Egypt's cultural picks of the week, 10-17 November: VIDEOS

Ahram Online, Saturday 9 Nov 2013

This week offers a large variety of cultural events taking place across Egypt, 10-17 November. Ahram Online's recommendations include events in Cairo, Alexandria, Damanhour, Qena, Damietta and Luxor

Recommended events
From top left clockwise: From the exhibition 'The Children of Port Said 1956/2013' (opening 16 Nov), Syrian singer and oud player Safwan Bahlawan (11 Nov), Telepoetic band (14 Nov), flutist Peter Olah (16 Nov).

Sunday 10 November


Artist Talk: Ali Abdel Mohsen in conversation with Maie Yanni at Mashrabia Gallery, 6pm

Mashrabia Gallery will host a conversation with emerging artist Ali Abdel Mohsen about his currenly showcased solo collection, dubbed, "This is a Dream Come True." Abdel Mohsen will discuss with British-born Lebanese artist and curator Maei Yanni the concepts behind his latest exhibition at the downtown gallery, where his work is displayed until 14 November.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Exhibition opening: "From Verdi's Villa to Cairo" at the Italian Cultural Centre, 7pm

"From Verdi's Villa to Cairo: A Journey Never Completed" is a compilation of photographs by artist Sandro Vannini revealing fragments from Verdi's life in Sant'Agata, along with many documents describing the composer's work on the opera Aida. The exhibition was previously displayed at the Cairo Opera House, 22-27 October, as part of a presentation of Verdi to Egyptian audiences via a number of activities. The display will remain on show at the Italian Cultural Centre until 24 November. Read more here.

3 El-Sheikf El-Marsafi Street (in front of Beano's cafe), Zamalek, Cairo.

Tharthara Fawk Al-Nil film screening at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute, 7pm

Based on Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz's novel, Tharthara Fawk Al-Nil (Adrift on the Nile), the 1971 film, is set against the backdrop of the Six-Day War during Nasser’s rule, follows a group of drug-induced meetings of frustrated Egyptians from various walks of life on a houseboat on the Nile.

1 Mahmoud Azmy Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs in Alexandria, 7pm

The Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi will perform Rimsky Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol op.34, Saint Saens' Africa Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra op.89, and Brahms' Hungarian Dances. The piano soloist of the evening will be Laura Mikkola.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), 22 El-Horreya Road (formerly known as Fouad Street), El-Raml Station, Alexandria


Villa Verdi exhibition
Works displayed within exhibition "From Verdi's villa to Cairo, a journey never completed" that will open at the Italian Cultural Centre on 10 November. Photo from same exhibition held at the Cairo Opera House in October 2013. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)


Also on this day:
- Arab Music Festival at the Cairo Opera House. For programme details please refer to the Opera House (tel: 02 27390132). Read an interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here.
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

   

Monday 11 November

 

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in Wekalet El-Ghouri, 7.30pm

The performance by El-Ghouri Dance Group is a traditional Sufi dance, full of colours and with vibrant music. The troupe performs every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Wekalet El-Ghouri.

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

Taha Hussein: Rare photos and documents at Al-Sennary House

The exhibition organised by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Al-Sennary House (Beit Al-Sennary) displays a collection of previously unseen original documents to commemorate Taha Hussein, former dean of Arabic literature, on the 40th anniversary of his death. Read more about the exhibition here.

El-Mong Alley (behind El-Saneya School), Sayeda Zeinab district, Cairo

Arab Music Festival at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Among the many artists performing on this day will be Syrian singer and oud player Safwan Bahlawan. Other musicians will include Essam Mahmoud, singer and qanun player, Riham Abdel-Halim, and Rehab Metawaa. The performers will be accompanied by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by Salah Ghoubashi. Contact the Cairo Opera House for more details regarding the Arab Music Fetival (tel: 02 27390132). Read an interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here. See Safwan Bahlawan playing oud in the video below.

Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo


Also on this day:
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.


Tuesday 12 November


Hara TV street theatre in Dandara Youth Centre in Qena, 5pm

Hara TV bring their latest interactive theatre piece, “Keep it Real, It All Comes Out in the Wash,” to Qena, playing several shows over the coming days, also in Nagaa Hamadi and other cities. Brainchild of Noon Creative Enterprise, Hara TV uses interactive theatre to address social issues and work with several communities around the country. Their last project addressed sexual harassment in interactive plays on Cairo’s Metro. Read more here.

Dandara Youth Centre, Qena

"Goodbye Lenin" film screening in Alexandria's El-Cabina, 7pm

Directed by Wolfgang Becker, this 2003 German production follows the story of a young man who must protect his mother from finding out that East Germany as she knows it is gone after reunification in 1990. So he sets up a East Germany-like reality in their flat (see trailer below).

11 San Saba Street, El-Raml Station, Downtown, Alexandria

Arab Music Festival at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Among the many artists performing on this day will be Ahmed Effat, Soma, Ayat Farouk and Khaled Selim. The performers will be accompanied by the National Troupe for Arab Music, conducted by Selim Sehab. Contact the Cairo Opera House for more details regarding the Arab Music Fetival (tel: 02 27390132). Read an interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here.

Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Arab Music Festival at the Alexandria Opera House, 7pm

Artists performing on this day in Alexandria will include Lebanese violinist Jihad Akl and Tunisian singer, oud player and composer Lotfi Bushnaq. The performers will be accompanied by El-Hefny Troupe. Contact the Cairo Opera House for more details regarding the Arab Music Festival (tel: 02 27390132)

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), 22 El-Horreya Road (formerly known as Fouad Street), El-Raml Station, Alexandria


Also on this day:
Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

 

Wednesday 13 November


100 Copies: Various performances in Falaki Theatre at 8pm

In celebration of Falaki Theatre’s first season, 100 Copies brings its best acts of 2013 from the alternative and experimental music movement to the stage. Watch the launch of Retune Studio produced by Medrar TV, an online channel dedicated to the documentation of the arts, below.

24 El-Falaki Street, off Mohamed Mahmoud Street, American University in Cairo (Downtown Campus), Cairo

Arab Music Festival at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Among the many artists performing on this day will be violinist Abdou Dagher with his troupe, as well as singer Angham. Contact the Cairo Opera House for more details regarding the Arab Music Fetival (tel: 02 27390132)

Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Caricatures exhibition
A visitor looks at the row of caricatures, part of "Faces and Features" exhibition that opened in Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture on 30 October 2013. (Photo: Ati Metwaly)
 


Also on this day:
- El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in Wekalet El-Ghouri. See Monday, 11 November, listings for more details.
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

      

Thursday 14 November


Screening of Bollywood movie Dostana (Friendship), at Maulana Azad Centre, 4pm

Shot entirely in Miami, Florida, Dostana (Friendship) is a 2008 Indian romantic comedy, directed by Tarun Mansukhani and starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. The screening of the movie is part of the Maulana Azad Centre’s regular Thursday screening series, under the auspices of cultural activities organised by the Indian Embassy in Egypt. Dostana’s duration is 142 minutes and will have Arabic subtitles. Read more about Maulana's film screenings here.

23 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Cairo.

Lectures on cinema and filmmaking in Makani, Damietta, 5pm

The lectures, covering a wide range of topics about cinema and filmmaking, are part of Makani's project titled, "Face to Face: Social Media are Older than the Internet,' organised in collaboration with Dahlia Refaat with the aim of reaching emerging filmmakers in Damietta. Lectures take place on Thursdays and Fridays until end of November. Read more here.

Makani, Sorour Square, Oscar Building, Damietta.

Mashrou’ Leila band on Cinema Rio’s rooftop at 6pm and 9pm

Lebanese sensations Mashrou’ Leila, arguably one of the most popular independent bands in the region, are on tour to promote their new hit album,"Raasuk," and their next stop is Alexandria. In their only Egyptian concert on the tour, Mashrou’ Leila will perform two concerts back-to-back in a unique venue on top of Rio Cinema in Alexandria. Securing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended. Read more on Mashrou’ Leila’s new album here. See the trailer to their Alexandria stop below.

Cinema Rio, Fouad Street, El-Raml Station, Downtown, Alexandria

Poetry Jam in Luxor Cultural Palace, 7pm

In an event organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum, three Egyptian artists meet counterparts from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Together they will present their best writings and improvised works. The performance will include the artists playing with words and language, while entertaining listeners with quick, humorous as well as satirical texts.

Cultural Palace, Corniche El-Nil Street., next to the Sheraton Luxor Resort, Luxor

Telepoetic and Abdalla Menawy in Bait El-Raseef at 8pm

Following a workshop organised by Eka3, an organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of independent music in the region, Telepoetic mix their electronic sound with Sufi oriented singing by Abdalla Minawy to produce a unique musical experience.

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


Also on this day:
- Arab Music Festival at the Cairo Opera House. For the programme details please refer to the Opera House (tel: 02 27390132). Read interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here.
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.


Friday 15 November


Lectures on cinema and filmmaking in Makani, Damietta, 4pm

The lectures, covering a wide range of topics about cinema and filmmaking, are part of Makani's project titled, "Face to Face: Social Media are Older than the Internet,' organised in collaboration with Dahlia Refaat with the aim of reaching emerging filmmakers in Damietta. Lectures take place on Thursdays and Fridays until end of November. Read more here.

Makani, Sorour Square, Oscar Building, Damietta.

 

Makani
Makani space in Damietta ready to hold cultural activities (Photo: Makani facebook page)



Saturday 16 November


All-day concert at Darb 1718, 2-9pm

Mashrou3 Al-Mareekh (Mars Project) will bring an assortment of Egypt's most popular young musicians. The performers scheduled to take the stage from 2pm to 9pm include: Like Jelly, Safi and Band, Nadah El-Shazly, Deeb, Abyusif, Malak Makar and Band, BDF (Black Devils Family), Rami Boraie, NoTalents, Khalid Mansour, Farida El-Gueretly, Motaz Attalla, and Solasi Adwa2 Al-Masra7.

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

Exhibition opening: "The Children of Port Said 1956/2013" at Darb 1718, 7pm

The exhibition is a historical record of two tumultuous periods from Egyptian history, chronicled without the stifled analysis of academia or the sensationalism of the media. The display is a result of joint efforts between Al Rawi — Egypt's Heritage Review — and Darb 1718 Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Centre. The exhibition runs until 22 November.

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

Symphonic concert at the Cairo Opera House, 7pm

Cairo Symphony Orchestra under the baton of a Canadian conductor Kristian Alexander and with soloist Peter Olah will perform Maurice Ravel’s Flute Concerto “Le Tombeau de Couperin," Jacques Ibert's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1934), and Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor. Olah, the flute soloist of the evening, is principal flute player of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Recently he won first prize during the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition held in New York, played at the Carnegie Hall. Read more here

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek

Darwasha band in Falaki Theatre at 8pm

The progressive rock project Darwasha mixes rock, metal and oriental, creating a sound uniquely theirs. The band includes Mohamed Darwish on guitar, Ahmed El-Azazi on drums, Shady El-Husseiny on melodica, Mohamed Faisal on bass, Omar Zanaty on percussion and Ahmed Omran on oud. Guest appearances for the concert will include Salam Yosry, Sherine Abdou and Safi El-Din.


24 El-Falaki Street, off Mohamed Mahmoud Street, American University in Cairo (Downtown Campus), Cairo

The Children of Port Said
Opening of the exhibition "The Children of Port Said 1956/2013", at Darb 1718, on 16 November


Also on this day:
- Arab Music Festival at the Damanhour Opera House. For the programme details please refer to the Cairo Opera House (tel: 02 27390132). Read an interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here.
- El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in Wekalet El-Ghouri. See Monday, 11 November, listings for more details.
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.


Sunday 17 November


Poetry Jam at the Wekalet Al-Ghoury, 7pm

In an event organised by the Austrian Cultural Forum, three Egyptian artists meet counterparts from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Together they will present their best writings and improvised works. The performance will include the artists playing with words and language, while entertaining listeners with quick, humorous as well as satirical texts.

Wekalet al Ghoury, Islamic Cairo (opposite to Al Azhar Mosque)

Piano recital at the International Music Centre, 8pm

Austrian pianist Gottlieb Wallisch will perform works by Bach, Bartok, Haydn, Schumann and Liszt. Wallisch has won several prestigious prizes at international piano competitions, including 1st prize at the Grand Prix Ivo Pogorelich at the Stravinsky Awards (USA). During his career, Wallisch has performed with many leading international orchestras and cooperated with renowned conductors. Check Gottlieb Wallisch performing Schubert's Sonata in E minor in the video below.

Manasterly Palace, Rhoda Island, next to the Nilometre, Cairo


Also on this day:
- Arab Music Festival at the Damanhour Opera House. For the programme details please refer to the Cairo Opera House (tel: 02 27390132). Read an interview with first-time Arab Music Festival director Gihan Morsi here.
- Check our Art Agenda for exhibitions held in Cairo.

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