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Enjoy a Ramadan evening with singer Ghalia Benali at the opera house

Amir Bashtak Palace

Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Thurs 14, 9pm: Poetry recital by poet Al-Sayyed Hassan, accompanied by the music of Al-Takht Al-Sharqi (the oriental takht) features singer Ahmed Hassan.  

Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Salebiya St, Al-Khalifa district, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thurs 14, 9pm: Singing recital by Radwa Said.
Fri 15, 9pm: A concert features oud duo Ghassan Al-Youssef and Dina Abdel-Hamid, they will perform a group of their spiritual works, including Sarab, Freedom, Miramar and Sufi improvisations.

Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 15, 9.30pm: A singing recital by Maliha.
Sat 16, 9.30pm: Rawaa Al-Nagham band features singer Reem Kamal in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sun 17, 9.30pm: Abdel-Wahab songs.
Wed 20, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features Wanas band.   


Beit Al-Sinnari
Mongue Ally, Behind Al Saneya Secondary School, Al Sayeda Zeinab Square, Cairo, Tel 02 2390 9471
Thurs 14-Thurs 21, 9pm: The Spiritual Nights of the Shrines begin, designed by artist Entisar Abdel-Fattah. It features Samaa International Ensemble for Chanting and Spiritual Music, Bannat Al-Hoor Ensemble, the Girls of Samaa group, budding chanters of the Samaa school for chanting, the Syrian Tawashih Ensemble, chanter Adnan Al-Sassah, in addition to the Nubian Drums and Folk Instruments Ensemble, Sesameya troupe from Suez, the Sharara Sextet features artist Hassan Sharara, Palestine troupe, Tablet El Set group, Port Said’s Little Fingers orchestra, and the Indonesia band. Flutist Rania Yahia, along with authentic Arab singing by Dalia Abdel-Wahab and her band, and harpist Manal Mohie El-Din and her band.


Beit Al-Seheimi Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865 Every Sunday, 9pm: 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, 9pm: “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 14, 9pm: Religious chanting by Sheikh Zein Mahmoud and his entourage.  

Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Fountain Theatre
Fri 15, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features singer Ali El-Haggar and his band.
Main Hall
Sat 16, 9.30pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Thurs 21, 9.30pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble performs classical Arab songs.
Open-Air Theatre
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz and her band.
Sun 17, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features singer Maqady Nahas and her troupe.
Mon 18, 9.30pm: Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali and her band in a Ramadan evening.    
Tues 19, 9.30pm: Umm Kolthoum Ensemble for Arab Music in a Ramadan evening.
Wed 20, 9.30pm: Religious chanting by Sheikh Yassin Al-Tohami and his entourage.   
Small Hall
Fri 15, 9.30pm: An Arab and Islamic Ramadan evening.
Sat 16, 9.30pm: A Palestinian Ramadan evening.
Sun 17, 9.30pm: Indonesian Ramadan evening.
Thurs 21, 9.30pm: An Arab and Islamic Ramadan evening.  

French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Main Hall
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: Ramadan Nights presents Yunis, an Egyptian keyboard/electronics player, composer and music researcher. He is also a co-founder of Kafr El-Dauwar Records, an independent digital label that focuses on contemporary and experimental music.
Sun 17, 9pm: Ramadan Nights presents a Mawwal night. Considered one of the authentic Arabic cultural elements expressing the life of the Egyptian people, the mawwāl is a poem in colloquial Arabic sung by peasants and workers, as well as professional bards.
Tues 19, 9pm: Dokkan band performs their unique style of contemporary oriental music pays homage to their roots, mixing their culture with a groovy touch, both raw and refreshing, while staying true to the genre that brought them together.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Wed 20, 9.30pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music 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 and Wed, 7pm).

Al-Ghouri Dome
111 Al-Azhar St, Al-Ghouriya, Tel 02 2506 0227
Fri 15, 9pm: Religious chanting by chanter Adnan Al-Sassah and a bouquet of religious songs, including Let's visit the Prophet, In the presence of the beloved, with the participation of Bannat Al-Hoor (girls of Al-Hoor) Ensemble, which is the first religious chanting group composed of girls only.


1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 9-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.

Al-Qubbah Palace
203 Teraat Al Gabal, Al Zaytoun Al Qebleyah, Hada'iq Al Qubbah, Cairo Governorate
Fri 15 to Wed 20, 5.30pm: After the end of the monarchy, and until the present time, Al-Qubbah Palace has not witnessed a major event like “The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022”. The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022 is a tent like no other! The tent is held in one of the famous royal palaces, which was built during the reign of Khedive Ismail, with unique royal architectural. You can have your iftar or sohour in a wonderful atmosphere that includes music and art.

Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by El Hezb El Comedy
featuring Ahmed Hassan, Hashem El-Garhy, Mina Selim, Mohamed Morgan, Salma Al-Najar, and Walid Khairy.
Fri 15, 10pm: When the sighs of a violin intertwine with electronic music and ancient traditional rhythms you know it’s about to be a whirlwind with Sami, Bonga, and Ayoub!.


Room Art Space & Café 10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 14, 9pm: Tarek Raouf ensemble presents jazz standards and original compositions by Egyptian Trumpet player and composer Tarek Raouf.
Fri 15, 9pm: A cozy Ramadan night where Shahira Kamal performs her original tracks while sharing the stage with the special guests Dalia Farid Fadel, Nesma Herky, Sherif Abdel-Meguid.
Sun 17, 9pm: Eftekasat band.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 17, 9.15pm: Comedy Monsters! Ramadan Edition (Stand-up Comedy Open Mic).  
Mon 18, 9pm: Oud player Mario Saied is performing some of his musical pieces beside some of Egyptian and Arab fabulous heritage with his musical band.
Tues 19, 9pm: Ramadan night with Dorgy band performs Egyptian songs about the real life.

El-Sawy Culturewheel End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Wisdom Hall
Thurs 14, 9pm: A concert features singer Hamo Ismail.  
Fri 15, 9pm: Bahgaga band.  
Sat 16, 9pm: Voice band, led by maestro Islam Gad.
Sun 17, 9pm: “Music from the South” concert features Afronubia and chanter Mohamed Youssef.   
Wed 20, 9pm: Neveen Allouba Academy concert performing songs from international musicals.
Thurs 21, 9pm: Religious chanting by Wael El-Fashny.  


Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall and Main Garden
Tues 19, 9pm: “Ramadan in the 80s and 90s, A Multimedia Night of Nostalgia”, Join us for a storytelling plus audio and visual experience as we take you back to Ramadan in Egypt in the 80s and 90s, an unparalleled and changing era when the nation sat glued in front of their radios and TVs to watch the spectacular ads, shows, musalsalat soap opera dramas and fawazeer riddle programs. Award winning director Amr Bayoumi (Where Did Ramses Go?) has curated and compiled an astounding array of clips that will be shown on our big screen, accompanied by the engaging storytelling of Mohamed Abdel-Fatah (Kalabala). The event will be followed by a Ramadan experience in the Main Garden. (Free admission; open to the public).   


Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Sat 16, 9.30pm: Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali and her band in a Ramadan evening.    
Sun 17, 9.30pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Mon 18, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features singer Maqady Nahas and her troupe.
Wed 20, 9.30pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Thurs 21, 9.30pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Main Hall
Thurs 14, 9pm: Teryola band in a concert featuring nay player Hany El-Badry, pianist Mohamed Essam and percussionist Mohamed Arafa.

French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
Thurs 14, 9-10.30pm (free entrance): Ramadan Nights presents Tablet El Set group. Made up of female percussionists and singers, they use percussion instruments such as tambourine and darbouka to accompany their Egyptian melodies.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 14 April, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

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