Culture listings: WE Online Music Festival, Studio Emad Eddin, Goethe Institute and more

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 19 May 2020

Massar Egbari
Massar Egbari

WE Online Music Festival (3 May- 3 July)

WE Online Music Festival is a live streamed festival organised by WE Telecom company in cooperation with CNL Music.

The concerts begin at 10pm, live-streamed on WE Telecom’s YouTube channel.

The upcoming line-up includes the following bands:

Sun 24 May: Taking place on the first day of Eid, the concert’s line-up is a surprise to the listeners.  

Mon 25 May: Egyptian band Disco Misr performing oriental sounds with a twist of disco and funk.

Tues 26 May: Double bill
A concert features two of Egypt’s top rappers Wegz and Marwan Moussa.

Fri 5 June: Massar Egbari, a well-known Egyptian oriental rock band presenting music and songs tackling social problems.

Fri 19 June: Jordanian Arab rock bandEl Morabba3.

Fri 26 June: Jordanian composer, singer and music producer Aziz Maraka.  

Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre

The Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre (CCDC) has decided to offer free online classes to encourage everyone to stay active at home. Classes vary between Contemporary Dance, Barre, Floor Barre, Yoga, Breakdance, Movement and Exercise, Pilates, Ballet, and nutrition advises. You can find all the classes on the CCDC’s Youtube channel.

Goethe Institute

The Institute provides online technical presentations and discussions under theUn / Controlled Gestuers project. The Institute offers its Facebook page as a digital platform for eight young choreographers from 10 to 21 May. To display parts of the dance performances they have directed during their artistic stay in Rabat, Cairo and Tunisia as part of the Un / Controlled Gestuers project on the topic of self-exploration. Young choreographers will discuss their shows with skilled and professional dramaturgy choreographers from the Arab region, North Africa and Europe.

The discussions are broadcasted directly on the Goethe-Institute Cairo page on Facebook

At 11am, short clips of shows are shown on Facebook, followed by discussions on the same day at 8pm live on the following days:

Thurs 21 May: Said El Haddaji presents the dance quartet “Screaming” in a meeting and discussion with dramaturgy expert Najma Haj Ben Shalaby (Brussels) in French.

Although the cultural sector is among those most affected by the corona pandemic, this crisis has unquestionably proven the importance of cultural activities in our lives. In order to reach the public interested in cultural events, and to provide support to artists around the world, Goethe Institute launched the platform to provide live or recorded performances and upload them to the site for free.

In a safe and interactive manner, the platform also allows the public to make a financial contribution to the artists should they wish to do so. Kulturama brings international culture into your living room. Enter your events, find dates and support artists.

You can reach the site through the following link:


Studio Emad Eddin Foundation

The studio has announced a new online workshop programme called “Studio from Home”, designed to run throughout the month of Ramadan while most people practice self-isolation. The three workshops are “The Small Dances Project” with Florence Moutin-Cornille, “Monologue Acting for Beginners” with Mary Aravanis, and “Costume Design for the Stage” presented by Nermine Said on their Facebook

“The Small Dances” project aims to inspire body-awareness by exploring the body’s relationship to imagination and developing its stamina and flexibility. The sessions also encourage participants to discover different areas of the body that can be used for self-expression through small dances in limited space. The workshop is a month long, with sessions airing every Wednesday from 29 April till 22 May.

Pro Helvetia Cairo

In this quarantine period, Alias Contemporary Dance Company would like to revisit with you some of the highlights of their existence by sharing several of their video archives. Five recordings of shows and one short film will be broadcast live on their YouTube channel on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm (local Swiss time).

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 its Facebook page and YouTube.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 May, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly  

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