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, 1pm: Enshad Dini (religious chanting) workshop by Munshid Mahmoud Al-Tohamy.
Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: Playing on musical instruments workshop for ages from 10 to 18 years
Every Sunday and Thursday, 4pm: The singing workshop of Amir Taz Palace Choir trained by Heba Ramadan.
Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3pm: A workshop on preparing the actor with Ahmed Zakariya.
The American University in Cairo
Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tahrir Campus, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 19, 1pm, Doors close at 12:55pm: “SpeakUp,
How can we combat harassment and why should we care?" is a Dialog Series launched by the AUC. The Dialog Series Advisory Board Members are Maya Morsy ’95 President of Egypt’s National Council for Women, Hisham El-Khazindar ’96, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Qalaa Holdings; AUC Trustee, UN Women Egypt Country Representative Christine Arab, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University Hoda Elsadda, AUC student and founder of the Instagram account @assaultpolice Nadeen Ashraf, AUC alumnus, UN Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed adventurer Omar Samra, and Rabab El-Mahdi ’96, ’98 associate professor and the chair of AUC’s political science department. (The event will be conducted in Arabic with English Translation). All precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of our guests, including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and limited capacity in the hall.
Beit Al She'r (Al Sett Wassila)
Al-Azhar district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Al Aini St, Tel 02 2510 3171
Sun 15, 7pm: An evening of poetry by a group of poets from Suez.
Beit Al-Aini (The Child Creativity Centre)
Al-Azhar, district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990
Every Saturday, 11am: A workshop for the Beit Al-Ain Children’s Choir, supervised by Prof. Eman Suleiman. Every Monday, 12noon: Wire and clay toy formation workshop, supervised by Rahma Mahgoub.
Every Wednesday, 1pm: A recycling workshop supervised by Hala Anwar.
Beit Al-Harrawi (The Arab Oud House)
Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174
Every Saturday and Wednesday, 4-9pm: Oud, nay, qannun, violin and percussion instruments classes given by the oud professors of the Arab Oud House.
Every Saturday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Workshops on learning the theories of playing oud by professors Elham Alhag and Ahmed Altaweel.
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 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6pm: Egypt’s artisans’ initiative for training on handicrafts such as porcelain, copper, Khayamiya, heritage jewellery.
The Child Creativity Centre (Beit Al-Aini)
Al-Azhar district, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990
Every Saturday, 11am: Handicrafts workshop and Beit Al-Aini Children Choir workshop, supervised by Manal Suleiman (2pm).
Every Monday, 3pm: Miscellaneous activities workshop.
Every Wednesday, 11am: A workshop of skills development for people with special abilities by Doaa Fathy.
Every Thursday, 12pm: A cultural day.
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Sun 15, 6pm: “Fighting Epidemics in Egypt: From International Governance to Health Sovereignty - The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries of Sylvia” is an online seminar on YouTube.
Mon 16, 6pm: “In a Time of Pandemic: How Digital Platforms Affect Our Community Coexistence”, a seminar features Antonio A. Casilli, a professor of sociology at Telecom Paris. (The seminars are in French with simultaneous translation in Arabic).
In Cairo, the library at Goethe-Institute, apart from providing books and facilities for language learning, is since its renovation in 2016 a third space, a place of encounter and exchange, events and general learning. This is why Goethe-Institute Cairo has decided to set up a maker-space in its library premises with a focus on digitalisation and sustainability supported by San3a Tech. Here, people are offered first practical insight into new technology and can express themselves in a creative way during workshops and other events while furthermore promoting the concepts of self-driven learning, social innovation and out of the box thinking – core skills both for people who aspire a certain professional career and for persons who want to promote change and development in their community.
Planned are workshops on urban gardening, recycling and Virtual Reality, as well as activities on coding and 3D-printing.
As the Institute is still closed for public events, it has launched the new space with a series of online talks and discussions in Arabic with leading members in the field and with support of San3a tech starting 30 October.
During the four events, topics with focus on different aspects of the maker-idea will be tackled: Starting with a dive into the history of the maker-movement and maker-spaces in libraries with Omar Essafty, participants will gain a broad insight in the idea of maker-spaces in general and profit from the speaker’s experience.
The three other topics will have more specialized content.
Participants will get to know the technologies and possible applications of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality on 20 November with Hisham Hosny and Mohamed Hamada, both experts on the field.
The soft launch series will end on 4 December with an online talk about the challenge of combatting misinformation in the virtual world and addresses the importance of digital literacy. Representatives of ADEF and Tactical Tech are invited. The main language of the events will be (Egyptian) Arabic. To assure safety of the participants and speakers, the soft opening of the maker-space will take place exclusively online, talks and discussions will be streamed on Facebook and will be available after the event on the pages of the two partners.
Stay tuned to not miss any of the events: follow Goethe-Institute Cairo and San3a Tech on Facebook!
Italian Cultural Institute
3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791
Wed 18, 11am: A conference organised by The Italian Embassy and the Italian Trade Agency on “The 5th edition of the Week of the Italian Cuisine”. The week of the Italian cuisine is an annual event, held all over the world by the diplomatic and consular offices, the Italian Cultural Institutes, the Italian Trade Agency network, and aims to promote the Italian food and culinary traditions as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture. The conference will be led by Ashraf Gamal, Director of the Egyptian Chefs Association.
Wed 25, 6pm: “Astronauts eat Italian” a webinar by professor Claudio Margottini, former scientific officer of the Italian embassy, will talk about the type of nutrition of astronauts participating in space missions. The Italian astronaut Roberto Vettori will participate online, in a video link, giving his direct testimony.
Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Every Sunday and Wednesday, 2pm: The centre’s Children Choir rehearsals.
Every Saturday and Monday, 12pm: A training course to teach how to write and read in Braine for the blind, under the supervision of the archaeologist Ahmed Mohamed Naguib.
Every Saturday and Thursday, 12pm: Handicraft, artistic and metalworking workshops for making small handicraft projects for young people and those with special abilities.
Every Wednesday and Friday, 10am: A workshop on preparing the actor.
Every Wednesday and Friday, 2pm: Art expression workshop, in addition to artistic and cultural activities for normal children and those with special needs.
Every Saturday, 11am: A meeting in the framework of human skills development for people with special abilities, supervised by professors Doaa Fathy and Iman Abul-Magd.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 12 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly