This is a good time to attend cultural events that are usually not performed throughout the year, as Ramadan’s performances are rich with Egypt’s heritage. It is the time to scout through and look for good Arabic plays performed by independent groups, listen to traditional Arabic and Sufi music and singing, poetry reading, meaningful discussions and handicraft workshops.

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Interesting venues that you may find what you are looking for will mostly be concentrated in Wekalet El Ghoury in Azhar Area, the heritage homes of El Set Waseela, El Seheimy, El Harawi and Zeinab Khatoun, that are located in Azhar and Islamic Cairo, and The Amir Taz Palace in Darb Al Ahmar. Cultural Palaces all over Egypt concentrate on children’s choirs like the Shubra El Kheima Children’s Choir, Fayoum Children’s Choir and the mentally challenged choirs.  Workshops for adults and children in wicker and jewellery-making are also scheduled during Ramadan taking place in the Palaces and Fine Arts Institute. Beit El Shae’r (Poetry House) and Beit El Oud, have performances in the evenings.

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Wekalet El Ghoury

The original center was built in 1504 AD by Sultan Qunsuwah El Ghouri. During the Mamluk era, the Wekalet was one of several trade points, a place where merchants gathered for trade, and also served as a residence for the merchants and their families.  Opened to visitors in 2005, it has quickly become one of the popular landmarks as a cultural hub and the go-to destination for those craving a night of culture and history.

During Ramadan, El Tannoura Traditional troupes perform on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a permanent exhibition of handmade crafts (pottery, copper, tent fabric and jewelry)

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Beit El Sit Wassila

Beit El Sit Wassila, located next to Beit El Harrawi, dates back to the 17th century. The house was built by Sheikh Abdel Haq and his brother Loutfi Al Kenawi. Its name, Beit El Sit Wassila, has been derived from the name of its last owner Wassila Khatoun.

Beit El Sit Wassila will be hosting during the month of Ramadan poetic evenings with great Egyptian poets.

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Beit El Sehimy

This Islamic style mansion is situated in the Gamaliya district featured in novels, like the famous Cairo Trilogy of Egypt’s most celebrated writer, the late Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. 

During the Month of Ramadan Beit El Sehimy organizes a wide range of workshops (Arabic calligraphy, acting, etc..), storytelling, music concerts, Mazameer El Nil troupe performances with their traditional music instruments, puppet shows and cultural salons.

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Beshtak Palace

The Beshtak Palace is a heritage building and museum built by the Mamluk Amir Bashtak in the 14th century. It is located on al-Mu’izz Street, in the area known as Bayn al-Qasrayn.

This month, the palace will be hosting an Arab singing workshop every Saturday, religious singing workshop every Sunday and Musical Theater workshop every Wednesday

Other cultural centers you should keep in mind are El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music, Townhouse Rawabet and El Sawi Cultural Centre

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The Cairo Opera House

Some picks you should not miss at the Open Air Theater is Dina El Wadidi’s concert on July 4th, Sayedana Ensemble for heritage and religious singing on July 7th, Aly El Haggar’s concert on July 9th, Basata Band on July 10th and Egyptian Mawlawiyah Group on July 12th.  All concerts will start at 9.30 pm

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Townhouse Rawabet

Rawabet theater is a unique Egyptian initiative that began in 2006, serving as a platform for the independent performing art scene in Cairo and the country as a whole. It was founded by a group of independent artists who recognised the urgent need for an artistic venue for independent groups and for an audience base interested in alternative contemporary performing arts, including theatre, music and film.

During the first week of July, Rawabet Theater located next to Townhouse Art Gallery will show a poetry recital with Ahmed Haddad on July 4th, a play on July 7th and a contemporary dance performance directed by Haytham Hassan on July 8th.  All performances start at 9.30 pm.

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El Sawi Cultural Centre

A puppet show presenting the legendary Om Kolthoum’s famous songs will be performed on July 2nd and 3rd and Abdel Halim Hafez’ songs on July 9th at the Wisdom Hall. 

On July 8th, the famous Fabrica Group will perform Operetta El Leila El Kebira.  Fabrica is an Egyptian band that composes Arabic songs with a touch of western music.  Their songs are rich and bring up topics from our daily life to correct the wrongs in the society.  The show will be at River Hall starting 10 pm

Other bands favoured by the audience and will be playing at Sawi Culture Centre are El Masreyin founded by Hany Shenouda on July 16th, and the famous Black Thema who perform a wide range of songs from Nubian rhythms to other African influences, on July 18th.

In for some laughs?  Don’t miss El Hezb Comedy Standup Comedy show on July 12th at the Wisdom Hall.

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El Hayy Festival continues until July 11th

The festival takes place at the Geneina Theater in Azhar Park so audience can enjoy a special mix of Ramadani music with the summer evening breezes.

Performing during that period will be Moroccan Nabyla Maan, who has been passionate about Moroccan traditional music, particularly the Arab-Andalusian music from an early age, and has sought to continually building her knowledge of it. She is now known for her style that presents classic Moroccan songs merged with Malhoune, Andalusian, Tarab Gharnati, jazz and other world music.

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The Greek Campus downtown 

As part of the Hayy Festival, Maryam and Zeid Duo will be performing on July 3rd at 9 pm as part of the Hayy Festival.

Maryam & Zeid work includes original music by both artists, alongside classic Arabic songs, including Maryam’s personal inspiration, Sheikh Imam.

The following day Youssra El Hawary will be performing a live concert at 9.30 pm and Raoudha AbdAllah will be performing at on July 10th, Oumeima El Khalil on July 11th.

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El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music

The center aims at reviving Egypt’s diverse performing arts heritage.  It has re-introduced folk music to the public.  Today, the center manages a network of traditional music including Bedouin, Sufi, Nubian, Delta, Upper Egyptian, Sudanese and the Canal Zone.  The bands perform regularly at El Dammah Theater in the Abdeen Area of downtown Cairo.

On July 7th, the Abul Gheit Dervishes will present a mixture of Sufi and Zar music with unique rhythms at El Dammah Theater.

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