Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Salebiya St, Al-Khalifa district, Tel 02 2514 2581
Sun 31, 7pm (Free Entry): German-Arabic play reading with the Austrian actor Martin Ploderer and Egyptian writer Tarik Bary. Ploderer and Bary will take us on a literary promenade through Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. They will present a selection of witty, brilliant texts of two of Austria’s greatest minds. The reading will be accompanied by the distinguished Egyptian cellist Fahmy Tarek who will present compositions by Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner and Alban Berg. (For social distancing requirements, the number of seats will be less than usual. Please send your registration via email to [email protected] by Saturday 30 October at the latest).
American University in Cairo
Thurs 28, 1-3pm (GMT+2): “International Law and Western Sahara” a webinar features Oubi Bucharaya, Representative in charge of Europe and the European Union of the Frente POLISARIO, Nesrine Badawi, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department AUC, and Secretary General of International Platform of Jurists for East Timor Pedro Pinto Leite. The online event is hosted and moderated by Thomas Skouteris, Associate Professor and Chair, Law Department
The American University in Cairo.
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Fri 29, 10-11am: “International Nuggets: Story Time” by children’s teacher Salma Mohsein. On the occasion of the “International Pépites” operation, the Media Library invites its young audience to come and discover the albums selected by the French Institute and the Book and Youth Press Fair. At the end of the sessions which will take place in September, October and November, participants will vote for their favorite album.
Fri 29, 4pm (From 12 years old): “International Nuggets: Novels and Comics Reading Club” by Lucia Salgueiro and Karidad Ragueh, professors at the College of the Sacred Heart and workshops specialists for youth. The club presents eight reading and discovery sessions from September until the end of November 2021. In this session, Salgueiro and Ragueh will present the entire workshop, the Culturethèque platform, the selection of international Nuggets and the voting system, through a quick discovery and collective reading of excerpts from the works.
Italian Cultural Institute
Italy has been celebrating the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri. Also, 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
Thurs 29, 1pm: Handicrafts workshop with an artisan.
French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
Thurs 28, 7pm: Meeting with the Alexandrian novelist and translator Mohamed A. Gamal around his novel Tayaran (Envol) published by the Al-Mahrousa publishing centre in 2020. One day, the Alexandrians suddenly had the ability to fly, so began the madness and freedom without limits as well as an exciting and light story, woven from multiple very specific Alexandrian details, plagued by various conflicts, between social and political classes, religious and philosophical, but above all funny and comical. This meeting will be moderated by Mohamed Ragab, Alexandrian writer, and followed by a signing ceremony.
Sun 31, 7pm: “The Rural Landscape in Egypt from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Era”, a lecture by Nicolas Michel, professor of contemporary history at Aix-Marseille University and former director of studies at the French Institute of Oriental Archeology (IFAO). How do historians read rural landscapes to study the history of Egypt, and what are their conclusions? The answers to these questions will be given in the lecture.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 28 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly