The 12th Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Downtown, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Thurs 13, 10am and 4pm: Make Your Own Upcycled Product (+6). (10am) Clothes upcycling workshop (+8).
Thurs 13, 10am: Wadi Degla Virtual Museum (+6).
Fri 14, 1pm: Clothes upcycling workshop (+8). (2pm) Earth is Worth workshop (10-15).
Sat 15, 9am: Wadi Degla Virtual Museum (+6). (10am) Clothes upcycling workshop (+8).
Thurs 13, 9am and 5pm: Family Portrait (All ages).
Thurs 13, 5pm: Sexual Harassment Awareness workshop for children aging from 6 to 8.
Thurs 13, 7pm: “Eco-Education” panel discussion for all artists.
Fri 14, 2pm and Sat 15, 9am: Family Portrait (All ages).
American University in Cairo, Downtown Campus, 24 Falaki St, Downtown Cairo, Tel 012 88721446
Thurs 13, 9am, 12pm and 6pm: IGLU (+3).
Fri 14, 5pm: IGLU (+3). (7pm) Closing ceremony for all ages.
Sat 15, 3- 4:30pm: As part of Hakawy, TCC is reviving its co-production with ACT Theatre Group of The Animal's Lawsuit Against Humanity directed by Leila Saad. The play is an entertaining and thought-provoking adaptation of ancient texts dealing with the relationship between humans and nature. The play will be performed in Arabic (+7).
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek, Tel 02 2735 6861
Thurs 13, 12pm: La Fontaine’s Fables in French (+8).
The 10th Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF)
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Still in Tangier and Cannot Travel, Therese, the fascinating life story of the Austrian dancer Therese Zauser (1910-1942) – a biographical, multimedia theatrical performance connecting Austria and North Africa.
At the age of 19, Zauser decided to escape her hometown Feldkirch in Austria to travel to North Africa and realize her biggest dream – living the adventurous life of a dancer and singer. She tours through Alexandria, Suez, Algiers and Casablanca, never spending more than a few weeks in a place. Following the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938, she had to return to Europe. She struggles with the hardships of her new life during World War II, barely able to find work as a dancer. After being arrested for hostile statements against the Nazis, she died in a concentration camp in 1942.
The play, directed by the Austrian director Brigitte Walk, follows the life of an extraordinary Austrian artist in North Africa of the 1930s. The play is accompanied by video footage shot by contemporary cinematographers from Alexandria, Tunis and other cities where Therese Zauser performed during her life. It casts Luka Oberhammer, Peter Bocek, text is written by Nadine Kegele, Choreography: Dagmar Benda, Elisabeth Orlowsky, and music by Marcus Nigsch.
The performance, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum, will be in German language with Arabic subtitles.
(13 and 14 October, 8pm).
The Culture Ministry applies all precautionary and preventive measures with daily sterilization of the theatres in order to ensure the safety of the public, artists and workers.
The Cairo Puppet Theatre
Next to the Al-Attaba Metro Station, Tel 02 2591 0954
Arousty (my doll), a children play directed by Mohamed Nour
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
The Floating Theatre
Abdel-Aziz Al-Saoud St, in front of Salaheddin Mosque, Al Manial, Tel 02 2368 4047, 012 8531 1358/ 0100 5233623
101 Isolation, a play casts Abdel-Moneim Riyad, Ahmed Osman, Haidy Abdel-Khalek, Mohamed Mabrouk, Nada Afifi, and many more, written by Ali Abdel-Qawy, décor by Noha Nabil, costumes designed by Heba Magdy, music by Ahmed Nabil and directed by Mohamed Darwish
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 8.30pm).
Metropol (The Children’s National) Theatre
6 Halim St, the beginning of 26th July, Attaba, Downtown, Tel 02 2593 3334
Beauty and the Beast, a play for children casts Bahaa Tharwat, Sayed Ragab, Hanaa Said, Ayman Beshay, Nashwa Hassan and many more, written by Nasser Mahmoud and directed by Mahmoud Hassan (Performances run daily except Mondays, 7.30pm).
Must Opera House
Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6 October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5 – 16828
Anistoona play starring Donia Samir Ghanim, Baioumy Fouad, Karim Afify, Samy Moghawry, Amr Abdel-Aziz, written by Karim Samy, Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, and directed by Khaled Galal
(20, 21, 22, 27, 28 October, 8pm).
Al-Qawmi (The National) Theatre
Al Attaba Square, in front of Attab Post Office, Cairo, Tel, 02 25917783
Al-Hafeed (The Grandson) play is an adaptation of author Abdel-Hamid Gouda Al-Sahar’s novel. It is a social comedy about the Egyptian family that suffers from the negative impact of customs and traditions on its members and their psychology. The play casts actors Lucy, Abed Enany, Tamer Farag, Mohamed Mabrouk, Rana Khattab and many more, with music composed by Karim Arafa, lighting designed by Hazem Ahmed, décor built up by Hamdy Attiya, and directed by Youssef Al-Mansour (Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 9pm).
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Moment, a play performed by Shams Theatre Company, written and directed by Mohamed Nasser (17 October, 7pm).
101 Qasr Al-Aini St, Tel 02 2795 2484/2794 3016/010 21521501
Youssef Edris Hall
Khetat Cupid (cupid’s plan), a play produced by the Modern Theatre, casts Abdel-Moneim Riyad, Nawal Samir, Kareem El-Husseiny, décor by Ahmed Amin, costumes designed by Rabab El-Prince, lighting by Abu-Bakr Elsherif, and directed by Ahmed Fouad
(Performances run on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm and 9pm).
Attaba Square, Tel 02 2593 7948
Salah Abdel-Sabour Hall
Leilat Alqatala (night of the killers) is Jose Triana’s play translated by Fathy El-Ashri and produced by Taliaa Theatre Company, and casts Nashwa Ismail, Emile Shawki, Shaimaa Yousry, décor and costumes designed by Samah Nabil, directed by Sobhy Youssef
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 8pm).
Zaki Tolaimat Hall
Cela (bond) play is performed by the Faculty of Arts theatre company, Ein Shams University, directed by Ahmed Alaa
(Performances run daily except Tuesdays, 7pm).
Lycee El Horreya Theatre
Qism Bab Sharqi, Alexandria, Tel 03 5913794
Lesa Faker (you still remember) play is a romantic show in a sarcastic comic style, produced by the Alexandria Theatre Company. It casts Ahmed Askar, Bousy El-Hawary and Sherif Ghanem, written by Mohamed Morsy and directed by Sameh El-Hadary
(Performances run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 8pm).
*A version of this article appears in print in the 13 October, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.