​El-Sira El-Hilaleya is told by Qandil Bani Hilal at Rawabet Art Space

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 12 Mar 2024

Qandil Bani Hilal
Qandil Bani Hilal


Ramadan highlights

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373 

Thurs 14, 9.30pm: A musical evening with musician Abdou Dagher

Sun 17, 9.30pm: El-Enshad El-Dini troupe performs religious chants. 

Fri 22, 9.30pm: Aaz Al-Nass (the dearest people) troupe for music and singing.   



Beit Al-Seheimi
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

Main Hall

Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Arab music concert by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble. 

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 21, 9.30pm: Religious chanter Wael El-Fashny and his band.  

Small Hall

Thurs 21, 9.30pm: Ramadan evening by Arab and Islamic embassies.  



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 21, 9.30pm: A concert by the Talents Development Centre celebrates Mother's Day. 



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, 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.



Rawabet Art Space

5 Hussien El-Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Sat 16, 9pm: El-Sira El-Hilaleya (The most significant, widely known, and beloved folk epics) told by Qandil Bani Hilal troupe. 

Tues 19, 9pm: In "Phobia El Sobia" show, express your strange phobias among other people with strange phobias and together we'll try to find a reason for them. 



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

Thurs 14, 9pm: Zalabya musical band.

Fri 15, 9pm: Elnabtshia stand-up comedy show. 

Sat 16, 9pm: Arabic music concert features Michael Onsy ensemble.  

Tues 19, 9pm: Karaoke night.

Thurs 21, 9pm: The Mad Day, a night of unstoppable laughter with the hilarious comedians: Abdel-Rahman Akrabani, Keka, Mustafa Disha, Hatem El-Sokary, Sheka, Mohamed Elmenshawy

Fri 22, 9pm: WTFUN stand-up comedy show features Nagy,
Iron Tawfik, Sanad, Tawfik El-Minshawy, Hassan Hossam, and Ahmad Tawfik.  

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

Thurs 14 and Thurs 21, 9pm: Karaoke night. 

Sun 17, 9pm: A Ramadan night features Comedy Stuff with their supernatural comedians and explosive jokes that will make you laugh your heart out.
Mon 18, 9pm: An electrifying Ramadan night with ROKN, the dynamic music band that's taking the Egyptian rock scene by storm. 

Tues 19, 9pm: OKBA will be performing his first original solo song at this concert and it is considered as first step on his path of becoming a Superstar.

Wed 20, 9pm: Karaoke night.



El Sawy Culturewheel

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

Wisdom Hall

Fri 15, 9pm: A Ramadan concert by the Syrian troupe Abou Shaar Brothers performing religious chants. 

Wed 27, 9pm: All-female band Tablet Elsitt resurrects traditional Egyptian music using various instruments on top of which is the tabla




Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

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

Ewart Memorial Hall 

Wed 20, 8-10pm: Enjoy a dynamic, time-traveling experience with a unique, interactive, interdisciplinary performance of cultural treasures that date back between the years 1960 and 2010, and relive the cherished artistic of seasons past, from Ramadan stories on TV and radio to impactful moments of real life. Join storytellers Ahmed Abdel-Gawad and Alaa Helmy as they weave tales of bygone times, accompanied by an immersive collection of curated videos by cinema director Amr Bayomi. The performance ultimately culminates in a lively Mesaharaty, guaranteeing a memorable and vivid journey through time. 

Tues 26, 8-10pm: Unearth the richness of Egyptian heritage with the imitable Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, established by the Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony in 1994. Experience an enchanting repertoire that combines festivities and rituals dating back to the earliest civilizations—the Pharaohs, no less—as they performed whirling dances in celebration of the resurrection of Osiris. Venture with us on an invigorating journey that traces the whirls and twirls of Egypt's historical tapestry right to your 21st-century doorstep, promising to make your spirit dance and ponder in equal measures. 






Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Fri 29, 9.30pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.   



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Main Hall 

Wed 20, 9.30pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiyah troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony, performs Sufi chants and dances.  

Small Hall 

Fri 22, 9.30pm: A concert features harpist Manal Mohei Eldin and Oriental Strokes ensemble, accompanied by the BA Orchestra

* A version of this article appears in print in the 14 March, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

Search Keywords:
Short link: