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Ghalia Binali
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 22 - 03 - 2018

The Seventh Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF)
(8-29 March)
The Greek Campus
28 Falaki St, Bab Al-Louk, Downtown, Cairo, Tel 010 90322400
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 line-up includes local, and international artists, who will celebrate the opening of the 4th edition of the Arab Arts Focus Programme, which will take part from 22 to 26 March within D-CAF's 7th edition (for more information about D-CAF programme go to

Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St. Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 23, 8pm: Shaimaa Al-Shayeb and her band perform in an Arab singing concert.
Sat 24, 8pm: Wanas Ensemble perform in an Arab music and singing concert led by Tarek Abbass.
Sun 25, 8pm: A singing concert honours the memory of diva Umm Kolthoum.

The Arts-Mart
Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Abu Rawash, 6th of October, Egypt, Cairo, 010 0077 3860
Fri 24, 9pm (doors close at 8.30pm): "Orchestra in Art", for the second year a cultural experience combining both the performing and visual arts. The event features the United Philharmonic Orchestra performing amidst a specially curated art exhibition at the gallery. A magical performance by the three international award-winning Egyptian tenors, living and performing in Europe, Hany Abdel-Zaher, Ragaa Al-Din and Amr Medhat for the first time on stage together and a full orchestra led by world renowned maestro Nader Abbassi.

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.

Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Thurs 22, 8pm: Singer Riham Abdel-Hakim features a singing concert honours the memory of Umm Kolthoum.
Sat 24, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs selections from international compositions.
Mon 26 to Thurs 29, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Ballet Company and the Cairo Opera Choir present “Bolero” and “Carmina Burana” ballets choreographed by Erminia Kamel and directed by Abdel-Moneim Kamel.
Open-Air Theatre
Thurs 22, 6pm: Alexandria Opera House Children Choir celebrates Mother's Day.
Mon 26, 8pm: A concert features Tunisian singer and dancer Ghalia Binali.
Small Hall
Thurs 22, 8pm: Yehia Khalil and his band perform selections of his Jazz arrangements and authentic eastern sounds compositions of his own.
Fri 23, 8pm: Chamber music recital by Ashraf Sharara.
Sat 24, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre's concert.
Sun 25, 8pm: Singing recital by soprano Nevine Alouba.
Mon 26, 8pm: Violin and piano recital led by Yasser Al-Serafy.
Tues 27, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre's concert.
Thurs 29, 8pm: Chamber music recital by Amany Soliman.

Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, Agouza, Tel 02 3345 9939
Thurs 22, 10.30pm: Tunisian singer and dancer Ghalia Binali.
Tues 27, 10.30pm: Taksir Sharqi band perform oriental songs.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 22, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Company in a gala concert.
Fri 23, 8pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs in music and singing concert.
Sun 25, 8pm: Father Andrews Samuel Choir chants.
Mon 26, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble concert.
Wed 28, 8pm: Saghera A'la Al-Hob (Too young for love) operetta performed by the Opera Children Choir.
Thurs 29, 8pm: A Religious Chanting Ensemble.

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.

El-Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown. Tel 011 50995354
Al-Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Thurs 22, 8pm: Mazamir Al-Nile band performs Upper Egyptian music on Mizmar.

Room Art Space
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Fri 23, 9pm: Asia Madani performs Sudanese Folk songs.
Thurs 29, 9pm: Shady Al-Qasser and Friends band perform live music and singing.

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 22, 7pm: Mustafa Atef in a religious chanting concert.
Fri 23, 8pm: Egyptian Project band performs in an oriental Sufi and Jazz fusion concert.
Sat 24, 7pm: Al-Mawlawiya Al-Masriya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer Al-Toni in a repertoire of Sufi songs and dances.
Sun 25, 7pm: Sary Omar and Nas band perform together in an Arabic music and singing concert.
Mon 26, 6.30pm: Waslet Samaa Ensemble for Sufi and religious chanting.
Thurs 29, 7.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Taha Dessouki, Mustafa Abbass, Reem Nabil, Hamza Bahaa, Mohamed Kamatcho, Mohamed Helmi, Ahmed Essam and Walid Al-Moghazi.
Wisdom Hall
Fri 23, 8pm: Soprano, dancer and actress Dalia Farid singing concert.
Sat 24, 7.30pm: Hossana Choir for Orthodox hymns and chants.
Tues 27, 8pm: Latino Zaman band led by Hekmat performs Egyptian classics and Latin beats fusions.
Wed 28, 8.30pm: Ali Al-Haggar and his band monthly Arab singing concert.
Thurs 29, 8pm: Arabish band singing concert.

Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 29, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing concert.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Main Hall
Sat 24, 7pm: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra and Choir perform Mozart's “Requiem”, choir mastered by Rodica Ocheseanu and conducted by Shady Abdel-Salam.
Thurs 29, 7pm: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Children Choir performs in a concert mastered by Rodica Ocheseanu.

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