The darkness is descending over Cairo earlier and earlier in the day, but that only means that Cairenes can come out to play earlier. As always, the city is heaving with things to do.
There’s lots of music this Thursday night, with RashRadio and NeoByrd’s gig at El Genaina Theatre being particularly exciting. Arabic-reggae group Meshwar Band are playing at El Sawy Culturewheel, Talta Talet will perform in Downtown's Rawabet Theatre, while fun-loving band Screwdriver are back at the Cairo Jazz Club for a high-energy gig. If you don't mind a packed, smokey room of happy people; head over to After Eight tonight to enjoy the funky grooves of Salalem.
DJ Feedo and Tony are joining forces to share the DJ decks at Stiletto Lounge in Giza, but if you fancy something you can wind down to, the legendary composer Omar Khairat will lead the closing concert for the Mesk El Lil festival at the French Cultural Centre. Alternatively, you can enjoy a night of traditional oriental music in El Sawy Culturewheel with Belal El Sheikh or a night of simsimeya and damma music with El Tanboura.
Mashroo' Al Mareekh is back and the best amateur talents can try their luck on stage at Makan. If you’re thinking of going to Darb 17 18 this weekend, catch the screening of the documentary Cultures of Resistance (2010), which explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.
'Memory Maps - Art-mazement' at Cairo Opera House’s Palace of Arts is a unique Austrian-Egyptian art exhibition of more than 1000 pieces created by using maps of various cities as canvases. There are also four simultaneous exhibitions at Gezirah Art Centre that are worth your time, including Sahar Dorgham’s project ‘Figures’, Nahla Qenawy's fusion of art and jewellery, Mahmoud Hamdi’s photography and mono-print work, and the latest work of sculptor Nathan Doss.
On Friday, international organisation MasterPeace will begin its week-long series of events called 'Cairo, the Peace Village'. Today's event is an arts festival in Mohandiseen, and you can check out our feature on the week’s events for more information.
Back 2 Back at Cairo Jazz Club will host DJs Masters at Funk, DJ Mish and DJ Slim for an eclectic mix of fun beats and infectious rhythms, while Cairo Expats will hold a rooftop party above Borsa Café. in Downtown.
Nacelle nights are back, and for the month of September, the parties will be hosted at Stiletto every Friday. For a bit of fun, make your way to Bikya in Nasr City where musical comedy group High on Body Fat will perform their witty pop covers.
The Sakkia puppet theatre are reuniting Paul, George, John and Ringo through the magic of puppetry in this charming Beatles puppet show at El Sawy Culturewheel, while Miami Theatre in Downtown presents a performance of Hekayat 19; a variety show that takes a unique look at Egypt's leaders over the years through small plays, musical numbers and sketches.
An exhibition by award-winning Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is being held at Cairo Atelier. Ferzat's internationally recognised animated political-satire is definitely worth checking out for its timeless humour and relevance.
Saturday is a big night for music as Beshir and his band of talented musicians will deliver an evening of live quality music at Cairo Jazz Club, while Sahra's rai music is bound to guarantee a great night at El Sawy Culturewheel in Zamalek. If that wasn’t enough, jazz musician Ahmed Harfoush will perform at Five Bells, also in Zamalek.
Over at Cairo Opera House, Special guest conductor Hirofumi Yoshida from Japan will join the Cairo Symphony orchestra for a special concert of classical music.
The end of Ramadan signalled the end of political satire show El Bernameg, but its ultra-charismatic presenter Bassem Youssef is still very much at large, and he will be at El Sawy Culturewheel tonight. Youssef isn’t the only celebrity at El Sawy today; Dr. Moataz Adbel Fattah will host a seminar featuring influential television preacher Amr Khaled and actor Mohamed Sobhi.
Egyptologist and author Bassem El Shammaa will give a lecture on his work in exploring Egypt's long and varied history, also at El Sawy Culturewheel. If that interests you, we recommend that you stick around for ‘What Egyptians Want’; a seminar hosted by the Egyptian Association for Heritage Preservation.
Finally, head over to the Intercontinental Cairo Citystars for a day of shopping at the Mingle Bazaar. The bazaar will feature popular local brands and designers ranging from Nihal Basha to Dina Cantina with great giveaways from WeWood, Ladybird Magazine and the Giftery.
There you go Cairo, enjoy!