Hello Cairo! The weekend just doesn’t come quick enough does it? The days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have loads of fun activities for you to choose from.
Cairo Jazz Club’s Thursday night is not to be missed with its double whammy of Mariam & Abou, followed by Wust El Balad, while Sa7ra will perform live at After Eight. Head over to the recently opened bar Melouk in Dokki, which will host DJ Fabric for a chilled out night, or check out what happens when DJ Mo and DJ Feedo join forces at Stilleto Lounge in Giza.
El Tanboura are about to embark on a tour in Europe, so why not bid them adieu at their last performance in Cairo tonight. Cairo Opera House will host a night of classical music with a performance by the National Arabic Music Ensemble, and a chamber music concert conducted by maestro Mohamed Zakereyain. The popular puppet play ‘Om Kolthoum Back on Stage’ will be performed at El Sawy Culturewheel tonight, and promises to be entertaining for both adults and kids alike.
Cairo is heaving with art exhibitions right now, so be sure to check out Nazli Madkour’s solo exhibition ‘Heralding Spring’ at the Museum of Mohamed Khalil, Makram Henain's exploration of spirituality between reality and imagination at Picasso Gallery, or ‘Good Vibrations’; a solo exhibition by Nadia El Tatawy at Tache Art Gallery, while Townhouse Gallery will host the video projects of local artist Ayman Ramadan.
Friday is the day for all aspiring performers in Cairo to take the stage at Darb 17 18 for the 'Up on the Roof' open-mic night. If you’d rather be in the audience than on stage, Salalem are set to play live at After Eight and DJ K-Z is on the decks at Cairo Jazz Club. If you’re feeling a bit more refined and cultured, El Ahlam Ensemble will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre, while legendary pianist and composer Omar Khairat will perform at Cairo Opera House's Main Hall. Also at the Cairo Opera House is the much-anticipated Red Bull Breaking, the Egypt qualifying breakdancing competition at the Open-Air Theatre.
Spend your Saturday at El Fan Medan at Abdeen Square Garden with a range of activities including live music by Dima, Habayebna and Salalem, as well as art exhibitions and a nifty little book fair. Alternatively, fashionistas should check out Bazarana at the Grand Hyatt for a day-long fashion and shopping experience. Music tonight comes in the shape of Fuego at After Eight and Ashara Gharby at Cairo Jazz Club, as well as the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Mohamed Wahidy Group at Cairo Opera House. Meanwhile, Mohamed Mohsen and The Band will perform oriental music at Makan. Nazra for Feminist studies will host Tunisian director Jamel Mokni for a screening of his controversial film Hymen National, as part of a program aiming to highlight social taboos in Egypt. The screening will be held at Rawabet Theatre, and is definitely worth checking out.
There you go Cairo; make the most of it!