Greek Campus, Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Pianist Ramzi Yassa performs at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 8pm

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra (BACO) conducted by Hisham Gabr will perform works by profilic composers Bach, Haydn and Mozart. Haydn's piano concerto No 11 in D Major will feature internationally renowned Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa. Read more here. Below, check the video in which Ramzi Yassa performs Rachmaninov piano concerto No 2, the 1st movement.

Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

CirCairo performances at El-Geneina Theatre at 8pm

Spearheaded by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (The Culture Resource), CirCairo brings contemporary and traditional circus art from around the world to various venues across Egypt every two years. On Sunday, three acts will grace the stage of Al-Azhar Park’s Geneina Theatre: Bover from Spain; The Three Heroes of Jutland from Denmark, a daring act that has toured across Europe as well as Syria; and Darbaka by Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School. The school’s students are residents of Al-Darb Al-Ahmar neighbourhood and have been learning about circus arts and percussion for over five years.

Inside Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Also on this day:
- West Side Story, screening at ROOM art space, dance studio and cafe, 9pm

Ramzi Yassa

Monday 20 October

Fukuro Kouji street performance at Kafr Ashry, 3:30pm

Japanese artist Fukuro Kouji will present a clown performance as part of the second edition of the Backstreet Festival, themed “The JOY project.”

Kafr Ashry, Alexandria

Screening of Modern Times at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 7pm

Directed by Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times (1936) is part of the Charlie Chaplin retrospective that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth and the centenary of his iconic character The Tramp. The retrospective will run until 22 October, screening one movie each day. Read more about the Chaplin retrospective here. Check the film trailer below.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

Roznama III at Medrar for Contemporary Art

Roznama, currently in its third edition, is a periodical competition and exhibition for contemporary visual art by young Egyptians. The exhibition brings together 17 artists who utilise video, photography, painting and drawing. In July, Medrar put out a call for artists under the age of 30 to submit visual work produced before 2013. By August, Medrar received 140 applications, 17 of which were chosen for the final show by a jury composed of Bassem Magdy (artist), Tarek Abo El-Fetouh (curator) and Hala El-Koussy (artist). The winners are: Hend Samir, Sara Nabil, Sherifa Hamid and Marwa Benhalim. Read more on the exhibition here.

7 Gamal El-Din Abu El-Mahasen Street, Garden City, Cairo

Also on this day:
- The Wishing Bird, theatre performance at El-Dokan in Alexandria, 6pm
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, screening at ROOM art space, dance studio and cafe, 9pm

Modern Times

Tuesday 21 October

British storyteller in El-Sawy Culturewheel, 7pm

Giles Abbott, a British professional storyteller, will enchance his audience with "Dark Tales from The Frozen North," where winter bites, leaves die, birds depart, and light itself is lost as darkness and the cold take over.

River Hall, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Screening of Limelight at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 7pm

Directed by Charlie Chaplin, Limelight (1952) is part of the Charlie Chaplin retrospective that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth anniversary and the centenary of his iconic character The Tramp. The retrospective will run until 22 October, screening one movie each day. Read more about the Chaplin retrospective here.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

Al-Nour Wal Amal orchestra at Bridges Cultural Centre, 8pm

The orchestra consisting of blind and visually impaired girls will perform compositions by Sayed Darwish, Riyad El-Sonbaty, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Georges Bizet, Johann Strauss II and others. The evening will be conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha. In 1961, seven years after the establishment of Al-Nour Wal Amal association, the music institute bearing its name was founded, from which emerged the orchestra. The music curricula followed parallels regular educational activities. Check Ahram Online’s video below about Al-Nour Wal Amal Blind orchestra, including their performance in Berlin.

Bridges Cultural Centre, inside All Saints Cathedral, behind the Marriott Hotel, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:
- Love Rumor, screening at ROOM art space, dance studio and cafe, 9pm

Nour Amal

Wednesday 22 October

Screening of The Great Dictator at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 7pm

Directed by Charlie Chaplin, The Great Dictator (1940) closes the Charlie Chaplin retrospective that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Chaplin’s birth and the centenary of his iconic character The Tramp. The retrospective opened on 19 October, screening one movie each day. Read more about the Chaplin retrospective here.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

Also on this day:
- Dr Strangelove, screening at ROOM art space, dance studio and cafe, 9pm

Thursday 23 October

Kremata Baltica Chamber Orchestra at the Alexandria Opera House, 8pm

The internationally renowned orchestra Kremata Baltica will perform works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Glass. The violin soloist in Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas” (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) will be Gidon Kremer.

Sayed Darwish Theatre (Alexandria Opera House), 22 El-Horreya Road, Raml Station, Alexandria

CirCairo performance at El-Geneina Theatre at 8pm

Spearheaded by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (The Culture Resource), CirCairo brings contemporary and traditional circus art from around the world to various venues across Egypt every two years. On Thursday, two acts will grace the stage of Al-Azhar Park’s Geneina Theatre: Boris from France and Al-Dunia Tsheklab from Tunisia.

Inside Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

CirCairo
CirCairo opening (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Friday 24 October

Arab Origami Festival II at Saint Gabriel School, 1pm

The Arab Origami Festival ІІ is a two-day festival that will take place during World Origami days, 24 October and 11 November. The first leg will take place in Saint Gabriel School in Alexandria, where audiences will find origami installations, storytellers using origami as well as information booths, workshops, film screenings, lectures, and theatre performances.

136 Zakareya Ghonaim Street, Sporting, Alexandria

Screenings of independent films at Wekalet Behna, 5pm

A range of short films by Mark Lotfy, Maysoun El-Masry, Tansim Mostafa, Mohamed Da Vinci and Ahmed Abdel-Rehim. The screening will be followed by a discussion in the presence of the directors.

1 El-Kenisa El-Marounia Street, Orabi Square, El-Mansheya, Alexandria

Marcel Khalife at Al-Azhar Park, 8pm

Internationally renowned Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife, one of the biggest stars in the Arab region and recognised by large audiences internationally, will perform with his two sons, Rami and Bachar. The trio is an artistic amalgam of Marcel Khalife's musical legacy, with Rami performing on piano and electronic synthesizers, accompanied by Bachar on percussion. Read more here.

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Dina El-Wedidi album launch and concert at the Greek Campus, 8pm

Dina El-Wedidi's much-anticipated debut album Tedawar w Tergaa will be released with a concert in the Greek Campus, the Downtown grounds formerly owned by the American University in Cairo. El-Wedidi rose to fame following her mentorship with Brazilian superstar Gilberto Gil. She participated in workshops with Grammy award-winning musician Fathy Salama. She also studied under Hassan El-Geretly’s El-Warsha between 2008 and 2011, a time when she cemented her musical career. Listen to one of El-Wedidi’s songs below.

The Greek Campus, Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Kremata Baltica Chamber Orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

The internationally renowned orchestra Kremata Baltica will perform works by Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Glass. The violin soloist in Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas” (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) will be Gidon Kremer.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Dina El-Wedidi

Saturday 25 October

Marcel Khalife at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 8pm

Internationally renowned Lebanese musician Marcel Khalife, one of the biggest stars in the Arab region and recognised by large audiences internationally, will perform with his two sons, Rami and Bachar. The trio is an artistic amalgam of Marcel Khalife's musical legacy with Rami performing on piano and electronic synthesizers, accompanied by Bachar on percussion. Read more here. Check the video of Marcel, Rami and Bachar Khalife in concert in Paris below.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria

"Out To Sea?" Exhibition at Darb 1718

"Out to Sea?" is an environmental educational project that began at the Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich (Museum of Design, Zurich) in 2012, toured Europe and is now coming for the first time to the Middle East at Darb 1718. The exhibition will tour Cairo, Alexandria and the Red Sea. The project aims to create an educational experience to raise awareness regarding the hazards of plastic garbage ending up in the world's seas. Educational and art activities will take place to teach visitors different techniques on how to use plastic waste to make beautiful and practical items. Read more here.

Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

Marcel Khalife

Sunday 26 October

Closing ceremony of CirCairo in Moez Street at 6pm

Spearheaded by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (The Culture Resource), CirCairo brings contemporary and traditional circus art from around the world to various venues across Egypt every two years. The festival will close with public performances in the historic Moez Street by Brois (France), Cikaros (Denmark), Close Act (Netherlands), El-Donia Tetshaqib (Tunisia) and the Egyptian National Circus.

Moez Street, near Khan El-Khalili, Old Cairo


 
 
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