Not to be missed: Hakawy Festival for children and Japanese Film Week kick off, Cairo Book Fair continues

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jan 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (31 January-6 February 2024) in Cairo and Port Said

Not to miss

Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children
31 January-9 February across three cities: Cairo, Port Said, Ismailia

The festival will start with activities in Port Said on 31 January and 1 February, presenting chosen plays and workshops in Misr Public Library.

The main segment of the festival will take place in Cairo between 1 and 9 February, with performances, masterclasses, and workshops presented in Falaki Theatre, Hanager Theatre, the Italian Institute, and the Goethe Institut-Kairo.

The activities will reach Ismailia on 8 and 9 February, where the performances will take place in Misr Public Library.

For more details, check out the festival's programme and follow its Facebook page.

Cairo International Book Fair

The 55th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair launched on 25 January at the International Centre for Conferences and Fairs (ICCF) in New Cairo.

This year, the fair features a record-breaking 1,200 publishers from 70 countries and over 5,000 exhibitors. Norway, known for its rich literary heritage, is the event's guest of honour.

The Book Fair will run through Tuesday, 6 February.

Read more here

Three - film
Wednesday 31 January
Across cinemas

A boy becomes sick by his inner voices, leading his mother to seek help from an unlikely man, who must put his Western thinking aside to save her son through an intense unconventional ritual.
The film stars Jefferson Hall, Faten Ahmed, Noura Alabed, and Saud Alzarooni.

 Al-Tagriba El-Mexikeya - film
Wednesday 31 January
Across cinemas

The film follows a group of friends travelling on a mission to Mexico, where they encounter a host of unexpected events.

The film stars Bayoumy Fouad, Mahmoud Hafez, and Nada.

Al-Nour Wal Amal orchestra
Thursday, 1 February, 8 pm
Gomhoreya Theatre, Gomhoreya St, Downtown Cairo

Al-Nour Wal Amal Chamber Orchestra is Egypt's renowned orchestra of blind and visually impaired women musicians. The orchestra is part of the Al-Nour Wal Amal Association, an NGO for blind girls founded in 1954. 

The orchestra has a few generations of musicians performing in Egypt and worldwide. The upcoming concert will feature the younger generation of musicians led by the orchestra’s conductor and music director, Tamer Fahmy.

Al-Shanab - film
Thursday, 1 February
Across cinemas

A sudden passing away forces all members of the Al-Shanab family to gather in Alexandria. Despite their grief, the different relatives, comprising three generations, go through a series of comic situations that force them to realize the love they share for each other.

The film stars Lebleba, Sawsan Badr, Laila Elwi, Khaled Sarhan, and Asmaa Gala.

Japanese Film Week 2024
3-8 February
Artistic Creativity Center, Cairo Opera House Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Starting Saturday, 3 February, Japanese Film Week will present a selection of  Japanese films spanning animation, comedy, drama, history, autobiography, mystery, and thriller.

A few films will be screened daily. The entire programme can be found on the Japan Foundation Facebook.

Fairuz Tribute Night - Music
Tuesday, 6 February, 8 pm
Room Art Space - New Cairo

Oud player Michael Onsy and his ensemble will accompany singer Batoul El Abd in her renditions of known Fairuz’s songs.

The ensemble includes Onsy on oud, Feras Nouh on piano, Emad Sidhom on the bass guitar, Peter Romany on nay, Kareem Abdelhamid on cello, and percussionists Mark Samuel and Fady Ezzat.

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