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Current issue | Issue 1434, (14 - 20 March 2019)
Monday,20 May, 2019
Issue 1434, (14 - 20 March 2019)

Ahram Weekly

Don’t miss legendary percussionist Vikku Vinayakram’s concert at Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

(L-R) Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram,  V Selvaganesh and Swaminathan
(L-R) Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, V Selvaganesh and Swaminathan

The 7th India by the Nile Festival (5-17 March)


This annual cultural festival will be held in Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said. IBN, the biggest international festival in Egypt, provides the Egyptian audience a keen flavour of India's spirited aesthetic traditions while strengthening artistic collaboration and bilateral ties between the two countries


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Sat 16, 8pm: The Grammy Award-winning legendary percussionist Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, along with the support and fitness of his exceptionally talented sons, Selvaganesh and Umashankar, and grandson Swaminathan, represent the only family in India that has been paying rich tributes to music for three generations. 


Misr Public Library

Zawia, Cairo

Thurs 14, 11am: Yoga and Well-Being. 

Thurs 14, 12pm: The Bollywood dance workshop by Gilles Chuyen is all about being part of a high-energy and heady Bollywood dance experience. For over 2 hours, participants learn dance routines created by Chuyen on popular Hindi songs. He is trained in France in folk, modern jazz, ballet and contemporary dance styles.


Port Said Cultural Centre

Port Said

Fri 15, 3pm: Yoga and Well-Being.

Fri 15, 4pm: A Bollywood dance workshop by choreographer Gilles Chuyen

Fri 15, 5.30pm: Contemporary Indian folk music by versatile artist Harpreet. He sings original musical compositions in Hindi, as well as, in regional Indian languages and dialects such as Punjabi, Bengali, Assamese, Rajasthani and Haryanvi. He is known for his rich sonorous voice and a vivid, light classical style of singing. His creative talent fuses both the modern and traditional when he composes tunes to his own lyrics and to classical poetry that he loves. Harpreet band members: Harpreet (vocals, guitar), Anirban Ghosh (bass guitar), Varun Gupta (percussion) and Sumant Balakrishnan (electric guitar). 

Fri 15, 6.30pm: The Grammy Award-winning Vikku Vinayakram and V Selvaganesh presenting three generations of percussion.

The 9th Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children (4-16 March)


Al-Hanager Arts Centre

Cairo Opera Complex, Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek,

Tel 02 2735 6861

Thurs 14, 10.30am-11.20am and 6.15-7.05pm: Vu by Sacékripa Theatre-10 + (France). 

Thurs 14, 11.30am-12.30am: Jabber -6 + (Netherlands).

Fri 15, 2-3pm: Jabber -6 + (Netherlands). (4-4.50pm and 6-6.50pm): Vu by Sacékripa Theatre-10 + (France).


Al-Hanager Open Area

Thurs 14, 9am-1pm: Stories on 4 Wheels- Family (Egypt).

Fri 15, 2-6pm: Stories on 4 Wheels- Family (Egypt).


Al-Hanager Gallery

Thurs 14, 9.45-10:15am, 5.15-5.45pm and 6.45-7:15pm: EGG-tion Hero - 3+ (Netherlands). (4-4.25pm and 6-6:25pm): SnowEyes 0-4 (Denmark).

Fri 15, 3.15-3.40pm: SnowEyes 0-4 (Denmark). (5.30-6pm): EGG-tion Hero - 3+ (Netherlands).    


Megawra-Historic Cairo

Old Cairo area 

Fri 15, 2-3pm: Stories on 4 Wheels- Family (Egypt). (2-2.30pm) EGG-tion Hero- 3+ (Netherlands).  

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373

Fri 15, 8pm: Said Osman and his Shomoaa band. 

Sun 17, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble.  

Thurs 21, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.  


Mohamed Abdel-Wahab Museum 

Arab Music Institute, 22 Ramses St, just before Al-Tawfiqiya, Downtown, Tel 02 2574 3373

Commemorating the birth anniversary of late singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, his museum will be open for free daily until Sunday 17 March, from 10am until 3pm.  


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 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

Main Hall

Thurs 14, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble, conducted by maestro Selim Sahab commemorates the birth anniversary of singer and composer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab. 

Fri 15, 8pm: Piano recital by Moushira Issa

Sat 16, 8pm: A concert features the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.

Sun 17, 7pm: Part of the 11th Finnish-Egyptian Musical Bridge (12-21 March), a gala concert will be performed by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro and pianist Ralf Gothoni

Wed 20, Thurs 21, Fri 22, 8pm: Ballet Gala – The Diaghilev International Company (Russia). 

Open-Air Theatre

Fri 15, 8pm: A concert by Sweet Sound band, led by violinist Mounir Nasreddin.

Thurs 21, 8pm: Abu-Shaar Brothers group from Syria performs religious songs.     

Small Hall

Thurs 14, 8pm: Jazz music by Yehia Khalil and his band.

Fri 15, 8pm: A chamber music concert features Kholoud Sharara.

Sat 16, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.  

Sun 17, 8pm: The Conservatoire concert. 

Mon 18, 8pm: Violin and piano recital by Marlis Yunuskhan

Wed 20, 8pm: Part of the 11th Finnish-Egyptian Musical Bridge, a chamber music concert featuring violinist Teemu Kupiainen, pianist Kristian Attilia, tenor Jorma Silvasti, together with the opera singers Gala Al-Hadidi, Amr Medhat, Doaa Saber among others.

 The Opera House Lobby

"The Soul of the Forest", part of the 11th Finnish-Egyptian Musical Bridge, a photo exhibition by visual artist Paivi Arvonen (12-21 March). 


Goethe Institute

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

Sat 16, 10.30m-8pm: The Goethe Institute opens its doors and welcomes all visitors to the open day at the Palm House, you can enjoy its diverse programme, which includes five different areas including information, games, art, culture, children, and language. All are invited to enjoy a full day of fun, music, arts and games. The audience will have the opportunity to know how much fun to learn German, the library will take you to virtual worlds, enjoy a concert with the Egyptian band Dasuka and many other activities waiting for you to discover (Free Entry). 


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).


Giza Pyramids

Al-Haram, Giza Plateau 

Fri 15, 8pm: The American drummer Chad Smith's rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing in Egypt for the first time in this concert. 


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

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

Thurs 14 and Fri 15, 8pm: Forsan El Sharq Heritage Company performs “Al-GIPTANA” (The Egyptian Papyrus) show, décor designed by Ahmed Zayed, choreography and directed by Monadel Antar.  


Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday, 7pm: (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

Every Saturday, 8pm: (fixed event) Asyad Al-Zar (The Zar Masters) band. The Zar Masters band is comprised of some of the few remaining Egyptian and Sudanese Zar performers playing  Tanbura, Toza 

(small 2 sides percussion) Mangour, (a wide belt of goat hooves worn around the hips), Marakesh (hand-held rattles) and the tambourine. 


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

Sat 16, 10 am-8pm The Culturewheel’s garden and River Hall will be divided into two parts, part for Zumba, Belly Dance and Bollywood Dance which will be in a closed area for ladies only. The ticket is for 50 LE which will include a voucher worth 15 pounds. The other part of the hall is open and accessible for all and is free of charge, it will include handmade products, accessories, women's and children clothing, furniture, food, decor, antiques, candles, cosmetics and all that matters to women. In addition to sessions with experts in health, beauty and fashion. There will also be a tombola and every mother can bring her children because there is a kids’ area.

Sun 17, 7.30pm: Religious chanting concert by Mahmoud Al-Naqa.  

Wisdom Hall

Thurs 21, 6 & 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of late diva Umm Kolthoum performing two of her best songs. 

Fri 15, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Al-Radwan group from Syria.  

Mon 18, 7.30pm: Contemporary Egyptian songs by Negoum Masriya band. 

Tues 19, 9pm: Religious songs by Waslet Samaa band. 





Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

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

Thurs 14, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Sporting Club’s Sayed Darwish Choir

Fri 15, 8pm: Jazz music by Yehia Khalil and his band. 

Sun 17, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Chamber Orchestra concert.

Thurs 21, 8pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.   


Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Small Hall

Thurs 21, 7pm: Nour Project concert.

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