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DaliDays: 3 Days of Everything Dalida in Cairo

Her life, her films, her songs. Re-live her spectacular journey with the French Institute of Egypt on the 30th anniversary of her passing.

Who's not danced to 7elwa Ya Baladi at least a dozen times at parties. For the past couple of decades at least. Few artists have had the massive international appeal as the icon Dalida has. She's an indispensable household name in Egypt, the Middle East and indeed, across the world. 

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of her passing, the French Institute of Cairo is helping us indulge more in the world of Dalida by hosting an exceptional three-day mini-festival in loving memory of the Egyptian-Italian diva. Though she was born and raised in Cairo after her parents immigrated from Italy, she spent most of her career in France. Nevertheless, in her spectacular uniqueness, she sang in 10 different languages.

The first day of the event will look back on Dalida’s life, screening the breathtaking and much anticipated 2016 biopic of her moving life story by French director Lisa Azuelos at 7:00 p.m. The film is in French but will be shown with Arabic subtitles.

Day two will memorialise Dalida the actress, rather than the singer that is more widely known. At 7:00 p.m. again, the French Institute will show the international superstar in one of her earliest roles, 1955’s “A Glass and a Cigarette” by Niazi Mostafa. Immediately after screening, Dalida will shine in her last film by legendary Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine, “Sixth Day” from 1986. Both films are in Arabic and will have French subtitles.

On the third and final day, Dalida’s fabled voice will be remembered by Dalia and Lily Farid (Mona Zaki’s daughters), who will be singing her heartwarming songs from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The audience will then be treated to a touching tribute to the vocalist by the Egyptian band Faironolia. Ending the celebration of beautiful soul will be a rendition by Dina Al Gharib accompanied by a DJ set.

A huge perk on top of all this greatness? The event is 100% free! No tickets are needed for the first two days, but you have to register for the third. You can do so here and hurry! There are only 400 spots. Don't forget that one ticket equals one person.

The Institut Francais d'Égypte au Caire is located at 1 Madrasset El Huquq El Frinseya Road in El Mounira area near Downtown, Cairo. For more on the institute, visit their Facebook page or give them a call on 02 27915800. And don't say Cairo Scene never gave you anything.