Music and dance 25 February - 4 March 2021: Cairo, Alexandria

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 23 Feb 2021

Ali Omar El-Farouk
Ali Omar El-Farouk

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

Thurs 25, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company in a gala concert. 


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, 7pm: “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

Sun 28, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.

Wed 3, Thurs 4, Fri 5, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra present Un Ballo In Maschera opera.  

Small Hall

Thurs 25, 8pm: Harp recital by Mona Wassef

Fri 26, 8pm: Chamber music concert by Mohamed Hamdy.

Sun 28, 8pm: Wave Jazz band, led by Sherif Alian

Tues 2, 8pm: Piano recital by Iman Amin

Thurs 4, 8pm: Singer Hazem Shahin and his band.  


Darb 1718

Kasr Al-Sham’ St, Fustat, Old Cairo, behind the Hanging Church & Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, next to Mar Girgis metro station. Tel 012 2192449/ 2361 0511

Thurs 25, 8pm: Bth Takhrebi band is the first ever post rock band with Sufi Lyrics in Egypt. Their music is characterized by the incorporation of certain mystical-influenced words. The vocal of Kayan band Sherif El-Shazly will perform some of Kayan’s songs and his project. He will be joined by Adham Nassef (from Kayan), Karim Selim (from IAM), and Mohamed Ibrahim (violinist).  


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 25, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Fri 26, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants. 

Thurs 4, 8pm The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab 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 and Wed, 7.30pm).


Room Art Space & Café 

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

Thurs 25, 9pm: Do'souqa band plays a chill mix of acoustic/folk with a groovy swing vibe.

Fri 26, 9pm: Ali Omar El-Farouk Trio performs different music oriental, classical, flamenco, and tango. The trio features Ali Omar El-Farouk (Oud, Guitar, Bağlama), Hazem Abdel-Nasser (Guitar) and
Hany Bedair (Cajón, Frame Drum). 

Sat 27, 9pm: Retrograde band performs its unique blend of rock n roll and soul. 

Thurs 4, 9pm: The Gypsy Jazz Project presents an extraordinary mixture of Up-swinging, Waltzy and sometimes quite tranquil and ballad-ish music.

New Cairo, The Spot Mall

Fri 26, 8.30pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish

Sat 27, 8pm: Enjoy a special oriental singing and oud night. 

Sun 28, 8.30pm: Stand-up Comedy Open-Mic by the Comedy Monsters (Free briefing session for performers starts at 5pm). 

Mon 1 March, 9pm: Funk rock night with Jiggy band. 

Tues 2, 9pm: Mixtape a tribute band to music, an organized shuffle in your favorite playlist.


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 25, 7.30pm: Mounib band is back reviving the old songs of late Nubian singers Ahmed Mounib.

Fri 26, 7pm: El-Hadra troupe performs Sufi chanting.   

Sat 27, 8pm: “Alkian” musical concert, led by violinist Azmy.

Sun 28, 7.30pm: Fabrica band performs international love songs.  

Mon 1 March, 7pm: Grama Fann band. 

Tues 2, 7pm: Singer Ahmed Younis, accompanied by Cairo Tunes band in a programme of classical Arab songs as well as modern songs.

Wed 3, 8pm: Nour Al-Nabi group performs religious chants in the love of Prophet Mohamed (P.B.U.H). 

Thurs 4, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs. 



Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Sun 28 and Mon 1 March, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra will perform Danses Qu'on Croise, Spartacus and variations from other ballets.

Wed 3, 8pm: A singing recital by Ahmed Nasser

Thurs 4, 8pm: Sound Track Orchestra, led by Mohamed Barakat


*A version of this article appears in print in the 25 February, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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