The concert of the Armenian Sardarabad Folk Dance Troupe is not to be missed

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Egyptian Armenian Sardarabad Folk Dance Troupeand Armenian singer Vartan Badalyan
Egyptian Armenian Sardarabad Folk Dance Troupeand Armenian singer Vartan Badalyan

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Fri 29, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.

Sun 1, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs.

Thurs 5, 8pm: Nogoum Masria(Egyptian Stars) Ensemble for Music and Singing, led by Mustafa Mahdy.  


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.

Thurs 28, 7pm: Al-Mawlawyia Al-Masreya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni in a concert of Sufi singings and dance.  


Cairo Opera House

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

Main Hall

Sat 30, 8pm: TheCairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi and featuring pianist Alexander Frey,presents “Romantic Flair” concert. The programme includes Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a, George Gershwin: Phapsody in Blue, and Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op.88.

Sun 1 Dec, 8pm: Musician Emad Alsharouny.

Wed 4, (8pm), Thurs 5 (12noon and 8pm), Sun 8, 8pm: Carmen ballet by Flamenco de Madrid Dance Company (Spain).

Small Hall

Tues 3, 8pm: Corazon Ensemble with the Accordion Player Marcin Wyrostek (Poland).  


Cairo Jazz Club

197, 26th July St, Agouza, Tel 02 3345 9939

Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Andromida Pink Floyd tribute band.

Sat 30, 9.30pm: Nour Projectband, founded by saxophonist Nour Ashour, is comprised of a group of world class Egyptian musicians. You can hear various influences in their music like Oriental music, blues, rock and jazz. 


Darb 1718

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

Fri 29, 8pm: Metallica tribute and more by Vyrus band.


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 28, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini (religious chanting) troupe performs religious songs.

Fri 29, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.

Sat 30, 8pm: CairotaEnsemble. 

Tues 3, Wed 4, Thurs 5, 8pm:Forsan Al Sharq for Heritage Companypresents Raya we Sekina performance.  


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).


Heliopolis Sporting Club

El Shorouk City, New Cairo

Fri 29, 8pm: The King Mohamed Mounir in a live concert.


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.

El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

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

Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts

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.


New Generation International Schools

Obour City, transportation service will be available at 6.30pm at Houssaper Armenian Cultural Club, 43 Beirut St, Heliopolis 

Main Hall

Fri 29, 8pm (Free Entry): Celebrating its 75th jubilee, Houssaper Armenian Cultural Association presents a concert and a folk dance performance. In the cultural programme’s first part, Sardarabad Folk Dance Troupe will perform Armenian dances choreographed by the Cairo Opera House’s Ballet Theatre classical dancer Mariam Garabedyan. Armenia’s renowned singer Vartan Badalyan will take the stage during the second part of the programme, performing live. The cultural evening will be held under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Ashod Mnatsaganian, primate of the Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Egypt.


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 28 (7pm), Fri 29 and Sat 30 (3pm): ChocoFest Cairo features the new children puppet theatre show Selim and Selima, the circus show and the chocolate market.

Wed 4, 7pm: Waslet Samaa troupe performs religious chants.  

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 28, 7.30pm: Oscarisma band.  

Fri 29, 7pm: Fabrica band performs a collection of Disney’s much-loved songs from Cinderella, Snow White, Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin and many more.

Sun 1 Dec, 7.30pm: Yarub Smaraitand the Group (Jordan).  




Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

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

Thurs 28, Sun 1 Dec, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.

Fri 29, 8pm: Abou Shaar troupe for religious chanting (Syria).

Thurs 5, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil.


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999

BACC Small Hall

Fri 29, 7pm: A piano night with Fouad.

Sat 30, 7pm: Yarub Smarait and the Group (Jordan).


*A version of this article appears in print in the 28 November, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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