Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 7, 8.30pm: Al-Nour Wa Alamal Orchestra.
Fri 8, 8.30pm: Umm Kolthoum songs.
El-Sheikh Zayed, Six of October, Giza
Thurs 7, 8pm: Violin and piano recital by Fouad and Mounib.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 8pm: “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
Sat 9, 8.30pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi, presents “Great Symphonies I” concert performing works by the likes of Beethoven, and Cimarosa.
Sun 10, 8.30pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Thurs 14, 8.30pm: A concert honors the memory of composer Mohamed El-Mogui.
Sat 9, 8.30pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz and her band.
Wed 13, 8.30pm: Jazz fusion concert by Ahmed Rabie.
Sun 10, 8.30pm: The Opera Group for Chamber music features Shady Hanna.
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)
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 7, 8.30pm: The 30th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre presents Frida performance by The Modern Dance Theatre Company.
Sat 9, 8.30pm: The Arab Takht Ensemble for music and singing, led by Yasser Moawad.
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 8pm: 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, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
Cairo Festival City, Ring Road, 5th settlement, New Cairo
Sat 9, 9pm: The Elite stand-up comedy show Vol.9 with an all-new material.
Rawabet Art Space
5 Hussien El-Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Fri 8, 8pm: The enigmatic Hany Adel will be taking the stage at Rawabet Art Space on his birthday for a special performance! Book your spot to a night of music and stories about Hany’s personal experiences and inspirations.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 7, 8pm: The Mediterranean Music Project Estabena.
Fri 8, 8pm: 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 9, 8pm: The monthly Open Mic Night.
Tues 12, 8pm: Karaoke night.
Thurs 14, 8pm: A comedy night features Ezzat, Ahmad Salem, Mohamed Maher, Ahmed Magdy, and Mahmoud Hassan.
The Spot Mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Thurs 7 and Thurs 14, 9pm: Karaoke night.
Mon 11, 9pm: Syria’s star Okba’s performance will take you a trip down memory lane showcasing a fusion of unique Arabic hits alongside trending new music.
Tues 12, 9pm: Articaria is unique entertainment show that satisfies audience with tunes and laughs.
Salah Salem Rd, Mokattam, Cairo, Tel 02 2512 1735
The 31st Salaheddin Citadel Festival for Music and Singing
(25 August -7 September)
Thurs 7, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre Choir. (10pm) Pianist Omar Khairat gives a concert, accompanied by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui.
El Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Thurs 7, 8pm: A singing recital by Ali El-Helbawy.
Fri 8, 7.30pm: Anti-Heros Vol.2.
Sun 10, 8pm: Star Light Choir.
Mon 11, 7.30pm: Ghnwetna band.
Wed 13, 7pm: A rock night by 1984, Demi, Catharsis.
Thurs 14, 8pm: Reggae night by Meshwar.
Thurs 7, 6.30pm and 8pm: El Sawy Culturewheel
Puppet Theatre show revives Umm Kolthoum songs performing two of her much-loved songs, Enta omry (you are my life) hazhy laylty (this is my night).
Fri 8, 8pm: Comedy Stuff in a stand-up comedy show.
Sat 9, 8pm: Oriental music, blues and rock concert features Mustafa Nada and The Orientals.
Thurs 14, 8pm: The Greek oud player Nikolas Dimitriadis for the first time at El-Sawy Culturewheel.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 7, 8.30pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Fri 8, 8.30pm: The Oriental Percussion troupe, led by table player Said El-Artist.
Thurs 14, 8.30pm: Cairo Café band.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 September, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly