Don’t miss The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe’s concert at El-Sawy Culturewheel

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 16 Mar 2021

The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe
The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 18, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.   


American University in Cairo

Thurs18, 1pm (Livestream): Laila Tarek Bahgat and Friends perform inspirational Sufi songs. In this concert, the group will present Laila’s original compositions along with a few classics. This programme is the culmination of Laila’s two-year dedication to Sufi repertoire and her passion for setting Sufi poetry to music. Livestream link:

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

Sat 20, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Sun 21, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Mon 22, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra.

Thurs 25, 8pm: A concert honors composer Mohamed Ali Suleiman and poet Gamal Bekheit

Open-Air Theatre

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

Fri 19, 8pm: Al-Masryeen band, led by accordionist Hany Shenouda

Thurs 25, 8pm: Oriental piano recital by Karim Gohar

Small Hall

Tues 23, 8pm: The opera groups for chamber music, led by Mahmoud Osman


Darb 1718

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

Thurs 18, 8pm: El Dor El Awal band. 


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 18 and Fri 19, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company.

Sat 20, 8pm: A concert of songs by late composer Baligh Hamdy


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

The collaboration with Makan - Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts continues online from March until May 2021. Egyptian musicians will virtually meet Italian counterparts to create synergies in the field of traditional and folk music.


Room Art Space & Café 

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

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. 

Fri 19, 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).

Thurs 25, 9pm: A concert features singer Miral Elhusseiny and guitarist Ehab Samy

New Cairo, The Spot Mall

Fri 19, 8.30pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish

Sat 20, 8pm: Enjoy a special oriental singing and oud night. 

Sun 21, 9pm: Stand-up comedy night by Beit El Comedy.  

Mon 22, 9pm: Janan is an Egyptian band that performs songs written by singer/pianist Noha Fekry, along with guitarist Tarek Abdel-Qawi. Their music is influenced by various genres and blends elements of classical piano works, art rock, jazz, and contemporary ambient music.


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 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. 

Fri 19, 7.30pm: Sinatra Night by Gaby Bishara

Sat 20, 7pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Tony, performs Sufi songs and music. 

Mon 22, 7pm: El Khan band performs classical Arab songs. 

Tues 23, 7pm: Classical Arab songs performed by Al-Amal (hope) band.  

Wed 24, 8pm: Egybadour band performs eastern and western music 

with an Indian and Latin touch.

Thurs 25, Fri 26, 4pm and 8pm: A concert features Autostrad Arab

 Mediterranean band from Jordan.



Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

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

Fri 19, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band. 

Sat 20, 8pm: A concert features Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra

Thurs 25, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing. 


*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 March, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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