Don’t miss Safwan Bahlawan and Maye Farouk concert at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 9 Mar 2021

Maye Farouk and Safwan Bahlawan
Maye Farouk and Safwan Bahlawan

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 11, 8pm: A singing recital by Mohamed Altoukhy

Fri 12, 8pm: Al-Haramlek troupe, led by Marwa Abdel-Moneim

Sat 13, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs. 

Thurs 18, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs 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, 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

Thurs 18, 8pm: Artist Joe and his band Shwayet Fan (a little bit of art) performs contemporary Egyptian songs as well as the much-loved- songs from the Egyptian musical heritage. 


Cairo Opera House

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

Main Hall

Thurs 11, 8pm: Celebrating the birth anniversary of singer-cum-composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Syrian singer Safwan Bahlawan performs the best of Abdel-Wahab in a concert, conducted by maestro Selim Sahab. The concert also features singer Maye Farouk.

Sat 13, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Thurs 18, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre’s concert celebrates Mother’s Day.  

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 11, 8pm: Three Brothers band features Hour, Mohamed and Masa

Fri 12, 8pm: Jazz music by Glass Onion band.  

Thurs 18, 8pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz performs on marimba compositions by the likes of Omar Khairat, and Ammar Alsheraay.  

Small Hall

Fri 12, 8pm: Rasha Yehia and her band. 

Sat 13, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre’s concert

Sun 14, 8pm: Sharara Sextet.  

Mon 15, 8pm: Flute recital by Hoda Abdel-Azem



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 11, 8pm: Celebrating Prophet Mohamed (P.B.U.H)’s ascension to Heaven, Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.

Fri 12, 8pm: Cairo Café band, led by Ali Sharaf

Sun 14, 8pm: A concert of songs by late composer Mohamed Al-Mogui. 

Thurs 18 and Fri 19, 8pm: 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 and Wed, 7.30pm).



Italian Cultural Institute

The pianist Enrico Pieranunzi is back in streaming from 1 to 28 March 2021 with a series of unpublished concerts entitled “Art of the Duo”. The concerts are visible on demand on the websites and



Room Art Space & Café 

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

Fri 12, 9pm: “Python” is rock and roll time capsule musical experience that brings back the spirit of the 80s. Playing music by the likes of Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Queen, White snake, Journey and so many more.

Thurs 18, 9pm: Tablet Elsitt troupe, led by Soha Mohamed Ali, is composed of young female tabla players with other Egyptian musicians perform on different types of percussions. 

New Cairo, The Spot Mall

Fri 12, 8.30pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish

Sat 13, 8pm: Enjoy a special oriental singing and oud night. 

Sun 14, 9pm: Stand-up comedy night by The Comedy Bunch.  

Mon 15, 9pm: Guitarist, singer-songwriter Sherif Abdel-Meged is known for his Blues guitar playing and electrified sound. He plays a powerful and inspired mix of contemporary Blues, Soul, and Alternative Rock.



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 11, 7pm: Religious chanting by Waslet Samaa troupe. 

Fri 12, 7.30pm: Warda Project musical rapture project do covers for the late great singer Warda, in appreciation of her long musical history, covers are sung by Wegdan

Sun 14, 7.30pm: Beat band gathers a group of musicians and singers from several musical backgrounds in a live musical concert. 

Tues 16, 7.30pm: Babiun band performs different artistic genres  including patriotic and religious.  

Wed 17, 7.30pm: Arab Takasim band performs classical Arab songs. 

Thurs 18, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of late singers Abdel-Halim Hafez and Shadia performing their much-loved songs. 




Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 11, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing. 

Fri 12, 8pm: Hazem Shaheen and his band. 

Sat 13 and Sun 14, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company concert. 

Thurs 18, 8pm: Gawharet Alsharq troupe for Arab music and singing, conducted by Ayman Mohie El-Deen.  



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

BA Arts Centre Main Hall

Sat 13, 7pm: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui, and featuring well-known Paris based Egyptian soprano Amira Selim will give a concert titled ‘Romantic Night’. The repertoire includes Schubert’s Symphony No.5, Glière’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano, and Brahms’s Serenade No. 2 for Orchestra.



*A version of this article appears in print in the 11 March, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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