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Cairo Weekend Guide:Ahmed Harfoush, Peace Marches & Salalem Album Launch
Cairo Weekend Guide:Ahmed Harfoush, Peace Marches & Salalem Album Launch
Published On: 22/09/2011
Here's the best of the weekend's events.

Thursday is debut night for Deja'vu at Cairo Jazz Club with funk, soul and old r&b covers, while Ellie of London will sing everything from jazz and big band classics through to modern-day pop and dance music at the BCA in Maadi.

Puzzle Band and Gypsia Band are both performing at El Genaina Theatre, and Ana Masry are at El Sawy Culturewheel. Why not enjoy a night at Cairo Opera House with the National Arab Music Ensemble, or you could take the other end of the music spectrum with a night at Stiletto where DJ Feedo is spinning the decks.

Jennifer Cardini, a veteran DJ of the European electronic dance music circuit, will be at the French Cultural Institute, while AUC New Cairo will be greeting Hamza Namira for a special concert.

Cairo Opera House is also holding 'Backstage Musical' featuring music by jazz musician Ahmed Harfoush, as well ‘Most Famous Opera Scenes' ; a performance medley of scenes from classics such as Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia',Verdi's 'Rigoletto' and 'die Fledermause' from Johan Strauss.

New exhibitions have launched this week: ‘This is Not Graffiti’ at Townhouse Gallery explores the perception of graffiti when you take it off of the streets and relocate it in a private space. It features works from graffiti artists Keizer, Sad Panda, El Teneen and many more. ‘Echoes’ at the Photographic Gallery showcases a range of work from various Egyptian photographers who have captured the culture and history of Egypt; everything from the January 25th revolution to the country's rich Pharoanic heritage. The gallery is closed over the weekend, so it’s worth checking out tonight.

If you fancy doing something useful with your Friday morning; head over to Merryland Park in Heliopolis where Mashroo’ Al Mareekh is lending a hand to a march through streets of Cairo to demand a clean energy future for Egypt. Mashroo' Al Mareekh will host a selection of performances at the destination spot in Korba to round off the day. In a related project, MasterPeace’s week-long celebration of International Peace Day will be holding a Peace March that will start at Abdeen Square in Downtown with the same goals.

But walking is hard, and if you’d rather conserve energy for some evening frolics, you can head over to Nacelle at Stiletto for some bumping and grinding. More bumping and grinding can be found at Purple with DJ Feedo, or at Cairo jazz Club with DJ Amr Mohey.

If you’d just rather stay away from those risqué crowds all together, Syrian singer Khater Dawa will perform all kinds of Arabic songs from styles that span from Egypt to the Levant at El Sawy Culturewheel.

The Art Café in Maadi will host an exhibition of Philippe Devlay’s personal collection. The fanatical art collector will be displaying a unique collection of artworks by various artists including Fathi Afifi, Gamal El Segini, Khaled El Samahy, and Roushdi Eskandar.

Saturday is a big day for Salalem. Six years after they first imparted their music on Cairo, the group have released their first album. They will mark the occasion with a special concert at El Genaina Theatre. Other live music comes in the form of Alexandrian band Massar Egbari at Cairo Jazz Club, as well as City Band and the Amr Salah Jazz Trio both at El Sawy Culturewheel.

Saturday also marks the last of the MasterPeace events. The day will amass people to Wadi Degla Club in Maadi for Peace Day; a day of hiking, outdoor games and other activities.

If you want to unwind before returning to work, college or school on Sunday, why not check out a gallery or two? ‘On Edge' is a group exhibition that will showcase the work of artists Ahmed Askalany, Raquel Colón, Amr Fekry, Azza Mostafa and Qarm Qart at Mashrabia Gallery. Said gallery is also working with the Residence of the Delegation of the European Union in Zamalek on exhibition ‘On the Move’ which brings together the works of contemporary artists Georges Bahgory, Salah El Mur, Amr Heiba, Xavier Puigmarti and more.

There you go Cairo! Have a great weekend.



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