Enjoy a Ramadan concert with religious chanter Abdel-Rahman Balala at Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 11 Apr 2023

Religious chanter Abdel-Rahman Balala
Religious chanter Abdel-Rahman Balala




American University in Cairo

New Cairo Campus

Malak Gabr Arts Theatre

Wed 26, 7-8pm: The Allegra Classical String Quartet performs pop hits by Radiohead, Britney Spears, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and more. Musicians include: Moura Mikhail, violin; Ali Albahrawy, violin; Judith Uttendorfer, viola; and Mohamed Ahmed, cello.  

Mon 8 May, 7-8pm: Cairo Guitar Collective (CGC) performs world premieres of five works composed especially for the group. This concert showcases composers living in Egypt. Composers include Amr Okba, Bahaa El-Ansary, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Fattah, Karim Frège and John Baboukis. CGC members include Paweł Kuźma, Taha El-Mansy, Rowies Aziz and Chelsea Green (Free, open to the public and livestreaming).


Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 13, 9.30pm: Umm Kolthoum songs performed by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble. 

Tues 18, 9.30pm: The Talents Development Centre concert. 

Tues 25, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.

Thurs 27, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble. 



Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 9pm: 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, 9pm: “Alaragouz 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

Main Hall

Fri 14, 9.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting.  

Sun 16, 9.30pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab music and singing.  

Fri 28, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

Sat 29, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 13, 9.30pm: Religious chanting by Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy.  

Sat 15, 9.30pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble. 

Thurs 27, 6pm: The Cairo Opera Children Choir for Arab music. 

Sun 30, 8pm: Pianist Fathi Salama and his Sharqiat band. 

Small Hall

Thurs 27, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Group for Chamber Music features Alaa Abdallah.    

Sun 30, 8pm: A musical concert of Mohamed Adel’s compositions.  



French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800 

Thurs 13, 9pm: Ramadan Nights last concert features singer, accordionist, composer, songwriter, and sound designer Youssra El-Hawary, known for her unique style that mixes alternative folk, French chanson, indie rock and jazz. 



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707 

Sun 30, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab music ensemble. 



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-Hanager Arts Centre

Cairo Opera Complex, Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek, Tel 

Tel 02 2735 6861

The outdoor space

Thurs 13, 9pm: “The 7th Hal Helalak Ramadan” (welcome Ramadan) programme offers folk dance performances by Reda troupe, a selected items of the National Circus shows, Salah Jahin's famous operetta Al-Leila Al-Kebira, as well as artistic workshops for children.  

Thurs 13, 9pm: Singer Hanan El-Khouly performs classical Arab songs. 




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

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



Maqas Maq’d of Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitby (MASQ)

Darb Al-Saqia St, behind Qaitbay Mosque, City of the Dead, Tel 01226569944

Sat 15, 9pm (free of charge): Renowned religious chanter Abdel-Rahman Balala will take over MASQ’s stage and fill it with his beautiful tunes with his band and a traditional Tanoura show that will enhance the Ramadan vibes. For more information about the concert go to (https://fb.me/e/12NZJio3f). 


Rawabet Art Space

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

Fri 14, 9pm: A classical Arabian night features Hazem Shaheen, who is 

named the best “oud” player in the Middle East, you don’t want to miss his magical cords.

Mon 17, 9pm: For all Cold Play lovers, Strawberry Swing are coming to Rawabet to give you a live performance of “Cold Play” covers. A band that was recommended by Cold Play themselves. 


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

Fri 14, 9pm: Klassic Kulture is an experience you don't want to miss if you're an old-school rap fan. Bringing legendary hits by icons Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and many more. 

Sat 15, 9pm: Bohemian Project presents “Latina et Bella” where the amazing Amira Reda sings an extraordinary mixture of Arabic Latin songs that was first influenced by the music of Latin America.

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

Mon 17, 9pm: Arabic singing carries the authentic Egyptian identity performed by Saad Eloud and his band.

Tues 18, 9pm: A Ramadan concert features Sheikh Zein Mahmoud

Mon 24, 9pm: Michael Onsy and friends. 




El Sawy Culturewheel

End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448 

River Hall

Sat 22, 4.30pm and 7.30pm: Poetry recitals, accompanied by music with poet Amr Hassan.   

Sun 23, 7pm: Black Theama band. 

Mon 24, 7.30pm: Tablet El Sett band. 

Sat 29, 8pm: Super star singer Ali El-Haggar and his band. 

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 13, 9pm: A Ramadan concert by Squadra band.  

Fri 14, 9pm: Andromida band, the Egyptian pink floyd tribute project. 

Sat 15, 9pm: A Ramadan night features Nour El Den El Tayar W Nasri

Mon 17, 9pm: Religious chanting by Algazouliya troupe. 

Tues 18, 9pm: A pure spiritual mood you will live with Al Hadra for religious chanting (children under six are not allowed). 

Thurs 27, 7.30pm: Abu Shaar Brothers, a Muslim Sunni Syrian troupe performs religious chants.  



Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

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

Ewart Memorial Hall 

Mon 8 May, 8.30-10pm: A drumming spectacular, master tabla player Said El-Artist will present dozens of his students in a grand concert spanning multiple generations of rhythmic colours.








Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 13, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features Umm Kolthoum troupe for Arab music and singing. 

Sun 16, 9.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting.   

Thurs 27, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab music and singing.  

Sat 29, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra

Sun 30, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs. 

* A version of this article appears in print in the 13 April, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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