Don’t miss the Cairo Steps Orchestra Project’s concerts at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 11 Dec 2019

Cairo Steps band
Cairo Steps band

The American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Malak Gabr Theatre 

Thurs 12, 7pm (Free Entry): A CAPOP is a semi A Cappella choir performing new and different arrangements by all your favourite popular songs (open to public and Entrance through Gate 1).


Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 12, 8pm: Singing recital by Yasser Suleiman.

Tues 17, 8pm: Singing concert by Asrar Algamal(secrets of beauty) band.


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 12 and Fri13, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company, the Cairo Festivity Choir, and the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui,celebrate the Christmas performing international songs.

Sat 14, 8pm: TheCairo Symphony Orchestra concert.

Sun 15, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.

Mon 16 and Tues 17, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra.

Thurs 19 and Fri 20, 8pm: The Cairo Steps Orchestra Project (Egypt/Germany), led by Bassem Darwish on oud and accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra,for the first time, conducted by Nayer Nagui.   

Small Hall

Thurs 12 and Fri 13, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band.

Sun 15, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Choir, accompanied by piano

Mon 16, 8pm: Guitar recital by Waheed Mamdouh.

Wed 18, 8pm: Flute and harp recital by Safaa Abdel-Rahman and Amira Hamed and singing by Dahlia Farid.

Thurs 19, 8pm: Sphinx Orchestra, led by Hany Hassan.   


Cairo Jazz Club

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

Thurs 12, 9.30pm: The Riff band with a vast repertoire from the great American Songbook and nostalgic jazz tunes, led by the charismatic singer Ahmed Harfoush.

Fri 13, 9.30pm: Progressive house by DJ Mohasseb.


Falaki Theatre

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

MAAT for Contemporary Art|Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre is inviting Cairo’s audience to “20 Years MAAT” (7 to 21 December), ten days of celebrating dance on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. It will include different events: dance performances, dance classes, music, and talks (For any inquiries or booking through the phone, call 16826).

Thurs 12, 8pm: The Platform 4 is a showcase for research, experimentation and projects developed and performed by the current students and alumni of the MAAT|Contemporary Dance School and under the mentorship of Karima Mansour. In this edition of The Platform, MAAT|CCDC presents four short dance performances that are followed by a Q&A session on each of the performing nights. 

Fri 13, 8pm: MAAT’s Outreach Programme presents an evening of performances created by MAAT|Contemporary Dance School’s talented alumni that are performed by underprivileged children who are fostered through the following foundations: Banaty Foundation, Ana El Masry Foundation, FACE Foundation, and Agouza Girls’ Home.

Sat 14, 8pm: In order to give everyone a chance to dance, MAAT|CCDC opens its doors for free dance class trials. Adults and children of all ages, social backgrounds and physical conditions are invited to try out one of the various disciplines taught at MAAT|CCDC. 


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 12, 8pm: TheAbdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemblein a repertoire of classical Arab songs.

Fri 13, 8pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni, performs Sufi chants and dances.

Sun 15, 8pm: The Heart of Jesus Choir in a repertoire of hymns.

Tues 17, 8pm: Singing recital by Mohamed Alshamy

Thurs 19, 8pm: Awtar band, led by Amr Abdel-Moneim.


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.

El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

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

Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts

Thurs 12, 8pm: Nuba Nour band performs traditional Nubian music, dances, 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 12, 8pm: Musician Hisham Kharma.

Fri 13, 7pm: An evening of singing and poetry features Marwan Sobhy.

Sat 14, 7pm: Qafiya Arabic rock band features vocalist Nour Khan.  

Thurs 19, 7pm: Singing recital by Mohamed Said.  

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 12, 7.30pm: The Xes, a stand-up comedy band.

Fri 13, 7pm: Al-Hadra troupe performs Sufi chanting.

Wed 18, 7.30pm: “Top 10”, a stand-up comedy show features Raghda Mekkawi.  




Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

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

Sat 14 and Sun 15, 8pm: David’s Heart Choir in a repertoire of hymns and Christmas songs.  eartHeart   

Wed 18, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Chamber Orchestra.

Thurs 19, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Companyfor Arab Music and Singing.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 12 December, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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