As we move deeper and deeper into the harsh, unforgiving winter, the weather is becoming bitterly cold. That’s no excuse to stay in; though! We all love a good duvet-day every now and again, but there’s just too much going on in the Cairo - the city that literally never sleeps!
It’s shaping up to be a pretty big Thursday, none more so than at Cairo Jazz Club, where acoustic-indie maestro Hany Mustafa will perform before the always vibrant Wust El Balad. Live music will also come in the way of American alternative hip-hop group Legacy's gig at Rawabet Theatre in Downtown Cairo. Egyptian group Leil We Ein are a band to watch out for; their oriental and blues fusion will be on show at El Sawy Culturewheel.
Speaking of interesting (and quirky), Chicago-based artist and writer Nick Briz will Skype into the Townhouse library tonight to discuss various issues related to glitch art with the audience.
Cairo Opera House is back in full swing with a host of events tonight, the highlight of which is the Cairo Opera Ballet Company’s performance. Back over in Downtown, the effervescent NubaNoor will perform their mesmerising Nubian songs at El Tamboura Hall, while clubbers won’t want to miss DJ Feedo’s hip-hop and r&b mixes at Stiletto’s re-opening.
If you can’t make it to Stiletto, then there’s always Friday at Purple on the Imperial Boat in Zamalek, where DJ Feedo will spin his urban beats once again. Across the other side of the Nile, Yasso Lounge will host Nacelle’s Friday Night House Sessions, with DJs Aly B and Tito taking charge of the decks.
Elsewhere, Salalem will perform at Bikya in Nasr City, and will host a little Q&A where fans can get a little closer to the band. Over at El Sawy Culturewheel, the performance artist Mido Zoheir will perform ‘Azraa'; a one-man show of music and poetry that is garnering great acclaim already.
If you haven’t got an advent calendar or started putting your Christmas tree up, then the Christmas and New Year Bazaar at the Intercontinental Cairo Citystars may well be the thing to get you in the spirit! There’s also the Designopolis Christmas Festival to look forward to.
Down at that end of the woods, Tache Art Gallery will host the launch part for the book Siwa: Legends and Lifestyles in the Egyptian Sahara, a photographic memoir and coffee table book that celebrates Egypt’s beauty, culture and heritage.
Wind down the weekend with a chilled out Saturday at Cairo Jazz Club to the sounds of Tony Kaldas with his unique and contemporary covers of classic Arabic songs. Alternatively, you can head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group, or enjoy one of the week’s many new exhibitions.
Aymen Taher’s underwater-influenced paintings are on show at Gezirah Art Centre, Gamal Meleka’s dynamic impressionistic work can be seen in a month-long showing at Safar Khan Gallery in Zamalek, while ‘Portraits’ is an exhibition of famous faces sculpted in bronze by Ahmed Askalany.
Also worth a look is ‘The Nile and the Alps’ exhibition at Cairo Opera House. Adel El Basiouny's work reflects his ideas and impressions over the course of his residence between Switzerland and Egypt during the past two years, and the contrast of his life experiences in those two places.
There you go Cairo! Wrap up warm, and have fun!