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Current issue | Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)
Wednesday,19 June, 2019
Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)

Ahram Weekly

The First Manial Palace Classical Music Festival and The 27th Arab Music Festival and Conference

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said
Egyptian soprano Fatma Said

Manial Palace Museum

Al-Saraya St, Al-Manial, Cairo, Tel 02 2368 7495/ 2361 0561

The First Manial Palace Classical Music Festival (1-9 November)

The festival lights up the historic Manial Palace with a rich programme of classical music concerts alongside the Manial Palace Museum and its exquisite ancient collection. The week-long festival is the first of its kind to be launched by the Friends of the Manial Palace Museum (FMPM) and is organized by Orient Productions. The festival is spearheaded by renowned opera singer and television actor Hassan Kamy and the museum Chairman of the board Prince Abbass Helmi. It has grown from the individual concerts and events previously held by the FMPM, and aims to fundraise for the preservation of the palace.

The Manial Palace Festival is funded by the European Union, and supported by the French Cultural Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, The Spanish Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Czech Embassy and the Embassy of Slovak in Cairo.

Golden Hall

Thurs 8, 8pm: Spanish evening with the Spanish tenor Borja Quiza and

the Spanish Maestro and Pianist Fernando Briones followed by the prodigy Austrian-Egyptian violinist Nadine Weber and accompanying pianist David Helsz.

Fri 9, 7pm: A gala evening with the Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa marking the anniversary of the birth of Prince Mohamed Ali Tawfik in 1875, intermission with Egyptian soprano Fatma Said and German pianist and conductor Marcus Merkel after the interval (The dress code is formal in all concerts).

Cairo Opera House

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

The 27th Arab Music Festival and Conference (1-12 November)

Main Hall

Thurs 8, 8pm: Singing recitals by Ramy Abdallah (Saudi Arabia) and Riham Abdel-Hakim (Egypt). Cellist Emad Ashour. A singing recital by Hany Shaker (Egypt), accompanied by the musical ensemble, conducted by maestro Ibrahim Al-Mogui.

Fri 9, 8pm: A singing recital by Rehab Metawaa (Egypt), artist Ahmed Effat (Egypt).  Singer Wael Gassar (Lebanon), accompanied by the musical ensemble, conducted by maestro Adel Aayash

Sat 10, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs compositions by Bahraini composer Wahid Al-Khan. Solo qannun recital. A singing recital by Forat Qadouri (Iraq), accompanied by the musical ensemble, conducted by maestro Nayeir Nagui. A singing recital by Nesma Mahgoub (Egypt), accompanied by the musical ensemble, conducted by maestro Mustafa Helmy.

Sun 11, 8pm: A singing recital by Nawal (Kuwait). A singing recital by Saber Al-Roubaai (Tunisia), accompanied by the orchestra, conducted by maestro Hany Farahat.

Mon 12, 8pm: The closing ceremony features Lebanese singer Majida Al-Roumi (Lebanon), accompanied by the Philharmonic Union Orchestra, conducted by maestro Nader Abbassi


Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Thurs 8, 8pm: Shomoaa troupe features artist Said Osman (Egypt).

Fri 9, 8pm: Sharara Sextet features violinist Hassan Sharara (Egypt).  

Sat 10, 8pm: Singing recitals by Ibrahim Farouk, Ihab Nada, Aya Abdallah, accompanied by the musical ensemble.   

Sun 11, 8pm: Soiree band features Yasser Souleiman (Egypt).

Mon 12, 8pm: A singing recital by Iman Abdel-Ghani and artist Maged Sorour, accompanied by the musical ensemble (Egypt).


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 8, 8pm: The Street of Art band, led by Ashraf Sedki (Egypt).

Fri 9, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Children Choir for Arab Music, conducted by maestro Ahmed Amer.

Sat 10, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe for religious chanting features singers Taha Hussein, Hatem Zayed among others. A singing recital by Ahmed Ibrahim (Egypt).

Sun 11, 8pm: Umm Kolthoum troupe (The Arab Music Supreme Institute) honours the memory of Hussein Guined.


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

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

Thurs 8, 8pm: Singing recitals by Sarah Magdy, Karim Zidan, Mohamed Metwali and Marwa Hamdy (Egypt).  A singing recital by Mohamed Al-Helw, accompanied by the Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing, conducted by maestro Abdel-Hamid Abdel-Ghaffar.

Fri 9, 8pm: Singing recitals by by Amira Said, Maye Hassan, Ahmed Said, Ghada Adam (Egypt). A singing recital by Iman Al-Bahr Darwish, accompanied by the National Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by maestro Hazem Al-Qasabgui.        

Sat 10, 8pm: The Oriental Percussions troupe features Said Al-Artist on tabla (Egypt) and Wahid Mamdouh (Jordan).

Mon 12, 8pm: Singing recitals by Mohie Salah, Mustafa Al-Nagdi and Hasnaa. A singing recital by Ali Al-Haggar, accompanied by the musical ensemble, conducted by Mohamed Al-Mogui.

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Tues 13, 8pm: A duo flute recital from Egypt and Greece.


Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2591 3391
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: 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, 8.30pm: “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

Open-Air Theatre

Fri 9, 8pm: Sweet Sound band features Mounir Nasreddin.  

Thurs 15, 8pm: Al-Nafikha, Cairo’s top brass band.

Small Hall

Thurs 15, 8pm: Oriental jazz by Yehia Khalil and his band.


Darb 1718

Kasr El Shamaa St, Al Fakhareen, Old Cairo, near Mar Girgis Metro Station, Tel 02 2741 3053/ 0109 3766188

The 2nd Edition of Something Else-Off Biennale Cairo (1 November-15 December)


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, Mon, and Wed, 7.30pm).


Goethe Institute

17 Hussein Wassif St, Mesaha Sq, Dokki, Tel 02 2575 9877

Tashweesh multidisciplinary events (6-12 November)  

Fri 9, 8.30pm & 10.30pm: Heroes dance performance and Klabb By DJ.  

Sat 10, 10pm: Jolly Goods band.

Mon 12, 10pm: A musical concert by Hoda Asfour.  


Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday: (fixed event) Zikr and Sufi night.
Every Tuesday, 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm and reservations is canceled at 7.30pm): Mawawil and Gamalat Shiha present traditional music of the Nile Delta; Nubian Fadeka music and songs with Aragid, featuring Saleh Abbass and Farah Al-Masri; traditional Sudanese music and songs performed by Queen of Henna Settouna; Al-Jaafra music played by musicians from Aswan; Nass Makan (People from Makan) and Sanet perform traditional music from Eritrea.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher, featuring Umm SamehUmm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab


El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown. Tel 011 50995354

Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts

Thurs 8, 8pm: Rango band features Egyptian-Sudanese musicians, they focus on performing the musical heritage of Sudan with Hassan Bergamon on the unique rango, the artist, Essam Tutu, along with the pentatonic simisimya and a group of singers of Sudanese origin.


El-Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448

River Hall

Thurs 8, 8pm: Nour Al-Naby troupe features singer Aida Al-Ayoubi in a programme of religious songs.

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 8, 7.30pm: Singing recital by Mustafa Hussein.





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)

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

Wed 14 & Fri 15, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq (The Knights of the Orient) Heritage Dance Company presents Bahia show choreographed and directed by Karima Bedeir.  


Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999

Main Hall

Fri 9, 8pm: Singer Khaled Selim.

Thurs15, 8pm: Al Dor Al Awal band.

Small Hall

Sat 10, 6:55pm: Nico Muhly’s Marnie opera Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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