Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 11 Apr 2013

Ahram Online's picks this weekend's cultural delights including 'India by the Nile,' 'Alternative Solution,' the opening of El-Genaina's summer programme, the D-CAF festival and other great events in Egypt

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Still from the award-winning Iranian film 'A Separation' by Asghar Farhadi

Thursday 11 April

Screening of Jews of Egypt at French Institute at 7pm

Jews of Egypt by Amir Ramses is a documentary feature on the Jews who left Egypt in the middle of the last century. The film will be followed by a talk from the director and producer; read our interview with the director here. The screening is part of Rencontres de l'image held at the French Institute between 7 and 15 April. Check the complete programme here.

French Institute in Mounira on Madraset El-Hoqouq El-Ferenseya Street, Cairo.

Ghalia Benali at El-Genaina Theatre at 8pm

Tunisian Belgium-based India-inspired Ghalia Benali, described as "wild and graceful," fuses elements of Arabic classical music, folklore, and pure jazz with her knowledge of classical Indian music. Ghalia's performance opens a two months programme launched by Al Mawred Al Thaqafi at El-Genaina Theatre. Read the complete programme here.

Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa.

Meshwar band at Beit El-Raseef at 8pm

Meshwar band, known for their Reggae grooves with Arabic lyrics, will perform in a newly launched artistic space, Beit El-Raseef. Watch this video of the opening of Beit El-Raseef.

Street 151, off Street 9, next to Midan El-Horreya, after Al-Ezaby Pharmacy and in front of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Maadi, Cairo.

Egyptian-Armenian folkloric troupe at Al-Gomhoreya Theatre at 8pm

Zankezour Egyptian-Armenian folk troupe will performc a series of known Armenian dances, in addition to Indian and Italian dances, choreographed by Suzan Karkur-Hagopian. The performance will also include a short sketch titled Kach Nazar (Nazar the Brave), a fairy tale written by Hovhanness Tumanyan. Read more about this event here

12 Al-Gomhoreya Street in Abdeen Square, downtown Cairo.

Last day of 'Women and Horses' at Picasso Art Gallery

Catch the last days of the exhibition entitled 'Women and Horses,' showcasing artwork by Helmi El Toumi. The exhibition opened on 29 March and will run until 12 April. Open daily between 10:30am and 9pm (except Sundays).

30 Hassan Assem, off Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Friday 12 April

Short movies and a feature documentary at French Institute at 7pm

Short films will include: Nozha Fi El-Shams El Romadeya (A Promenade in the Grey Sun) by Mona Lotfy, Mamnoo' El-Ekterab aw El-Tasweer (Do Not Go Near) by May El-Hossamy, among others, as well as documentary Fi Zel Ragol (In the Shadow of a Man) by Hanan Abdallah. Screenings are part of Rencontres de l'image held at the French Institute between 7 and 15 April. Check the complete programme here

French Institute in Mounira on Madraset El-Hoqouq El-Ferenseya Street, Cairo

Mashroua El-Mareekh at Darb 1718 at 7pm

Founded by young artist and culture advocate Mariam El-Quessny, Mashroua El-Mareekh (The Mars Project) tours Egyptian cities, promoting cultural development and expression by providing a platform for a wide range of artistic performances, including music, poetry and dance recitals. Read more about Mashroua El-Mareekh here.

Qasr El-Shamee Street, El-Fakhareen (behind the Hanging Church and the Amr Mosque), Old Cairo

Yacoub Abu Ghoush with Zaman Al Zaatar band at Jesuits Cultural Centre in Alexandria at 8pm

Zaman Al Zatar from Jordan fuses Western and Oriental music elements, topping it with many arrangements. Their music is a testimony to the bands emotional and spiritual growth within the Amman's society, reflecting on the Jordan's spirit and going beyond to the region.

Jesuits Cultural Centre, 298 Port Said St, Cleopatra, Alexandria

End/Ignéat Falaki Theatre at 8pm

End/Igné is a performance by Compagnie el Ajouad (Kheireddine Lardjam). Performance is part of D-CAF festival, taking place between 4 and 28 April on a variety of venues in downtown Cairo. Check the festival's programme here 

113 Kasr El Aini street, downtown, Cairo

Saturday 13 April

Blind Girls Orchestra to perform at the Turkish Ambassador residence's garden at 11am

Al Nour Wal Amal, an orchestra consisting of blind girl musicians, was created by Istiklal Radi, the first director of the association. Today, it has 38 musicians, representing mainly third generation graduates of the Al-Nour Wal Amal Music Institute. The orchestra performs frequently in Egypt and internationally. Their concert at the Turkish Ambassador residence's garden is one of the frequent cultural events held by the Ambassador. The event is open to the public. Read more about the orchestra here.

44 Al-Nil street, Giza, Cairo

Screening of A Separation at Beit El-Raseef at 7pm

The award-winning Iranian film A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, explores Iran's social contradictions through a domestic drama, revolving around a broken marriage. The film has won the Berlinale Golden Bear and Oscar for best foreign film.

Street 151, off Street 9, next to Midan El-Horreya, after Al-Ezaby Pharmacy and in front of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Maadi, Cairo.

Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs Richard Wagner at Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Conducted by its principal conductor, Jiri Petrdlik from the Czech Republic, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will join the world-wide celebrations of Richard Wagner's bicentennial. The evening will include a selection of orchestral works from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, TannhäuserDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal and Rienzi.The concert will be repeated on Sunday 14 April at Alexandria Opera House at 8pm. Read more here.

Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

No Exit at Townhouse Gallery's factory space at 8pm

Multimedia performance No Exit by Omar El-Motaa'z Bellah is part of a dynamic Hal Badeel (Alternative Solution) Festival for Arts, in Townhouse Gallery's factory space between 24 March and 17 April, turning the art gallery into a stage for music, dance, puppetry and film screenings. Read complete programme of the festival here 

Hussein El Me-mar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Basyouni Street, Downtown, Cairo

'My Nineties' at the Townhouse Gallery

This multidisciplinary project initiated by visual artist Mohamed Allam brings together various artists presenting several years of research and more than 4000 VHS tapes of footage of Egyptian media and television from the 1990s. The exhibition runs until 17 April.

10 Nabrawy Street, off Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo

Sunday 14 April

Opening of Localité exhibition at 6 Contemporary Arts at 6pm

Localité is an exhibition featuring works by Hanan El Sheikh, Khaled Akl, Malak El Shazly and Nihal Wahby. The exhibition runs until 16 May.

6, Salah El-Din street, Zamalek, Cairo

Short movies at French Institute at 7pm

Short films will include: Hayat by Islam Kamal, Eih El-Ebara? (What's Happening?) by Karim Shaaban, Wara El-Bab (Behind the Door) by Adham El-Sherif, among others. Screenings are part of Rencontres de l'image held at the French Institute between 7 and 15 April. Check the complete programme here

French Institute in Mounira on Madraset El-Hoqouq El-Ferenseya Street, Cairo

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at Falaki Theatre at 8pm

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour will be performed in Arabic by Khaled Abol Naga. The play will be followed by a Q&A session with Nassim Soleimanpou. The performance is part of D-CAF festival, taking place between 4 and 28 April on a variety of venues in downtown Cairo. Check the festival's programme here 

113 Kasr El Aini street, downtown, Cairo

Bollywood Dance Fusion at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The event is a Bollywood dance fusion collaboration between dancers from India and the soloists of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company. Choreographed by Gilles Chuyen, he performance is a show of typical Bollywood arts. It will be repeated on Monday 15 April. The performance is part of a Festival of Performing and Visual Arts, 'India by the Nile', showcasing cultural wealth of India between 13 April and 13 May. Read more about the festival here and check the complete programme here

Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

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