Music and dance 18-25 February 2021: Cairo, Alexandria
Reham El-Adawi, , Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

The cultural activities have started gradually to reopen in the country. The reopening has included theatres, museums, galleries, national circus, which operate under the culture ministry. In its first stage, the resumption of activities will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity across all venues

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Fri 19, 8pm: Egybadour band.

Sun 21, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.

Thurs 25, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company in a gala concert.

Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted byAbdel-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 byWamdaand directed byNabil Bahgat.

Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

The Ministry of Culture continues its electronic initiative “Stay at Home ... Culture in your Hands” on the Internet. The initiative broadcasts anecdotes of the archives of the national, contemporary and traditional creativity through the YouTube channel of the Ministry of Culture and its social media accounts.

The initiative also brings theatre performances, concerts and other cultural events to audiences.

The free digital service has started on Tuesday 24 March 2020 and updates about its library will be revealed soon.

It is worth noting that the materials are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture:

and YouTube channel:

and social networking site Facebook account

Main Hall

Thurs18, Fri19, Sun 21, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra will perform Danses Qu'on Croise, Spartacus and variations from other ballets.

Sat 20, 8pm: Celebrating the centenary of late Culture Minister Tharwat Okasha, known as ‘The Cavalier of The Egyptian Culture’, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saedi will present “The Perfect Wagnerite” concert. The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, founded by Okasha, accompanied by A Cappella Choir, led by Maya Gvineria, will perform R. Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Perlude and Libestod, The Flying Dutchman, Overture among other works. The performance will be followed by honoring the name of Okasha given to his family members his brother, Dr. Ahmed Okasha and his two children Mahmoud and Noura.

Small Hall

Fri 19, 8pm: Singing recital by soprano Tahia Shamseddin.

Tues 23, 8pm: Fabrica band, led by soprano Neveen Allouba performs excerpts of international musicals.

Thurs 25, 8pm: Harp recital by Mona Wassef.

Darb 1718

Kasr Al-Sham’ St, Fustat, Old Cairo, behind the Hanging Church & Amr bin Al-Aas Mosque, next to Mar Girgis metro station. Tel 012 2192449/ 2361 0511

Thurs 25, 8pm: Bth Takhrebi band is the first ever post rock band with Sufi Lyrics in Egypt. Their music is characterized by the incorporation of certain mystical-influenced words.

Sherif El-Shazly, the vocal of Kayan band, will perform some of Kayan’s songs and his project on Darb 1718’s stage. He will be joined by Adham Nassef (from Kayan), Karim Selim (from IAM), and Mohamed Ibrahim (violinist), adding their beautiful and unique melodies on stage, you wouldn’t want to miss that!.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 18, 8pm: A concert of songs composed by late composer Mohamed Al-Mougi.

Thurs 25, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.

Al-Ghouri Caravansary
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanourawhirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat and Wed, 7.30pm).

Room Art Space & Café

10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539

Thurs 18, 9pm: The Sinatras band performs Frank Sinatra’s songs featuring Farida Tamer.

Fri 19, 9pm: The Gypsy Jazz Project.

Thurs 25, 9pm: Do'souqa band plays a chill mix of acoustic/folk with a groovy swing vibe.

New Cairo, The Spot Mall

Fri 19, 8.30pm: Violin night with Amr Darwish.

Sat 20, 8pm: Enjoy a special oriental singing and oud night.

Sun 21, 9pm: Alaa El-Sheikh’s first ever comedy special
“High on Pain”.

Mon 22, 8.30pm: The monthly Open Mic Night. If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for 7 minutes on Room stage. Or just relax and enjoy back-to-back performances over a drink or coffee.

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

Thurs 18, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Mix group.

Fri 19, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Ali Elhelbawy.

Mon 22, 7pm: Rock night with Wujood band.

Tues 23, 7.30pm: El Awela Balady band revives the songs of late singer Sheikh Imam.

Wed 24, 7.30pm: Al Ahbab (lovers) ensemble performs Sufi and religious songs.

Thurs 25, 7.30pm: Mounib band is back reviving the old songs of late Nubian singers Ahmed Mounib.


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

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

Sat 20, 8pm: Ahl Almaghna (music folk) group for Arab music and singing, led by Hossam Samir.

Sun 28, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Orchestra will perform Danses Qu'on Croise, Spartacus and variations from other ballets.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 18 February, 2021 edition ofAl-Ahram Weekly