The Poetry of Constantine Cavafy

Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) is the great poet of Greek Alexandria, where he lived for most of his life and where he died. Considered by many to be the finest modern Greek poet, his intimate evocations of figures and milieux central to Greek and Alexandrian culture have inspired writers from E.M. Forster to Leonard Cohen. This evening we will enter fully into Cavafy’s work and legacy.

An Evening of Egyptian Folk Music with Atiaf El-Mawlaweya

The ancient Egyptians credited Thoth with the invention of music, and percussion instruments, lyres and lutes were an integral part of the orchestras of the Middle Kingdom. Egyptian folk music today, including the traditional Sufi dhikr rituals, is the closest contemporary music genre to ancient Egyptian music, having preserved many of its features, rhythms and instruments. This evening brings alive this vibrant tradition.