There’s no better day to celebrate than on a Thursday, and Cairo Jazz Club will host Screwdriver’s anniversary bash, where guests have been asked to dress up in bee'a costumes. Meanwhile, it’s house night at Purple in Zamalek, while Nacelle: Disco Strikes Back is sure to get you dancing all night long at Yasso Lounge in Giza; just make sure you break out the sequins and the disco gear.
If that’s not your cup of tea, traditional Egyptian music comes courtesy of the Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arab Music at Cairo Opera House, El Tanboura will bring ethnic back to El Tanboura Hall. For a different type of Egyptian music altogether, 'Out of the Picture' is a special music program at El Genaina Theatre that will host some of the most popular young shaabi musicians in Cairo. The first in this series of shows will see DJ Amr Haha accompanied by the popular stars Figo, Alaa' Fifty.
As they embark on a mini-tour of the Middle East, Italian acapella group Mezzotono will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre tonight, while the Up On The Roof open-mic night is back at Darb 17 18 for a night of amateur talent.
St. John’s Church in Maadi will host ‘The Eternal Eye’, an exhibition that showcases Coptic icons created by Magdy William. It opens tonight. There are plenty of other art exhibitions to keep you busy, including Pulse at the Tache Art Gallery, Greek artist Yorgos Papageorgiou’s exhibition at Mashrabia Gallery and Rabab Taha’s ‘See Life in Colours’ exhibition at Cairo Atelier. Check out our review of Paul Beanti’s abstract exhibition at Art Corner in Zamalek.
Friday is another big night of music as Michelle Rounds will bring her smooth, rich vocals to the Kempinki Nile Hotel's Jazz Bar. DJ Amir Sharara and the Digital Monkeys will take over Cairo Jazz Club with some heavy electric mixes accompanied by tribal percussion beats, while DJ Feedo will reel off the hottest r&b and hip-hop tracks at Purple.The Sakia Rock festival continues at El Saw Culturewheel with Rock Python, Forest, The Chicken Came First and The Jokers, while Bikya Book Café in Nasr City will welcome Aya Metwalli for a chilled out acoustic session.
If you’re in the mood for some classical music, the Alexandria Opera Ensemble will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown.
For something completely different, a Q&A and booksigning event will take place at Diwan Bookstore in Zamalek to celebrate the release of ‘Arabic Graffiti’. The book has brought together the work of writers, artists, typographers and graffiti artists.
Saturday will have shoppers drooling, because there are three – yes three – shopping bazaars taking place across the capital. Check out the latest fashion trends, coolest home accessories and flashiest jewellery at the Maneira open house bazaar at the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers, the Bazarna Eid shopping event at Le Pacha 1901 in Zamalek and the ‘Aid to Artisans’ Fall Bazaar at Intercontinental Cairo Citystars.
We’re also excited about El Dor El Awal’s gig at Cairo Jazz Club with their unique rich blend of oriental music and jazz and unorthodox line-up. The Sakia Rock Festival goes from strength to strength with another quadruple bill of acts: Baraka, Circle, F.I and Raindogs will be let loose on El Sawy's stage.
Cairo Opera House will host three concerts that even the most opinionated of music fans will find hard to choose between. Georgian pianist Elena Dzamashvili, oud player and violinist Abo Dagher and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will all perform.
The ‘Gamal Abd El Nasser – The Dream’ exhibition at Picasso Gallery is in its last few days, and this weekend might be the last chance that you get to see the outrageously priced paintings of the former Egyptian president.
There you go Cairo; enjoy your weekend!