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Cairo Weekend Guide: Referendum and Festivals!
Cairo Weekend Guide: Referendum and Festivals!
Published On: 17/03/2011

Hello Cairo!

Get ready for an action-packed weekend: the 3rd Cairo Jazz Festival begins today and they’ve got a slew of impressive performances by local and international musicians.

Kick your Thursday off by heading to El Sawy Culturwheel for the first day of the festival with performances by Spanish band Calima, US band Adam Miller Band, and the Egyptian band Cocoon.

If you’ve got the urge for a drink while listening to smooth jazzy tunes, why not head to the Cairo Jazz Club, where Austrian band Stelzhamma will perform as part of the festival's 'Jazz Beyond Stage' event at the CJC.

This Friday brings you the Korba Cultural Festival, which hopes to increase public awareness about current issues as well as attempt to fight ongoing corruption through a series of social and cultural awareness seminars, music, theatre, photography and documentary.

Still feeling patriotic? Why not head to Darb 17 18 for their revolution exhibition. This exhibition will showcase a variety of photographs, signs and slogans taken throughout the revolution.

If you're near the Cairo/Alex Desert Road and feeling peckish, try The Terrace's brunch menu, which starts at noon and continues till 6PM. Delicious items include pancakes with maple syrup, and poached salmon potato cakes.

As Friday night rolls around, El Sawy Culturewheel has another evening of jazz concerts lined up for us. Performances include Michelle Rounds, the German Women Jazz Orchestra, Dutch band ARIFA, Stelzhamma (in case you missed them at the Cairo Jazz Club) and a collaborative performance between legendary Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe and Egyptian drummer Ahmed Hesham.

On Saturday, when you're done voting in Egypt's referendum, you could always head to Safarkhan gallery in Zamalek for their exhibition ‘To Egypt With Love,’ showcasing art work by three artists who documented the events of the January 25th revolution.

If you’re an avid photographer or even an amateur, why not check out the Cairo From Above workshop and Exhibition. Flying Taxi Service Military (Department of Spirituality) and EMSA Photography Club (Cairo) have organised a three-day workshop where participants will be flown over Cairo to take breathtaking photographs from above. Photography taken will then be exhibited at the El Shaaer House.

Saturday is the last day of the Jazz Festival, and El Sawy Culturewheel wraps it up with performances by Eftekasat, the Riff Band, and the Ramy Yacoub Quintet. A performance by the European Jazz Movement Orchestra (E.M.J.O) is also in the line-up. Also, be sure to take your tabla along and join the Percussion Show's live jam session at El Sawy Culturewheel's River Garden. Bask in the sun, play some music and enjoy the beats by some of Egypt's most talented percussionists!

And there you have it Cairo, a weekend chockfull of performances and culture. Enjoy!



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