Take your pick! You'll LOVE the entertainment options in Egypt this week!

Published December 8th, 2013 - 07:00 GMT
Let's talk about LOVE and this artwork by Nadine Hammam. ! (Photo: courtesy of ArtTalks)
Let's talk about LOVE and this artwork by Nadine Hammam. ! (Photo: courtesy of ArtTalks)

 

Sunday 8 December


Screening of film 'Asham' at Cairo Opera House, 6.30pm

Egypt's critically-acclaimed 'Asham' is the first feature film for director Magy Morgan as both writer and director, following her direction of several documentary films. 'Asham' follows various intertwining stories of different characters dealing with hope, despair and the meaning of happiness, set against the backdrop of the unfathomable city they call home: Cairo. The screening is part of the Cairo Opera House's weekly cinema club. The movie will be screened again on 11 December. Check the 11 December listings. Watch the trailer below.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Mozart's lieder and arias at the American University in Cairo, 7pm

Students from the American University in Cairo's music performance major will be joined by singers from Fabrica to perform scenes, arias and lieder from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Vocal coach and general supervisor of the evening is Neveen Allouba, guest professor Raouf Zeidan, and pianist Rosalie Caps. The performance will take place at the university's new campus and will be repeated Monday, 9 December.

Malak Gabr Theatre, AUC Centre of the Arts, AUC New Cairo

Harp recital at the Manasterly Palace, 8pm

Harpist Manal Mohei Eldin will give a recital at the historic Manasterly Palace. She will perform works from Bach, Handel, Dussek, Debussy, Albeniz and Granados. Winner of the State Incentive Award for Arts 2013, Manal Mohei Eldin is a well known and accomplished Egyptian musician. As a soloist she has a countless number of recitals to her name, along with performances with many orchestras in Egypt. Read a full profile of Mohei Eldin here.

Manasterly Palace, Rhoda Island, next to the Nilometre. (For tickets contact the Cultural Development Fund, tel: (02) 27357001 / 27354234 or Manasterly Palace, tel: (02) 23631537)

Sohag University Book Fair

Between 1 and 10 December, the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) holds a limited book fair for releases from Sohag University. The fair will contain most publications of GEBO at a 20 percent discounted price. Open to the public daily between 9am and 5pm.

Sohag University, Shark District, Sohag. (tel: (093) 4601820 / 4570142)

 
Monday 9 December
  

Screening of 'Coming of Age' at El-Gezira Cinema, 6.30pm

An Austrian movie about love that has no age boundaries, 'Coming of Age' is a touching story about a couple in advanced age in a society where age is segregated and marginalised. The screening is part of the Austrian Cultural Forum's weekly movie afternoons. The film will be in German with English subtitles. Watch the trailer below.

El-Gezira Cinema, Museum of Civilisation, Cairo Opera House grounds

'Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' at Artellewa, 7pm

The theatre piece '‫Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,' directed by multidisciplinary Iranian-Egyptian artist Sabry Zekry, will be performed in cultural venues across Egypt this month. The performance, which is being supported by the Culture Resource's (Al-Mawred Al-Thakafy) Production Awards Programme, will take place at five venues in Cairo and one in Minya governorate. Read more here.

19 Mohamed El-Seary Street, Artellewa


Also on this day:
- Mozart's lieder and arias at the American University in Cairo, 7pm. See Sunday, 8 December, listing for more details.
- Book Fair at Sohag University. Check Sunday, 8 December, listing for more details.

Tuesday 10 December
 

Mawlana performance at El-Gomhoreya Theatre, 7pm

The performance is based on a novel entitled Mawlana by Ibrahim Eissa. It will be staged by the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre on three consecutive evenings: 10, 11 and 12 December.

12 El-Gomhoreya Street, Abdin, Cairo

Last day of Sohag University Book Fair

Between 1 and 10 December, the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) holds a limited book fair for releases from Sohag University. The fair will contain most publications of GEBO at a 20 percent discounted price. Open to the public daily between 9am and 5pm.

Sohag University, Shark District, Sohag. (tel: (093) 4601820 / 4570142)

Opening of exhibition 'WHY' by Nadine Hammam at ArtTalks

Zamalek's ArtTalks Gallery is hosting Nadine Hammam’s fourth solo exhibition, entitled 'WHY.' The Cairo-based, multidisciplinary artist often puts social taboos and gender dynamics into question, exploring the structures pervading Middle Eastern societies in artworks produced in various media, including painting, text, sound, video, and installation. In this exhibition, Hammam takes a closer look at the word “why.” By rearranging fragments of broken mirrors on canvas to spell out words such as “love," "lust," and "forever,” the artist places the audience in her artwork. The exhibition will run through 15 January 2014.

8 Al-Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:
- 'Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' at 7pm. Check details here.
 


Wednesday 11 December


ZaMaN band at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 7pm

ZaMaN is an Egyptian band that performs original compositions fusing Oriental and classical Western music. They are strongly influenced by older musical styles, such as Blues, Old Rock and swing: hence their name ZaMaN, which translates from Arabic as "long time ago."

Small Theatre, Bibliotheca Alexandria Conference Centre, El-Shatby, Alexandria.

Screening of 'Asham' at El-Gezira Cinema, 7pm

Egypt's critically-acclaimed 'Asham' is the first feature film for director Magy Morgan as both writer and director, following her direction of several documentary films. 'Asham' follows various intertwining stories of different characters dealing with hope, despair and the meaning of happiness, set against the backdrop of the unfathomable city they call home: Cairo. The screening is part of the Cairo Opera House's weekly cinema club. Watch the trailer above.

El-Gezira Cinema, Museum of Civilisation, Cairo Opera House grounds

Last day of Gamal El-Sagini at Zamalek Art Gallery

Works by one of Egypt's most prominent sculptors, Gamal El-Sagini (1917-1977), are showcased at the Zamalek Art Gallery starting 17 November. El-Sagini pioneered a movement of expressionism in modern Egyptian sculpture. Exhibition closes 11 December.

11 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Also on this day:
-  - 'Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' at 7pm. Check details here.
- Mawlana Performance at El-Gomhoreya Theatre, 7pm. Check Tuesday 10 December listings for more details.

 

Thursday 12 December


Screening of Othello at El Gezira Cinema, 7pm

1952 movie Othello, directed by and starring Orson Welles is part of weekly Thursday screenings which focus on cinema classics. The film also stars Micheál MacLiammóir, and Robert Coote. Watch trailer below. Othello won Grand Prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival. Check excerpt from the movie below.

El Gezira Cinema, Museum of Civilization, Cairo Opera House grounds

Also on this day:
-  'Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' at 7pm. Check details here.
- Mawlana performance at El-Gomhoreya Theatre, 7pm. Check Tuesday, 10 December, listing for more details.

 

Friday 13 December


Christmas concert with young talents at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

Students from the American University in Cairo joined by performers from Fabrica troupe will perform beloved Christmas songs. The event is hosted by soprano Neveen Allouba with Grieg Martin on piano. Guest star of the evening is Raouf Zeidan.

Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek.

'Le Nouvel Orientalisme,' exhibition by Katherine Bakhoum at Safarkhan Art Gallery

French-Egyptian artist Katherine Bakhoum once again exhibits at Safarkhan, this time a collection dubbed 'Le Nouvel Orientalisme.' Bakhoum was born in Cairo in 1949, but today resides and paints in Paris. An air of nostalgia always pervades this artist's work, which is heavily influenced by Orientalist-style painting. Her canvases often capture figures with an ethereal quality. The exhibition opened 2 December and runs until 28 December.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo.

Saturday 14 December


Cairo Symphony Orchestra at the Cairo Opera House, 8pm

The weekly concert of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will include the following programme: Gamal Abdel Rahim's Introduction and Rondo Baladi, Prokofiev's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 3 in C Major, Rachmaninov's Symphonic Poem "The Isle of Dead" and Tchaikovsky's Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Op 24. The conductor of the evening is Nader Abbassi and piano soloist Mohamed Shams.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

 

Sunday 15 December
 

Last day of Brain Damage: Collective exhibition at Darb 1718

A collective exhibition entitled Brain Damage opened 16 November at the Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre. The show features artwork by a group of emerging artists (Amro Okacha, Fady Galal, Fajr Soliman, Ghadir Wagdy, Haytham Sherif, Maghraffiti, Mohamed Khaled, and Razan Saeed) working under the umbrella of Wust El-Balad Studio, an art incubator born after the January 25 Revolution to support young artists. Exhibition closes 15 December.

Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)


Also on this day:
-  'Once Upon a Time Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' at 7pm. Check details here.

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