​Lebanese singer Tania Kassis is back at the 30th Citadel International Festival for Music

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 16 Aug 2022

Lebanese singer Tania Kassis
Lebanese singer Tania Kassis


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



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).




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

Fri 19, 7pm: A stand-up comedy show by El Hezb El Comedy celebrating their 11th anniversary.



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

Thurs 18, 9pm: Coldplay acoustic night with Strawberry Swing

Fri 19, 9pm: Canopy is funk/soul band that performs world-famous tunes with their own arrangement. 

Sat 20, 9pm: “Inside the Blue Balloon” is a performance that claims to be experimental and explores the trancey space between the composed and the improvised. It features Ayman Asfour (violin), and
Aly Eissa (oud and compositions). 

Wed 24, 9pm: The Sweet Sound band plays diverse selections of melodies and tunes, in addition to oldies and modern songs

Thurs 25, 9pm: New Folder band. 

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

Sun 21, 7.30pm: Stand-up comedy open mic by Comedy Monsters

Mon 22, 9pm: Takht El Sellem band is bringing back the fusion style live along with the new tracks. 

Tues 23, 9pm: A concert by singer/song writer Shahira Kamal whose music contains a diverse combination of Arabic original songs with an indie pop feel each, with a different taste and mood yet unifying a unique collective sound that presents a strong identity, her lyrics swing from romance to philosophy to social sarcasm. 



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

Thurs 18, 8pm: Kathak troupe from India performs traditional dances. Best international songs performed by the Cairo Opera troupe soloists, led by maestro Mohamed Wahadi. Super star Ali El-Haggar and his band. 

Fri 19, 8pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting. 

Sat 20, 8pm: The Cairo Opera stars and singer Marwa Nagui in one concert. Super star Medhat Saleh, accompanied by Amr Selim band.

Sun 21, 8pm: The Oriental Percussions troupe of the General Organization of Cultural Palaces. Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz plays on marimba. Singer Mustafa Haggag and his band. 

Mon 22, 8pm: Boghdady Big band. Singer Maye Kamal and her band. 

Singer Ahmed Gamal and his band. 

Tues 23, 8pm: Mawawil troupe features Sayyed Imam and Abdel-Rahman Belalah.  Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy and his entourage. 

Wed 24, 8pm: Lebanese singer Tania Kassis and her band. 

Vocalist Dina El-Wedidi and her band.  

Thurs 25, 8pm: A concert by the Talents Development Centre’s children and youth choir. Al-Nour wa Al-Amal Orchestra. Lebanese singer Nawal Al-Zoghby and her 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

Fri 19, 7.30pm: Tablet Elsitt all-female band. 

Sun 21, 8pm: Singing recital by Iman Abdel-Aziz and Aya Khafaga

Mon 22, 7.30pm: A concert of classical Arab songs by Sahar El Layaly band featuring singer Hussein Farid

Tues 23, 8pm: A musical concert features Mona Mansy

Wed 24, 7.30pm: Classic, flamenco, acoustic rock night with Tamer Barazily featuring Classic band, Invaders, Elmariachi and guests. 

Wisdom Hall

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

Fri 19, 7pm: Abou Shaar Brothers Syrian band performs religious chants.   




Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Main Garden

Wed 24, 8pm-9.30pm: A revival of 1950s Egyptian songs, the Egyptian Jazz 

Project (EJP) was founded in 2015 by Ahmed Harfoush, an Egyptian jazz vocalist based in London whose traditional repertoire is American jazz and swing, musical theatre, and contemporary hits. Here, Harfoush highlights Egyptian legends like Abdel-Halim Hafez in an enthralling performance (free and open to the public).

Zamalek Theatre

The Armed Forces Officers Club, Zamalek, Tel 01101153105

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.

Fri 19, 7pm: Three Brothers band featuring Hoor, Mohamed, and Massa in one party, led by Wagdi Al-Faywi, the three will present the most famous songs their fans know about and perform them in their own way.





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.  

Fri 26, 8pm: Lebanese singer Tania Kassis and the musical band, conducted by Tamer Faizy.



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Conference Centre

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

Sat 20, 8.30pm (open for public): Dramatic compositions by musician Rageh Dawoud


Sun 21, 8.30pm (open for public): Soundtrack Orchestra

Tues 23, 8.30pm (open for public): A concert features pianist Fathy Salama, with Tom Concof and Noha Fekry (Scotland/Egypt). 

Wed 24, 8.30pm (open for public): Les Compagnons concert. 

BA Main Hall

Sun 21, 8.30pm (open for public): Gemini dance performance, directed by Samir Nassry

Tues 23, 8.30pm (open for public): A stand-up comedy show by Ali Qandil.



New Alamein

North Coast

Fri 19, 7pm: North Square Mall is presenting Extra Solaire Musical Sunset Waves with the legendary composer Omar Khairat

Dress code: pastel colours.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 August, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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