It's another busy weekend in Cairo: despite the curfew, the city is bursting with fun concerts, interesting exhibitions and festivals!
Start your Thursday off right with a bunch of concerts to choose from: Beatles fans should head to the BCA in Mohandiseen for a Beatles Tribute Night by Glass Onion, a Beatles Tribute band at 8PM. Tickets cost 40LE for non-members and 20LE for members of BCA.
If you appreciate Egyptian folklore and traditional songs, head to El Tanboura Hall for El Tanboura’s last concert till mid-April; they’re heading to Abu Dhabi to participate in the WOMAD international music festival. Show starts at 8:30PM. There’s also Sahra Band at After Eight at 7PM, who will play their trademark fusion of Latin jazz and African/oriental music.
Let your hair down and enjoy the possibly insane band known as Crash Boom Bang, playing live at the Cairo Jazz Club at 6:30PM. Expect upbeat mash-ups of your favourite pop hits and infectious stage energy. For a more subdued concert, the Cairo Opera House features a concert by the FeMusa String Ensemble from England, starting at 7PM.
Music Aside, AUC’s New Campus is holding the Cairo Documentary Festival starting at 3PM until 10PM tonight. Tonight’s documentaries focus on ‘cultural Industry in Sudan’ and include ‘Egypt Rising 1: Documentary Rising Sura’.
If you’re near Saad Zaghloul in El Sayeda Zeinab, check out the EMSA Photography Club for its ‘Cairo From Above’ exhibition, the result of a three-day workshop where photographers took photos of Cairo landscapes from helicopters.
On Friday, start your day off with a lazy brunch at Tamarai, which has just launched an open brunch menu for around 160LE per person, or if you’re in 6th of October City, try the Terrace’s brunch in the outdoors for around 130LE per person. If you're near Garden City, try the Kempinski's new brunch menu, a fusion of Egyptian and Turkish cuisine for 195LE per person.
Project Yourself’s 12th Open Mic Night gets off to an early start at 5:30PM at Darb 17 18 and continues till curfew. The event promises raw talent and promising sets of stand-up comedy, spoken word, live music and much more.Also at Darb 17 18, check out the 'Biennale of Bamako 2009', an exhibition in collaboration with Institut Francais D'Egypte that features photographs by forty artists on the theme of borders.
If you’re in the Fifth Settlement area, you could check out the AUC’s annual PVA Faculty exhibition at the New Campus’ Sharjah Art Gallery, which closes at 7PM. You could also head Downtown to Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art for the very interesting ‘Propaganda by Monuments’ exhibition, a collaboration with CIC that includes artwork that ‘focuses on nostalgia as a globalised process and the matter of revolution.’ The exhibition ends at 9PM.
For live music, head to After Eight in Downtown Cairo for Salalem, a band known for their humorous/sarcastic lyrics about the pressing issues of Egyptian youth today. The show starts at 7PM. In need of some dancing? DJ Junior will spin deep progressive and funky electro house at the Cairo Jazz Club from 6:30PM onwards.
On Saturday, it’s another day of culture and live music: The Cairo Opera House will hold a concert by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra featuring the works of Tchaikovsky, while El Gomhoria Theatre dedicates its night of Abdel Halim Hafez’s best songs to the spirit of the January 25th revolution. Cairo Jazz Club features a live performance by Beshir, who blends traditional Egyptian songs with a mdoern twist. The show starts at 6:30PM.
The Cairo Documentary Festival continues at AUC’s New Campus with an all-day program focusing on the Egyptian uprising and documentaries of revolutionary times. Starting at 10:30AM and ending at 10PM, the festival includes discussions with the documentaries’ filmmakers as well as the showing of several documentaries on Iran and Egypt, and a streaming of short videos on January 25th.
Photography fans should check out the winners of the EU photo competition, exhibiting at Townhouse Gallery in Downtown Cairo, while Safarkhan in Zamalek features ‘To Egypt With Love’ an exhibition of the works of three young artists that captured and documented the January 25th revolution. For non-revolution-related art, try Amr Heiba’s exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery or Georges Bahgory’s exhibition at Al Masar.