Culture Events: Picks for the weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 26 Apr 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend? Take a look at our picks, from venues in and out of the capital, for Thursday through Sunday (26-29 April)

From Checkpoint 303 poster for the band's concert in London in 2008

Thursday 26 April


CARAVAN Festival of the Arts opens at the St. John’s Church in Maadi at 7pm

CARAVAN arts festival is an initiative that comes out of a vision that the arts can enhance understanding and encourage friendship between Muslims and Christians. Opening presentations by Yousra, with a special performance by singer Rula Zaki and participation of 45 premier visual artists.

St. John’s Church, Corner of Road 17 and Port Said Street in Maadi


 'Egypt Above All' exhibition opens at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

Museum of Modern Egyptian Art at the Cairo Opera House grounds will host Ramzy Mustafa. This exhibition is "an invite to all, showcasing the importance of developing Egypt through fine arts." More details here

Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, Cairo Opera House Grounds in El-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo


El-Tanbura at El-Mastaba Center for Egyptian folk Music at 9pm

Responding to a call of Zakaria Ibrahim, El-Tanboura established quarter a century ago revives the musical legacy which was under the threats of loss and vanishing in the city of Port Said.

El-Tanbura Hall: 30 A El Balaqsa Str. Abdeen, Downtown Cairo


Boghdady Jazz Big Band at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Boghdady Band is a large ensemble of professional musicians who play jazz, Latin American music, and various 20th-century American wind music, in addition to some Egyptian compositions. Always a good treat for the audience!

Cairo Opera House small hall, El-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo


 Friday 27 April


Start With Yourself VOL III opens in Alexandria at 2pm

A multi-arts festival will take place in a public space in the city of Alexandria incorporating many artists from Germany, France, Portugal, Austria, Egypt and Palestine. The festival includes music performances, art workshops for children and exhibitions.

Multitude of venues across Alexandria


Covers of Gary Moore and Pink Floyd Night at El Sawy Culturewheel at 7pm

An unforgettable night with an Egyptian band AndromidA that returns after long absence with songs from the legend Gary Moore and Pink Floyd

El Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall


Concert 'The Invisible Face of the Beloved' at Prince Taz Palace at 8pm

Part of the Spring Festival, musicians from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Tunisia will give a performance that reaches out to diverse expressions of a shared musical heritage in contemporary forms. Free admission

27 Seyoufeya Street, off Saleeba Street, Khalifa


Checkpoint 303 at Jesuits Cultural Centre at 8pm

Part of the Spring Festival, a Palestine/Tunisia band, will present their avant-garde activist sound art project combining electronic music and political commentary. Free admission

98 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria


 Saturday 28 April


Sharara Sextet at Alexandria Opera House at 8pm

The concert will include solo performance by Attia Sharara who will perform his own compositions. Conductor of the evening: Hassan Sharara.

Sayed Darwish Theatre, Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria 


Symphonic concert at Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El Saedi will perform compositions by Johanned Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Antonin Dvorak.

Cairo Opera House main hall, El-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo


Exhibition: We were there too at Townhouse Gallery

This visual testimony is created by children who have experienced a revolution that came to their streets. The exhibition is part of “Take a Stance,” a popular campaign for the protection of children under the age of 18 who during the revolutionary times have been arrested, detained and tortured.

10 Nabrawy street off Champollion street Downtown


Sunday 29 April


Screening of The Elephant Man at Karmet Ibn Hanie Cultural Center at 6.30pm

Produced in 1980, The Elephant Man is a British/American drama. The film is based on a true story of a severely deformed man named Joseph Merrick

Cultural Centre Ahmed Shawki museum, 6 Ahmed Shawki Street, Giza


Tausi Women’s Tarab Orchestra at Cinema Rio rooftop in Alexandria at 8pm

A great opportunity to attend Tausi Taarab of Zanzibar, all female orchestra performing Taarab and traditional Zanzibari music and featuring Bi Kidude, the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music. Part of the Spring Festival.  Free admission

37 El-Horeya Boulevard, Alexandria


The Golden Calf exhibition at Al Masar Gallery

 Latest collection by a young artist Karim El-Qurity’s includes multimedia pieces that carry socio-political and religious undertones. Read the exhibition review here

Al-Masar Gallery, Baehler's Mansion, 157b, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


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