Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Wed 23, 8pm: On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the opera salon introduces a number of Arab female creators.
Italian Cultural Institute
3 El-Sheikh El Marsafy St, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 5423/2735 8791
Tues 22, 6pm: Italian Design Days conference entitled, “Creativity, Design and New Technologies for a Sustainable Future” will introduce Italian architect Giancarlo Bertocchini, who will talk about the project “Renewal for the Reconstruction of the City”, in the presence of Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Davide Scalmani, and Chief-Editor of Al-Ahram Al-Beit magazine Sawsan Mourad.
(Entry is free, due to the current precautionary measures and the necessity of social distancing, please fill out the forms (https://forms.gle/fTZWry6eTvq5fu6Z6) rescheduled before 22 March at 3pm. Entry is in order of arrival).
Italy celebrated the 700th anniversary of the passing of Dante Alighieri in 2021. 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.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Tues 22, 7.30pm: A poetic evening with poet Ahmed Dora.
Thurs 24, 6pm: How Can Less Effort makes Better Performance?!, a lecture by Dina Megahed, Director of Business Programmes Department at the Russian Cultural Centre and holds a DBA- PhD in Buisness Administration from the Royal College of England, UK.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Tues 22, 7pm: “Inspired by Cairo” a book reading and talk
with best-selling author Reem Bassiouney. The author takes us on a journey through the process by which Cairo and its rich history serve as the inspiration for her novels, which are mostly based in the Mamluk era. The talk will include readings from her books Fountain of the Drowning, Sons of the People – The Mamluk Trilogy, and Ibn Tulun’s City Without Walls. The event will also feature a book signing. (Free admission and open to the public).
Wed 23, 8-10pm: “A Conversation About Opera Don Carlos”, TCC’s popular opera talks, in collaboration with Met Live in HD, returns with an exciting and informative discussion about Verdi’s most daring work, Don Carlos. The talk features renowned political commentator Abdel Moneim Said, SCE Dean James Ketterer and other luminaries.
Thurs 24, 6-8pm: “Living a Creative Life”, a conversation with accordionist, composer, songwriter, singer, and actress Youssra El-Hawary with Chelsea Green, Director of the AUC Music Programme, and James Ketterer, SCE Dean.
El-Hawary will discuss the role of creativity in everyday life and how we can all capture and channel it. In addition, she will perform some of her signature music and demonstrate the creative process at work.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 17 March, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.