Culture events: Picks for the weekend

Ahram Online, Wednesday 11 Jul 2012

Ahram Online recommends this weekend's top culture events (12-15 July), including summer festival at the Cairo Opera House, films screenings, poetry and exhibitions, across many venues in Cairo and Alexandria

Screening of The Pianist at Sufi bookshop

Thursday 12 July

Documentary screening at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina at 7pm

Hala and Karima - A Year in Revolutionary Cairo will be screened at the Bibliotheca’s Auditorium Hall. The movie follows a theatre director, a filmmaker and a choreographer during their involvement in the January 25 Revolution. More info here 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Chatby, Alexandria 

Konouz Band at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Singer Mahmoud Darwish, accompanied by Konouz Ensemble will perform within the framework of the Summer Festival at the Cairo Opera House.

Open Air Theatre at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Pick 5 exhibition at the Townhouse Gallery

Six artists who are current students or recent graduates of Cairo-based universities come together in the First Floor Gallery for Pick 5, the Townhouse Gallery’s semi-annual survey of emerging artists. The exhibition opened last week and will run until 1 August.

First Floor, Hussein El-Meamar Pasha Street, Cairo


Friday 13 July

Screening of The Pianist at Sufi bookshop at 7pm

A 2002 biographical war film directed by Roman Polanski, set during the World War II, depicting life of a Polish-Jewish musician in the Warsaw ghetto.

12 Sayed Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Ramy Essam at El Sawy Culturewheel at 7pm

Ramy Essam became famous singing in Tahrir Square during the January 25 Revolution and spent time in military detention. He released two albums and received the 2011 Freemuse Award.

26th of July Street, Cairo

Wust El-Balad at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The band is considered one of the most popular bands in the Egyptian contemporary music scene. They were established in 1999 under the name The Gray Rat Band and changed it to Wust El-Balad after a suggestion from Sameh El-Azab.

Open Air Theatre at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Poetry reading at Alexandria's El-Cabina at 8pm

The prominent Alexandrian poet and writer Alaa Khaled who will sign and read poems from his book Under the Sun of Another Memory, published recently by Sharqeiat Publishing House. The performance will be accompanied by Akram Tabrizi on cello.

11 San Saba Street - Raml station, Alexandria


Saturday 14 July

Basata Band at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The popular youth fusion band Basata has won accolades since its formation four years ago. Basata, literally meaning simplicity, was formed when the band members decided the flood of love songs produced in Egypt needed some mixing up.

Open Air Theatre at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Eftekasat Band at El-Genaina at 8.30pm

Established in 2002, the band performs what they call ‘rental jazz’. Over the years they have treated audiences in Egypt and internationally to their amalgamation of Latin, Arabic, Greek and Balkan tunes. Read more about Eftekasat here. 

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa, Cairo.

Harassment Exhibition at Darb 1718

The exhibition aims to raise awareness of sexual harassment in Egypt. It is organized through a collaboration between Darb 1718 and Harassmap.

Kasr El-Sham’ Street- Fustat, Old Cairo (Mar Guirguis metro station)

Encounter exhibition at Tache Art, Designopolis

The exhibition looks into different facets of encounter, featuring mixed-media paintings by contemporary artists Deena Fadel and Wael Sabour and sculptures by Rossana Corrado. The exhibition runs until the end of August.

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


Sunday 15 July

Sharkiat Fathy Salama at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Fathy Salama, the Grammy and BBC awards winner performs with his group Sharkiat, mixing jazz with folk and ethnic music and topping it with oriental accents.

Open Air Theatre at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

A poetic concert at El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

Dalia Guindy will sing songs to the poetry of Ahmed Haddad. The evening will also include Iman Younes as guest singer.

26th of July Street, Cairo

Gallery Collectionat Al-Masar

Al-Masar Gallery celebrates its fourth anniversary with a summer show, Gallery Collection, featuring artwork exhibited on the gallery’s walls since it’s opening in 2008. The gallery has hosted paintings by well-known art icons of the 20th century, such as Omar El-Nagdy and Taha Hussein.

Baehler's Mansion, 157b, 26th of July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo


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