Programme: Bibliotheca Alexandrina launches 19th Int'l Summer Festival

Eslam Omar , Monday 5 Jul 2021

The one-month programme will host a variety of music concerts, theatrical performances, film screenings, as well as workshops and seminars, among other activities

Bibliotheca Alexandrina launches 19th Int

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Arts Centre will open the 19th edition of the International Summer Festival on Thursday 8 July with two successive concerts for Egyptian famous indie band Massar Egbari.

The one-month programme, continuing until 7 August at various halls of the prestigious coastal venue of Alexandria, will host a variety of music concerts, theatrical performances, film screenings, as well as workshops and seminars among other activities.

Concerts will include performances of experienced pop singers like Ali El-Haggar (16 July), Medhat Saleh (24 July), and Hisham Abbas (29 July). Other nights will feature famous indie bands like Almena, Hawas (15 July), Jordanian Autostrad (17 July), Sama3i (18 July), Al-Hadra (30 July), and Al-Tanbura of Port Said (2 Aug), as well as Nouran Abu Taleb and the BA Orchestra (1 Aug), among other concerts.

Theatrical performance will include director Sherif Hamdy's 'Private Appointment' (13 July), 'For Heaven Sake, Icarus' (18 July), Ahmed Askar's ' Ibn Al-Giel' (25 July), Saeed Kabel's ' Zahab Al-lailo' (31 July-1 Aug), and Nadet Adel's ‘Hor Wi Al-Asfour’ (2-3 Aug), among other plays.

Workshops will be held throughout the festival, including sessions on percussion by Hany Bedair (9–11 July), song writing by Medhat El-Adl (14-15 July), and theatrical acting by Saeed Kabel (15-18 July).

Cinematic activities will see seminars featuring acting professor Mohamed Abdel-Hady (18 July), and interior designer Onsi Abu Seif (25 July), as well as a film screening and discussion of Mohamed Sakr's long feature 'New Year’s Eve' (1 Aug).

The programme, available through various platforms of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is as follows, with the majority of the activities, which will be held in the evening, are available for booking for reasonable prices:

Thursday, 8 July

Opening concert: Massar Egbari (2 concerts)

Friday, 9 July

Concert: Les Compagnons

Friday to Sunday, 9–11 July

Workshop: Percussion presented by Hany Bedair

Saturday, 10 July

Concert: Nour Project and High Dam

Sunday, 11 July

Concert: Malaaz

Monday, 12 July

Concert: Loay Hijazeen (Jordan)

Tuesday, 13 July

Theatrical performance: Private Appointment by Sherif Hamdy

Wednesday, 14 July

Concert: Nubiat

Wednesday and Thursday, 14–15 July

Workshop: Song Writing by Medhat El-Adl

Thursday, 15 July

Concert: Almena Band and Hawas Band

Thursday to Sunday, 15–18 July

Workshop: Theatrical Acting by Saeed Kabel

Friday, 16 July

Concert: Ali El-Haggar

Saturday, 17 July

Concert: Autostrad (Jordan)

Sunday, 18 July

- Concert: Sama3i Band

- Theatrical Performance: ‘For Heaven’s Sake, Icarus!’

- Cinematic Seminar: ‘The Creative Psychological Process of Acting’, presented by Mohamed Abdel-Hady

Saturday, 24 July

Concert: Medhat Saleh, conducted by Amr Selim

Sunday, 25 July

- Theatrical Performance: ‘Ibn Al-Giel’, written and directed by Ahmed Askar

- Cinematic Seminar: ‘A Meeting with Onsi Abu Seif’

Monday, 26 July

- Concert: Khaltabeta Band

Tuesday, 27 July

- Concert: Dozzen project

Wednesday, 28 July

Concert: Tarek Nassar

Thursday, 29 July

Concert: Hisham Abass

Friday, 30 July

Concert: Al-Hadra

Saturday, 31 July

Concert: Hisham Kharma

Saturday and Sunday, 31 July – 1 August

Theatrical Performance: ‘Zahab Al lailo’, about Mohamed Fawzy, written by Ahmed Askar and directed by Saeed Kabel

Sunday, 1 August

- Concert: Nouran Abu Taleb and the BA Orchestra

- Film Screening: New Year’s Eve, Directed by Mohamed Sakr,

Monday, 2 August

Concert: Al Tanbura (Portsaid)

Monday and Tuesday, 2–3 August

Theatrical Performance: ‘Hor Wi Al-Asfour’, written by Ahmed Abdel-Gawad and directed by Nadet Adel

Tuesday, 3 August

Concert: Andromida Band

Wednesday, 4 August

Competition: Naghama Horra

Thursday, 5 August

Concert: BA Youth Orchestra and Fabrica

Friday, 6 August

Concert: Hisham El-Gakh

Saturday, 7 August

Closing Concert

All events hosted by the festival will be held with strict precautionary measures in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

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