|Ever wanted to learn authentic Arabic calligraphy, but don’t know how to start or where to go for classes? Yes, then you are in luck. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) is holding an introductory course for teaching Kufi calligraphy. Kufi calligraphy, created during the second decade of the Islamic era, is the basis for all the different Islamic calligraphy techniques. The cost of the course is LE 150 and will be held in the BACC Meeting Room E from 4–6pm. The courses will be running until mid-February. For more information contact: Mohamed Hassan on +2 (03) 483-9999 (Ext. 6075) or email: email@example.com.After your course, you deserve a treat. Head out to the ice cream parlor next to Cilantro on the BA premises. Trust us, you will thank us for introducing you to this heavenly Italian ice cream.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina • El Geish Street on the Corniche • Tel: +2 (03) 483-9999 • www.bibalex.org et
Expose your Kids to the Arts
The Alumni Community Theater (ACT), a newly formed group of theater alumni from the American University in Cairo (AUC), is putting on a show for kids with their newest production: ‘The Invention.’
The interactive production is playing at Fun Yard nursery on January 8-11 with the show starting at 11am. Directed by Leila Saad, performing and visual arts professor at AUC, and Amina Khalil, AUC alumni and assistant producer for Karma Edutainment, the play was originally written by Brad Gromelski.
‘The Invention’ is a comedy about three merchants who are on a quest to finish assembling a new invention designed to bring happiness to children; however they run into troubles when a villain named Kalibad tries to destroy their invention.
Tickets can be purchased at Fun Yard for LE 20 for kids, and LE 30 for parents. Children 6 years or older are welcome to attend.
Fun Yard Nursery • Next to Seasons Country Club, El Haram • Tel: +2 (01) 1363-2211
Bored and don’t know what to do? Then why not try something a little different and head out to the Flora Egypt Fair. The international exhibition for cut flowers and ornamental plants, running January 12–15, is held at the Cairo Fair Grounds. Whether you own a store or plan to decorate your home with flowers, the fair offers meetings and workshops on all horticultural matters, from marketing to future trends. The fair was founded by the Egyptian Flower and Ornamental Plants producers and exporters with the support of the Egyptian and the Dutch Ministries of Agriculture to build a platform where the Egyptian, African and Middle Eastern producers can show their products. At the same time, the fair is a place where the European traders, suppliers and producers can sell their products.
To obtain an invitation or register send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cairo International Fair Ground • Mamdouh Salem Street. Nasr City • Tel: +2 (02) 3837-1122
Listen to Classical Music
One of our greatest composers Omar Khairat will be performing at the River Hall in El Sawy Cultural Wheel on January 7 at 7pm. One of the most applauded composers and pianists in the Middle East, Khairat succeeded in bringing western harmonic influence to the classical Arabic music structure. He is considered to be one of the most outstanding composers presenting successful works for movies and TV dramas like The Fortune-teller, The Magic Perfumes (1989), and the Arab Rhapsody (1992). He also composed music for international events like the 1993 National Feast of Oman, the Inauguration Ceremony of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 1996, Operetta El Sheikh Zaid, Emirates 2000, Panorama El Abour “Symphonic Poem”, Musical Impact Cairo 1991, Fine Arts Cycle Spain 2004 and October Celebrations 2000.El Sawy Culture Wheel • 26th July Street, Zamalek • Tel: + 2 (02) 2736-6178 / (012) 440-0100 • Tickets: LE 30 for members and LE 35 for non-members
Dance the Night Away
Mark your calendars people, because this is a show you don’t want to miss. The famous French ‘Show Dance’ group is hitting our stage this month. Running from January 3–6 at the Cairo Opera House, the group will perform their unforgettable dance routines. Show Dance’s performances include dance routines from acrobatic modern dance to ballroom classics like the mambo and the waltz.
At press time, the price of the tickets were yet to be determined. So we advise you to follow up on their website or call their tickets information hotline.Main Hall • Cairo Opera House • El Borg El Gezira, Zamalek • Tel: +2 (02) 2739-0114 • Email: email@example.com• www.cairoopera.org
Run for Fun
Do you resort to sports as means to relax and unwind? If yes, then we have just the thing for you. Imagine running along side the famous ancient monuments on our West Bank like the Luxor Temple and Ramses III Temple. We got your attention? Yes? Then, join the 18th International Egyptian Marathon on January 28, in Luxor. The race starts and ends at the Hatshepsut Temple. This is an annual event that draws over 2,000 long-distance runners from all around the globe. Participants come from over 36 countries to participate in this exciting event. This marathon is the only AIMS (Association of International Marathons & Road Races) certified marathon in the country. For more information, send an email to: info@Egyptianmarathon.net, call them on + (02) 2260-6930 or visit the website: www.egyptianmarathon.com