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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The week at the Cairo Jazz Club

French saxophonist Florent Cornillet is back in Cairo with his collective of Nomads playing a jazzy fusion of traditional and popular world music without boundaries. Nomads Intercontinental will play at the CJC on Sunday March 3, 2013 from 9:00 PM.
On Tuesday March 5, 2013 CJC will host Infinity with their fun jazz fusions, followed by Spunky Dynamite, delivering their best funk, rock and dance floor hits.
Last but not least, on Thursday March 7, 2013 singing sensation Maii Waleed makes her debut on CJC stage with her latest solo project ( Massar Egbari will take over from 10:00 PM with their world music compositions.

Weekly Schedule:
Friday March 1: DJ Loulii (Deep House), DJ Shady Noor (Tech, Electro House), starting from 10:00pm
Saturday March 2: To be Announced (Jordanian Band "El Morabba3" Egyptian Tour has been postponed)
Sunday March 3: Nomads Intercontinental (Vocal Jazz), starting from 9:00pm
Monday March 4: DJ Aroussi (Vocal Tech House), DJ Aly Goede (Electro, Tech House), starting from 10:00pm
Tuesday March 5: Infinity (Fusion), starting from 8:00pm & Spunky Dynamite (Rock, Funk, Dance Floor Hits), starting from 10:00pm
Wednesday March 6: DJ Ramy ft. VJ MoMo (Boogie Night), starting from 10:00pm
Thursday March 7: Maii Waleed (Indie Pop), starting from 8:00pm & Massar Egbari (World Music), starting from 10:00pm
Friday March 8: DJ Mars (Groovy Tech House), DJ Amr Hosny (Vocal Tech House), starting from 10:00pm

Check CJC website for all CJC info, schedule, menus, photo gallery and much more. For Reservations call 01 0688 04764.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Movie evening at the Italian Cultural Institute

For their CineVideoClub – Cinema on Thursday program, the Italian Cultural Institute presents "THE INDUSTRIAL", a film by Giuliano Montaldo. With Pierfrancesco Favino, Carolina Crescentini, Eduard Gabia, Elena Di Cioccio, Elisabetta Piccolomini. Drama, 94 min. - Italy 2011

Following the Silver Pyramid Award to Director Giuliano Montaldo, special award of the jury in the 35th Cairo International Film Festival, the movie will be proposed to the IIC public with Arabic subtitles. The subtitles are part of the work of RE/TRANS group, belonging to RE/ACT project, composed by Ain Shams University students and coordinated, in the Italian translation, by Sara Essam and Sahar Salah.

In the movie, Giuliano Montaldo gets back to cinema with a work that confirms his commitments to current topics, as in this case the economical crisis. The Italy showed in the movie is the one of the current crisis, a land where entrepreneurs are crushed by bankruptcy, a cross section of contemporary history.

Italian with Arabic subtitles
Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Zamalek.


"Culture is embedded in all human beings, in our mind, body and our collective memory. Culture is defined by everything from language to music, art, food, literature, fashion, humor, love, friendship. It is the seed of a society, the web that keeps us connected, the foundation of our roots and the nature of our existence, our footprint, our mark in history. We believe that culture is shared and nobody can do it alone. It is an ideal that is generated, transmitted and developed over time. The 10th Sakia Exhibition for Cultural Services is where we gather different countries of the world for the sole purpose of giving you the opportunity to discover some of the most fascinating cultures of the world. Explore, appreciate and share." Sakia's press release of the event

• Austrian Cultural Forum
• Balassi Institute, Office of the Hungarian Counsellor
• British Council, British Embassy
• Embassy of Algeria
• Embassy of Bolivia
• China Cultural Center
• Delegation of European Union to Egypt
• Embassy of Ecuador
• Embassy of India
• Embassy of Indonesia
• Embassy of Italy
• Embassy of Japan and Japan Foundation
• Embassy of Sultanate of Oman
• Embassy of Palestine
• Embassy of Pakistan
• Embassy of Poland
• Embassy of Portugal
• Embassy of Sweden
• Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre
• Embassy of United States
• El Mawred Al Thakafy
• Library of Egypt

• 5.30 – 6.00 pm: Speech & singing performance by children – Library of Egypt
• 6.00 – 6-20 pm: Pictures presentation & children show – Poland
• 6.25 – 6.55 pm: String Quartet – United States
• 7.00 – 7.10 pm: Mohemed El Sawy speech – El Sawy Culturewheel
• 7.15 – 7.40 pm: Music & dancing show – Indonesia
• 7.45 – 8.05 pm: Fashion & dancing show – Pakistan
• 8.10 – 8.40 pm: "A Piece of Hungary" singer show - Beata ROSTAS sings Hungarian, Gipsy/Romany or Turkish folk and jazz pieces – Hungary
• 8.45 – 9.05 pm: Dancing & singing performance – China
• 9:10 - 9:40 pm: Music performance (cello and piano) presented by David Hales and Marcellino Safwat. Recital Programme: Daniel Van Goens: Scherzo, D.Popper: Tarantella Op.33, Gabriel Faure: Elégie Op.24, Artonyan: Morceau – UK, British Council
• 9.45 – 10.05 pm: Dancing & singing show – Palestine
Countries booths will be opened from 12:00 to 10:00 PM

Thursday February 28, 2013 starting 12:00 PM in the River Hall of El Sawi Cultural Centre in Zamalek
Free Entry

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gaza's Only Music School ...

This post is not related to Cairo, nor to a live event, but it is about music, and its power to change lives.
I came across this article on Al Monitor and thought that it was worth to spread it around. Who knows? Maybe somebody can help, or know somebody who can help, or know somebody who knows somebody ...

Click here to be redirected to the article.

Special Sufi Night at El Dhamma Theatre

El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk music present a special Sufi night mixed with the Zar of Abul Gheit Dervishes on Thursday March 1, 2013 at El Dammah Theatre for Free Arts.

Tickets at the counter 30 EGP
Tickets by reservation 20 EGP Note: The reservation will be cancelled at 9:00 PM
Door open at 8:30 PM, the concert starts 9:00 PM
Address: 30 A El Balaqsa Str., Abdin- Downtown Cairo
For more information please visit
Reservations at  or 011 50995354/02 2392676

"Abul Gheit is the name of an island near Qaliyubia where a queen called Anja once lived. She used to enslave people to work for her in her limitless property for next to nothing.
Sheikh Hassan Ebeid did not like that! Hassan was a religious man, who had given up on any greed or material aspirations. He was called Hassan Al Ghitani, which means the one who always resides the 'gheit' or field.
Hassan used to help the poor, mistreated farmers and workers of queen Anja and in the remaining time he would be praying in the fields. One night he found a dead body floating a canal near a field where he spent the night praying to God. He buried it carefully and fell asleep. During his sleep he was touched by a soft whisper of a messenger of God, who promised him that God will care for him and protect him.
Queen Anja tried to kill him several times, but never succeeded as he was protected by God's mercy.
People started calling him Sheikh Abul Gheit and his fans came from all over the country to enjoy his presence and witness his miracles.

Sheikh Abul Gheit died in 1830 and his son Sheik Attallah Abul Gheit followed his footsteps. He had lots of fans and devoted admirers and was known for his Zikr nights all over Egypt.
One night Sheikh Abul Gheit (the son) was present in an area called Arab Al Mahdi, which was filled with Sudanese people and where Egyptian and Sudanese Zar music were very popular. The leader of this area was a tough man named Mohamed Morgan, who wouldn't allow anyone to have any entertainment or Zikr without his permission. During a confrontation, Sheikh Abul Gheit prayed that God would purify Morgan's soul. The next day Morgan became Abul Gheit's most devoted follower. He joined him in every journey and lead the Zikr nights after Abul Gheit's death.
Morgan was the link between the two areas and the two types of music. Through him and his sons and followers, a new and very unique kind of music came to life. With constant traveling and experimenting Abul Gheit's dervishes created an exceptional fusion of music that are so different from the Zar music yet deeply connected with it. This is a new kind of Zar that does not believe in 'ghosts' or 'spirits', but uses music as a tool for spiritual awakening and touching the deepest levels of the soul.

Monday, February 25, 2013

FATHY SALAMA video interview

The excellent bi-monthly publication BROWNBOOK has released on its website a video interview with Fathy Salama. To watch it, click here.

Chinese pianist YUAN SHENG at the Manasterly Palace

Renowned Chinese pianist, and Bach (the Johann Sebastian) specialist YUAN SHENG will be playing in Cairo at the Manasterly Palace on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 8:00 PM.
The first half of the programme will be entirely dedicated to the music of JS Bach while after the intermission Mr. Sheng will delight the audience with music from Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy.

For a detailed biography and complete programme of the evening click here.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The week at the Cairo Jazz Club

On the final week of February 2013 "The Vocal Jam Night" is back at the CJC with one final collective performance of Cairo's best voices, jamming and grooving together on Tuesday 26th February, 2013.

Friday 22nd February: Fahmy & Samba ( Vocal House), starting from 10:00pm
Saturday 23rd February: Darwasha (Oriental Progressive Rock) & Salalem (Egyptian Indie Pop), starting from 9:00pm
Sunday 24th February: Amro Salah trio ft. Noha Fekry (Vocal Jazz Standards), starting from 9:00pm
Monday 25th February: Soopar Lox (Live Percussive House), DJ Ouzo (Uplifting House), starting from 10:00pm
Tuesday 26th February: The Vocal Jam Night Musical Collaboration, sStarting from 10:00pm
Wednesdays 27th February: House Obsession ft. DJ Shaggy, DJ Madlou, DJ Aly Awadi (House), starting from 10:00pm
Thursday 28th February: Rock n’ Lol (Egyptian 80’s Pop), starting from 8:00pm & Crash Boom Bang (Rock, Pop, Funk), starting from 10:00pm

Check out for all CJC info, schedule, menus, photo gallery and much more.
For reservations, call 01 0688 04764

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guatemalan film festival at the Cervantes Institute

Below you will find the flyer with the program of the Guatemala Film Week taking place from Sunday March 3 to Thursday March 7, 2013 at the Cervantes Institute in Dokki.
All movies are in original language with English subtitles.
Click on the image to enlarge.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cinema evening at the Italian Cultural Institute

The Italian Cultural Institute presents "UN AMERICANO A ROMA" on Thursday February 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Italian with Italian subtitles.

It's recurring on these days the10th anniversary of the demise of Alberto Sordi, one of the most famous and beloved Italian actors, both in Italy and abroad.
The Italian Cultural Institute will remember him tomorrow, Thursday February 21st at 7 pm, with one of his most successful movies, "Un Americano a Roma" ("An American in Rome"), a well-known masterpiece.
The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute, Arnaldo Dante Marianacci, will briefly introduce the evening, having personally known, awarded and hosted Alberto Sordi.

Cinema evening at the French Institute

Sunday February 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM the French Institute in Mounira will present the movie "Fauteuils d'Orchestre" ("Avenue Montaigne" in English), a 2006 production directed by Danièle Thompson, with Cécile de France, Albert Dupontel et Valérie Lemercier.
The movie will be in the original French version with English subtitles.

For more information and a trailer of the movie, click here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Graffiti: the art of revolution in Egypt continues

Click here for an interesting article on Your Middle East about Graffiti Art in Egypt.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The week at the Cairo Jazz Club

Today Saturday February 16, 2013 CJC presents a special back to back performance starting at 9:00 PM with City Band, delivering their best modern Egyptian rock songs. Next, fusion band Ashara Gharby take to the stage blending oriental sounds with blues and afro jungle beats.

Also this week on Wednesday February 20 CJC will take the boogie night to a whole new level with Nour crankin' up the heat on DJ Ramy's grooves with his flirtatious saxophone melodies.

Check for all CJC info, schedule, menus, photo gallery and much more.

Weekly Schedule
Saturday February 16: City Band (World Music), Ashara Gharby (World Music), starting from 9:00 PM
Sunday February 17: Habashi and The Jazz Caterers (Latin Jazz), starting from 9:00 PM
Monday February 18: DJ Mustafa Ayman/ DJ Baher EId (Vocal Tech House), starting from 10:00 PM
Tuesday February 19: Abo Wel Shabab (World Music), starting from 8:00 PM & Wust El Balad (World Music), starting from 10:00 PM
Wednesday February 20: DJ Ramy ft. Nour on the Saxophone (Boogie Night), starting from 10:00 PM
Thursday February 21: The Cadillacs (Rockabilly), starting from 8:00 PM & Glass Onion (Beatles Tribute), starting from 10:00 PM

For Reservations: 01 0688 04764

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


El Tanbura band, with El Hinna and El Waziery bands, has written a new song about recent events in the three Canal cities, Port said, Suez, and Ismailia and will be performing this and other resistance songs on Thursday February 14, 2013 at El Dammah Theater.

Tickets at the counter 30 EGP
Tickets by reservation 20 EGP Note: The reservation will be cancelled at 9:00 PM
Door open at 8:30 PM, the concert starts 9:00 PM
Address: 30 A El Balaqsa Str., Abdin- Downtown Cairo
For more information please visit
Reservations at  or 011 50995354/02 2392676


From the honking of cars to the calls of vendors, the noises you hear on Cairo’s streets are endless, all of which can act as an inspiration to artists, particularly in the field of sound. Joke Lanz is one such artist, who has been captivated by Cairo and all its sounds. That’s why the Swiss artist will lead a workshop entitled The Art of Noise curated by Yara Mekawei. This workshop aims to trace, dissect and record all the different sounds of Cairo. There will be a concert on the last day of the workshop to showcase the outcome of the participants’ work.

Funded by Pro Helvetia Cairo, the workshop will take place from February 21 to 28, 2013 at 100copies Studio space at 22 Talaat Harb st., Downtown Cairo.

To participate in the workshop send your CV and a motivation letter to Deadline for applying is 15 February. The workshop is FREE and places are limited so hurry!

For more information on Joke Lanz please visit his website:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ASSEM ABDEL FATTAH "A Bride and a Horse" exhibition at Al Khaila Art Gallery

Assem Abdel Fattah's Solo Exhibition "A bride and a horse" will open at Al Kahila Art Gallery on Thursday February 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

By using a wide range of experimental techniques Abdel Fattah achieves luminous layers of richly textured color and tone. He also shows great vitality in his use of vibrant colors and spontaneous expressions. The exhibition will run till Thursday February 28.
The gallery is open daily from 11:00 AM till 9:00 PM except Fridays.
Parking is available.

Monday, February 11, 2013


Tomorrow Tuesday February 12, 2013 from 5:00 PM in the IIC premises will take place the QABILA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, a selection of Egyptian, Middle-Eastern, and European short feature films organized by the independent media venture Qabila Media Productions. This year's jury is composed by Ahmed Khaled Tawfeek, Amr Salama, Mohamed Hefzy, Muhammad Bayazid e Sandra Nashaat.

The short feature films winners of this year's edition are: "In & Out" - Mahmoud Mohamed (Egypt), "Chaos" - Omar Rashed (Egypt), "Behind the Window" - Nagham Abboud (Lebanon), "Luminaris" - Juan Pablo (Spain), "Tamer tar" - Remon Botros Ghaly (Egypt), "Bondoq" - Ali Heraize (Egypt), "Accidentally" - Nader El Maghraby (Egypt), "La mirada perdida" - Damian Donisio (Spain), "Yorga e3adet sha7n el mowaten" - Joseph Farid (Egypt), "Mano de Dios" - Adolf El 3asal (Luxemburg), "Slow Death" - Hussien Aly Ogail (Egypt), "Mi Ojo Derecho" - Josecho de Linaris (Spain), "Anbooba" - Amr Shalaan (Egypt), "Few Hours" - Sandrine Samuel Halim (Egypt), "C The C" - Eyad Adnan Horani (Palestine)

Tuesday February 12, 2013, from 5:00 PM in the theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute in Zamalek.

XAVIER PUIGMARTÍ at Mashrabia Gallery

The exhibition of Spanish artist Xavier Puigmartí "Clouds for sale" will be inaugurated on Sunday February 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Arts (8, Champollion St., Downtown Cairo, phone number 0225784494). The exhibition runs until March 14, daily except Fridays, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The current crisis model and its special emphasis in the artistic field require new thinking strategies. Some of the most evocative are emerging around social networks, real fields of social and cultural activism. Xavier Puigmartí is an "artist of facebook". Tired of working in his studio painting and drawing, but with little chance to show his work, has decided to use this space as a virtual gallery, an imaginary museum for passing his works, landscapes with a beauty and plasticity almost magical, cloudy skies where sometimes appears Cosmic, the character that he created, irreverent and cheeky, and through which he expresses himself. Cosmic, like his creator, lives between Barcelona and Egypt and he likes to share adventures with all his friends of Facebook, an aesthetic and political journey, through which he has created a virtual artistic community. However, the high visibility of the network is in contrast with his limited economic possibilities. A worry that Cosmic transferred to his friends, upset that no one take this problem seriously. So "if there is no money" he declared with his usual impertinence "we have to sell clouds"! The idea came seeing the show windows of Cairo shops, where he discovered in their crystals, clouds painted with a very special color: Spanish white. The images of these clouds that resembled those of his paintings inspired him to create a "clouds store".
(Marta Delclós)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

AUC authors presentations at CSA Cultural Week in Maadi

AUC has just published Mia Gröndahl’s long-awaited and timely photographic documentation Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt (AUC Press, 2013). Through her collection of more than 400 color illustrations, the Swedish veteran photojournalist not only documents the wealth of graffiti emerging on the walls of Egypt over the past two years, but also deciphers their messages, and shares interviews with some of the country’s pioneering street artists.

On February 10, Mia Gröndahl will give a presentation about the book and sign copies as part of the Cultural Week at the Community Services Association in Maadi. Other prominent AUC Press authors such as Azza Fahmi, Ahmed Abdel-Gawad, Galal Amin, and Gamal al-Ghitani, will also be participating in this week-long event.

The Community Services Association Cultural Week will take place at the CSA premises, 4, Road 21, Maadi (click here for map) from Sunday February 10 to Sunday February 16, 2013.

The full program of AUC authors presentations is as follows:
Mia Gröndahl: Sunday 10 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Azza Fahmy: Monday 11 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ahmed Abdel-Gawad: Wednesday 13 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Galal Amin: Thursday 14 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gamal al-Ghitani: Saturday 16 February 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Improv Theater and The Yeehaz at Bar D'O on Wed Feb. 27, 2013

AUC's Alumni Community Theater presents InterACT: evenings of improvisations, music, fun and drinks at Bar D'O, near President Hotel in Zamalek, on the following nights: Wednesday February 13, 2013 and Wednesday February 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

The show will be followed by the music of The Yeehaz.

Tickets are available through the ACT line: 010 0 828 6339

Lecture, performance & clips at Beirut in Cairo on Thursday Feb 7, 2013

Beirut begins its second season with an evening filled with a miscellaneous of presentations and (non-) visual notations on its roof, library, balcony and main space
on Thursday February 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM.

Beirut, 11 Road 12 Mahmoud Sedky, Agouza, Cairo

Here the details:

A Collective Memory: Poetics, Politics & Love Letters
Azin Feizabadi | Lecture performance
(held in English)

In his presentation, Azin narratively links and thinks about what has taken place in Tunis 2011, Bucharest 1989, Quezon City 1986 or in Tehran 2009 – all as a result of “La Sortie de l'usine Lumière à Lyon” at Le Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris 1895. The evening includes film screenings of “La Jetee” (FR, 1962, Chris Marker), “Iran – A Revolution Betrayed” (IR/GB, 1983, Ahsan Adib & Edward Mortimer) and “First Case, Second Case” (IR, 1979-1981, Abbas Kiarostami).

This lecture emerges from his ongoing research project “A Collective Memory”, launched by Azin Feizabadi in 2009 as a response towards the socio-political transformations in Iran and further of the Middle East. His approach is characterized by the use of a poetic grammar to combat the three-act-narrative structure of (his)story telling, capturing and collecting dreams, subjective histories and subconscious facts from the past, present and future historical events. Swaying between fiction and reality, aesthetics and politics, his films, installations or lecture-performances narratively connect between various transitional moments in recent history, spaces of political imagination and participation, to look for alternative ways of historiography that are based on notions of 'projection', 'specters' and 'time travel' rather than merely foreseeing the past.


On view during 7 February - 25 February, 2013

“Physical Principles for the Choice of Red, Green & Blue" (2012) by Azin Feizabadi

Flags over Beirut, over Cairo. “Physical Principles for the Choice of Red, Green & Blue" by Azin Feizabadi refers to revolutionary moments in history, in Hungaria, Iran or Romania, when people eradicated certain symbols on national flags to symbolize the abandoning of a former (authoritarian) regime.

“(a(version)s)” (2012) by Joe Namy
Beirut's library will be temporarily occupied by “(a(version)s),” an assortment of samples, clips, pinches, and rips from 10 sound artists, realized by Joe Namy. In his words: "This collection of sounds started from a series of conversations with cross-generational contemporaries and mentors - specifically around the art of sampling and how each contributing artist uniquely approaches sampling in their practice. Artists were commissioned to make works that incorporate an existing recording that was meaningful to them in some way, in order to create a dialogue between their practices and around the very culture of sampling itself. The resulting compositions range from more intimate autobiographical references to over-arching archival systems exposing the politics of listening. Here, defamiliarized appropriations of past sound events become universal and future in their scope."



Azin Feizabadi is a Berlin based filmmaker and visual artist. In 2006 he co-founded (together with Kaya Behkalam) the art collective Reloading Images – a platform for artistic research, curatorial and publication projects in the Middle East and Europe. He was awarded the DAAD grant for New York in 2009/2010 & a fellowship at the Sommerakademie in Bern 2010. He has screened and exhibited works at the Berlinale - Forum Expanded, Sharjah Biennial, House of World Cultures Berlin, Queens Museum of Art, NGBK (Berlin), n.b.k. (Berlin), among other venues.

Joe Namy works with sampled sounds, documentary/music videos and photography, to investigate aspects of identity, memory, power and currents encoded in music. Namy participated in Ashkal Alwan's Home Workspace (2011-12), and has studied jazz, Arabic and heavy-metal drumming. His work has been exhibited at the Detroit Science Center; Queens Museum and Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Beirut Art Center, among other venues.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cinema at the Italian Cultural Institute

For their CineVideoClub - Cinema on Thursday-  programme, the Italian Cultural Institute in Zamalek presents: IL PRIMO UOMO, a film by Gianni Amelio with Jacques Gamblin, Catherine Sola, Maya Sansa, Denis Podalydès, Ulla Baugué. Drama, 98 min. - Italy, France, Algeria 2011. Italian with Italian subtitles.

Screen adaptation of Albert Camus' last novel, IL PRIMO UOMO traces back the events of an extraordinary character. The writer Jean Cormery goes back to his original homeland, Algeria, to plead for the idea of a country where Muslim and French can live along peacefully and in harmony. But in the 50s the Algerian issue is far from being resolved in a peaceful way. The man takes the chance to look for his mother and live again his youth in a difficult but sunny country.

Thursday February 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Theatre of the Italian Cultural Institute

Monday, February 4, 2013

ANDREI GAVRILOV at the Manasterly Palace

Russian pianist, and winner of the first prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, ANDREI GAVRILOV will be playing in Cairo at the Manasterly Palace on Sunday February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM. On the programme a selection of Chopin's wonderful Nocturnes and a sonata from Prokofiev.
trust me, if you love music that's the place to be that evening!

For a detailed biography and complete programme of the evening click here.
To go to Gavrilov's homepage and access his extensive discography, click here.


Sunday, February 3, 2013


The Week of the Italian Book in Egypt, organized on the occasion of the 44th Cairo International Book Fair, will end on Monday February 4, 2013 at 6.30 PM at the Italian Cultural Institute in Zamalek with the opening of the exhibition "The reliefs of Horemheb and Ptahemwia of the Civic Archeological Museum of Bologna".

The exhibition opening will be followed by the presentation of the Strega and Flaiano Prizes and the announcement of the two Reading Committees that will take part in the selection of Strega Prize 2013 and by the presentation of the Arabic translations of "Christ stopped in Eboli" by Carlo Levi – translated by Wafaa El Beaa and published by Dar El Kalama and "The Queen of the Desert Valley", comic novel by Mila Alvarez and Irene Morfini.
Presented will be also the Italian translation of "Piano Melody" by Abo Al Maaty Abo Shareb, translated by Hussein Mahmoud e Marianna Massa and Franco Cajani's "Towards the end of line n. two"- Hungarovox Publisher.

Guests: Abo Al Maaty Abo Shareb (author of "Piano Melody"); Mila Alvarez (Archeologist); Wafaa El Beaa (Helwan University); Hussein Mahmoud (MISR University); Irene Morfini (Archeologist) and Daniela Picchi (Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna).

N.B. A copy of one of the translated book will be drawn to 50 participants at the event.

Friday, February 1, 2013

The "EGYPTIAN PROJECT" live in Cairo

The collaborative French/Egyptian music outfit ‘EGYPTIAN PROJECT’ will be on stage at the French Institute in Mounira on Wednesday February 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM and at the Cairo Jazz Club on Saturday February 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM. With varied aesthetics, this musical combination of two completely contrasting cultures produced a unique sound combining Egyptian folklore derived from the deepest roots of rural Egypt, with psychedelic trip hop beats by visionary electronic French maestro, Jérôme.

‘EGYPTIAN PROJECT’ are touring their latest album ‘Ya Amar’ around Egypt and theirs is an act not to miss.

In times of bleak oppression, finding profound art and expression presents a beacon of hope for a brighter future beaming with tolerance, mutual respect and appreciation of all cultures.

Egyptian Project Facebook page and youtube channel: