With the start of 2011, January is looking to be a busy month on the arts and culture scene in Cairo. Whatever your resolutions may be; why not start off the new year by checking out some of the latest exhibitions, concerts and performances in Cairo?
January 2nd - January 8th: Ending on January 3rd, Hassan Hassan’s latest exhibition titled 'Monster' continues at Zamalek’s Studio 14. Head Downtown to Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art where three exhibitions will wrap up on January 5th, including Hala El Koussy's narrative photography, and Dutch photographer Bas Princen’s documentation of urban growth, titled 'Refuge in Cairo.' Mahmoud Khaled’s latest exhibition 'When Meanings Face Glossy Surfaces' will run at CIC until January 7th. Don’t miss the Group Exhibition at the Gezirah Art Center, also ending on January 7th. One of the world’s biggest DJs, Bob Sinclair will perform at the Terrace in Designopolis on January 7th. Finally, check out the last performance of the kids’ interactive play 'The Invention' on January 8th. It’s also adult-friendly so bring your friends along.
January 9th - January 15th: For a night of classical music, head to the Cairo Opera House for an Omar Khayrat Charity Concert on January 10th. On January 11th, Al Masar Gallery in Zamalek wraps up its latest exhibition, 'Edge Sentiments,' which showcases the work of five contemporary Egyptian artists. Entrance is free of charge for the January 11th concert at Beit El Suheimi by the visiting Bedouin Jerry Can Band. The 'About Spaces' Exhibition at Karim Francis Gallery ends on January 13th and poses some deep questions on spatial relationships. On the same day, the Hany Rashed Exhibition also wraps up at Mashrabia Gallery. For some quality live music at the Cairo Jazz Club, check out local Arabic contemporary rock band Salalem on January 15th.
January 16th - January 22nd: Opening on January 16th, check out the Ibrahim El Haddad Exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery, which will continue until February 10th. Running from January 16th until January 20th, 'Aida' Opera will be showing at the Cairo Opera House. Nass Makan takes the stage once more on January 18th at Makan, always an enjoyable performance of ethnic Egyptian music. DJ KZ will heat up the dance floor and spin his beats at Cairo Jazz Club on January 21st. Picasso Art Gallery’s Abd El Wahab Morsi Exhibition explores the subject matter of Egyptian nationality until January 22nd. On January 22nd, Tache Art Gallery opens in Designopolis, and marks its launch with an exhibition of works by renowned contemporary artist Huda Lutfi, running until February 9th.
January 23rd - January 31st: George Bahgory,one of Cairo’s most beloved artists will display his work at Al Masar Gallery, so join us at the opening on January 16th for the exhibition. El Sekia String Orchestra takes the stage at El Sawy Culturewheel on January 25th to perform a selection of string concertos. On January 26th and running until the beginning of February, the Cairo Book Fair will take place– be sure to check out their Sour El Azbakia section, full of used books and magazines; our favourite part of the whole fair. January 31st will mark the end of three exhibitions, including the 'Coptic Art Revealed' Exhibition at Amir Taz Palace, the Mamdouh Ammar Exhibition at Safar Khan, and a collective showing at Darb 17 18 entitled 'Fames: Family Vaudeville.'