Rejoice; the curfew is no more, and we no longer have to suffer the Cinderella-style rush home. Go forth readers! Go forth and reclaim the streets! But first, here’s the best of this weekend’s events.
This Thursday, celebrate with some rai music at After Eight as Sa7ara take the stage. Singer-songwriter Hany Mostafa has been turning heads for the last year or so with his solo work, and he will perform an early show at Cairo Jazz Club tonight, followed by Bluenotes. Alternatively, catch some traditional Arabic music with the National Arab Music Ensemble at El Gomhouria Theatre, or NubaNoor at El Tanboura Hall.
No Time For Art is a unique interactive theatre performance that honours the martyrs of the revolution and criticizes army and police brutality against civilians, and is well worth a look, while tonight is the last chance to catch the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre’s Egyptian Centennial Dance performance at Cairo Opera House. The Tahrir Monologues are back, so head over to Cairo Opera House and immerse yourself in the spirit of January 25th.
For a lighter take on the revolution, take a peek at the 'Qarm Qart' exhibition over at Mashrabia Gallery, and enjoy a satirical interpretation of Muabarak’s reign. Speaking of peculiar exhibitions, Townhouse Gallery is hosting the interesting poster project ‘Success and Uncertainty’. Musicians and tech-freaks should check out the CABLE exhibition’s last day at El Sawy Culturewheel. The exhibition features representatives from all the major audio visual brand agents and outlets in Egypt, and is a meeting point of artists and the audio-visual industry.
Time waits for no man, and Friday is a day not to be wasted. Salalem get better every time they perform, and are back at After Eight. Contemporary Egyptian rock bands Taxi Band & Alexandria's Station Band will give a joint performance at El Genaina Theatre, while Cairo Jazz Club will host veteran DJ Amir Shahara for a night of house funk. Arabic songstress Reham Abdel Hakim will perform at El Sawy Culturewheel, while the Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble will perform at Cairo Opera House.
Cairenes can attend World Refugee Day at El Sawy Culturewheel, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. El Sawy Culturewheel will also host two noteworthy seminars; the Egyptian Back to Nature Association seminar with Ossama Aboul Souod and ‘Wheat is the Spike of Life’ with Dr. Magdy Badran.
The fact that we all have work early the next day should not mean you should hold back on Saturday. And how could you with Station Band at Cairo Jazz Club, Fuego at After Eight, and Nomades International at El Sawy Culturewheel? If you’re looking for something relaxing to wind down the end of the weekend to, look no further than the Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House. Then again, you may want to end it on a note of drama with the thespians of Monodrama Night at El Sawy Culturewheel.
Italian photographer Nicolò Tassoni Estense has a selection of his work showing at Cairo Opera House's El Bab Gallery till Monday, and is worth checking out for his classic approach to documenting modern Egypt. El Sawy Culturewheel will host another couple of seminars today, in which ‘The Future of Egypt after January 25th' will immediately follow Dr. Fatma El Shennawy’s 'Parenting in a Time of Revolution' seminar.
There you go Cairo; you shouldn’t have a minute to spare. Have fun!