Culture Events: Picks for the weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 10 May 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend? Dance performances, Latin American music, opera arias and film screenings are among the many exciting things to do, both inside and outside the capital from Thursday through Sunday (10-13 May)


Thursday 10 May

Screening of 'The General' at Artellewa at 7pm

A 1928 silent movie, directed by Josef von Sternberg. The film won the very first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The General is screened as part of the Month of Silent Cinema

19 Mohamed Ali El-Eseary Street, Ard El-Lewa, Giza, Cairo


'As Usual?' at Alexandria's Goethe Institute at 7pm

Directed by Mirette Mechail, 'As Usual?' will be performed on 10 and 11 May as part of the Dancing Egyptian Spring Festival, a contemporary dance festival in public spaces in Alexandria and Port Said (11 May performance at 5pm). More info here

10 Batalsa Street, Alexandria


Screening of 'Amadeus' at El-Cabina in Alexandria at 8pm

Directed by Czech-American director Milos Forman in 1984, Amadeus depicts the life and art of Mozart as recounted by a character who is a patient in an insane asylum.

11 San Saba Street, behind Cinema Rialto, Mahatet Raml, Alexandria


Storytelling at Makan at 8pm

Themed "Samar with the Revolution," the storytelling session is part of the Spring Festival and includes Guevara Nemr from Syria, Khaled Abdel Hamid from Egypt and Yousra Ennouri from Tunisia.

Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts, 1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween 11461, Downtown, Cairo


Dina El-Wedidi at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

Dina El-Wedidi's band is a contemporary Egyptian music group seeking an active role in the Egyptian cultural scene and abroad. The group of young musicians are looking for a new musical identity, utilising their experience and mixed cultural upbringing and following a globalised context that is open to different cultures and musical backgrounds.

River Hall at El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Friday 11 May

Jadal band at Darb 1718 at 7pm

Jordanian rock band Jadal will perform together with a number of Egyptian musicians such as Baraka, Maurice Louca, Azraq Samawy and Darwasha.

Coptic Cairo (near Mar Girgis Metro Station)


Beloved arias, songs from musicals, Broadway at Alexandria Opera House at 8pm

Soloists from the Cairo Opera Company will perform a collection of the most beloved arias from famous operas, including songs from musicals and Broadway shows. More info here

22 El-Horreya Street (formerly Fouad Street) 


Cavewomen dance performance at Falaki Theatre, at 8pm

Part of the Spring Festival, San Francisco’s Dance Brigade will bring their unique blend of political dance, theatre, martial arts and taiko drumming with a feminist perspective in their acclaimed show, "Cavewomen: The Next Incarnation." Free Admission.

24 El-Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Cairo


Ajam at El-Geneina Theatre at 8pm — Jesuits Cultural Centre (JCC)

Based in the UK, Ajam will bring their fusion of Iranian regional and tribal music with a contemporary urban edge to Egyptian audiences. Ajam will also perform in Cairo on 12 May and in Assiut on 14 May. Check Spring Festival programme for details. 

298 Port Said Street, Cleopatra, Alexandria


Saturday 12 May

Tracing Time symposium at Rawabet Theatre at 4pm

The “Tracing Time” symposium is part of Xenia Nikolsaya’s Dust, a photographic exhibition exploring Egypt’s abandoned architectural heritage, and is accompanied by the publication of texts and images.

10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo


"Elections" Exhibition opening at Darb 1718 at 7pm

A group exhibition exploring Egypt in the transitional period and approaching presidential elections. Among participating artists are Hind Samir, Ahmed Sabry, Hani Rashed, Sabah Naeem, Marwa Adel among others.

Coptic Cairo (near Mar Girgis Metro Station)


Latin American Night at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nayer Nagui, will perform works with a Latin American spirit. The soloist of the evening is Ines Abdel Dayem. More info here

Cairo Opera House Main Hall, El-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo


Salalem Band at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

Labelling themselves as a mix of Egyptian indie pop and funk-rock, the six members of the pop band came together in 2004. Their Arabic lyrics speak of the issues concerning today's youth. Salalem continue to create songs that are excitedly welcomed by their audience.

River Hall at El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Sunday 13 May

String Orchestra at the Alexandria Opera House at 7pm

The String Orchestra will perform works of Boccherini (Cello Concerto) and Mozart (Piano Concerto No 21 and Symphony No 29). Conductor Mohamed Saad Basha. Soloists Ashraf Sharara (cello) and Ingy Badawy (piano).

22 El-Horreya Street (formerly Fouad Street) 


The Brothers Karamazov at El-Sawy Culturewheel  at 7pm

Based on a Russian classic, the theatre performance "The Brothers Karamazov" is directed by Mohammed Abdallah and will be performed by the Ehsas troupe.

Wisdom Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Contemporary dance performance at Metropol Theatre at 8pm

Titled "My Family," the performance is within the framework of the Tonight Theatre Festival. It is a combination of storytelling and contemporary dance.

Ataba, Downtown, Cairo


Pulse II exhibition at Tache Art Gallery

Pulse II exhibition at Tache Art is the sequel to Pulse. This time the exhibition presents 19 artists and brings together diverse styles and contrasting subjects, all under one roof. Read our review here

S-139 Designopolis
, Km 38 of the Alexandria Desert Road
, Sheikh Zayed City, Cairo


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