The cooling of Cairo’s weather provides us with the ability to get out of the house and take part in all of the exciting things to do in Cairo… without sweating! How glorious is that?
That being said, you had better put on your dancing shoes and warm up your singing voice, because this month is filled with exciting musical performances, open mic nights and debuts of local musicians that many of us have never heard of before. If live performances aren’t your thing, don’t despair; many other events are on the line-up as well.
November 2nd– 6th: Continuing until the 11th of this month, Hamdi Attia's exhibit at Al Masar Gallery provides us with the chance to see the aesthetics of photojournalism in a different light. It’s also the Riff Band's eighth anniversary on Thursday, November 4th; so dress up and join in their celebration for Jazz Cabaret Night at Cairo Jazz Club. Project Yourself: Open Mic Night will take place this month at a brand new location; so explore your creative side and watch some of Egypt’s most promising amateur talent take the mic. On the same evening, you can catch the breathtaking One Homeland: poetry and musical performance at El Sawy Culturewheel; inspired by Fouad Haddad, one of Egypt’s greatest poets.
November 7th– 13th: Art exhibitions are still in abundance this November and promise to provide unique perspectives on contemporary subject matter. Hany Rashed's exhibition at Articulate Baboon will continue until the 15th, where the artist tackles the overlap of pop culture and war. Don’t miss the Bidoun Library Exhibition at Townhouse Gallery, where you can take the time to read your way through the art on display.
On the 9th, Cairo Jazz Club’s debut line-up gets even better with an improvisational performance by the Organic Shift . Fook El Sath Band will take the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel on the 11th for a night of chilled acoustic tunes.
November 14th– 20th: As this is the long Eid weekend, we figure that many of you will be headed to the beach for some sun-worshipping or maybe an adventure in the desert. If you’re stuck in Cairo, we’ve still got you covered. The IIC Theatre hosts its regular film nights and on the 14th, you can catch The Tiger and the Snow, where director Roberto Benigni and Tom Waits tell the story of famous Italian poet Attilio De Giovanni. Check out the debut performance of License to Groove at the Cairo Jazz Club, bringing a fusion of funk and jazz to the stage. It’s your last chance to hit up the Francesc Ruiz exhibition at CIC; as he takes you on a trip through the streets of Downtown.
Until the 18th, you can check out an intriguing Human Body Exhibition at the Cairo Opera House. Back at the Cairo Jazz Club on the 19th, DJ Slim's debut performance will feature an eclectic mix of electro beats; perfect for getting your groove on. Also at the Jazz Club, local rock band Egoz take the stage for a little rock & roll on the 20th.
November 21nd– 27th: If a game of chess is up your alley, the Chess Festival will take place at El Sawy Culturewheel this week; and admission is totally free. Until the 30th of November, Safar Khan will host an exhibition of the latest paintings by Katherine Bakhoum. On the 23rd, another debut performance will take place at the Cairo Jazz Club: an evening of blues music by Bad Mojo.
For a fascinating and beautiful take on traditional Zar music, head to Makan to catch the Mazaher Ensemble on the 24th. Enjoy a night of music and fine weather on the 26th, courtesy of legendary jazz musician Fathi Salama and his band at the Cairo Opera House’s Open-Air Theatre. Don’t miss the DEO’s traditional Christmas Bazaar on the 26th as well for authentic glühwein, bratwurst and lebkuchen. If you like your Christmas to be German, this bazaar is not to be missed.
November 28th– 31st: For her debut performance in Cairo and the last of the month at Cairo Jazz Club, Juliet Annerino will perform a soothing mix of jazz, soul and lounge music on the 28th. At the Karim Francis Gallery in Downtown, you can catch the latest exhibition by artist Mohammed Taman, who explores the interception between the human body and identity.
On the 30th, head to El Sawy Culturewheel’s wisdom hall for a classical music performance by the El Sakia String Orchestra. The Masterpieces Exhibit continues at the AUC cultural centre and is filled with beautiful artwork by acclaimed painter Margo Veillon.