Don’t miss pianist Omar Khairat’s concerts at the Cairo Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 25 May 2021

Omar Khairat
Omar Khairat

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

Thurs 27, 8pm: Awtar Quartet concert. 

Fri 28, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs. 

Thurs 3 and Fri 4, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company gives two concerts.   



Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: 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

Fountain Theatre

Fri 28 and Sat 29, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and Cairo Opera Orchestra perform excerpts from Verdi’s Aida opera.

Sun 30 and Mon 31, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khairat and his orchestra. 

Main Hall

Sat 29, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Sun 30, 8pm: The National Arab Music ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Small Hall

Thurs 27, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert. 

Fri 4 June, 8pm: Isis String Orchestra. 



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, 7pm).

Thurs 27, 7pm: Dance performances by Reda troupe for folk arts.   



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 27, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious songs.

Thurs 3 June, 8pm: The National Arab Music ensemble. 



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 in May. Egyptian musicians will virtually meet Italian counterparts in order to create synergies in the field of traditional and folk 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 27, 8pm: The Drummers band features the most skilled drummers in Egypt. 

Tues 1 June, 7pm: Kurdan band plays all types of music, especially the oriental music, as well as different cover songs from the eighties and nineties. 

Wed 2, 7.30pm: Classical Arab songs performed by El Khan band. 

Thurs 3, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs, Amal Hayatti (hope of my life) and Lel Sabr Hodoud (patience has limits).   

Word Hall

Sat 29, 6-9pm: A singing recital by Abdallah Amer




Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 27, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Sat 29, 8pm: A concert by the Alexandria Opera String Orchestra

Thurs 3 June, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing in a programme of classical Arab songs.   


*A version of this article appears in print in the 27 May, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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