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Tips from the culture desk: Omar Amiralay, classical premieres and Cairo Bats
Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble

Besides the events we’re recommending below, you could still catch screenings in Ismailia, where the city’s well-regarded film festival continues. On a different note, we’ve also noticed that there’s a Makarona Bachamel Festival, featuring various chefs in a cook off on Thursday in Giza.

Omar Amiralay tribute Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday

Cimatheque screens a tribute to celebrated Syrian activist and “nonfiction auteur” Omar Amiralay, who died of a heart attack days before the Syrian revolution took off in 2011. At 4 pm Sunday they start with a re-screening of his tragicomic documentary The Misfortunes of Some (1982), which chronicles a taxi driver’s life during Lebanon’s civil war and the things people do to survive. Later in the evening they show two more of Amiralay’s films, both dealing with memory. A Plate of Sardines (1997) sees the director visit the Syrian city of Quneitra, which was occupied and destroyed by Israeli forces in 1967 and, though retaken five years later, never rebuilt. On a Day of Ordinary Violence, My Friend Michel Seurat (1996) pays homage to a researcher and sociologist who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic Jihad Organisation in Beirut. On Tuesday and Thursday Cimatheque hosts one of Amiralay’s most remembered films, A Flood in Baath Country (2003), a critical film about dam building that sheds light on the style and impact of the Baath Party.

4 pm and 7 pm, 23, 25, 27 April, 19a Adly Street, downtown Cairo. Program here, entrance LE15.

Found in Translation Tuesday

This tip involves tooting our own horn: The latest addition to Mada Masr’s Cairo events, Found in Translation, is a creative collaboration with Cairo Jazz Club. In what is essentially a series of experiments, Mada staff pick a text and the Cairo Jazz Club team pick a musician or musicians to respond to this text in musical form. This month, for our first attempt, we gave Maii Waleed, Ahmed Saleh and Marwan Waheed a text by Adam Yassin, published (in Arabic) on Mada last November and titled Decrescendo Mohamed Helal: The legacy of a musician and his music. Following their performance, Alexandria’s Telepoetic will take over for a performance the rest of the evening. We are also printing a free poster, designed by Andeel specially for the event, which you can take away.

10 pm, April 25, Cairo Jazz Club, 197 26th July Street, Agouza, Giza. Entrance free, but only in mixed groups and with reservations (call +2 010 6880 4764 3-9 pm daily). More information here.

Cairo Contemporary Music Days Thursday

The Egyptian Contemporary Music Society’s annual Cairo Contemporary Music Days, this year a two-part festival, presents the Goethe-Institut’s co-organized program Carte Blanche this week. It brings together musicians from the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble (EECMS) and the Lithuanian Ensemble Network, and features two world premieres, including one by young British composer Bushra El-Turk. The second part takes place in October, with a focus on collaboration with Nordic musicians.

EECMS also launches its first seminar series, Music Talks, which address the beginnings of “new music” in Darmstadt, Germany, on Thursday, and the music and legacy of legendary American composer John Cage on Friday.

8 pm, April 27, Goethe-Institut Cairo, 17 Hussein Wasef, Mesaha Square, Dokki, Cairo. More information here.

The Lithuanian Ensemble Network

Cairo Bats talk Friday

Three of the six female photographers known as the Cairo Bats collective, who have made a body of photographic work on and around the city’s rooftops since coming together in 2013, discuss their trajectory and how to work as a collective at Photopia. They will display their body of work from semi-public spaces and rooftops around the city. 

7 pm, 28 April, Photopia, 15 Somal Street, Korba, Heliopolis, Cairo. More information here.