Don’t miss Awtar Quartet concert at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Wednesday 20 Jan 2021

Awtar Quartet
Awtar Quartet

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


Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sun 24, 8pm: Umm Kolthoum songs.  

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
The Ministry of Culture continues its electronic initiative “Stay at Home ... Culture in your Hands” on the Internet. The initiative broadcasts anecdotes of the archives of the national, contemporary and traditional creativity through the YouTube channel
of the Ministry of Culture and its social media accounts.
The initiative also brings theatre performances, concerts and other cultural events to audiences.

The free digital service has started on Tuesday 24 March 2020 and updates about its library will be revealed soon.

It is worth noting that the materials are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture:
and YouTube channel:
and social networking site Facebook account
Main Hall
Thurs 21, 8pm: A concert of classical Arab music and songs, conducted by maestro Selim Sahab.
Sat 23, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony of Orchestra.
Sun 24, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre’s concert.
Wed 27, Thurs 28, Fri 29, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra in a gala concert.
Small Hall
Thurs 28, 8pm: Awtar Quartet, comprised of Yasser Ghoneim on violin, cellists Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Nicolas Latif, Mohamed Ahmed, Essam Abdel-Hamid on viola and Khaled Saleh on violin, performs classical music.

Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, Agouza. Tel 02 3345 9939
Fri 22, 8pm: Sebzz and Shiha will be sharing the decks at CJC to provide you with some hypnotic beats.
Sat 23, 9pm: Almena are back to give an outstanding performance of their warm-hearted lyrics and contemporary Arabic music inspired by a variety of world music.
Sun 24, 9pm: Cuban and Latin jazz by Cocoon band.
Tues 26, 8pm: A concert features Malak Helmy.

Darb 1718
Kasr El Shamaa St, Al Fakhareen, Old Cairo, near Mar Girgis Metro Station, Tel 02 2741 3053/ 0109 3766188
Thurs 21, 8pm: A stand-up comedy open mic night
by Al Hezb El Comedy.  

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 21, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious songs.

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).

Room Art Space & Café
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539
Thurs 21, 9pm: JIGGY is an Egyptian band from Cairo formed in 2019, playing funk, rock music covering icons like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and more. The band features Saad Elfiky (Guitars and back vocal), Rami Ramadan (Lead Vocals & Guitars), Amgad Abdelbary
(Bass and back vocal) Mohamed Raafat (Keyboards) and 
Seif Fawaz (Drums and back vocal).
Fri 22, 9pm: Do'souqa is one of the coolest and most trending underground bands in Egypt. They’ve developed their own unique music atmosphere as they play a chill mix of acoustic/folk with a groovy swing vibe that will make it hard for you to resist dancing.
Do'souka members: Khaled el-Demerdash, Michael Yehia, Amr Ismael and Luka.
Thurs 28, 9pm: Rock night with Kawkab band.
New Cairo, The Spot Mall
Fri 22, 8.30pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish.
Sat 23, 8pm: Enjoy a special oriental singing and oud night.
Sun 24, 9pm: A stand-up comedy night with Comedy Bunker.
Tues 26, 9pm: Sherif El-Shazly, the vocal of Kayan band, will perform some of Kayan’s songs and his project. He will be joined with Adham Nassef (from Kayan), Karim Selim (from IAM), and Mohamed Ibrahim (violinist), adding their beautiful and unique melodies on stage.

El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
River Hall
Thurs 21, 5 and 8pm: A concert features a galaxy of the best young singers on the music scene with some of the best contemporary musicians with musical director Wagdy Alfawy.
Fri 22, 7pm: Sufi chanting by Al-Hadra troupe.
Sat 23, 7.30pm: A musical night of Frank Sinatra with singer Gaby Bishara.  
Mon 25, 7pm: Sayyed Darwish songs performed by Franco Cairo band.
Tues 26, 7pm: A concert features Grama Fan and Dorgy bands.
Wed 27, 8pm: Funk rock by Jiggy band.    

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106  
Fri 29, 8pm: Mounib band features singer Khaled Mounib.   

*A version of this article appears in print in the 21 January, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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