Events

Sat 19
  • Nour Ashour Band & Jowan Safadi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Nour Ashour Band & Jowan Safadi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 19 9:00 pm to Apr 20 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Saxophonist, Nour Ashour, leads another electrifying performance on the CJC stage, before Palestinian musician, Jowan Safadi, showcases his...
  • Orgasm at 100Copies
    Orgasm at 100Copies
    Apr 19 8:00 pm to Apr 19 10:00 pm - 100Copies Music Space
    The delightfully named Orgasm share a night of live electronic sounds at 100Copies Music Space in Downtown Cairo. Attendance is free.
  • Noha Taha at Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Noha Taha at Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Apr 19 9:00 pm to Apr 20 3:00 am - Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Egyptian singer, Noha Taha, takes centre stage this Saturday at Maadi's Tipsy Bar & Lounge. For reservations, call 0101 493 0002.
  • El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group at Wikalet El Ghouri
    Apr 19 7:30 pm to Apr 19 9:00 pm - Wikalet El Ghouri
    Head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group...
  • Recovery Saturdays at the Garden
    Recovery Saturdays at the Garden
    Apr 19 9:00 pm to Apr 20 12:00 am - The Garden
    Round off the weekend with a laidback night at the Garden's Recovery Saturdays. Reservations are highly recommended; call 01008263000.
Sun 20
  • Bunnies & Bowties at Amici Zamalek
    Bunnies & Bowties at Amici Zamalek
    Apr 20 9:00 pm to Apr 21 3:00 am - Amici
    Amci Zamalek celebrates Easter with an open bar party featuring DJ Fabric. Entry is 300LE. For reservations, call 010-9332-3333.
  • Bunny Love at Bamboo
    Bunny Love at Bamboo
    Apr 20 9:00 pm to Apr 21 3:00 am - Bamboo
    Bamboo regulars,  Bob, 3abkarino and Kiko, are joined by a belly dancer for a special Easter party. For reservations, call 0237496162.
  • Macadi Nahhas 'Nour' Album Launch at Cairo Jazz Club
    Macadi Nahhas 'Nour' Album Launch at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 20 9:00 pm to Apr 21 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Known for her unique approach of reviving traditional folk music, Jordanian vocalist, Macadi Nahhas, is launching her new album, 'Nour', at CJC....
  • Bosy at Cavallini
    Bosy at Cavallini
    Apr 20 9:00 pm to Apr 21 3:00 am - Cavallini
    Alleged pop star, Bosy, returns to Heliopolis nighclub, Cavallini, for a special Easter gig, with resident DJ, Ahmed Raouf, behind the decks. For...
  • Easter Edition at Graffiti
    Easter Edition at Graffiti
    Apr 20 9:00 pm to Apr 21 3:00 am - Graffiti
    Four Seasons Nile Plaza's Graffiti celebrates Easter with resident DJ, Roro, its customary tabla player and guitarist, Sherif Watson. For...
Mon 21
  • Aufensive at Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Aufensive at Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Apr 21 9:00 pm to Apr 22 3:00 am - Tipsy Bar & Lounge
    Elusive DJ, Tamer Auf, ends Tipsy Bar & Lounge's busy Easter line-up with a huge gig. For reservations, call 0101 493 0002.
  • Cocktail Hunt at Amici Zamalek
    Cocktail Hunt at Amici Zamalek
    Apr 21 9:00 pm to Apr 22 3:00 am - Amici
    For a pricely sum of 300LE, you can enjoy and open bar and the music of DJ MOF and DJ B - awesome names - at Amici Zamalek. For reservations,...
  • Manic Monday Baher Eid & Aly B at Cairo Jazz Club
    Manic Monday Baher Eid & Aly B at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 21 9:00 pm to Apr 22 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Join CJC for a manic Monday night with Baher Eid and Aly B. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.
  • Bunnies & Bowties at Amici Heliopolis
    Bunnies & Bowties at Amici Heliopolis
    Apr 21 9:00 pm to Apr 22 3:00 am - Amici
    Celebrate Easter at Amici Heliopolis with a nameless, and possibly invisible, resident DJ. For reservations, call 010-2049-2999.
  • Private Sessions ft Awadi Brothers at the Garden
    Private Sessions ft Awadi Brothers at the Garden
    Apr 21 9:00 pm to Apr 22 3:00 am - The Garden
    This week's Private Sessions sees Sherif and Aly Awadi rock the crowds at slick Korba bar, the Garden. For reservations, call 0100 826 3000.
Tue 22
  • Giggin' It at Cairo Jazz Club
    Giggin' It at Cairo Jazz Club
    Apr 22 9:00 pm to Apr 23 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Head over to CJC for a night of pure acoustic music with Hassan Ramzy, bluesy rock band, Munkee Bizness, and funky cover band, Dynamite....
  • Girls' Night Out at Phenomena
    Girls' Night Out at Phenomena
    Apr 22 9:00 pm to Apr 23 6:00 am - Phenomena
    This Tuesday, up and coming DJs, Joseph Napoleon, K. Movado, Zooma's Ashley, Moe-G and Sayed Salah are all lined up for another edition...
  • Wine & Fondue Night at Amici Heliopolis
    Wine & Fondue Night at Amici Heliopolis
    Apr 22 7:00 pm to Apr 23 12:00 am - Amici
    Indulge in the some of the finer things in life this weekend, with Amici Heliopolis' wine and fondue night. For reservations, call 01093323333.
  • Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    Karaoke Night at Johnny's West
    Apr 22 7:00 pm to Apr 23 2:00 am - Johnny
    It takes a little Dutch courage to go up and sing in front of an entire crowd and luckily, at Le Pacha 1901 West, Johnny's will provide all the...
  • Medhat El Khouly at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Medhat El Khouly at El Sawy Culturewheel
    Apr 22 7:30 pm to Apr 22 9:00 pm - El Sawy Culturewheel
    Egyptian singer and composer, Medhat El Khouly, performs at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall. Tickets are  40LE. For more information, call...
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Highlights

Restaurants

Saj & Shawerma: Syrian Shawerma in Zamalek

Saj & Shawerma: Syrian Shawerma in Zamalek

The Cairo restaurant scene has welcomed more and more diverse cuisines over the years, but that very simple thing called shawerma has enjoyed a popular presence throughout – thanks, partly, to the consistent series of Syrian restaurants opening up. You don't even need an entire restaurant to serve shawerma; sometimes, just a corner. Saj & Shawerma is one such example. Originally operating from the corner of a shutdown café, it is now independently run and managed by a family of Syrians. With the options of either eating in your car or simply leaning on one, there's not a whole lot to judge aesthetically and, thus, the primary concern becomes the food. We were met with warm greetings from one of the waiters; but when asked if we could have copies of the menu, we were told that they ran out – something that became bit of a recurring theme throughout the night. We took our time browsing the bigger menu hung up on the wall next to us. Meat shawerma comes in small (13LE) and large (15LE), while, strangely, a small chicken is 10LE and a large is 18LE. Also on offer are kobeba sandwiches (9LE) and Syrian falafel sandwiches (6LE,) all served in traditional Saj bread. You can also get individual pieces of kobeba for 3LE a piece. We were particularly keen to try the Syrian falafel and kobeba, but, yet again, we were told they ran out. Instead, we opted for the basic chicken and meat shawerma sandwiches. Shockingly, the sandwiches took a whopping forty-five minutes to appear; a fact made all the more surprising when considering that, at the time of our visit, we were the restaurant's only customers. The ridiculous waiting time was partially made up for by the meat shawerma, which was one of the best we've sampled in a long time. The Saj bread tasted fresh and didn't feel soggy, the meat was cooked perfectly and the addition of tomatoes, parsley and tehina made for a flawless combination. The chicken shawerma, sadly, was the exact opposite. Lathered in more toumeya and pickled cucumbers than your senses can handle, you could hardly taste the chicken. We like to give the benefit of the doubt with food, but with most of the menu's more interesting options unavailable and the mind-bogglingly long waiting time, it's difficult not to feel a little exasperated. The only saving graces were the incredibly friendly staff and that delicious meat shawerma.  

Shopping

Flower Power: Stunning Flowers, Disappointing Shop at Downtown Katameya Mall

Flower Power: Stunning Flowers, Disappointing Shop at Downtown Katameya Mall

Flower shopping in Cairo can be a troubling feat, especially given the large number of decidedly mediocre florists in the city. Catering for some of Cairo's most reputable hotels, including the Dusit Thani and the Four Seasons, Flower Power specialises in impressive, fresh flower arrangements for homes, events, offices and basically anything you need it for. With their head office located in Mohandiseen, we visited one of their few retail branches at New Cairo's Downtown Katameya Mall. With the shop assistant's lack of English – and our lack of Arabic – it was a little difficult to communicate, but we struggled on nonetheless. Unfortunately, the tiny shop space doesn't do the brand any favours; the meagre display of fresh flowers small enough for a bouquet was disappointing and, at around 10LE per stem, putting together our own arrangement on the spot was not an attractive option. However, offering a taste of their full-collection, giant stems of curled bamboo, hot pink lilies and white arum lilies are amongst the more exotic options. Presented in attractive, over-sized glass vases, these were disappointingly not for sale, but were an example of the types of vases available.   With a workshop in the back, a number of flower arrangements were finished and awaiting delivery. A large, eye-catching table-top display of bright yellow and orange flowers would cost around 500LE; such arrangements can be tailored to the customer's specific taste and occasion. Sadly, no catalogue was available to browse through and, unless a consultation is arranged, only vague price ranges are available. Usually, the flat screen TV in the store shows a rolling slide-show of options, but at the time of our visit, this wasn't working either, leaving us a little clueless as to the available options. We were directed to their website with promises of prices and further details, however, only photos could be found. More suitable for  events, the finished products seen in hotels and at weddings are undoubtedly of unrivalled quality and design, as well as beautifully fresh. Scheduled, regular re-deliveries can be arranged to ensure the ultimate freshness of the bouquets. Having seen Flower Power's displays at said hotels and events, we know the quality of flower arrangements is unquestionable. However, had we not done our own research, the small shop would have left us with quite disappointed.

Cafés

Kayan: Outstanding Pastries at New Zamalek Cafe & Bakery

Kayan: Outstanding Pastries at New Zamalek Cafe & Bakery

It's no secret that many restaurants and cafes in Cairo flatter with gimmicks, only to provide a mediocre experience, with few standing out as truly unique. Situated at the far end of the peaceful Zamalek's El Adel Abou Bakr Street – immediately opposite Body Shapers – Kayan has transformed casual dining in the area. Perfect for a light brunch and leisurely session of people-watching, a green and white striped canopy shades four granite-topped tables outside. Cheery sunflower centrepieces coupled with the warm weather transported us to a more European, almost Parisian, location.   The interior reflects a country-chic but contemporary feel, with garish green walls and shabby-chic wall art. A glass cabinet – and several shelves behind – show off freshly baked, homemade pastries, as well as a wide range of artisan loaves and cakes. Greeted by friendly, welcoming staff, we immediately felt at home. Whilst the food menus are not yet printed, the owner himself took us through the available, delicious-sounding options. A variety of gourmet steak, chicken, turkey and cheese sandwiches are available, wrapped in baguette, toast or Panini bread. Salads are also offered, along with tempting, sweet and savoury breakfast options. Fresh coffee and juices can be whipped up in seconds; we’d thoroughly recommend their sweet, chilled tangerine juice (15LE). To eat, we opted for their triple decker chicken club sandwich (35LE) with avocado (7LE), which was nothing less than perfect. Stacked high on warm, buttered white bread, the filling was made up of the freshest ingredients; thick pieces of real chicken breast – as opposed to processed – were grilled to perfection, whilst egg and cheese melted over the ripe salad layers. The avocado was finely chopped and slight,  largely blending in with the rest of the flavours. We also took away a selection of four sweet pastries (14LE); one pistachio croissant, one peach and one raspberry turnover, as well as a cinnamon swirl. Baked to perfection, the pastry was practically flawless, whilst none of the creations were sickeningly sweet. Contrasting with the fruity flavours of the raspberry and peach jams, the pistachio croissant was subtly flavoured and scrumptious. Our only complaint would be that the cinnamon flavour of the swirl was a little too subtle.    Kayan offers delicious breakfast and lunch options in an intimate, urbane bistro setting, as well as fine, freshly baked bread and pastry options which can be delivered right to your door.

Nightlife

The Garden: Chic, Bustling Bar in Korba, Heliopolis

The Garden: Chic, Bustling Bar in Korba, Heliopolis

While the number of bars and clubs in Cairo is always on the increase, the nightlife scene in the capital is somewhat cliquey congregations, some with expensive minimums and tough door policies. Not blessed with a bar scene to speak of, the Korba district of Heliopolis has recently welcomed the Garden. Having suffered at the wrath of Facebook-users of Cairo for an alleged screening process that pries into Facebook profiles, we were glad our photos were up to par, managing to secure our group a table mid-week. Situated at the end of a small alley, right next to the Coffeeshop Company, the Garden is spread over a large outdoor patio and an indoor – but open fronted – bar area. Complete with bare-brick walls, hanging Edison light bulbs, copious numbers of potted plants and charming bright red shutters on the exterior windows of the building above, the Garden has been meticulously designed to be chic, contemporary and stylish for its mixed-bag of fashionable clientele. With DJ Hishram Zahran on the decks at the time of our visit, the place was filled with chilled out dance beats, at a decent level so that conversation was still a possibility. Despite being mid-week, the bar was packed, with most of the crowd standing inches away from one another and the staff running around like headless chickens. Choosing from a fully stocked bar and a long list of cocktails, we ordered several Smirnoff vodka (70LE) and Red Bulls (35LE), as well as a glass of chilled, Omar Khayyam white wine (50LE). We also took our own bottle (250LE for bouchon), and were afforded ice buckets to keep it cool. Whilst we could appreciate the place was busy, waiting around 45 minutes – and having to nag constantly for our drinks every time – seemed a little ridiculous and the same gruelling process applied when ordering the check. From a full menu of international appetisers, main meals and desserts, we opted for an Oriental sampler as a sharing platter (80LE). Also taking forever to arrive, and served cold, the best thing about the herby sogo', crisp cheese and meat sambousak, and rich liver, was the attractive presentation on a wooden chopping board. We also spotted a number of impressive-looking, thick hamburgers floating around, whilst hearing complaints regarding long waiting times from a large number of diners.        While the Garden's energy is buzzing, and the aesthetics are undoubtedly fabulous, the service most certainly is not – yet.

Arts & Culture

Art Talks: 'Beauty & The Beast' by Sabhan Adam & Hossam Dirar

Art Talks: 'Beauty & The Beast' by Sabhan Adam & Hossam Dirar

While art is rampant across Cairo's galleries, rarely does an exhibition manage to take our breath away. 'Beauty and the Beast' – a dual exhibition of 'The Beast' from Sabhan Adham, and 'Beauty' from Hossam Dirar – is a demonstration of jaw-dropping talent, perfectly intertwined at Zamalek's Art Talks. Born in Syria in 1973, Sabhan Adam is a self-taught artist and has exhibited his works extensively worldwide. Unleashing his pain and anger onto paper, Adam reflects the suffering and events happening in his homeland, resulting in dramatic, awe-inspiring portraits. Largely using mixed media on canvas, the majority of his paintings are large and almost life-size, looming over the audience in a menacing manner. His figures are half-human and half-animal; while the clothing humanises his characters, the faces are scribbled and sketched, appearing with animalistic features. Some of the faces sport icy blue eyes, but lack any other colouring, while the clothing is colourful, often incorporating captivating glitter and gold accents. In one of his paintings, a man-beast sits condescendingly, cross-legged and confident in a colourful suit, tie and formal shoes, his fingers long and spindly, with piercing blue eyes. In another, a man-beast is dressed in what appears to be a galabeyya. Disturbingly, the face of this piece is distorted, with an extra eye and nose, and splatters of red paint dripping from the mouth. Had the exhibition been solely made up of these beautifully ugly depictions, the collection may have felt a little too intense and hard-hitting. It was for this reason that his paintings were hung alongside Hossam Dirar's contrasting collection. Born in Cairo in 1978, Hossam Dirar is an award-winning graduate of Helwan University and has since also exhibited around the globe. Depicting beauty on the surface, Dirar's work follows society's, and his own, definitions of attractiveness. With the aim of capturing unique identities, his subjects are often passersby; women he sees whilst going about his everyday life. Fragmented, without too much emphasis on their features, Dirar attempts to radiate their beauty and personalities from within, quickly, so that the memory of the moment doesn't fade. His large canvases show the heads and bodies of beautiful women, blurred behind a collage of audacious paint strokes. His work is pleasant, attractive and easy on the eye, using a rainbow of bold, cheerful colours and thick, textured layers of chunky acrylic paint. Despite being visually similar in technique, each painting manages to give off a different vibe; 'I Think We Met Before in My Dreams' exudes a kind of peaceful, dreamy innocence, whilst the mesh of creams, oranges and burnt autumnal colours give it a fading, calming feel. In contrast to this, 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' boasts the most intense stare, along with a stern expression. Alongside the main exhibition, several abstract sculptures from the acclaimed sculptor, Sobhy Guirguis, are displayed in his memory.             Beauty And The Beast puts a fresh new, realistic and artistic twist on the innocent childhood fairytale. Both artists are undeniably talented and their works fit together flawlessy, making it one of the most visually and theoretically stunning collections we've come across.        

Health & Fitness

Baby Yoga: Mother-Baby Bonding at FLOW Wellness Centers

Baby Yoga: Mother-Baby Bonding at FLOW Wellness Centers

The benefits of yoga cover a range of physical, emotional and wellness issues in adults – but what it could do for babies?  Most mothers strive to foster a happy, healthy home, however finding the right balance can be a little tricky. For all mothers and mothers-to-be, the new Mother and Children Movement and Wellness Center, FLOW, has just opened up in Heliopolis, welcoming all women to a soothing and comfortable environment. Founded by three successful young mothers, Jamie El Helw, Mariam Kamel, and Rania El Masry, these inspiring women are all certified as Infant Massage Instructor's and Mom-Baby Yoga teachers, and have set out to create a relaxed space for mothers and children to engage in balanced activities. Baby Yoga affords mothers and babies an hour each day in a carefree environment, allowing the time to bond, interact and relax. Guided by certified instructors, Baby Yoga encourages mothers to understand the importance of spending time with their own bundles of joy, by practicing a positive form of activity together, helping to develop a connection with their child, along with encouraging their wellbeing.  Mothers get to support and massage their babies as they perform basic yoga movements that enhance their physical, rational and emotional development. With that said, baby yoga becomes a beneficial aspect to both mothers and their toddlers, by increasing their strength, flexibility and coordination, as well as stimulating their sleeping patterns, boosting their immune system and take the edge off of common physical ailments. Offering several different classes, including baby massage & yoga, family classes and women's yoga sessions, sessions are held from Sundays to Thursdays between 8AM until 2PM at FLOW in Heliopolis, as well as other classes at the Nun Center in Zamalek and Kattemeya Heights Compound. With baby massage & yoga, the classes vary with age. 'Infant Massage' classes are designed for mothers with babies from 4 weeks to 6 months old; mothers gently massage their babies and move them harmoniously as they hold them, as well as practice post-birth recovery techniques and relaxation methods. The class aims to promote positive, quality time spent between mothers and their babies. Offering two stages of baby yoga, 'Baby Yoga 1' is designed for ages 3-12 months old, where babies are exposed to basic yoga stretches and movements on their stomach's, backs and in their mothers arms, joined with rhythmic songs for a more enjoyable and interactive experience. In 'Baby Yoga 2', the little ones are between 12 and 18 months and are able to move around unaided. These classes combine a more active playtime, balancing physical contact with their mothers and free movement, ending the class with mother-baby relaxation time. For ages 18months to 4 years old, the center offers 'Toddler Yoga', promoting a more advanced exercise program called 'SMART', where mothers and children engage in stretching, moving, and relaxing together, in more energetic ways that stimulate the child's self-awareness, contributing to their language and listening skills. At family yoga, FLOW offers a variety of creative classes including 'FitTods' for ages 3-5 years, 'Music & Moves' for 6 months to 3 years old, 'ART' for 18 months to 4 years old, and 'Story Time' where all ages are welcomed. The classes tend to explore new activities that encourage the children's sense of imagination and self-expression. Because FLOW also supports women wanting to get in shape, as well as to improve the quality of their health, the center offers 'Women's Yoga' consisting of three different classes, varying in the participant's goals. 'Prenatal Yoga' helps pregnant women stay in shape and strengthen their muscles in preparation for delivery. The second class, 'Postnatal Yoga', focuses on recovery for new mothers by strengthening their abdominal, pelvic and back muscles, while relieving tension in their necks, shoulders and upper backs. Lastly, 'Power Yoga' is for women to enjoy basic yoga postures, renewing their energy in a relaxed and undisturbed environment. With yoga being a popular practice to create harmony between mind and body, credit is due to FLOW for applying this philosophy and offering a positive form of exercise for both mothers and their children. While at times all mothers do need their own personal space, most will agree that spending an hour of quality time with their children creates the bond of a lifetime. To find out more about FLOW and their yoga programs, click here.

Film

Rio 2: Vibrant But Disappointing Sequel

Rio 2: Vibrant But Disappointing Sequel

The follow up to Carlos Saldanha's vibrant animated feature, Rio – a film that grossed over half a billion dollars at the box office  - finds the Brazilian-born filmmaker returning to the pulsating streets of Rio Di Janeiro, before setting off into the wilderness of the Amazon. Picking up some time after the end of the first film, Rio 2 finds the Blue Macaws, Blu (voiced by Eisenberg) and Jewel (Hathaway), happily married and living a carefree life while raising their three hatchlings, Carla (Crow), Bia (Stenberg) and Tiago (Gagnon), at the Blue Bird Sanctuary. However, their children's overly-domesticated habits begin to worry Jewel, who is fearful that her children are slowly losing touch with nature and what it means to be a bird. So, when she hears that there may be a flock of Blue Macaws living in the Amazon rainforest, the family decides to fly across for a vacation and a bit of an investigation. Once there, not only does the family discover that there is more of their kind in the world, but that the flock is led by none other than Jewel's long-lost father, Eduardo (Garcia). Jewel soon finds herself toying with the prospect of moving her family there for good, while Blu – who now must prove himself to Jewel's apathetic and unconvinced father – isn't too sure whether he's ready to give up his life in Rio. Meanwhile, Blu's lifelong nemesis, Nigel the Cockatoo (Clement), who is no longer able to fly, follows the family to the rainforest in search of revenge. Eisenberg and Hathaway return to reprise their roles as the lovable Blu and Jewel and, although their shared chemistry can still be felt throughout, it seems that their second outing is not as charming as their first.  Clement is hilarious as the grouchy Nigel, while all of the supporting characters, excluding Chenoweth's hysterical performance as Gabi – a poisonous frog hopelessly in love with Nigel – aren't given much of the spotlight, apart from indulging in a few impromptu sing-offs, including yet another cringe worthy rendition of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive. Just like the original, Rio 2 dazzles with its vibrant and bubbly tone; the opening scenes of the New Year's Eve celebration on the bustling streets of Rio Di Janeiro are breathtaking and Saldanha, succeeds in adapting the alluring and captivating magic of Brazil. The story, unfortunately, is not as engaging the second time around and Saldanha seems to have sent the story on a downward spiral the minute he decided to step out of Rio and move his flock of birds into the back woods of the Amazon rainforest. There are still plenty of thrills and spills, but had it not been for the infectious Brazilian music and a handful of interesting characters, this would have been a complete washout.

City Life

Cairo Weekend Guide:D-CAF Winds Down, Mashrou3 Al Mareekh Returns & Lots of Live Music

Cairo Weekend Guide:D-CAF Winds Down, Mashrou3 Al Mareekh Returns & Lots of Live Music

Hello Cairo! Now in its fourth and final week, D-CAF is about to wrap up a phenomenal month of arts and culture - check out the Cairo 360 events calendar for all the events this week. On Thursday, Neobyrd returns to the Downtown bar/art-space VENT, while DJ Fabric plays a set of the heaviest house at Amici Zamalek. At Tamarai, the second installment of 'Discotecture' is back with nu-disco producer Kant headlining and Egypt's own Aguizy & Fahim opening. Alchemy, meanwhile, dusts off the whiskey bottles for the return of Molten Amber, while a double header of music takes over Cairo Jazz Club, as Cherine's Project and Wust El Balad take to the stage. Meanwhile, saxophonist Nour Ashour takes the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel's Wisdom Hall with his band Mashrou' Nour for an electrifying performance. For those feeling cultural, try recently opened gallery ABn'G World for a Rendevouz with India; an evening that will include a Bollywood dance performance and a Henna corner, or head on over to the El Dammah Theatre and catch Rango for a night of mystical Sudanese and Nubian Rhythms. For those looking for something more low-key, pianist and composer extraordinaire, Omar Khairat, performs at AUC New Cairo. The incredible Rula Zaki sings over fine dining at Pane Vino, while over at Cairo Opera House, you can catch the Sweet Sound Band, led by violinist Mounir Nasr El Din, in the Open Air Theatre. On Friday, celebrate Graffiti's first anniversary with UK Saxophonist Kit and international DJ Elizabeth Jay, or visit El Sawy Culturewheel to catch Jordan's Autostrad perform their unique blend of Mediterranean indie. Elsewhere at Cairo Jazz Club, Spanish DJ Oscar De Rivera is back again by popular demand, spinning his signature set of tech, tribal and underground sounds. Meanwhile, Tamarai debuts new weekly series of events, as DJs Ayman Nageeb and Fuzzy lead the charge at Spring Synergy. Elsewhere, hip-hop is on the menu at VENT with DJ Miesh. Elsewhere, India by the Nile Festival continues with a film screening, followed by a talk with acclaimed film star and social activist Shabana Azmi, at  airo Opera House. Get your Easter and Sham El Nessim shopping done early this year at the 'Masr Om El Donia' bazaar hosted by LayLaty Bazaar at Le Pacha 1901. Rounding up the weekend on Saturday, join the One Hand Hiking Trip at Wadi Degla for a barbecue and fun activities, or head on down to Heliopolis for the renowned 2014 El Korba Festival. Continuing the Easter fever, catch the Wasabi Easter Festival at the Aquarium Grotto Gardens in Zamalek. Feeling musical? Drop by the Cairo Opera House's Main Hall for the Cairo Symphony Orchestra accompanied by cello soloist Ayman El Hanbouli, or show off your singing talent at Mashrou3 Al Mareekh's Open Mic Night at Darb 1718. If art is your forte, check out some of the newly opened exhibitions around town; 'Interactive Installations' at Artellewa, 'Hope...Always' at Zamalek Art Gallery, 'Women From Egypt' at Picasso and 'Painter On A Study Trip' at Gypsum Gallery. Rumoured to be one of the most visually stunning exhibitions presented in recent weeks, 'Beauty & the Beast' can be found at Art Talks.   For a full guide to the weekend's events, check out the Cairo 360 events calendar. Have a great weekend!
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