Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 17, 8pm: Oud recital by Hisham Essam.
Fri 18, 8pm: A singing recital by Haitham Essam.
Sun 20, 8pm: Umm Kolthoum songs performed by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble.
Thurs 24, 8pm: The Cairo Opera House Chamber Music groups feature Mohamed Ahmed and Salma Sorour.
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
Wed 23, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui performs compositions by musician Khaled Hammad.
Thurs 24, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a programme of classical Arab songs.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 17 and Fri 18, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company performs international musicals and Disney songs.
Sat 19, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Thurs 24, 8pm: Singer Ali El-Alfy and his band perform contemporary and old Egyptian songs.
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
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 18, 8pm: Live electronic performance by Dr Shahir and Alfa Rock featuring the talented singer Sahar El-Zoghbi. The band fuses its African and Egyptian sound heritage with European grooves and styles producing a unique sound that takes you on a wild journey from one soundscape to the other with lots of space for improvisation and sound indulgence.
Mon 21, 8pm: The hot, dusty air through the windows carries the cries of street vendors. A nasal voice sings the words of a popular tune, quickly superseded by the call to prayer. The smell of bread in the ovens mingles with that of heated skins and mangoes resting in the sun.
Hayatna (our life) contemporary dance show was born from this mixture of bodies and impressions, from this cohabitation between tradition and modern life. By appropriating iconic figures of contemporary Cairo, the performers take us on a poetic journey. Touching on the beauty of the usual, this show is interested in the living and sensory place that objects and places occupy, in their emotions and their daily life.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 17, 9pm: The seven-piece Tarek Raouf Ensemble presents jazz standards and original compositions by Tarek Raouf. Raouf is an Egyptian Trumpet player and composer.
Fri 18, 9pm: Beit El Comedy open mic night is a chance to try and improve your talent.
Thurs 24, 9pm: The Gypsy Jazz Project presents an extraordinary mixture of Up-swinging, Waltzy and sometimes quite tranquil and ballad-ish music that was first influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and their Gypsy Jazz tunes.
The Spot mall, Infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 19, 9pm: Comedy Sett Second open mic.
Sun 20, 9pm: Laugh About (Men’s Life) stand-up comedy show offers two hours of continuous laughter with hilarious comedians: Alaa Yasseen (open act), Ahmed Marzouk, Saleh Sayem, Hossam Edris,
Ahmed El-Sharkawy, and Mina Selim.
Mon 21, 9pm: Mosad Ozil and the Band. Ozil is an Egyptian singer, composer and music producer. He has his own original songs and some Arabic traditional songs with very unique and different music arrangements.
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)
Sat19, 8pm: Singing recital by Wael El-Fashny.
Thurs 17, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abo Shaar Brothers troupe from Syria.
Sat 19, 8pm: A concert by Neveen Allouba Vocal Academy.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 17, 8pm: Walid Aouni’s Scheherazade dance show performed by the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre company.
Fri 18, 8pm: Jazz concert by Yehia Khalil and his band.
Sun 20, 8pm: Alexandria’s Talents Development Centre concert.
Tues 22, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Children Choir concert.
Wed 23, 8pm: The Little Fingers Orchestra, led by Ragi El-Moqadem.
Thurs 24, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company performs international musicals and Disney songs.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thurs 17, 7pm (open to the public): Alfar3i (Jordan).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 17 November, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.