Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 23, 8pm: Singer Rehab Metaw’a in a programme of classical Arab songs.
Sun 26, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Fri 31, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.
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 23 and Fri 24, 8pm: Celebrating the Christmas and the New Year, The Cairo Opera Company, A Cappella Choir and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mohamed Saad Basha, and the Cairo Opera Ballet Company present a Christmas concert, directed by Hisham Al-Tally. A selection of International Christmas songs will be performed by opera singers Iman Mustafa, Reda Al-Wakeel, Tahiya Shams Eddin, Mona Rafla, Joly Faizy, Hany Al-Shafaai and many more. The concert also includes a number of dancing shows from international ballets.
Sun 26-Thurs 30, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra perform The Nutcrackers ballet.
Fri 24, 8pm: A Christmas concert features Mohamed Helmy in a concert of Walt Disney songs.
Sun 26, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
Mon 27, 8pm: The Egyptian Opera Group for Chamber Music presents a concert for the cello group.
Thurs 30, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Children Choir for Arab music.
Mamdouh Salem St, Nasr City, Cairo, Tel 02 22607863
Thurs 16 - Sat 25: “ILUSIO Magic On Ice” is the one-of a-kind, critically acclaimed, Merlin award winning illusion spectacular that left millions around the world enchanted! A magical symphony of a breathtaking figure skating adventure awaits. Ilusio’s magic is suitable for all ages. For tickets and registration go to ticketsmarche
KM 26 Cairo / Suez Road, North of Family Park, Al Rehab City, 2nd Entrance, New Cairo City, 11841
Fri 31, (doors open at 2pm and concert starts at 5pm): Enjoy rapper Wegz New Year’s Eve concert.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 23, 8pm: The Arab Takht Ensemble for Arab Music and Singing, led by Yasser Moawad, in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Fri 24, 8pm: A concert of compositions by late composer Mohamed El-Mogui.
Sat 25 and Sun 26, 8pm: Umm Al-Nour Choir celebrates Christmas.
Thurs 30, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
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.
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6th of October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5 – 16828
Fri 24, 8pm (Dress Code Formal): A Christmas concert features Super star singer Medhat Saleh.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 23, 9pm: Taht El Sefr: Acoustic is an independent indie rock band aims to challenge the audience with a collection of adventurous sounds and themes that inspire and connect on a personal level. It features vocalist Dina Bahgat, bass guitarist Ahmed Weaam, Keyboardist Marc Samer, drummer Mario Samer, and electric guitarist Mohamed Ayman.
Fri 24, 9pm: Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion for covering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
Sat 25, 9pm: Seattle band is covering the famous MTV Unplugged held in 1994 with Nirvana playing their iconic songs. On April 2019 Seattle performed a sold-out concert for the MTV Unplugged, and here is a second chance for those who missed it the first time.
Sun 26, 8pm: Karaoke night.
Mon 27, 8pm: Get ready to fill your heart with a warm set list of Christmas blues made especially for you by Mixtape.
Fri 31, 8pm: Join the monthly Open Mic Night! If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for 7 minutes on Room stage. Or just relax and enjoy back-to-back performances over a drink or coffee.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 26, 8:30pm: Stand-up Comedy show by Comedy Monsters.
Fri 31, 8pm: A rock night by Paranoid Eyes and Stigma bands. Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion for covering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Band Members: Wessam Sultan (Lead guitar/ Vocals), Ramy Nabil (Rhythm guitar), Youssef Ahmed (Drums), Youssef Hassan (Bass guitar), Abdalla Nasser ( Keyboards). Stigma is an Egyptian post rock band that performs covers for your favorite artists. Band Members: Ali Etman (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Youssef Ahmed (Drums/Vocals), Omar Tarek (Rhythm guitar), Maram El-Sabbagh (Keyboard/ backing vocals), and Youssef Hassan (Bass Guitar).
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 23, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show by Waleed Abou El-Magd.
Fri 24, 7.30pm: Eskendrella band performs songs of Sheikh Imam, Sayed Darwish and Ziad Rahbani.
Sat 25, 7.30pm: Sufi chanting by Al-Hadra troupe.
Sun 26, 5pm: An African Day offers live music, dance, drum circle, bazar and kids’ activities.
Thurs 30, 7pm: Shamndora 2 band features a Nubian night.
Fri 31, 8.30pm: A concert by Tablt Elset all female band.
Thurs 23, 7pm: Waslet Samaa troupe performs religious chants.
Fri 24, 7pm: A musical concert by Wegdan project, Wards tribute band.
Sat 25, 7.30pm: Singer Ahmed Shawqi performs classical Arab songs.
The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105
Thurs 30, 7pm: Jordanian Indie band Autostrad’s music is influenced by a mix of rock, reggae, Latin and funk combined with their own lyrics written in the Jordanian dialect.
Sheikh Zayed, Six October
Thurs 23, 6.30pm: Cairokee features a musical night with Christmas vibes only at ZED Winter Festival.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 23, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Sun 26, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra present a Christmas concert.
Tues 28, 8pm: Soprano Neveen Allouba features a Christmas concert.
Thurs 30, 8pm: Alexandria Opera String Orchestra.
Fri 31, 8pm: A concert of Umm Kolthoum songs.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 23 December, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.