American University in Cairo
Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 14, 8pm: Singer Nesma Mahgoub performs songs from her first Indie album. The lyrics are a departure from the music industry’s standard lyrics and themes. The topics are more social and psychological than the conventional commercial fare. (free concert, open to the public and will be live-streamed and Due to Covid-19, seats are limited, and people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis).
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 15, 8pm: A concert by Nancy Mounir and her band.
Sun 17, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs songs of late singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab.
Thurs 21, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
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
Thurs 14, Fri 15 and Sat 16, 8pm: Flamenco di Madrid company (Spain) performs Fiesta Flamenca show.
Sun 17, 8pm: Mont Cairo band.
Mon 18, 8pm: The Cairo Opera House celebrates the birth of Prophet Mohamed (P.B.U.H).
Sat 16, 8pm: On the occasion of Verdi’s anniversary, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Jacopo Sipari from Pescasseroli, will pay homage to the composer from Busseto.
Thurs 21, 8pm: A piano recital by Amr Selim.
Fri 15, 8pm: Sweet Sound band features Mounir Nasreddin.
Thurs 21, 8pm: Flute and harp recital by Riham Fayed and Mona Wassef.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 14, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Fri 15, 8pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Sun 17, 8pm: A singing recital by Neveen Ragab.
Thurs 21 and Fri 22, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage company performs Altouq wa Alaswara (the necklace and the bracelet) dance show.
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).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 8-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539
Thurs 14, 9pm: Gouda Bar, an original instrumental music project by composer and Oud player Aly Eissa, his compositions are based on diverse musical influences, creating a versatile, spiritual and meditative atmosphere throughout the musical journey.
Fri 15, 9pm: Tribute to Aida El Ayoubi with Nesma Herky.
Sat 16, 8pm: A night full of laughs and giggles with Beit El Comedy.
Sun 17, 8pm: A Karaoke night.
Thurs 21, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show featuring Crowd Set with Mina Selim and Walid Khairy; an improvisational set, all unscripted, based on the interaction and answers they will get from you.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Mon 18, 9pm: Back to the classic, a very special night of Frank Sinatra by The Sinatras featuring the amazing Youssef Gabriel for the first time.
Tues 19, 9pm: Jazz and soul by the Bohemian Project.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Sat 16, 8pm to 9:15pm and Sun 17, 8pm to 9:15pm (English with Arabic subtitles): The Corpo Surreal Enchantments (Denmark) is a genre-defying ode to utopic liberation, blending elements of neo- puppetry, electronica and contemporary dance, a never-before-seen performance designed especially for D-CAF 2021. Audiences will embark on a journey through the poetical world of sound, music and body, guided by the choreographic impetus of director Svend E. Kristensen.
Vocals and electronics: Randi Pontoppidan, saxophone and flues: Thomas Agergaard, with light designer: Jens Damsager Hansen.
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)
Thurs 14, 7.30pm: Pappillon band, conducted by maestro Ahmed Gouda, performs classical Arab songs.
Fri 15, 6pm: VYRUS band performs hard rock music.
Sat 16, 7.30pm: A singing recital by Eman Al-Shmety.
Mon 18, 7.30pm: Rock night with Zeal band.
Tues 19, 7.30pm: A classical Arab music concert features Ramy Abul- Fotouh.
Wed 20, 8pm: Rock live concert with Invaders band.
Thurs 14, 8pm: A singing recital by Omar Ghaly.
Thurs 21, 7.30pm: Celebrating the birth of Prophet Mohamed (P.B.U.H), religious chanter Mustafa Atef chants religious songs.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Mohamed Mahmoud St
Fri 15, 5pm to 5:40pm, 5:45pm to 6:25pm, Sat 16, 5pm to 5:40pm, 5:45pm to 6:25pm, Sun 17, 5pm to 5:40pm, 5:45pm to 6:25pm: Cairo Sound Tour, a sound performance (Switzerland) presented by D-CAF. Stage Direction and performance: Isis Fahmy, composer and performance: Benoît Renaudin. Conceived as an experimental guided tour, the performance is a literal journey into the soundscape of downtown Cairo. Audiences board a bus with the artists, who are equipped with video sensors that allow them to create live mixes using the sounds of the city. The clamour of the metropolis comes into dialogue with the artists’ equipment to create a unique form of music: an immersive dive into Cairo’s singular urban symphony. The project is produced by the Swiss IF company, whose transdisciplinary work brings theatre into dialogue with philosophy, experimental music, and new technologies, in the form of sound installations (free admission, registration is required).
The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105
Thurs 14, 8pm: Hawas band.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 14, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 16, 8pm: Sufi chanting by munshid (religious chanter) Mahmoud Al-Tohami.
Sun 17, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Children Choir.
Tues 19 and Wed 20, 8pm: Flamenco di Madrid company (Spain) performs Fiesta Flamenca show.
Thurs 21, 8pm: A concert features Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 14 October, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly