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.
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.
Artistic Creativity Centre
Cairo Opera Complex, Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek
Thurs 8, 6.30pm: “Okasha: Who gave the Impossible a Chance”, an evening in celebration of the World Heritage Day and the centenary of the late Tharwat Okasha, Egypt’s former culture minister. It sheds light on the role of Okasha, who saved the two temples of Abu Simbel after building the High Dam and exposing them to drowning along with many Egyptian antiquities, in what was known as the “Save the Monuments of Nubia” campaign. It includes a lecture by the architect Hamdy Al-Satouhi, founder of the Abu Simbel campaign, titled “Abu Simbel: Lesson of the Past and the Future”. The event also includes the screening of the rare film, The Eighth Miracle by international director John Feeney, which reviews more than 80 paintings and dozens of artistic sketches made by the great artist Hussein Bikar for the transfer of the two temples. It is accompanied by the symphonic poem, Abu Simbel by Aziz Al-Shewan, played by Balance clarinet quartet.
105, Abu Bakr El-Seddiq St, Heliopolis, Misr Algedida, Tel 02 2690 8184/85/ 0122 6000168
Diwan Heliopolis garden
Sat 10, 12pm: The launch of My Adventure in Alexandria book, written by best-selling author Kristin Jankowski with illustrations by Lamya Sharaby. The book tells the fantastic story of Haamu and his animal friends which are making an amazing trip in Alexandria. In his yellow taxi, Haamu introduces Doctor Donkey, Lilly Llama, Gigi Giraffe and Hany Hippo to Egyptian history, architecture, religion and culture. (Please make sure to keep social distance and bring your face masks).
French Institute of Oriental Archaeology
The Institute has launched its new website at the beginning of 2021. You can visit it through this link: www.ifegypte.com
The new website is carefully designed to meet your requirements and facilitate access to information. It is also fast, easy to use, and offers a variety of content and new ways to communicate with the institute. With one click, you can view the spaces devoted to French language courses, Arabic language courses, various events in all branches (exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events). In addition to contacting the institute directly by sending your messages to any of its sectors through its website. If you have difficulty completing the French language courses at the headquarters of the French Institute in Egypt in Mounira, Heliopolis, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed and Alexandria, you can continue them online.
It takes the health of its customers very seriously and has implemented strict health measures to provide you with the best possible educational conditions. Wearing a mask is mandatory for all and physical spacing is respected in the classroom and in the building.
For more information flock to the institute’s website[email protected].
You can choose the branch you prefer and see the French language courses for adults and children that are appropriate for you and register there. You can also call the institute at the following numbers: 01205558639/01227484951/
01222196984, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Italian Cultural Institute
Registration for general language courses for the summer session is open until 10 April.
Italy is celebrating the 700th death anniversary of Dante Alighieri, from 12 March to 4 July 2021. So, the Italian Institute continues to post videos in Arabic with translations from Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece The Divine Comedy to bring the Arab-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. Videos are directed by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Ashraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddin, Sherine Hegazy, and Sara El Mokadem.
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 8 April, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly