Culture Events: Picks for the weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Mar 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend? Take a look at our picks, from venues both in and outside the capital, for Thursday through Sunday (15-18 March)

El Dor El Awal (Egypt) performing at the Cairo Jazz Festival
Thursday 15 March


Film Screening of "The Story of Jazz" in Sufi Bookstore at 5pm

A documentary film in parallel with the kick-off of the Cairo Jazz Festival later tonight.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


DOXBOX Film Festival Global Day in the Mosireen Collective at 7pm

After the DOXBOX documentary film festival was cancelled, entities around the world are holding screenings of its films. In Cairo, Mosireen and Cimatheque will be screening three films along with a Q&A with the director of the last film, Nidal Al-Dibs.

19 Al-Adly Street, Floor 5, Apartment 28, Downtown, Cairo


Cairo Jazz Festival at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

The fourth round of the Cairo Jazz Festival brings performances tonight by Positive Energy (Egypt), André Carvalho Quintet (Portugal), The Eduardo Niebla Experience (Spain) and Adam Miller Group (USA). Full programme and interview with the organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Rennie Harris Puremovement Dance Company (US) in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

According to the official information released by the event organisers, "Lorenzo (Rennie) Harris (artistic director, choreographer) celebrates hip-hop culture on his own terms, by using some of the world’s most influential forms of movement, music, and storytelling to revolutionise contemporary concert dance." More info here.

Main Hall at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo


"Tank Girl" exhibition by Nadine Hammam at Gallery Misr

Hammam explores female power in a male-dominated society along with relationships between men and women through multi-layered acrylic canvases. Read our review and artist interview here.

4A Ibn Zaki from Hassan Sabri Street, Zamalek, Cairo. Open everyday from 10am to 10pm except Friday.


Friday 16 March


Drum Circle with Han Bennink in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 2.30pm

The Drum Circle Workshop will be run by Han Bennink (guest of honour at the Cairo Jazz Festival) along with El-Darb El-Ahmar School.

Garden area, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Film screening of "Microphone Film" in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 5pm

In celebration of 10 years of underground creativity, the Cairo Jazz Festival screens Microphone Film (2011) that documents underground art and music in Alexandria.

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Cairo Jazz Festival live music in El-Sawy Culturewheel starting 5pm

Tonight's line up of local and international jazz musicians: Ahmed Nazmi Trio feat. Basel Rajjoub (Egypt/Syria), Elisabeth Lohninger (Austria), Eftekasat (Egypt), Rami Atalla Quintet (Egypt), and Artvark Saxophone Quartet (Holland). Full programme and interview with organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Saturday 17 March


Cairo Jazz Festival's last official concerts in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 6pm

Line up for tonight includes: El-Dor El-Awal (Egypt), Akram El-Sharkawy Group (Egypt), Han Bennink, the "Guest of Honour" (Holland) ft Amro Salah Trio (Egypt), Michelle Rounds (Australia), Kumi Adachi Club PANGAEA (Japan). Full programme and interview with the organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Cairo Symphony Orchestra under baton of a Swiss conductor Andreas Spörr in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture to a comic Singspiel, The Impresario, K 486; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op 35 and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68. More info here.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek


'La Belle Epoque' by Katherine Bakhoum in Safarkhan Gallery

In Cairo's Safarkhan Gallery, French-Egyptian artist Katherine Bakhoum invites the public to a heavenly world of Orientalist-style paintings and contemporary collages in her exhibition, La Belle Epoque. Read our review here.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Sunday 18 March


Czech pianist Jitka Čechová in performance at Prince Mohamed Ali Palace at 8pm

Jitka Čechová will perform Chopin, Schumann, Smetana and Liszt. More info here.

North East End of Manial Rhoda Island


Omar Khairat Music Concert in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Egyptian musical legend Omar Khairat takes to the Opera House stage again.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek


'92s Syria' Exhibition in Mashrabia Art Gallery

A collaboration between Syrian revolutionary artists showcasing their recent works. Read our preview of the exhibition and some artists' insights here.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo, from 11am to 8pm



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