The Cairo Opera House
The Ministry of Culture’s electronic initiative “Stay at Home: Culture in Your Hands” presents the following artistic programme online
The Ministry of Culture website is at http://www.moc.gov.eg
Its YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8McPibRT36QSjnt4eGucNw
And its Facebook account is Egyptian MOC
Thurs 16, 9pm: An evening of classical Arab songs with Moroccan singer Fouad Zabadi and Egyptian singer Mohamed Al-Helw.
Fri17, 9pm: The Sound of Spring operetta.
Sat 18, 9pm: Part one of Verdi’s Aida opera performed by the Cairo Opera Company.
Sun 19, 9pm: Part two of Aida opera performed by the Cairo Opera Company.
Mon 20, 9pm: The Spring concert featured by singer Hany Shaker.
Tues 21, 9pm: Osiris ballet performed by the Cairo Opera Ballet Company.
Wed 22, 9pm: An evening with singer Mohamed Tharwat and Al Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting.
Thurs 23, 9pm: A concert honours the memory of composers Sayed Mekkawi and Salah Jahin. A Black Eyeglass Seeing a Flower operetta starring singer Ali Al-Haggar.
The Cervantes Institute in Cairo and Alexandria launched the series “Songs for Reading at Night”, with the aim of entertaining people during the partial curfew in Egypt. Every day at 7pm, you are on a date with one of the Spanish-speaking rock stars, where each of them will choose a song that our friends in Egypt would like to listen to while reading her words. The series started on Wednesday evening, March 25, in conjunction with the entry into force of a partial curfew in Egypt, among several measures aimed at facing the coronavirus. The rock star who opened the series was Loquillo, a Spanish rock and roll singer, who is born on 21 December 1960 in Barcelona, and is famed as the Egyptian superstar Amr Diab. Loquillo sent his fans in Cairo and Alexandria this message: “I dedicate the song Ugly, Strong and Official to all the friends of the Cervantes Institute in Cairo and Alexandria, because it is the song that expresses me and the values that define me as a person, “Enjoy and dance”. This series is part of the measures taken by the Cervantes Institute in Cairo and Alexandria to continue its activities remotely with its students despite the current situation. It is reported that the Institute provides online courses so that students can continue their study activities remotely.
Room Art Space & Cafe
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
The Spot mall, in front of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Due to the current imposed self-isolation, Room has launched an initiative of live concerts streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Room is planning to provide two kinds of activities: prerecorded concerts, which would be then uploaded on Facebook and YouTube in the evening hours; and Friday live streaming which would take place in the afternoon. Follow them on their Facebook page for live concerts.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 16 April, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly