As you settle down to plan out how best to spend your three day weekend, allow us to offer a few suggestions:
This Thursday evening, catch a cool breeze on the Nile at the Cairo Expats Yacht Party, on board the SS Solitaire Boat. Be sure to show up by 00:30 or you will get left behind! Alternatively, you could head on over to Sherif Bayoumi Palace for the Cairo Nights White Festival, where the dress code is all white and the party continues until 4AM. If you’re in Downtown Cairo, you can catch a screening of Indian film ‘Om Shanti Om’ at the Maulana Azad Center for Indian Culture, or a live performance by Sudanese band Rango at El Tanboura Hall.
Take advantage of the cool evening by catching a concert by Amira Ahmed and Raouf El Ganainy at Cairo’s Citadel as part of the Citadel Music Festival. Nearby at Al Azhar Park’s El Genaina Theatre, you can catch local band Basata performing live. Failing any of these, for a good night you can always depend on Sa7ra’s performance at after Eight, Darb 1718’s Up on the Roof open-mic night, Ashara Gharby at Cairo Jazz Club, or the High Heels Party at Nile Holding Club, where ladies get in free, and the 80LE entrance fee for men gets you one free drink as well.
Friday offers a couple of potentially classier entertainment options than Thursday, with the Cairo Opera House hosting Tenor Sobhi Bedeir in the Open Air Theatre, and harpist Yasmine El Harby entertaining audiences at El Sawy Culturewheel. For a more unique sound catch Yorka’s mix of Andalusian, Algerian and Spanish music at the Genaina Theatre. The Citadel Music festival continues this evening with the Konouz Ensemble and Mohamed Sawah. Back in the clubs you’ll find DJ Amir Sharara at Cairo Jazz Club and Salalem with their weekly gig at After Eight. Eskenderella will perform in El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall after the monthly ‘Work is Worship’ seminar in Word Hall 1.
Saturday boasts some of the most unique events we’ve seen in a while, the most anticipated of which is El Sawy Culturewheel’s Human Statue Competition. That’s right. Participants will compete for the honour and glory (and prizes) that come with being the most diligent and creative ‘standers’. We highly recommend this one. Another creative venture that will be shown off today is the sixth instalment of the Street Music Revolution; a group of musicians who have decided to make the street their venue as they play music that celebrates the new Egypt wherever they see fit.
Speaking of live music, the Citadel Music Festival will feature the Golden Strings Band, Mamoun El Meligy and Manal against the beautiful backdrop of the Cairo Citadel. Nubian musicians the Baraweez Ensemble will perform at the Cairo Opera House’s Open Air Theatre and Ahmed El Haggaar & The Band will be at El Sawy Culturewheel. If you’d like a drink with your live music, you can catch Fuego at After Eight, and Beshir at Cairo Jazz Club.
As Sunday is a national holiday, you’ll probably be relaxing by a pool or the sea, or hiding from the Cairo heat in one of its many cool cafés. For evening entertainment, keep in mind violinist Rasha Yehia performing Arabic classical music with an ensemble at the Cairo Opera House, and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and others performing at the Citadel Music Festival at the Cairo Citadel.
As with previous weeks, don’t forget the continuing art exhibitions taking place around Cairo, including the Khaled Sorour Exhibition at the Zamalek Art Gallery/Kempinski Nile Hotel, 'To Egypt with Love II' at the Safar Khan Art Gallery, the ‘Maspero’ Exhibition at Darb 1718,‘The Contemporaries’ at Tache Art Gallery, and the ‘Contemporary Views IV’ exhibition at Al Masar Gallery.
Good luck choosing from all these amazing events, have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!