The 30th Citadel International Festival for Music presents a Kathak performance from India

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 9 Aug 2022

Kathak performance from India
Kathak performance from India


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

Open-Air Theatre

Fri 12, 8pm: Singer Nouran Abu-Taleb



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).



Al-Ghouri Dome

111 Al-Azhar St, Al-Ghouriya, Tel 02 2506 0227

Fri 12, 8pm: Singer Ali El-Helbawi performs his much-loved songs. 




1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878 

Every Tuesday, 9-10pm: 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, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.



Rawabet Art Space

3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Sat 13, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Walid Khairy, Salma El-Naggar, Mohamed Farghaly, Ahmed Hassan, Tawfik El-Menshawy, and Hassan Hossam.



Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159

Thurs 11, 9pm: Arab music concert by Meganio Samir and Youssef Munis

Fri 12, 8.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Mark Fanous, Tarek Salem, Mohamed Halawa, and more.
Sat 13, 9pm: 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. If you want to register as a performer, don't forget to come early (7:30) and fill the application form at Room.

The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Sat 13, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show by The Comedy Bunch with comedians: Mohamed Habib, Ahmed El-Sharkawy, Mohamed Kamtcho, Mohamed Moula, and Momos

Sun 14, 9pm: To mark its 11 years anniversary, Al Hezb El Comedy presents a stand-up comedy show. 



Salaheddin Citadel

Salah Salem Rd, Mokattam, Cairo, Tel 02 2512 1735

The 30th Citadel International Festival for Music and Singing (14-31 August)

Al-Mahka Theatre

Sun 14, 8pm: Little Fingers Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ragi El-Moqadem. Super star Medhat Saleh, accompanied by Amr Selim band. 

Mon 15, 8pm: State of Harmony cello group. Kathak troupe from India performs traditional dances. Massar Egbari band.  

Tues 16, 8pm: Cairo Steps band. Singer Medhat Mamdouh and his band. Vocalist Dina El-Wedidi and her band.  

Wed 17, 8pm: A concert by the Talents Development Centre’s children and youth choir. Amman Citadel troupe for Arab music, conducted by Sakhr Hetr (Jordan). Singer Hisham Abbass and his band.   

Thurs 18, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Chamber music group. Best international songs performed by the Cairo Opera troupe soloists, led by maestro Mohamed Wahadi. Super star Ali El-Haggar and his band. 



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

Wed 17, 7.30pm: Singer Amr Mano for the first time at El-Sawy Culturewheel. 

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 11, 8pm: A stand-up comedy show by Squadra

Sat 13, 7pm: Singing recital by Nagham.  

Thurs 18, 7pm: Rock concert by Castle of Rock. 


Zamalek Theatre

The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105

Thurs 11, 8pm: Join rapper Mousv’s terrific concert, to listen to his most famous songs, such as Al-Quwa (the power), Saaia (cold), and Assas, in which he collaborated with the star Abo El-Anwar.

Fri 12, 8pm: Enjoy the jazz and blues magical vibes with The Sinatras Summer Show. Line up: Rana Haggag - vocal, violin (Special Guest)
Youssef Gabriel - vocal (Special Guest), Ibrahim El Zakla - vocal (Special Guest), Mohanad Arrab - guitar, vocal, Mustafa Mansour – Piano, Hossam Fouda – Saxophone, Seif Nasser – drums, and
Khaled Ragab - bass (Special Guest). 

Thurs 18, 7pm: A rock night features a lineup of three rock tribute bands celebrating classical rock anthems of all times: 404 band, playing Queen, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, and others, Skeletøn Clique, playing Twenty-One Pilots, and Figure 09, playing Linkin Park.






Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 18, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by the late Mohamed El-Mogui.  




Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Conference Centre

Thurs 11, 8.30pm (open for public): High Dam band. 

Fri 12, 8.30pm (open for public):  Nour Project and Jo Beyer (Germany). 

Sat 13, 8.30pm (open for public): “The Waste Lands”, poetry and music concert (Ireland).

Sun 14, 8.30pm (open for public):  Umm Kolthoum band for Arab music

Mon 15, 8.30pm (open for public): Tablet Elsitt band. 

Thurs 18, 8.30pm (open for public): Oud recital by artist Saad Eloud




New Alamein

North Coast

Thurs 12, 5.30pm: North Square Mall is getting ready to rock Sahel again with a second dose of Extra Solaire, coming to you with a Havana Sunset Party features Ruby and DJ-Rodge. Dress code is colourful tropical floral.

Thurs 12, 11.30pm: Mohamed Ramadan is firing up Palapa’s stage at Al-Alamein. 

*A version of this article appears in print in the 11 August, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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