What are you up to this week? Let Egypt's arts and culture scene help you!

Published December 6th, 2015 - 08:31 GMT
Egypt has plenty of exciting events on this week. (Ahram)
Egypt has plenty of exciting events on this week. (Ahram)

Sunday 6 Dec

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Music

7pm

CAIRO

Dance performance and music by the Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments.

Beit El-Seheimy, Haret Al-Darb Al-Asfar, Qism Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Poetry
7:30pm
CAIRO

Poetry reading evening.

Beit El-Shaer (Poetry House), Beit Al-Set Wasila, Mohamed Abdo Street, Old Cairo

Film

7:30pm

CAIRO

Screening of The Dream of Shahrazad.

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr. Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Music
8pm
CAIRO

Medhat Saleh and Emad Al-Sharqawi concert.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Tarabband live performance.

Al-Gomhoriya Theatre, 12 Al-Gomhouria Street, Abdeen, across from Abdin Palace, Downtown Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Concert by Islam El-Shaery.

Wisdom Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Film
6pm
ALEXANDRIA

Cinema Club: Screening of an animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la mécanique du cœur, 2013).

French Institute, Al-Nabie Daniel Street, Raml Station, Alexandria

Film
7pm
ALEXANDRIA

Short films screenings.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Centre, Alexandria

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
(Photo: still from Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart)
 

Monday 7 Dec 

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Film

6pm

CAIRO

Screening of El-Maseer (Destiny) in honor of the late Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif.

French Institute, 1 Madraset Al-Hoqouq, Mounira, Cairo

Inshad

7:30pm

CAIRO

Inshad by Sheikh Mohamed El-Sharnouby.

Makan - Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts, 1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El-Dawaween, Downtown Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa to perform with Cairo Opera Quartet. Read more here

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Film

8pm

CAIRO

Screening of Mustang. Check our review here.

Balcon Heliopolis, 26 Sohag Street, Heliopolis, Cairo

Dance/Music

8pm

CAIRO

El-Tanoura, traditional troupe performance.

Wekalet Al-Ghoury, Al-Ghuri Complex, Fatimid Cairo

Film
6pm
ALEXANDRIA

Screening of film Decor and discussion with the filmmaker Ahmad Abdalla titled: “New cinema for new realities”.

French Institute, Al Nabie Daniel Street, Raml Station, Alexandria

Music
7pm
ALEXANDRIA

The Colombian Trio: El Barbero del Socorro.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Dance
8pm
ALEXANDRIA

El-Zabak dance performance performed by Forsan Al Sharq Heritage Company. Choreography and mise-en-scene Tarek Hassan.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), 22 Sharia Tariq Al-Horreyya, Alexandria

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week

 

Colombian Trio
Colombian Trio (Photo: fragment form the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's promotional material)
 

Tuesday 8 Dec

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Exhibition Opening

6pm

CAIRO

Invitation Au Voyage, a painting exhibition by Hossam Dirar.

Art Talks, 8, El-Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Film

6:30pm

CAIRO

Screening of Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009).

Arab Digital Expression Foundation, 143 Street #8, Muqattam City, Cairo

Inshad

7pm

CAIRO

Inshad by Sheikh Mahmoud El-Tohamy.

El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Theatre

7:30pm

CAIRO

‘Al-Shemal Egbari,' a play by Mohamed Habib.

Hanager Arts Centre, Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Dance
8pm
ALEXANDRIA

El-Zabak dance performance performed by Forsan Al-Sharq Heritage Company. Choreography and mise-en-scene Tarek Hassan.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), 22 Sharia Tariq al-Horreyya, Alexandria

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week 

Ramzi Yassa
Ramzi Yassa and the Cairo Opera House Quartet
 

Wednesday 9 Dec

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Exhibition Opening

6pm

CAIRO

Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s.

Gezira Art Centre, 1 Sheikh Marsafi Street, in front of the Gezira Sporting Club, Zamalek, Cairo

Exhibition Opening

7pm

CAIRO

A Season in Hell, a group show of drawings and paintings.

Gypsum Gallery, 5 Ibrahim Naguib Street, Ground Floor, Apt 2, Garden City, Cairo

Music

7:30pm

CAIRO

Mazaher ensemble.

Makan - Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts, 1 Saad Zaghloul Street, El Dawaween, Downtown, Cairo

Dance/Music

8pm

CAIRO

El-Tanoura, traditional troupe performance.

Wekalet Al-Ghoury, Al-Ghuri Complex, Fatimid Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Les Petits Chats band will perform ‘Memories’.

Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Live oud concert by Egyptian musician Hazem Shaheen.

Art Lounge, 37b Ahmed Heshmat Street,1st Floor, Apt 2, Zamalek, Cairo

Music

7pm

ALEXANDRIA

A Finnish Musical Night: Riikka Hakola (soprano), Ragaa Eldin (tenor) and Ilkka Paananen (piano).

Auditorium Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Film

7pm

ALEXANDRIA

Fiction Film Forum: Screening of The Road (Houssam Eldin Moustafa, 1964) on Naguib Mahfouz Day.

Auditorium Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Music

8pm

ALEXANDRIA

Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa to perform with Cairo Opera Quartet. Read more here.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), 22 Sharia Tariq Al-Horreyya, Alexandria

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week 

Les Petits Chats
Les Petits Chats in the 1960s (Photo: courtesy of Sherif Nakhla)
 

Thursday 10 Dec 

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Gammaliyah, Cairo

Theatre

6pm

CAIRO

Gaheem (Hell), a play inspired and adapted from Dante’s Divine Comedy by Robaa Tayer troupe. The play will be performed again on 11 December.

Heliopolis Library, 42 El-Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo

Film/video

7pm

CAIRO

Opening of the 7th Cairo Video Festival. The festival will continue until 25 December with screenings taking place across several venues: Medrar for Contemporary Art, Contemporary Image Collective, Zawya and French Institute.

Zawya (Odeon Cinema), 4 Abdel-Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown.

Exhibition

Opening

7pm

CAIRO

Hope, paintings by artist Samah Emam. The exhibition runs until 15 December.

Hanager Arts Centre, Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Theatre

7pm

CAIRO

Mayeteen Ahly play.

Rawabet Theatre, Nabarawy Street, Downtown Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

A concert by Egyptian musician Yehya Khalil.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Dance

8pm

CAIRO

A contemporary dance performance by Nicole Roerick from New York. The performance will also take place on 11 December.

Darb 1718, Kasr El-Sham3 Street, Al-Fakhareen – Old Cairo

Music

8pm

CAIRO

Massar Egbari concert.

El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Film

7pm

ALEXANDRIA

Screening of films from the 6th Plaza project. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the directors.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week

7th Cairo Video Festival
(Photo: fragment of artwork from the 7th Cairo Video Festival's promotional material)
  

Friday 11 Dec

Book fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Film/video

CAIRO

The 7th Cairo Video Festival. The festival kicks off on 10 Dec and continues until 25 Dec with screenings taking place across several venues: Medrar for Contemporary Art, Contemporary Image Collective, Zawya and French Institute.

Several venues

Exhibition

6-9pm

CAIRO

A one-day exhibition brings together artists like Gamal Meleka, George Bahgoury, Ashraf Al-Zamzamy and others. Registration required.

Nun Center, 4 Shafik Mansour Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Festival

6pm

CAIRO

El-Sawy Culturewheel presents the 10th Okaz Festival of Arab Culture which runs between 11 and 13 December; a three-day festival celebrating colloquial poetry through lectures, screenings and poetry recitals.

River Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Theatre

6pm

CAIRO

Gaheem (Hell), a play inspired and adapted from Dante’s Divine Comedy by Robaa Tayer troupe.

Heliopolis Library, 42 El-Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo

Exhibition Opening

7pm

CAIRO

African Wilderness, a wild-life photography exhibition by Mostafa Alshershabi, Walid Yassin, Mostafa Elbrolosy, Mostafa Mahran and Mohammed Hisham. The exhibition runs until 19 December.

GrEEK Campus, 28 Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Downtown Cairo

Performance

7pm

CAIRO

A shadow-puppet theatre performance.

Beit El-Seheimy, Haret Al-Darb Al-Asfar, Qism Al-Gamaleya, Cairo

Dance

8pm

CAIRO

A contemporary dance performance by Nicole Roerick from New York.

Darb 1718, Kasr El-Sham3 Street, Al-Fakhareen – Old Cairo

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week

Nicole Roerick
(Photo: from the Nicole Roerick dance performance's promotional material)
 

Saturday 12 Dec 

Book Fair

9am-9pm

CAIRO

A selection of LE1-20 books. The book fair runs until 1 January 2016.

Al-Rab3 Cultural Centre, Al-Moez Street, Al-Gamaliyya, Cairo

Film/video

CAIRO

The 7th Cairo Video Festival. The festival kicks off on 10 Dec and continues until 25 Dec with screenings taking place across several venues: Medrar for Contemporary Art, Contemporary Image Collective, Zawya and French Institute

Several venues

City walk

11am-1pm

CAIRO

A visit to National Theater in Ataba which includes a presentation about the theatre’s history and recent conservation work, as well as a guided tour inside the theatre.


The tour is organised by Megawra | Built Environment Collective and the Artistic House for Theatre. Registration is required.

Qawmi (National) Theatre, Ataba, Cairo

Festival

2-7pm

CAIRO

The one-day Foustat Festival for Traditional Arts and Crafts.

Foustat Traditional Crafts Centre, 1 Al-Emam Street, behind Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque, Old Cairo

Lecture

6pm

CAIRO

Arabic lecture titled ‘Port Said in the Nation’s Memory’.

Talaat Harb Cultural Centre, 1 El-Sayeda Nafisa Street, Cairo. Tel: 02 23622647

Festival

6pm

CAIRO

El-Sawy Culturewheel presents the 10th Okaz Festival of Arab Culture which runs between 11 and 13 December; a three-day festival celebrating colloquial poetry through lectures, screenings and poetry recitals.

River Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Music

7pm

CAIRO

Concert by Transistor band.

Wisdom Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Theatre

8pm

CAIRO

‘Etnen Ela Robaa’, a comedy play.

Hosapeer Theatre, Galaa Street, Downtown Cairo

Music
8pm
CAIRO

Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El-Saedi will perform works by Scriabin, Ciaran Hope and Symphony No 6 by Bohuslav Martinu. The concert is a celebration of Martinu’s 125th anniversary. Soloist of the evening is violinist Cora Venus Lunny.

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Dance/Music

8pm

CAIRO

El-Tanoura, traditional troupe performance.

Wekalet Al-Ghoury, Al-Ghuri Complex, Fatimid Cairo

Scroll to the bottom for the list of recommended exhibitions this week

 

‎Foustat Traditional Crafts Center
‎Foustat Traditional Crafts Center (Photo: ‎Foustat Traditional Crafts Center's facebook)
 

Sunday 13 Dec 

Film/video

CAIRO

The 7th Cairo Video Festival. The festival kicks off on 10 Dec and continues until 25 Dec with screenings taking place across several venues: Medrar for Contemporary Art, Contemporary Image Collective, Zawya and the French Institute.

Several venues

Festival

6pm

CAIRO

Last day of the 10th Okaz Festival of Arab Culture; a three-day festival celebrating colloquial poetry through lectures, screenings and poetry recitals.

River Hall, El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Music

7pm

CAIRO

Dance performance and music by the Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments.  

Beit El-Seheimy, Haret Al-Darb Al-Asfar, Qism Al-Gamaleya, Cairo

Film

7:30pm

CAIRO

Screening of the American documentary ‘E-Team’ (Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman, 2014).

Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, 1 Dr Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Film

7pm

ALEXANDRIA

Documentary Film Forum: Screening of the Bulgarian documentary 'Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service' (Vesela Kazakova and Mina Mileva, 2014).

Auditorium Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria

 

E Team
(Photo: still from E Team)
 

EXHIBITIONS this week

Exhibition

29 Nov-14 Dec

CAIRO

Miniature City, a painting exhibition by Aly Ashour.

Art Lounge Cairo, 37b Ahmed Heshmat Street, 1st floor, Apt 2, Zamalek, Cairo

Exhibition

2-16 Dec

CAIRO

It Takes a Fool to Remain Sane, a multimedia group exhibit with works from established and young artists.

(An appointment by calling these numbers is required to visit the exhibition at the embassy: 27951536 - 27943638)

Embassy of Switzerland, 24 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahassen Street, Garden City, Cairo

Exhibition Opening

11-10 Dec

CAIRO

African Wilderness, a wild-life photography exhibition by Mostafa Alshershabi, Walid Yassin, Mostafa Elbrolosy Mostafa Mahran

and Mohammed Hisham.

GrEEK Campus, 28 Falaki Street, Bab El-Louk, Downtown Cairo

Exhibition

29 Nov

CAIRO

Worthy Degenerate, a group exhibition of seven contemporary artists exploring and tackling the values of the ‘low quality image.’

Townhouse Gallery, 10 Nabarawy Street, off Champolion Street, Downtown Cairo

Exhibition

10-15 Dec

CAIRO

Hope, paintings by artist Samah Emam.

Hanager Arts Centre, Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo

Exhibition

25 Nov-14 Jan

CAIRO

Monochrome, featuring black and white photography of Amr El-Sawah. The gallery is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm

The Photographic Gallery, Abdul Latif Jameel Hall, AUC New Cairo Campus, Road 90, Cairo


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