It’s the big three-day weekend we’ve all been waiting for, and there’s no time to spare. Some Cairenes may be travelling out of the city, but they’re missing out on a fun-filled weekend in the capital.
After a well-deserved Thursday off, head over to Cairo Jazz Club and celebrate Salalem's recent release of their debut album Kelma Abee7a. Fresh off his hip-hop radio DJ gig on NileFM, DJ Feedo is back at Stiletto Lounge in Giza, where he'll be banging out more hip-hop and r&b than you can handle. On the other side of the Nile, Egyptian music trio Black Theama will bring their fun, groovy music, charismatic personalities and infectious rhythms at El Sawy Culturewheel.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the independence of Armenia, folk singer Arsen Krikorian will perform live with his band at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown, while Cairo Opera House will celebrate 6th October with a concert by the National Arab Music Ensemble. Meanwhile, the Bedouin Jerry Can Band will blow the audience away at El Tanboura Hall by playing percussions on the remains of Israeli war equipment in addition to their simsimya. Now that’s one way to interpret it...
Up on the Roof is back at Darb 17 18 on Thursday night, where you can take part or just enjoy a night of diverse performances by the city’s amateur talents.
If you like kooky modern design, the Spanish-based Injuve Creation awards have supported young and emerging designers in Egypt, and have brought some truly unique projects to an exhibition at the Gezirah Art Center. The Semiramis InterContinental is currently hosting ‘Preservation & Wildlife: The Other Side of Sinai’; an exhibition showcasing the diversity and breathtaking beauty of Sinai through the lenses of some of Egypt’s most talented young photographers.
You’ll have a hard time deciding what to do on Friday night, because DJ Carlos will be at Cairo Jazz Club with the best underground house and commercial dance tunes, while DJ Feedo will be weaving his r&b/hip-hop magic at Purple. If that wasn’t hard enough, Salalem will be blowing El Sawy's Culturewheel roof off, hopefully with tunes from their stellar new album.
If you’ve been planning to go to Art Café in Maadi to see Phillipe Devlay’s unique collection of artworks; Friday will be the last day of the exhibition, which closes at 8PM. Alternatively, ‘Field Statements: Images From Tahrir Square’ is a new exhibition that presents the works and viewpoints of artists who experienced the January 25th revolution and interpreted it into art.
Saturday might signal the end of the weekend, but that doesn’t mean that Cairo will slow down. Live music is provided by salsa and flamenco connoisseurs Fuego, who will play at El Sawy Culturewheel, and Foo2 2el Soto7 who will fuse jazz harmonies with Latin, funk and Arabian grooves at Cairo Jazz Club.
You can also head to Wikalet El Ghouri in the heart of El Hussein to enjoy a night of spiritual music combined with traditional dance performed by El Tannoura Dance Group. Take advantage of being in that great location and have a walk around El Hussein to Zeinab El Khatoun courtyard for shisha and tea while listening to the occasional live oud concert.
Mashrabia Gallery will host the launch party of new book Cairo-Lucerna-Coira. This unique art book is a result of an exchange of postcards and poetry between friends in Cairo, Lucerna and Coira. In addition, Cairo-born Armenian Georges Kazazian will perform at the gallery.
If you want to wind down the weekend with a bit of culture, you can visit one of the many exhibitions being held, including 'Path of Hope'; a group exhibition by two Egyptian artists living abroad who have reacted to the events of the January 25th revolution through their craft.
And that’s it, Cairo! Hope you soak up the sun and enjoy this relaxing long weekend!