Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Sep 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend (6-9 Sept)? Ahram Online’s team compiled recommendations for culture events around Cairo and Alexandria

Eftekasat Oriental Jazz Band

Thursday 6 September

Maryam Saleh in El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
After releasing her first album I don’t Sing last May, Maryam and her band have been performing in Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. Tonight they take the Culturewheel stage performing a mixture of rock and Arabic music. Read more on Maryam’s other projects here.

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘Bahari’ Short Film Screening in El-Cabina Center at 8pm
The award winning 13 minute short film will be screened at El-Cabina, one of Alexandria’s favourite cultural hubs. The film’s writer, director and producer Ahmed Ghoneimy will be present for a discussion after the screening. Read more here.

Library Space, 11 San Saba Street (Behind Cinema Realto), Downtown, Alexandria

Screening of 16 films from the 48 Hour Film Project in Darb 1718 at 8pm
As part of the 48 Hour Film Project of short films made from A to Z in under 48 hours, Darb will screen the 16 most successful films from the competition. The films come from Paris, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Warsaw, Berlin and other cities with genres ranging from comedy to sci-fi. After the screening there will be a Q&A with Mohamed Rida the producer of the project in the Middle East.

Qasr Al-Shamee St., Al-Fakhareen (behind Hanging Church and Amr Mosque), Cairo

Eftekasat in El Geneina Theater at 8.30pm
One of Egypt’s oldest and biggest oriental jazz bands, Eftekasat celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012 and continues to bring beats from their two albums to the audience. Read more on Eftekasat here.

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

Friday 7 September

Screening of ‘A Seperation’ in Sufi Bookstore at 7pm
The Academy Award winning Iranian film, which generated contreversy in Egypt and the Middle East, follows the story of a couple dealing with divorce. The film was directed by Asghar Farhadi.
12 Sayed El Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Hosam Ghaleb in 100Copies Music Space at 8pm
The venue will kick off its September schedule with Hosam Ghaleb’s dub trip beats. Ghaleb is also known for his music with Puzzle Band.

22 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

Contemporary Dance Night (Group B) in AUC’s Falaki Theater at 8pm
The initiative aims to bring dance closer to Egyptian audiences. Tonight sees the second group of performances (which will be repeated on Sunday and Tuesday): Disorder by Sherin Hegazy, π by Shaymaa Shoukry, A Step Back (Video Dance) by Ezzat Ezzat, Voodoo Doll (Video Dance) by Ibrahim Abdo, 1 by Ahmed El Gendy, Not for Everyone by Mirette Mechail. Read more here.

American University in Cairo Falaki Campus, Falaki Street, Downtown, Cairo

Saturday 8 September

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in Wekalet El-Ghouri at 7.30pm
Expect traditional dance, vibrant music and colourful performances by El-Ghouri Dance Group this Saturday. They play every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

3 Mohamed Abdou Street, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

Tok Tok 7 Comic book launch in Townhouse Gallery at 7pm
The comic book launched a few weeks after the start of the revolution is now in its seventh issue. On the launch night there will also be the launch of the fourth issue of ‘Ninth Art’, a comic art publication.

Factory Space, 10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo

Mariam Elias Talk in 100Copies Music Space at 8pm
The children’s author is set to discuss art, music and books with the audience.

22 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo

Sunday 9 September

Art therapy in Sufi Bookstore at 5pm
Shima Youssef and Dr Suzan Radwan, who were mentored in art therapy under one of the best art therapy practitioners in Egypt, the late Dr Magdi Refaat, offer people a space to explore their personality and feelings through painting. Participants are welcome to join any time between 5pm and 9pm. Read more on Art Theray here.

12 El-Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Exhibition Opening ‘Leaving’ by Amado Alfandi in Awan Art Space at 7.30pm
The Sudanese artist showcases his individual style of painting in the newly opened Awan Contemporary Art Space.

4 Hoda El Shaarawy Street, Downtown, Cairo

Sahara Band in El Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm
One of the most established Rai music bands in Egypt, Sahara, regularly performs at the Culturehweel; and this month is no exception.

Wisdom Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


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