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Don’t miss the concerts of the 12th Cairo International Jazz Festival

Reham El-Adawi , Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 10 Nov 2020
Attallah, Cuturrufo and Simu
Attallah, Cuturrufo and Simu

The cultural activities have started gradually to reopen in the country. The reopening has included theatres, museums, galleries, national circus, which operate under the culture ministry. In its first stage, the resumption of activities will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity across all venues


The 12th Cairo International Jazz Festival (13-20 November)


Cairo International Jazz Festival celebrates its latest edition with a line-up of top Egyptian Jazz bands and over 100 musicians from 10 countries (Egypt, Portugal, The Netherlands, Chile, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Morocco, Denmark & Switzerland).

The CJF programme has a variety of events, including music concerts, workshops, Jazz for kids, film screening, exhibitions, Open mic, and jam sessions.

All safety protocols will be in place, including limited seating, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. Audiences will be limited to around 300 people per day. So hurry up and get your tickets now, which are on sale at Ticketsmarche.    


Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

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

Fountain Stage

Fri 13, 1.30-3pm: Jazzinino (jazz for kids) by Makers band. 

(3.30-4.45pm) Open mic.

Sat 14, 1.30-3pm: Jazzinino (jazz for kids) by Makers band, storytelling by Adham Roshdy. (3.30-4.45pm) Open mic.

Garden Stage  

Fri 13, 5.30-6.30pm: Sara Moullablad Quartet (Morocco/Egypt). (9.30-11pm) Sufism vs. Modernism concert features Fathy Salama and Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Tohami

Sat 14, 1.30-3pm: Jazzinino (jazz for kids) by Makers band. (5-6pm) Ahmed Nazmi group (Egypt).

Sat 14, 7.30-8.30pm: Los Compadres featuring Cristian Cuturrufo (Egypt /Chile). 

Sat 14, 10-11pm: Telepoetic (Egypt). 

Margo Veillon Gallery

Fri 13, 4.45-5.30pm: Opening of photo exhibition Thoughts before Notes, a journey in the history of jazz in Europe and Egypt.

Ewart Memorial Hall

Fri 13, 6.45-8pm: Trio Jorge Campos (Bass and loops), Cristian Cuturrufo (Flugelhorn) and Pedro Greene (Drums and Percussion) (Chile). (8.30-9.30) Cairo Big band society featuring All-stars singers (Egypt). 

Sat 14, 6.15-7.15pm: Alex SimuA.B.C (Romania/The Netherlands/Egypt). 

Sat 14, 8.30-9.30: Mai Kamal (Egypt).

Sun 15, 8.30-9.30: Hesham Galal Trio with Amena El Abd (Egypt). 

Mon 16, 8.30-9.30pm: Rami Attallah Trio featuring Sara Moullablad (Egypt / Morocco). 

Tues 17, 8-9pm: Samer George’s 2020 new album release (Egypt).

Wed 18, 9-10pm: Eswed w Abyad (Egypt). 

Thurs 19, 7.30-8.30pm: Linda Kovacs - recycle (Hungary), (8.45-9.45) Elina Duni Trio (Switzerland), Claudia Campagnol (Denmark) (10-11pm). 

Oriental Hall 

Mon 16, 7-8pm: Jazz Harmony master class by Rami Attallah and The Music Hub (Egypt).

Wed 18, 6.30-7.30pm: Film music master class by Alex Simu (Romania/The Netherlands).  

Thurs 19, 5-6.30pm: Women in Jazz – Vocal master class by Linda Kovacs, Claudia Campagnol and Elina Duni.    



Cairo Jazz Club

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

Sat 14, 9pm: Campos/Cuturrufo/Greene Trio (Chile).  

Sun 15, 9pm: Alex Simu and FriendsA.B.C (Romania/ Egypt).



Darb 1718

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

Tues 17, 8pm: Blue Notes band. 

Thurs 19, 8pm: Ricardo Formoso Quintet (Portugal). 



Room Art Space & Café
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539 

Wed 18, 9pm: Claudia Campagnol (Denmark). 






Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 19, 8pm: Oud recital by Hesham Essam


Beit Al-Sehemi

Al-Gamaliya, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Muiz St, Tel 2591 3391

Thurs 19, 7pm: A musical concert by Kerdan band.  



Cairo Opera House

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

Main Hall

Sat 14, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.  

Thurs 19, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra.  

Small Hall

Tues 17, 8pm: Jazz Trio Jorge Campos (Bass and loops), Cristian Cuturrufo (Flugelhorn) and Pedro Greene (Drums and Percussion) (Chile).


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Sat 14 and Sun 15, 8pm: A gala concert by the Cairo Opera Company.  



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, 7pm).



Al-Ghouri Dome

111 Al-Azhar St, Al-Ghouriya, Tel 02 2506 0227

Sun 15, 8pm: A dance performance by the National Troupe for Folk Arts



Room Art Space & Café
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4

10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539 

Thurs 12, 9pm: Do'souqa, one of the most trending underground bands in Egypt, plays a chill mix of acoustic/folk with a groovy swing vibe. 



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

(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)

Thurs 12, 7pm: Religious chanting by the Syrian Abo-Shaar Brothers band. 

Fri 13, 7.30pm: Singer Ali El-Helbawi performs religious songs.  

Sat 14, 7pm: Egyptian band Skeleton Clique presents covers for the American band twenty-one pilots. 

Tues 17, 7pm: A concert of classical Arab songs performed by singer Mohamed El Alayly

Wed 18, 7pm: Al-Atlal band in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.  

Thurs 19, 7pm: A night of your favourite Disney songs performed by a group of young singers.  

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 12, 7pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show presents a concert by the King Mohamed Mounir

Fri 13, 8pm: Violinist Azmy and his band. 

Sat 14, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show. 



Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Tues 17, 8pm: Alexandria Opera String Orchestra, conducted by maestro Magdy Boughdady.  

Thurs 19, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing


*A version of this article appears in print in the 12 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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