It’s another busy weekend in Cairo, full of music concerts, workshops and festivals!
Start off your Thursday with classical music concerts at the Cairo Opera House, including Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arabic Music as well as a harp concert, or head to Al Gomhoreya Theatre for 'Om Al Shohadaa', a tribute concert to the mothers of January 25th's martyrs.
For live alternative music, head to After Eight for Egyptian band Sa7ra. Nagham Masry will perform at El Sawy Culturewheel, with lyrics by poets like Salah Jahin and Amal Donkol, while a double concert by Top Hat Rats and Screwdriver at Cairo Jazz Club promises a night of 50s classics by icons like Elvis and Johnny Cash as well as rock covers by Pink Floyd and Guns N’Roses.
Thursday also marks the launch of the three-day Tahrir Book Fair at AUC’s Downtown Campus, promising thousands of books by foreign and local authors; so be sure to catch that.
On Friday, musical fans should check out El Sawy Culturewheel’s Broadway Musical Concert, where tunes from musicals like Cats, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and A West Side Side story will be performed from 6PM onwards. Egyptian band Salalem promise a night of funky grooves with sarcastic lyrics about politics and social life at After Eight, while DJ RaySoo from South-East Asia will spin the decks at the Cairo Jazz Club.
Saturday marks the launch of the Spring Plant and Flower Exhibition at Orman Gardens in Dokki, a massive garden full of thousands of potted plants, flowers and seeds as well as anything green fingers could desire.
Souk El Horreya at SODIC/Designopolis is a charity fair that includes live music concerts as well as a live mural painting by Barcelona artist Juan Carlos Noria. The fair will have booths by various charity groups and NGOs talking about their charity initiatives to give back to the needy and underprivileged in Egypt.
Also in Designopolis, Tache Art Gallery launches ‘Thawretna Souretna’ a photo exhibition by a group of Egyptian photographers such as Alaa Taher, Yehia El Alaily and Laura El Tantawy. Proceeds will go to a charity working with those affected financially by the events of the revolution.
On Saturday, be sure to catch ‘El Fann Midan’ Festival in Abdeen Square, including performances by Ali El Haggar, Tahrir singer Rami Essam, Fathy Salama and others. The festival aims to celebrate the positivity of the Egyptian revolution and encourage civilian participation. A smiliar festival will also take place in Alexandria on Saturday.
El Sawy Culturewheel is full of events this Saturday, including a performance by El Sakia Choir in memory of legendary singer Abdel Halim Hafez and 'The Spirit of Tahrir' seminar by the Revolution Forum.
And there you have it, Cairo! This city never stops giving fun, creative ways to spend your weekend!