Don’t miss Ghalia Benali’s concert at Zamalek Theatre

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 6 May 2021

The Culture Ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures

Ghalia Benali
Ghalia Benali’s concert at Zamalek Theatre

The Culture Ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures with daily sterilization of the theatres in order to ensure the safety of the public, artists and workers.

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Sun 23, 8pm: The National Arab Music ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs. 

Thurs 27, 8pm: Awtar Quartet concert. 

Beit Al-Seheimi

Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 9pm: 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, 9pm: “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

Fountain theatre

Sun 23, 8pm: Jazzist Yehia Khalil and his band.

Thurs 27, 8pm: Super star Angham

Main Hall

Fri 7, 9pm: Piano recital by Moushira Eissa

Sat 15, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert. 

Open-Air Theatre

Tues 25, 8pm: Clacket dance troupe. 

Fri 28, 8pm: Singer Ali Alalfy and his band. 

Small Hall

Sun 23, 8pm: A chamber music concert by Yasser Alserafy

Mon 24, 8pm: A musical concert by the embassy of Austria. 

French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Ramadan Nights 2021

Thurs 6, 9pm: Reunited by their friendship and their common passion for the art of simsimya (traditional stringed instrument from Port-Said), discover Sohbet Alsimsimya group of unique young talents. 

FCI Auditorium

Fri 7, 9pm: A Ramadan evening of dance and song with the Al-Tahteeb troupe performing the famous stick dance, and Upper Egypt Association for Education and Development choir to perform Egypt’s vast musical heritage.  

Sat 8, 9pm: Sheikh Zein Mahmoud and his troupe performs religious chants and folk songs from Alsira Alhilalia, accompanied by paintings presented by artist Mohamed Wahba

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 from 21 April to 8 May, 9pm).

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Fri 7, 9pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe in a Ramadan concert performs religious songs. 

Tues 18, 8pm: Cairota and Rocksea music band. 

Thurs 20, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Italian Cultural Institute

Egyptian choreographer and contemporary dancer Hazem Headar is producing an original performance inspired by Federico Fellini and his masterpiece “Roma”. Through the vitality of Fellini’s imagination embodied by the city of Rome, a group of young Egyptian dancers, led by Headar will interpret during five performances the analogies that connect Rome to Cairo. The videos of the performances, shot in different locations, both indoor and outdoor, will investigate the importance of public spaces during the current pandemics and our day-to-day relation with the pulsing energy of the city. Videos will be available on the IIC social channels and website in May.

The collaboration with Makan (the Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts) continues online. Egyptian musicians will virtually meet Italian counterparts in order 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 6, 9pm: Insjam (harmony) band plays very unique music merging the Egyptian culture and the Eastern music feel with the Western international genres such as Jazz, Blues, Latin. 

Fri 7, 9pm: Ramadan acoustic nights features Saad Eloud

Sat 8, 9pm: El Dor El Awal band presents an avant-garde mixture of jazz and oriental tunes.

New Cairo, The Spot Mall

Fri 7, 9pm: Enjoy a special oud and oriental singing night. 

Sat 8, 9pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish

Sun 9, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show by The Elite.  

Mon 10, 9pm: Tafaqum band. 

Tues 11, 9pm: Pianist Ahmed Nazmi delicately blends the traditions of jazz and African music with Egyptian music into a distinctive, original approach to bass playing.

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 6, 9pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives concerts of diva Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs Amal Hayati (hope of my life) and Alqalb yaashaq kol gameel (The heart loves all the beautiful). 

Fri 7, 9pm: Songs from Aswan performed by singers Hamo Ismail and Hassan Alsahgeir.  

Tues 11, 9pm: Singer Mohamed Alalaili in a programme of classical Arab songs. 

Zamalek Theatre

The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105 

Fri 7, 9.30pm: Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali will perform a tribute to Umm Kolthoum as a loyal granddaughter singing her grandmother in her own rendition of the renowned music that captured her music style, spirituality and her Tunisian essence.

Sat 8, 9.30pm: Endlessly talented Dina El-Wedidi, an icon in Egyptian contemporary music, will astonish us with her beautifully powerful voice. 


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 20, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing concert.  

Fri 21, 8pm: Solo piano recital by Amir Awad

Wed 26, 8pm: Sudanese folklore singing by Asia

*A version of this article appears in print in the 6 May, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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