For many Cairenes, today marks the beginning of a long and languid Easter/Sham El Nessim weekend holiday. If you’re heading out of Cairo and still don’t know where you’ll be holidaying, fret not; our Easter/Sham El Nessim Guide has all the info on hotel rates, camp numbers, trip packages and much more.
If you’re staying in Cairo, it’s going to be another busy weekend full of fun shows, concerts and music festivals!
This Thursday, you have so much to choose from: Cairo Opera House presents the last night of The Best of Broadway, a medley of hit songs from over 25 hit Broadway musicals such as Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Cats. Over at the French Cultural Centre in Mounira, the festive musical mood continues with Club Cheval: Myd vs. Canblaster, a face-off between two stellar French DJs. If you've been to the French Cultural Centre’s parties, you know that this one should not be missed.
Thursday also marks the second day of Sakia’s First Metal Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel, featuring Your Prince Harming, Enraged, Karma and Destiny in Chains. For more live music, you can choose between Skin Deep’s funk and dance floor hits at Cairo Jazz Club or Sa7ra’s reggae fusion at After Eight, or even Bedouin Jerry Can at El Tanboura Hall.
The more classically inclined of you should check out Konouz Arab Music Ensemble at Cairo Opera House’s open-air theatre, or the Sebo Folkloric Music Ensemble at El Gomhouria Theatre.
For something completely different, Ahmed Nabil will perform a pantomime show titled ‘A Diplomat Acting Diplomatically’ at Cairo Opera House. Come on, when was the last time you watched a pantomime show? This should be refreshingly fun!
Also equally interesting is a lecture by Dr. Tarek El Awady, director of the Egyptian Museum, at the Ministry of Antiquities. It should be interesting to hear what he has to say given the museum’s controversial role in the Tahrir demonstrations.
In Zamalek, author Mohamed Baraka will sign copies of his novel Christian Muslim Dot Com at Diwan Bookstore, while the Goethe Institute presents 'Notes Towards Documenta' a lecture and launch of the 'One Hundred Notes, One Hundred Thoughts' project.
Friday marks the launch of El Genaina Theatre’s Summer 2011 Festival. This year’s festival theme is ‘music, freedom and social justice’ and aims at celebrating the revolution in Egypt and the Arab region. The festival’s acts include Tahrir singer Ramy Essam, Mariam and Abou, Taxi and Eskenderella. Admission is free of charge.
Speaking of festivals, Sakia’s First Metal Festival continues with performances by Skulltakers, Ethereal Credence and Medic at El Sawy Culturewheel.
Music-wise, Club Cheval Myd vs. Canblaster moves its night of music and dancing to Cairo Jazz Club at 11PM; so wear comfortable shoes because they will definitely make you move. The Best of Broadway continues at Cairo Opera House, which will also host a benefit concert at the open-air theatre for the victims of Japan’s earthquake. Salalem will perform live at After Eight, while the National Arab Music Ensemble will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre.
It’s the second day of El Genaina Theatre’s Summer 2011 Festival, featuring performances by Gnawa musicians Hamid El Kasri from Morocco and Karim Ziad from Algeria. Admission costs 10LE excluding admission to Al Azhar Park.
For a little art inspiration, check out Shayma Aziz’s exhibition ‘Floating Over the Cairene Sky’ at Artellewa in Heliopolis. The artist produced a series of drawings made over digitally printed Google Earth images of Cairo, using spare lines to depict lovers’ bodies floating over the city.
Also worth checking out is 'Thirty Hosnis' an exhibition by Ali Ali at Articulate Baboon Gallery. 'At a time when images of Hosni Mubarak are being taken down all over the country, there has never been a better time to put them up,' writes the artist. Very true.
There you have it, Cairo! Happy Weekend and Happy Easter/Sham El Nessim!