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Tips from the culture desk: Jazz, swing and self-portraits
Self-portrait by Maria Saba

This week has even more musical performances lined up, including everything from jazz and folk, to swing. For those looking for a quieter, culture-filled evening, there are several opportunities to catch some lectures or visit exhibitions at Mashrabia Gallery and the Contemporary Image Collective.

The Gypsy Jazz project featuring Dalia Farid Fadel – Saturday

In a collaboration with singer Dalia Farid Fadel, the seven-piece Gypsy Jazz Project will present their mix of jazz, swing and waltz, playing a diverse range of instruments, from the guitar, saxophone, and violin to the accordion.

9:30 pm, June 17, ROOM Art Space and Cafe, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin st, Garden City. Tickets for LE50 through More info here.

Ali El Farouk and Hani Bedair oud and percussion performance – Monday

Moving away from Cairo’s downtown-centric music scene, this performance by Ali El Farouk and Hany Bedair at Maadi’s Madar will be a conversation between Farouk’s oud and Bedair’s oriental percussion beats. Both talented musicians have performed extensively in Egypt and abroad, with Farouk founding the trio Mazaag in 2015, and Bedair providing percussion for the likes of Omar Khairat, Eskendrella and Masaar Egbary.

9:30 pm, June 19, Madaar, 2 st. 11, Maadi El Sarayat, Cairo. Tickets LE50. More info here.

‘Controlling the Soundscape’ film screening and talk – Tuesday

Experimental filmmaker Mohamed Shawky Hassan will screen his most recent film, And on a Different Note, and discuss how he uses sound, and its ability to affect our perception of an environment and reassert power and control. This talk is part of the fourth installment of the CIC project If Not For That Wall, accompanying the exhibition currently on display until June 22. Read our review of Shawky Hassan’s film here.

Screenshot from Shawky Hassan’s film, And on a Different Note

9 pm, June 20, CIC, 22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat, Downtown Cairo. Free. More info here.

Egypt and Al-Andalus architecture lecture – Wednesday

This French Institute for Oriental Archaeology is organizing a lecture by Madrid-based art and architecture specialists Susana Calvo Capillo and Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza. They are set to discuss the influence of Mamluk monumental architecture in the Mediterranean region, among other examples, to highlight the cultural and artistic connections between Al-Andalus and Egypt.

The Great Mosque of Cordoba, a prominent example of this architectural crossover

6 pm, June 21, Institut français d’archéologie orientale – IFAO, 37 al-Sheikh Aly Youssef st, Mounira. More info here.

Self Portraits talk by Maria Saba – Wednesday

Maria Saba, an Egyptian visual artist based in Bordeaux, France, will present a talk that chronicles her journey with the medium of photography, and self-portraiture in particular, discussing technique, aesthetics as well as portraiture’s meditative and therapeutic functions.

8:30, 21 June, Photopia, 15 Somal st, El Korba. LE30. More info here.

El Dor El Awal & Strawberry swing – Thursday

The closing event of the Layalina music festival brings together El Dor El Awal, one of Egypt’s oldest oriental Jazz bands, and Strawberry Swing, the Middle East’s first Coldplay tribute band, for a night of eastern and western tunes in old Cairo.

9 pm, June 22, Darb 1718, Kasr El Shamaa st, Misr El Kadima, tickets LE75. More info here.