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Bashar Mar-Khalifé
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 15 - 03 - 2018

The Seventh Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF)
(8-29 March)

Goethe Institute
17 Hussein Wassef St, Al-Missaha square, Doqqi, Tel 02 3334 7800
Thurs 15, 8pm: Out of Nations band performs with guest musician Hazem Shahin and singer Fayrouz Karawya.
The Greek Campus
28 Falaki St, Bab Al-Louk, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 010 90322400
Fri 16, 8pm: Tarek Yamani and his band performs Afro-Gulf music fusion, Out of Nations band and Al-Sawareekh Egyptian Sha'bi Folk music troupe (Lebanon/US/Germany/Egypt).
Thurs 22, 8pm: French Lebanese Musician Bashar Mar-Khalifé performs contemporary Electronic Jazz fusion. Bit-Tuner band, Andrew Al-Hawary and Al-Swaisy perform Bass and Down tempo electronic techno music. Teklife band, Islam Chipsy and Sadat perform Indie Egyptian Folk and Sha'bi music.

The American University in Cairo
Bassily Auditorium
AUC New Cairo Campus
Thurs 15, 6.30-8.30pm: The AUC Egyptian Folklore Group performs folkloric dances from different time periods and regions around Egypt. The AUC Tap Dance group will provide a short opening act.
Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St. Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 15, 8pm: Mohamed Al-Shamy in an Arab singing concert.
Fri 16, 8pm: Singer Rehab Omar performs classical Arab songs.
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, 7pm: “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 15, 7.30pm: Torath Sayed Darwish (Sayed Darwish Heritage) band commemorates the late composer Sayed Darwish playing his best.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Thurs 15, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble honours the memory of late composer and singer Mohamed Abdel-Wahab playing a number of his much-loved songs.
Sat 17, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed Al-Saedi performs compositions by the likes of Glinka, Alyabyev, Enescu, Bizet, Gliere and Ravel featuring Armenian soprano Tehmine Zaryan.
Wed 21, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre's concert.
Thurs 22, 8pm: The diva Umm Kolthoum singing concert with Riham Abdel-Hakim.
Open-Air Theatre
Sun 18, 8pm: Italian singer Eugenio Bennato features a concert in the framework of the programme “Italy, Cultures and the Mediterranean”.
Bennato has not been in Cairo since 2004. The concert is part of the international tour of the Italian artist called “DA CHE SUD E 'SUD” (Since the South is South) in North Africa, namely Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco ending in Cairo.
Thurs 22, 6pm: The Alexandria Opera House Children Choir celebrates Mother's Day.
Small Hall
Sun 18, 8pm: A chamber music concert celebrating the 175th birth anniversary of Edward Grieg featuring Georgian pianist Elena Dzamshvili, pianist Haitham Ibrahim and violinist Hassan Sharara.
Mon 19, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre's concert.
Tues 20, 8pm: Ishraq group in Arab singing concert lead by Saber Abdel-Sattar.
Thurs 22, 8pm: Yehia Khalil and his band perform selections of his Jazz arrangements and authentic eastern sounds compositions of his own.
Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, Agouza, Tel 02 3345 9939
Thurs 15, 10.30pm: German rock band The Whiskey Foundation concert.
Sat 17, 10.30pm: Bahiyya band in Arab singing live performance.
Sun 18, 10.30pm: Cocoon band in Latin Cuban music live performance.
Mon 19, 10.30pm: Live performances by Yousra Al-Hawary, Nancy Mounir, Yasmine Al-Baramawy and Do'souka.
Thurs 22, 10.30pm: Ghalia Bin Ali Tunisian and Egyptian singing concert.
Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 15, 8pm: Awtar Ensemble lead by Amr Abdel-Moneim.
Fri 16, 8pm: Religious Chanting Ensemble concert.
Sun 18, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
Tues 20, 8pm: Umm Al-Nour Orchestra featuring Hanaa Tanyous.
Thurs 22, 8pm: Cairo Opera Company in Gala concert.
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, Tues and Wed, 7.30pm).
SaadZaghloul 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 Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.
Manasterly Palace
The International Music Centre,1 Al-Malek Al-Saleh St, Al-Roda Island, Manial, Tel 02 2363 1467
Fri 16, 8pm: Egyptian Melodies troupe, conducted by musician Alaa Fathi performs classical Arab songs featuring a number of singers such as Rabab Al-Malah, Noha Hafez and Karim Hossam.

El-Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown. Tel 011 50995354
Al-Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Thurs 15, 8pm: Al-Waziry band performs the Suez Canal cities music on semsemya.

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 15, 8.30pm: DJ and composer Hesham Kharma and his band perform fusions of electronic and string oriental tunes.
Fri 16, 7pm: “Ma'ak 70 Geneh” stand-up comedy show.
Sat 17, 9am: “Women World in One Day”, Mother's Day celebration in an all women day including handcrafts, products bazaars and dancing segments.
Sun 18, 8pm: Ranim Qoteit and his band in an Arab singing concert.
Mon 19, 7.30: Yasser Anwar and his band in an Arab heritage singing concert.
Tues 20, 7pm: Adnan Al-Sasa and his Ensemble (Syria) in a religious chanting concert.
Wed 21, 7pm: Yara Ebaid in an Arab singing concert.
Thurs 22, 7pm: Mustafa Atef in an Arab religious chanting concert.
Wisdom Hall
Fri 16, 8pm: Mahmoud Al-Tohamy and his band in a religious chanting concert.
Sat 17, 7pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre performs some of King Mohamed Mounir's much-loved songs.
Sun 18, 7.30pm: Shorouq and Mido in an Arab singing concert.
Tues 20, 7.30pm: Al-Fan Al-Asseil choir in an Arab heritage singing concert.
Wed 21, 7.30pm: Mustafa Hussein in an Arab singing concert.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 15, 8pm: The Alexandria Sporting Club Sayed Darwish Choir honours the 126th memory of late composer Sayed Darwish.
Fri 16, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble concert.
Sun 18, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Ahmed Al-Saedi performs compositions by the likes of Glinka, Alyabyev, Enescu, Bizet, Gliere and Ravel featuring Armenian soprano Tehmine Zaryan.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Main Hall
Sat 17, 7pm: Music recital featuring Rageh Dawoud's cinema and drama soundtracks, with grand soloists Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem (Flute), Hany El-Badry (Nay), Mahmoud Abdel-Fattah (Oud), Mahmoud Amer (Qanun), Amir Awad (Piano) and conducted by maestro Nayer Nagui.
Tues 20, 7pm: Koheity band in an Arab singing concert.

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