Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 4 Oct 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend? With a few cultural festivals happening, besides the regular set of culture events, you won't be bored. Ahram Online compiles its recommendations for the weekend (4-7 October)

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Rebel Clown Rebel Army (The Netherlands) to perform and host a talk with CirCairo

Thursday 4 October

El-Raseef Festival in Maadi at 5pm

The pocket-sized publication promoting culture and social work, now comes in festival form bringing this two day event full of music, painting, art workshops, an open mic and booths with non-governmental organisations and artisans. Among the performers tonight will be Like Jelly, Baheya Band and Na'saf lel Ezaag (sorry to disturb).

Villa 25, 159 Street, El-Etihad Square, Maadi, Cairo

Fathy Salama at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Fathy Salama, Grammy and BBC awards winner performs with his group Sharkiat, mixing jazz with folk and ethnic music and topping it with oriental grooves. Read Ahram Online's interview with Fathy Salama here.

Open Air Theatre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek

Panorama of the European Cinema

Check out the week-long film festival bringing European and some Egyptian films to Cairo's Galaxy Cinema and Stars Cinemas from 3-9 October. Ahram Online is a media sponsor for the event, so you can find the full programme here and read more about the films here.

Cinema Galaxy (Manial) and Stars Cinema (City Stars Mall, Nasr City)

Friday 5 October

Al Nour Wal Amal Orchestra at St. Joseph at 6pm

Operating under the artistic supervision of Ines Abdel-Daim, chairperson of the Cairo Opera House, and conducted and trained by Aly Osman, the orchestra consists of 38 blind musicians, mainly third generation graduates of Al-Nour Wal Amal Music Institute. This is one of the two concerts of Al Nour Wal Amal to take place within the week. More info here.

St Joseph Church for Franciscan Padres, Mohamed Farid Street, opposite to Banque Misr, Downtown, Cairo

'Taste of Cherry' film screening at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm

This Iranian 1977 film by Abbas Kiarostami tells the story of a man's journey in search of someone to bury him under a cherry tree after he commits suicide.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek

Zeid and the Wings in Bibliotheca Alexandrina at 8pm

The Lebanese band established by Zeid Hemdan (of Soapkills) after touring Lebanon and Europe now come to Egypt for the first time bringing their electro-arabic music to the coastal city.

Courniche Road, Alexandria

CirCairo Performances at El-Geneina Theater at 8pm

The two week circus festival hosts its first event after the opening featuring Radwan Show (Tunisia) and M Circus (Belgium). Find full programme here.

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

Panorama of the European Cinema

Check out the week long film festival bringing European and some Egyptian films to Cairo's Galaxy Cinema and Stars Cinemas from 3-9 October. Ahram Online is a media sponsor for the event, so you can find the full programme here and read more about the films here.

Cinema Galaxy (Manial) and Stars Cinema (City Stars Mall, Nasr City)

Saturday 6 October

El Fan Midan in Abdeen Square at 5pm

The public art event is taking a political stance with the Syrian people and their struggle this month. The event will include music performances by Dina El-Wadidi and some Syrian musicians. There will be cinema, poetry, sculpture and exhibitions throughout the evening. Read more on the event here.

Abdeen Square, Near Downtown, Cairo

Beethoven and Schumann at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hisham Gabr with soloist Moushira Issa, will perform Beethoven's Overture to Egmont Op. 84, Concerto No. 1 for Piano, and the Orchestra in C major Op. 15 as well as Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120. More info here

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

'The Virus is Spreading' by Ganzeer in Safarkhan Gallery

Ongoing till 1 November, the exhibition by Mohamed Fahmy (Ganzeer) brings the politically driven energy of the street to the exhibition space. Other Cairo artists contribute to the work hanging on the walls of the first floor adjacent. Each of their paintings stands alone but together they contribute to the spread of the "virus." The second floor of the gallery features traditional - yet progressive - framed works. Check out Ahram Online photo gallery here.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Basiony exhibition opening in Darb 1718 at 7pm

Shady El-Noshokaty puts on installations of his work in several venues in Cairo to commemorate the revolution's fallen artist Basiony. Tonight, the opening of installations of sound and visual shows will be shown at Darb 1718 (ongoing till 20 November). Read more here.

Kasr El-Sham3 Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Panorama of the European Cinema

Check out the week long film festival bringing European and some Egyptian films to Cairo's Galaxy Cinema and Stars Cinemas from 3-9 October. Ahram Online is a media sponsor for the event, so you can find the full programme here and read more about the films here.

Cinema Galaxy (Manial) and Stars Cinema (City Stars Mall, Nasr City)

Sunday 7 October

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 Therapy here.

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

Public Talk by Rebel Acts Rebel Clown Army in Jesuits Cultural Centre at 8pm

The Dutch circus troupe will discuss their experience with political circus during the workshops and talks section of the Cairo Circus Festival CirCairo programme.

15 Al-Mahrany St. Ramsis, Cairo

Children Gala in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by Nayer Nagui, will perform Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert aims to introduce classical music to children through compositions admired by youngest listeners. More info here.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House

Panorama of the European Cinema

Check out the week long film festival bringing European and some Egyptian films to Cairo's Galaxy Cinema and Stars Cinemas from 3-9 October. Ahram Online is a media sponsor for the event, so you can find the full programme here and read more about the films here.

Cinema Galaxy (Manial) and Stars Cinema (City Stars Mall, Nasr City)

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