Soprano Amira Selim and French pianist Pascale Rozieratthe newly re-opened International Music Centre

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 12 Nov 2019

Arlia; Selim and Rozier
Arlia; Selim and Rozier

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Fri 15 and Sun 17, 8pm: The world’s greatest musicals and famous songs performed by the Cairo Opera Company, supervised by Iman Mustafa and directed by Hazem Roushdi.  

Sat 16, 8pm: Sultanate of Oman National Day celebration.  


Bardo Club House

Maadi, for more info contact French Cultural Institute, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800

Thurs 14, 7pm: “The Poetry Night” events this year include poetry recital of the Egyptian poet Amal Dunqul, one of the greatest modern Arab poets, accompanied by music titled “Amal” and a musical-poetic concert titled “Flowers of Evil”. “Amal” is a presentation by writer and director Ahmed El-Attar, composer Nassim Galal and actress Nanda Mohamed specially for the "Voices of Winter" festival in Paris. This show gives a voice and music to Mohamed Sami and Nanda Mohamed will recite poetry of hope to accompany the music again at the Poetry Night in Cairo. With Nanda Mohamed (music), Mohamed Sami (music), Ahmed El-Attar (design and directed), and the participation of François Atlas (guitar, singing, piano), Romain Vasset (bass), Mona Gamil (singing), and the text of the poems of Amal Dunqul translated into  French by Charles Baudelaire. The night will be concluded by DJ Ahmed Sami, one of the icons of electronic music known in Cairo.


Beit Al-Harrawi

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

Thurs 31, 7pm (Free Entrance):Poetic childhood memories of Damascus meet oriental sounds of oud music, a reading by Austrian-Syrian author Luna Al-Mousli from her book, A Tear. A Smile. My Childhood in Damascus, with oud music played byAmira Abdel-Gawad. The reading will be held in Arabic-German.


Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7.30pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat


Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736  0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

Main Hall

Thurs 14, 8pm: Celebrating 150th anniversary of the Khedivial Opera House, a concert will be presented by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestroAhmed El-Saedi, the Cairo Opera Company, supervised by Iman Moustafa, the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, directed by Erminia Kamel, together with A Cappella Choir, directed by Hazen Tayel.

Fri 15, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Filippo Arlia, and Lean Cavallo Festival (Italy) present Pagliacci opera written in two acts on liberty with music by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

Open-Air Theatre

Sun 17, 8pm: Progressive rock metal byMedic band.   

Small Hall

Sun 17, 8pm: The Egyptian Musical Youth Associationconcert.


Darb 1718

Kasr El Shamaa St, Al Fakhareen, Old Cairo, near Mar Girgis Metro Station, Tel 02 2741 3053/ 0109 3766188

Fri 15, 8pm: Radio Yemen troupe.  


Egypt Public Library

4 Gamal Hemdan St, next to The State Council, Giza, Tel 02 3336 0291

Lectures Hall

Thurs 14, 5pm: A Russian Cultural Day features a guitar recital by the Russian Guzl Nazarova, a ballet performance by Dahlia Adham and a singing recital by Yassin Tamer.  
















Falaki Theatre

American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Sat 16 and Sun 17, 8pm: Albi (My Heart), a contemporary dance music performance created and directed by darbuka (tabla) and doff (percussive instrument) playerSabrine El-Hossamy.

Combining music and dance, Albi features two dancers: Sherin Hegazy and Sarah Helmy performing to choreography by Sherin Hegazy, Sarah Gabr, and Sabrine El-Hossamy.

The show’s assistant director is Mohamed Bonga, light design by Nancy Iskander, sound engineering by Shady Mohamed and Peter Maged with costumes by Gamil Saleh.


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707

Sat 16, 8pm: Abu Shaar Brothers troupe from Syria performs religious songs.  


Al-Ghouri Caravansary
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat, Mon, and Wed, 7.30pm).


Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday, 9pm: (fixed event) Zikr and Sufi night.
Every Tuesday, 9pm (doors open at 8.30pm and reservations is canceled at 7.30pm): Mawawil and Gamalat Shiha present traditional music of the Nile Delta; Nubian Fadeka music and songs with Aragid, featuring Saleh Abbass and Farah Al-Masri; traditional Sudanese music and songs performed by Queen of Henna Settouna; Al-Jaafra music played by musicians from Aswan; Nass Makan (People from Makan) and Sanet perform traditional music from Eritrea.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher, featuring Umm SamehUmm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.


Manasterly Palace

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

The International Music Centre

Fri 15, 8pm: Egyptian soprano Amira Selim, accompanied by French pianist Pascale Rozier performing works by the likes of Martini, Schubert, Mozart, Abu-Bakr Khayrat, Sayed Darwish, Bernstein, and Rachmaninoff.

El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354

Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts

Thurs 14, 8pm: Nuba Nour band presents traditional Nubian music, dance and songs.

Every Saturday, 8pm: (fixed event) Asyad Al-Zar (The Zar Masters) band. The Zar Masters band is comprised of some of the few remaining Egyptian and Sudanese Zar performers playing Tanbura, Toza

(small 2 sides percussion) Mangour, (a wide belt of goat hooves worn around the hips), Marakesh (hand-held rattles) and the tambourine.


Room Art Space

New Cairo

The new branch of Room Art Space hosts live music shows on a daily basis. Room’s new branch is located in The Spot mall in front of AUC gate on 4,370 square metres with indoor and outdoor areas where live music events and concerts are featured on a daily bases, hosting up to 400 guests per event, and its open from 9am till after midnight.


El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

River Hall

Thurs 14, 6pm: An evening of music and poetry features young poet Mohamed El-Kafoury.

Fri 15, 7pm: Stand-up comedy and stories by Ali Qandil.

Sat 16, 7pm:El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatreshow revives the concerts of the late singer Abdel-Halim Hafez performing of his much-loved songs.

Sun 17, 7pm: Singer Kerdan in a concert, conducted by maestro Ali Almansy.

Mon 18, 7pm: Singing recital by Yasser Anwar.

Tues 19, 7pm:Sufi chanting by Al-Hour troupe.  

Wisdom Hall

Sat 16, 6pm: Singing recital by Dina Megahed.

Sat 16, 7pm: Al-Mawlawiya Al-Masreya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni performs Sufi dances and songs.

Sun 17, 7pm:A concert features Clacket band. 

Tues 19 and Wed 20, 8pm:Piano recital by Omar Khairat.


Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)

AUC's Tahrir Campus

Ewart Hall

American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446

Thurs 21, 8pm: "Fabrica Goes Rock", concert features Fabricaband in a selection of the most well-known rock songs throughout history, from The Beatles and Pink Floyd, Queen and Aerosmith, to the King himself, Elvis Presley; all with a "Fabrica Twist", with unique renditions of all-time favorites. 





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Wed 20, 8pm: Alexandria's Talents Development Centre concert.

Thurs 21, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999

BACC Main Hall

Wed 20, 7pm: The Arts School Ballet Performance, supervised by Dr. Claire Rezk-Allah.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 14 November, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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