Enjoy a Ramadan evening with singer Ghalia Benali at the opera – Music and dance – Al-Ahram Weekly
Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Muaaz Street, tel. 02 2787 9187
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: Poetry recital by the poet Al-Sayyed Hassan, accompanied by the music of Al-Takht Al-Sharqi (the oriental takht) with the singer Ahmed Hassan.
Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Salebiya St, Al-Khalifa district, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: Singing recital by Radwa Said.
Fri 15, 9pm: A concert with the 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.
Arabic Music Institute
22 rue Ramsis, tel. 02 2574 3373
Fri 15, 9.30 p.m.: A singing recital by Maliha.
Sat 16, 9:30 p.m.: The group Rawaa Al-Nagham presents singer Reem Kamal in a repertoire of classic Arabic songs.
Sun 17, 9.30 p.m.: Songs by Abdel-Wahab.
Wed 20, 9:30 p.m.: A Ramadan evening with the Wanas group.
Beit Al Sinnari
Mongue Ally, behind Al Saneya Secondary School, Al Sayeda Zeinab Square, Cairo, tel. 02 2390 9471
Thursday 14-Thursday 21, 9 p.m.: The Spiritual Nights of the Sanctuaries begin, designed by the artist Entisar Abdel-Fattah. It includes the Samaa International Ensemble for Singing and Spiritual Music, the Bannat Al-Hoor Ensemble, the Girls of Samaa group, the aspiring singers of the Samaa Singing School, the Syrian Tawashih Ensemble, the singer Adnan Al-Sassah, in addition to the Nubian Drums and Folk Instruments Ensemble, Sesameya Troupe from Suez, the Sharara Sextet includes the artist Hassan Sharara, the Palestine Troupe, the Tablet El Set group, the Little Fingers Orchestra from Port Said and the Indonesian group. Flutist Rania Yahia, as well as the authentic Arabic singing of 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 Upper Egyptian songs on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments. Every Friday at 9 p.m.: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), free public clown show in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: Religious songs by Sheikh Zein Mahmoud and his entourage.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Center, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, ticket office 02 2739 0132/0144
Fri 15, 9:30 p.m.: A Ramadan evening with singer Ali El-Haggar and his band.
Saturday 16, 9.30 p.m.: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday 21, 9:30 p.m.: The National Ensemble of Arab Music performs classic Arabic songs.
open air theater
Thursday 14, 9.30 p.m.: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz and her group.
Sun 17, 9.30 p.m.: Ramadan evening with singer Maqady Nahas and her troupe.
Mon 18, 9:30 p.m.: Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali and her group during a Ramadan evening.
Tuesday 19, 9.30 p.m.: Ensemble Umm Kolthoum for Arabic music in a Ramadan evening.
Wed 20, 9.30 p.m.: Religious songs by Sheikh Yassin Al-Tohami and his entourage.
Fri 15, 9.30 p.m.: Arabic and Islamic Ramadan evening.
Saturday 16, 9:30 p.m.: A Palestinian Ramadan evening.
Sun 17, 9:30 p.m.: Indonesian Ramadan evening.
Thursday 21, 9.30 p.m.: Arabic and Islamic Ramadan evening.
French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Thursday 14, 9:30 p.m.: Les Nuits du Ramadan presents Yunis, Egyptian keyboardist/electronics engineer, composer and music researcher. He is also 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 evening. 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.
Tue 19, 9pm: The group Dokkan perform their unique style of contemporary oriental music that pays homage to their roots, mixing their culture with a groovy touch, both raw and refreshing, while remaining faithful to the genre that brought them together.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St., Abdin, tel. 02 2390 7707
Thursday 14, 9:30 p.m.: The Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious songs.
Wed 20, 9:30 p.m.: 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 Saturday and Wednesday at 7pm) .
111 Al-Azhar St., Al-Ghouriya, tel. 02 2506 0227
Fri 15, 9 p.m.: Religious songs by the cantor 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 the Bannat Al-Hoor Ensemble (daughters of Al-Hoor), which is the first all-girl religious singing group.
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Mawawil presents the singers Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music from the Nile delta, Al Jaafra music played by the Arab tribes of Aswan and the group Nass Makan.
Every Wednesday, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Zar music and songs by the Mazaher ensemble with 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, 5:30 p.m.: After the end of the monarchy, and until now, Al-Qubbah Palace has not experienced a major event like “The Palace Tent during Ramadan 2022”. The Palace in Ramadan 2022 tent is a tent like no other! The tent stands in one of the famous royal palaces, which was built during the reign of Khedive Ismail, with unique royal architecture. You can have your iftar or sohour in a wonderful atmosphere that includes music and art.
Rawabet Art Space
3, rue Hussien El Meaamar ext. from Mahmoud Basiouny Street, Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Thursday 14, 9:30 p.m.: El Hezb El Comedy stand-up show
with Ahmed Hassan, Hashem El-Garhy, Mina Selim, Mohamed Morgan, Salma Al-Najar and Walid Khairy.
Fri 15, 10 p.m.: When the sighs of a violin mingle with electronic music and old traditional rhythms, you know it’s going to be a whirlwind with Sami, Bonga and Ayoub!.
Art Space Room & Café 10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: The Tarek Raouf ensemble presents jazz standards and original compositions by Egyptian trumpeter and composer Tarek Raouf.
Fri 15, 9 p.m.: A cozy Ramadan evening where Shahira Kamal performs her original songs while sharing the stage with special guests Dalia Farid Fadel, Nesma Herky, Sherif Abdel-Meguid.
Sun 17, 9 p.m.: Eftekasat band.
The Spot Mall, in front of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 17, 9:15 p.m.: Comedy Monsters! Ramadan Edition (Stand-up Comedy Open Mic).
Mon 18, 9 p.m.: Oud player Mario Saied performs some of his musical pieces alongside a fabulous Egyptian and Arab heritage with his musical group.
Tuesday 19, 9 p.m.: Ramadan evening with the Dorgy group performing Egyptian songs about real life.
El-Sawy Culturewheel End of July 26th Street, under May 15th Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the room will be open at only 25% audience capacity)
hall of wisdom
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: A concert with singer Hamo Ismail.
Fri 15, 9 p.m.: Bahgaga group.
Sat 16, 9 p.m.: Voice band, led by maestro Islam Gad.
Sun 17, 9 p.m.: “Musiques du Sud” concert with Afronubia and cantor Mohamed Youssef.
Wed 20, 9 p.m.: Neveen Allouba Academy concert performing songs from international musicals.
Thursday 21, 9 p.m.: Religious song by Wael El-Fashny.
Tahrir Cultural Center (TCC)
AUC Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan Street, near Tahrir Square, Tel. 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall and Main Garden
Tuesday 19, 9pm: “Ramadan in the 80s and 90s, a multimedia night of nostalgia”, Join us for a more audio and visual storytelling experience as we take you back to Ramadan in Egypt in the 80s and 90s, a unprecedented and changing times when the nation sat in front of its radios and televisions to watch the spectacular commercials, broadcasts, musalsalat soap operas and fawazeer puzzle programs. Award-winning director Amr Bayoumi (Where Has Ramses Gone?) has curated and compiled an astounding lineup of clips that will be shown on our big screen, accompanied by captivating narration by Mohamed Abdel-Fatah (Kalabala). The event will be followed by a Ramadan experience in the main garden. (Free entry; open to the public).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad Street, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Sat 16, 9:30 p.m.: Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali and her group during a Ramadan party.
Sun 17, 9.30 p.m.: String Orchestra of the Alexandria Opera.
Monday 18, 9.30 p.m.: Ramadan evening with singer Maqady Nahas and her troupe.
Wed 20, 9:30 p.m.: Al-Hadra Troupe for Sufi singing.
Thursday 21, 9.30 p.m.: Concert by the Alexandria Opera Company for Arabic music and singing.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.: Teryola band in concert with 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
Thursday 14, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (free entry): Les Nuits du Ramadan presents the group Tablet El Set. Composed of female percussionists and singers, they use percussion instruments such as the tambourine and the darbouka to accompany their Egyptian melodies.
* A version of this article appeared in the April 14, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.