I wish I was French

Published in Al Ahram Weekly. J’aurais voulu etre egyptien (I Wish I Was Egyptian), recently performed in Egypt, is a…

Aida opens Opera season

The upcoming performances of Verdi’s Aida scheduled for four evenings at the Cairo Opera House remind us of the significance…

Silence of the Lambs

The Pussy Riot controversy follows the classical mould of the struggle for freedom of expression, and unveils a typical authoritarian…

Beethoven strikes again

On Saturday 16 June, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ahmed El Saedi performed two great works: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade…

I think and I feel

Published in Al Ahram Weekly It was not the first time for Jiri Petrdlik to conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.…

Africa in search of sustainability

Published in Contemporary Practices     Road to the highest artistic podium The brainchild of two French photographers. Françoise Huguier…

Talent for the times

Published in Al Ahram Weekly On Thursday 29 December, over 20 students of Sobhi Bidair’s took the stage to perform…

Christmas core

Published on 5 Jan 2012 in Al Ahram Weekly One of the core elements of Christmas around the world is…

An isolated Christmas

On 17 December, the Cairo Opera House Main Hall invited the audience to the annual Christmas Concert of the Cairo…

East-west bonanza

On 7 and 8 December, the Cairo Opera Ballet Company presented Ballet Lorkiana with El Leila El Kebira at the…

Carols for the Islamists

This year Santa Claus comes to Egypt under very difficult social, religious and political circumstances. With all the changes taking…

Tunisia’s creative documents

From protagonists and documentarians, today, Tunisian photographers – and other artists – went on to becoming commentators on the unfolding…

Africa through the lens

A rich source of reflection and an important wake-up call: Ati Metwaly reports from the 9th Rencontres de Bamako photography…

A dose of Mozart

One-act operas, especially when they are by Mozart, add immeasurably to any opera company’s repertoire. Published on 3 November 2011…