The Minister of Culture launches the electronic initiative “Stay at Home: Culture in Your Hands” on the Internet
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 18, 9pm: A musical evening with singer Mohamed Mohsen (Egypt), violin and rababa player Mahmoud Sorour, singer Safwan Bahlawan (Syria), accompanied by the musical group, conducted by maestro Hazem Alqasaby.
Fri 19, 9pm: “The Nightingale Journey” operetta marks the birth anniversary of late singer Abdel-Halim Hafez, conducted by maestro Salah Ghoubashi and directed by Gihan Moursi.
Sat 20, 9pm: Carmen ballet by Flamenco de Madrid dance company (Spain).
Sun 21, 9pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra features clarinist Mohamed Hamdy.
Tues 23, 9pm: A gala concert by the Cairo Opera Company and Cairo Opera Ballet Company featuring pianist David Hales, directed by Mahdy Alsayed.
Thurs 25, 9pm: “The Soul Lover” operetta honors the memory of late singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, conducted by maestro Farouk Albably and directed by Gihan Moursi.
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:
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.
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 Kulturama.digital 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: https://kulturama.goethe.de/
The Italian Cultural Institute
On the occasion of the International Music Day celebrated annually on 21 June, the Cairo Institute will broadcast live an exclusive concert on its social channels and YouTube by the duo Remo Anzovino and Flavio Boltro. Composer and pianist Anzovino is considered among the most established, innovative and eclectic exponents of contemporary instrumental music, while Boltro is one of the greatest Italian trumpet players, who has been part of the world jazz scene for over 20 years.
Pro Helvetia Cairo
In this quarantine period, Alias Contemporary Dance Companywould 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.
The BA has been posting videos on cultural topics on its YouTube channel since March, when Egyptian cultural institutions were temporarily closed due to covid-19 pandemic. While all the programmes add something unique with their content, the videos focusing on music have garnered the highest viewership so far. To view all videos released by the BA, check its YouTube channel.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 June, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly