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Don't miss the concerts of the 12th Cairo International Jazz Festival
Published in Ahram Online on 17 - 11 - 2020

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

The 12th Cairo International Jazz Festival (13-20 November)
Cairo International Jazz Festival celebrates its latest edition with a line-up of top Egyptian Jazz bands and over 100 musicians from 10 countries (Egypt, Portugal, The Netherlands, Chile, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Morocco, Denmark & Switzerland).
The CJF programme has a variety of events, including music concerts, workshops, Jazz for kids, film screening, exhibitions, Open mic, and jam sessions.
All safety protocols will be in place, including limited seating, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing. Audiences will be limited to around 300 people per day. So hurry up and get your tickets now, which are on sale at Ticketsmarche.

Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Fountain Stage
Fri 20, 1.30-3pm: Jazzinino (jazz for kids) by Makers band.
(3.30-4.45pm) Open mic.
Ewart Memorial Hall
Thurs 19, 7.30-8.30pm: Linda Kovacs - recycle (Hungary), (8.45-9.45) Elina Duni Trio (Switzerland), Claudia Campagnol (Denmark) (10-11pm).
Fri 20, 5-6pm: Francesco Bruno Quartet “Alive” from Italy. (6.30-7.30pm) Ricardo Formoso Quintet (Portugal). (8-9pm) Guest star Elvis Stanic with Amro Salah Trio and Noha Fekry (Croatia/Egypt). (9.30-10.30pm) Eftekasat band features Alex Simu (Egypt/Romania/The Netherlands).
Oriental Hall
Thurs 19, 5-6.30pm: Women in Jazz – Vocal master class by Linda Kovacs, Claudia Campagnol and Elina Duni.

Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, Agouza. Tel 02 3345 9939
Sun 22, 9pm: Elvis Stanic with Egypt Jazz All-Stars featuring Noha Fekry (Croatia/Egypt).


Darb 1718
Kasr El Shamaa St, Al Fakhareen, Old Cairo, near Mar Girgis Metro Station, Tel 02 2741 3053/ 0109 3766188
Thurs 19, 8pm: Ricardo Formoso Quintet (Portugal).
Fri 20, 1.30pm: Jazzinino with Rola Zaki.


Room Art Space & Café
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539
Fri 20, 9pm: Elina Duni Trio (Switzerland).
Sat 21, 9pm: Ricardo Formoso Quintet (Portugal).
Abdeen Palace
Gomaaet Abdeen St, Al-Gumhouriya Square
Fri 20 and Sat 21, 6pm: An exquisite concert of Umm Kolthoum, in which the hologram technology will bring her back to the royal Abdeen Palace to perform next to her orchestra in a night full of nostalgia.

Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Fri 20, 7pm: Al-Khan troupe, conducted by artist Fady Almaghraby, performs classical Arab songs by the likes of Nagat, Mohamed Roshdi, Moharam Fouad, Fayza Ahmed and Warda.


Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 19, 8pm: Oud recital by Hesham Essam.
Fri 20, 8pm: Sultan Alaarfeen ensemble for religious chanting.
Sun 22, 8pm: The Salah Ghoubashi Arab Music ensemble performs Umm Kolthoum songs.
Thurs 26, 8pm: Cromatex ensemble, led by Hassanein Sharaf Eldeen.


Beit Al-Aini (The Child Creativity Centre)
Al-Azhar, district, behind Al Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2514 2990
Thurs 19, 1pm: Al-Aragouz show.


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, 7.30pm: “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.
Thurs 19, 7pm: A classical Arab music concert by Kerdan band, led by singer and oud player Ali Almansy.


Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Thurs 19, 8pm: In Collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute,
Famous Italian Opera Overtures and Intermezzi performed by the Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by maestro Elio Orciuolo.
The programme includes works by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, and Cilea
Sat 21, 8pm: “Great Symphonies II” concert is presented by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed El-Saidi. It performs J. Haydn: Symphony in E - flat major, Hob. I:99 and
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E- flat major.
Mon 23 and Tues 24, 8pm: Pianist Omar Khayrat and his Orchestra.
Thurs 26 and Fri 27, 8pm: The Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company presents Akhenaton performance.
Small Hall
Tues 24, 8pm: The Conservatoire Institute concert.


Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 26, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.


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, 7pm).


Room Art Space & Café
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St, Garden City, Tel 01000 681539
Sun 22, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show by Al Hezb El Comedy.
Mon 23, 9pm: Rock night with Kawkab.
Tues 24, 9pm: Nightshift band features the beautiful voice Nour El Dorry.



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
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Thurs 19, 7pm: A night of your favourite Disney songs performed by a group of young singers.
Wisdom Hall
Fri 20, 7pm: Sufi chanting by Al-Hadra troupe.
Sun 22, 7pm: Creative band performs modern and old songs.
Tues 24, 7pm: Waslet Samaa troupe performs religious chants.
Wed 25, 7.30pm: Piano recital by Diaa Khairallah.
Thurs 26, 7pm: The Egyptian Al-Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni, in a repertoire of Sufi chants and dances.

Talaat Harb Cultural Centre
Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Fri 20, 1pm: Celebrating the Childhood Day, a puppet theatre show, musical and dance performances, face painting, games, narration and storytelling are presented for children in their day.



ALEXANDRIA
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 19, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Fri 20, 8pm karakeeb band.
Thurs 26, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.


*A version of this article appears in print in the 19 November, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly


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