Don’t miss The French Week’s lectures by writers Maylis de Kerangal and Raphaële Frier at the Manasterly Palace

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 3 Mar 2020

Maylis de Kerangal and Raphaële Frier
Maylis de Kerangal and Raphaële Frier

The American University in Cairo

AUC New CairoCampus

Moataz Al Alfi Hall

Thurs 5, Fri 6 and Sat 7, 5.30-9pm: “Creating the World We Want for Children, Youth, and Families,”is the2nd Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference on Community Psychology (MENACP 2020), hosted by the AUC Department of Psychology. Topics of the conference will discuss bullying, collective identity, colonialism, occupation, crisis, war, drug use, education, gender based violence, informal education, mental health, parenting, role of psychologists and social workers, trafficking, trauma, workplace environment, children with disabilities, homeless children, families, mothers, school children, refugees and camp refugees, rural areas and others. Theevent will include a panel on “Youth Creating the World We Want” featuring some exceptionalspeakers in addition to a Tanoura show(open to the public).  


Amir Bashtak Palace

Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187

Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4pm: The training courses of the Arab Singing House students.  


Amir Taz Palace

27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Saliba St, Al-Khalifa District, Tel 02 2514 2581

Every Saturday and Tuesday, 2pm: Enshad Dini (religious chanting) workshop by Munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy.

Every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 2pm: Playing on musical instruments workshop for ages from 10 to 18 years

Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 12pm (children) 4pm (adults): The singing workshop of Amir Taz Palace Choir. Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 4pm: The Actor preparation workshop.


Beit Al-Harrawi (The Arab Oud House)

Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174

Every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, 4-9pm: Oud classes given by the oud professors of the Arab Oud House.

Every Saturday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Workshops on the theories of playing oud for advanced students by Professor Ahmed Youssef.                         

Every Saturday, 5-6pm: Workshops on the theories of playing oud for beginners by Fadi Adel Al-Hajj.


Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre

1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103

Every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm: The handicrafts courses of Jameel House of Traditional Arts Cairo, in cooperation with the Prince Charles’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.


The Child Creativity Centre (Beit Al-Aini)

Al-Azhar district, behind Al-Azhar Mosque,Tel 02 2514 2990

Every Saturday, 11am: Handicrafts workshop andBeit Al-Aini Children Choir workshop, supervised by Manal Suleiman(2pm).  

Every Sunday and Wednesday, 10-12pm: A workshop on works on art,

Every Monday, 3pm: Miscellaneous activities workshop.   

Every Wednesday, 11am: A workshop of skills development for people with special abilities by Doaa Fathi.

Every Thursday, 12pm: A cultural day.


Ceramic and Traditional Handicrafts Centre

1 Al-Imam St, behind Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, Al-Fustat, Old Cairo, Tel 02 2364 3103

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, WednesdayandThursday, 3-6pm: Egypt’s artisans’initiative for training on handicrafts such as porcelain, copper, Khayamiya, heritage jewellery.


French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800

Sun 8,6.30-9pm: To mark the International Women’s Rights Day, the morning period is devoted to various activities offered by schools around the famous Moliere play Women Scientists.In this context, high school students will disclose their acting talents and think about the topics of this great author, with a taste of the "Moliere language" aesthetics in the French-speaking month.

Theatre Hall
At 6.30pm, an evening celebrating the International Women’s Rights Day, which this year discusses the theme of “Women Acquiring Science” will be held in the presence of French Ambassador Stephane Romatet and the event’s sponsor, actress Hend Sabry. Some of the women practicing general occupations for men (jurisprudence, architecture, surgery, electricity...) provide a feminist insight into their fields of work. The roundtable will be followed by the award of the Equality between Men and Women for the third year in a row.

Heliopolis, Masr Al-Gedida, Tel 02 2417 4824

Sun 8,6.30-9pm: “Women and Knowledge”, a roundtable discussion on howwomen: architects, engineers, journalists can regain competencies and knowledge prepared by the man, moderated by Salwa Aggag. It introducesarchitect and teacher Samah Shehata, MP and Engineer Mai Al-Batrawi, and Nisreen Shoukri, journalist and teacher.  

Italian Cultural Institute

3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791

IIC Theatre

Sun 8, 5pm: The International Women’s Day event is organised by the UNFPA Office and the Italian Agency for International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. In line with the “Generation Equality” theme, the celebration aims to involve the public, especially the younger ones, in spreading awareness of women’s rights and the different ways to achieve gender equality, both individually and socially. A round table will deepen the theme and will be followed by the screening of a film, in collaboration with MedFest Egypt.

IIC Terrace

Mon 9, 5.30pm: “Yoga for Women”, women-only Hatha yoga session,on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, honors the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and pays particular attention to their health (Free; limited space).



Japan Foundation Office

106 Al-Qasr Al-Aini St, Cairo Centre Building,3rd floor, Garden City, Tel 02 2794 9431 / 9719

Thurs 5, 3.30-5pm: “Kanji (Japanese characters) is not Difficult”, a lecture byNiwa Hiroyuki, a specialist in Comparative Japanese and Chinese Literature. He will talkabout the secret of kanji learning from the Japanese researches point of view.

Manasterly Palace

1 Al-Malek Al-Saleh St, Al-Roda Island, Manial, Tel 02 2363 1467

The International Music Centre

Wed 11, 7pm: “The French Week” presents a literary encounter withMaylis de Kerangal, one of France’s most important writers,who will read excerpts fromher book,Healing the Living.

Wed 11, 5pm: A discussion with French writer Raphaële Frier about herextremely diverse production, as it includes comics, novels, and poems for children and books for teenagers.


Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12pm: Develop your children skills through learning languages in a simple manner, computer programmes, and chess champions as well as scientific experiments, the age group targeted from 6 to 15.   

Every Saturday, 11am: Skills development workshops and modifying the behaviour of people with special abilities.

Every Wednesday, 11am: Miscellaneous workshops for school children.  

Every Saturday and Thursday, 3pm: The Centre’s Children Choir workshop.  


*A version of this article appears in print in the 5 March, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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