It's been a rough week in the capital, but nothing can hold down Cairo; the city that never sleeps! Here's the best of the weekend's events.
Thursdays always throw up some great live music, and this week award-winning jazz musician Fathy Salama and his crew Sharkiat will light up the Cairo Jazz Club stage tonight with a collection of his greatest hits and newest tracks. Georges Kazazian will be at El Sawy Culturewheel performing the White Lotus Project; is a special experimental set with the backing of Swiss and Egyptian musicians.
Speaking of experimental music, Makan will host one of the most unique musical performances Cairo has seen in a while. Dutch electronic group Waterproof experiment with 'water sounds', and actually use water in their performances. They will perform live to a backdrop of video footage of rural Fayoum. Over at Al Azhar, Alexandrian folk singer Donia Masoud will perform at El Genaina Theatre, while Georgian pianist Elena Dzamashvili will perform at Cairo Opera House.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, Sahra are back at After Eight, Darawish Abou El Gheit are at El Tanboura Hall, and the National Arab Music Ensemble will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo.
We previewed the Contemprary Dance Night at Rawabet Theater, and tonight will be the last chance you get to see this selection of original performances. Heliopolis Library will be hosting a Rap & Comedy night, which will feature rap segments and freestyles with comedy sketches.
Friday will see Georges Kazazian performing for the second night in a row; this time at El Genaina Theatre, while superstar Hamza Namira will perform in Al Azhar Park. Metal fans are in for a treat, as El Sawy Culturewheel has brought together the bands Scarab, Perversion and Bilocate for one huge night of moshing and headbanging, while Eftekasat will also be performing at El Sawy Culturehweel
Fancy a drink and a dance? Check out Salalem are at After Eight, DJ Feedo will be on the decks at Purple and DJ K-Z will be spinning tunes at Cairo Jazz Club. If that wasn’t enough, ‘Alive’ is a huge night of house music on the Temple Deck of the Nile Pharaoh Boat in Giza comes courtesy of DJ Izzy, Soopar Lox and Greek superstar DJ Dpen.
Speaking of Salalem, the band will be part of the UMF launch concert at Gezirah Youth Centre. ‘Nice to Rock You’ celebrates the launch of music website UMF and will also feature bands such as Cairokee, Simplexity, and Egoz.
Friday will also mark the start of the
seventh annual Okaz Poetry Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel. The opening day
will feature a line-up of writers participating in a poetry recital, as well as
a seminar on the impact of poetry on European literature.
Theatrics this weekend come in the form of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company’s ‘The Pyramids and the Revolution’ at Cairo Opera House, and the Egyptian Modern Dance Company’s adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.
Wind the weekend down with a chilled Saturday to the sounds of flamenco band Fuego at After Eight or Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club. Alternatively, you can head to Cairo Opera House for a concert by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
If only retail therapy will do, then Garden City’s Grand Nile Tower Hotel is where you need to be. Le Grand Bazaar will host local fashion, jewellery and interior designers as they showcase their products, and you can enter one of the competitions for a chance to walk away with great prizes.
Saturday will see the opening of 'Pulse' at the swanky Tache Gallery in Designopolis. The exhibition will showcase the works of 47 young artists. Also worth checking out is. 'Silent Conversations’ at the Saad Zaghloul Cultural Centre. The exhibition features the sculpting, photography and canvas art of four artists. Our reviewer found ‘Gamal Abd El Nasser – The Dream’ interesting to say the least, and it’s worth a peek for its seven figure pieces that are on sale.
There you go Cairo, have a great weekend; see you on the other side!