Get ready for a culture heavy weekend this week Cairo!
Kick your Thursday off by heading to El Masar Gallery for the opening of renowned Egyptian artist Georges Bahgoury’s exhibition. The Paris-based artist and caricaturist has been dubbed the ‘granddaddy of caricature,’ so make sure to catch this exhibit, which runs till February 7th.
Do your part for charity by attending the Banati Foundation photography exhibition at the Cairo Opera House, where photographs taken by the foundation’s young girls will be displayed and sold. Proceeds will go towards supporting this foundation, which works with homeless girls in Haram.
Round up your night of culture by heading to the Cairo Opera house for Opera Aida. This opera by Giuseppe Verdi is based on a scenario by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.
If you’d rather spend your Thursday night listening to live contemporary music then head to Makan where Mohsen and the Band will be playing popular Egyptian classics, including songs by Sayed Darwish and A. Fouad Negm. Over at El Sawy Culturewheel, accomplished oud player Georges Kazazian will perform an interesting fusion of jazz, accompanied by renowned jazz pianist Rashad Fahim and vocalist Mariam Ali, among others. Lastly, catch Tony Kaldas at the Cairo Jazz Club for a night of oriental jazz, pop and funk.
On Friday, head to the Mashrabia Gallery where local artist Ibrahim El Haddad will showcase a collection of his work for the first time since his return from Switzerland.
Later that night, head to Rawabet Theatre for 'Performance for a Cause,' where artists Hany Mustafa and Mohamed El Deeb are among the many performers participating to raise funds for important development projects that fight poverty and domestic violence.
Looking for something a little on the lighter side? Then head to the Cairo Jazz Club where DJ KZ will spin his enjoyable house beats. This DJ only debuted in Egypt recently but has had extensive international experience playing around the world.
On Saturday, Tache Art Gallery in Designopolis will celebrate its opening with the launch of the exhibition by internationally acclaimed local artist Huda Lutfi. The exhibition promises to bring a wealth of culturally constructed notions that will question the viewer, including work from the artist’s latest photo montage, Fragments of Street Life from 2010.
As night rolls around you need to make your way out to Darb 17 18 for Egyptronica! A fun night with local electronic musicians, including performances from Neobyrd, Polymorph, Machine Eat Man and more.
If electronic music isn’t your thing, you can head the Cairo Opera House instead for a night of 'World Classics'. Featuring Maestro Mina Zekry, Soprano Mona Rafla and virtuoso Mohamed Sharara, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will perform classical compositions by Brahms and Müller.
Have a great, artistic and charitable weekend Cairo!