Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Wednesday 12 Jun 2013

Ahram Online's arts and culture team features events happening in Cairo and Alexandria Thursday through Sunday (13-16 June)

Culture Events

Thursday 13 June

Acoustic performances at Bikya Maadi, 7.30 pm

Musicians Shadi Ahmed and Hassan Ramzy will play solo acoustic songs at Bikya Maadi, performing old favourites in a mix of folk-rock and blues. According to Bikya's Facebook announcement, the guitarists will perform songs "suitable to a variety of moods and tastes."

Read more about the event here

Bikya Maadi, 40 Al-Hadaek St., off Road 9, Cairo

Retune Festival in El-Geneina Theatre, 8pm

Azhar Park’s theatre, run by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafi, will host the first of a series of events under 'Retune,' a new music project that offers a platform for electronic, hip-hop, and Mahraganat musicians in collaboration with 100Copies Music Space. The night will feature performances by MC Amin, a young rapper from Mansoura, Kaboos Nation and Tahoon, rappers from Cairo, and Celler Door, an electronic musician. See El-Geneina Theatre’s full summer programme here.

El-Geneina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa, Cairo.

Telepoetic Band and First Egyptian Silent Film screening in Janaklees, 8pm

A screening of Egypt's first silent film, ‘Barsoom Looking for a Job’ (1923, Mohamed Bayoumi) will be followed by a performance by Telepoetic Band. Formed in 2009, Telepoetic Band mixes acoustic and electronic sounds and has been performing since their debut concert at the 100Copies Electronic Music Festival. They have since participated in festivals in Alexandria, Cairo and abroad, and they also host their own concerts. Watch one of Telepoetic’s songs here.

Read more on the newly opened Janaklees for Visual Arts, which is hosting the event, here.

10 Hussein Hassan Street, Al-Azarita, Alexandria

Urban Visions: Three emerging artists at GIZ

The Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), present 'Urban Visions,' an exhibition featuring three emerging Egyptian artists: Ahmed Sabry, Ali Abdel Mohsen and Ramy Dozy. According to Mashrabia Gallery, "this show aims at catching the mythological dimension of the city, as well as the voices of its real or imaginary inhabitants." Read more on exhibitions taking place this summer in Cairo on our Art Agenda here

4D, El Gezira Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Friday 14 June

Selection of Tropfest Arabia Films in Darb1718, 7.30pm

Darb1718’s Cinema Elfourn programme will screen selections from Tropfest Arabia's Short Film Festival (a spin-off of Australia's iconic Tropfest).  The films were selected from the Festival's 2011 and 2012 winners and finalists, and include Undamageable (5:50), Two, Six (5:50), Bite of Bread (7:16), Two (3:53), Abjad (7:16), Who Am I? (7:04), Flocks of Stars (5:05), The Smile (6:26), They Say (5:34), At First Sight (4:40), A Star (2:25), and No Signal (6:34).

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

Musicals and Neapolitan songs at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

The Cairo Opera Orchestra and the Cairo Opera Company, under the conduction of Tarek Mahran, will give a gala concert featuring numbers from well-known musicals and famous Neapolitan songs. The soloists of the evening will be Dalia Farouk, Jacqueline Rafik, Rasha Talaat, Hala El Shaboury, Jolie Faizy, Laila Ebrahim, Noresta El-Marghani, Tamer Tawfik, Walid Korayem and Reda El-Wakil. The evening's director is Hazem Tayel.

Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Storm Band in El-Geneina Theatre, 8pm

Hailing from Alexandria, Storm Band was founded in 2006.  Composed of a large number of musicians, the band resembles a modern-day orchestra and performs contemporary oriental music and rearrangements of classics. Watch one of their videos here.  See El-Geneina Theatre’s full summer programme here.

El-Geneina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa, Cairo.

Nagham Masry at El-Sawy Culturewheel, 8pm

Nagham Masry plays contemporary music derived from, and inspired by, Egyptian cultural and political life.  Their lyrics are based on poems by Egyptian vernacular poets such as Salah Jahine and Ahmed Fouad Negm.

26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Saturday 15 June

Music Therapy at Beit El-Raseef, 6pm

Khaled Salem, bass player and music therapy researcher, will host a workshop that includes a lecture on music therapy and a group therapy session. El-Raseef also hosts regular art therapy sessions. Read more on art therapy here. Watch video of Beit El-Raseef space opening here.

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

'Save Alex' talk at Megawra, 7pm

Megawra, a space dedicated to architecture and urban planning, will host ‘Save Alex,’ a grassroots movement working to bring to a halt to the ongoing demolition of old, iconic buildings in Alexandria.

17 Amin Zaki Street, Ard El-Golf, Cairo

Wust El-Balad band in El-Geneina Theatre, 8pm

Wust El-Balad is considered one of the most popular bands in the Egyptian contemporary music scene. Formerly known as The Gray Rat Band, Wust El-Balad changed its name after a suggestion from Sameh El-Azab and is famous for hits such as 'Antika' and 'Am Mina'.  See El-Geneina Theatre’s full summer programme here.

El-Geneina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa, Cairo.

Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs works of French composers, 8pm

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, under the conduction of Czech Maestro Jiri Petrdlik, will give its regular Saturday concert on 15 June. The programme of the evening will feature the works of a number of French artists, including Arthur Honegger's Pacific 231, Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun), Paul Dukas' L'apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and Hector Berlioz's Harold in Italy – Symphony with Solo Viola, Op. 16. The soloist of the evening will be Czech violenist Zuzana Perinova. Read morehere.

Cairo Opera House main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

20 Years of Evelyn Ashamallah at 6 Contemporary Arts

6 Contemporary Arts zooms in on the work of Egyptian artist Evelyn Ashamallah (b. 1948) in their latest exhibition. Ashamallah is a founding member of the Artist's Syndicate and juried the Youth Salon from 1996 to 2000. The show features artworks selected from the past 20 years of the artist's career. Some paintings are evocative of Ashamallah's childhood in Dessouk, Kafr El Sheikh; others were inspired by celebratory religious festivals (such as Al-Moulid). "Distorted figures, fed with child-like colors, her artistic freedom grasps the innocence of a child with the satire of an adult," reads the curatorial statement. Read more on exhibitions taking place this summer in Cairo on our Art Agenda here

6 Salah El-Deen Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Sunday 16 June

Cinematography Seminar at the Russian Culture Center, Alexandria, 7pm

Indiegy Arts Foundation, which supports independent arts, will host a seminar on digital cinematography covering aesthetics and technique.  The seminar will also discuss using the camera, lighting, and production. Two works by Ehab Hegzazi will be screened: ‘The Amateur and The Professional’ and ‘The Way Back’.

5 El-Batalsa Street, El-Azarita, Alexandria

Egoz rock band at El-Sawy Culturewheel, 8pm

In celebration of their debut album "Temple of Small Things," the Cairo-based Rock/New Wave band Egoz will perform Sunday, 16 June, at El-Sawy Culturewheel. Established in 1998 by Hany Mustafa, Karim Safwat, and Mustafa Farid, the band has participated in major musical events such as S.O.S, in addition to performances at the Cairo Jazz Club, Bikya Maadi, and the British Council. Egoz draws influence from a wide range of music genres, including classic and progressive rock and New Wave fused with oriental elements.

Wisdom Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

'Downtown': Group exhibition at Gallery Misr

Thirteen young artists present their artwork in an exhibition entitled 'Downtown,' which runs at Gallery Misr until 18 July. Exhibiting artists include Ahmed Sabry, Aya El-Fallah, Rania Fouad, Mohamed El-Masry and Menna Genedy, among others.  Read more on exhibitions taking place this summer in Cairo on our Art Agenda here

4 A Ibn Zanki Street, from Hassan Sabry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


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