It’s the first weekend of 2012 and as always, Cairo is alive with live music, parties, cultural events and a whole lot more. The festive season just won’t end (we’re not complaining) and Saturday will see Egyptians all over the city celebrating Coptic Christmas; not a bad way to usher in the New Year.
Oh how we love Thursdays! Cairo Jazz Club is primed for the weekend as they welcome Musical comedians High on Body Fat and The Beatles cover band Glass Onion. Over in 6th of October City, the MUST Opera House will host the hugely popular Basata Band, who’ll play their unique and timeless Egyptian songs.
The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble is a must-see for the classically trained ear, or for those looking for something more traditional. The group's continued efforts to keep classical Egyptian music is on show at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo. If you fancy being a little more musically adventurous, then head to El Tanboura Hall for a unique night of mystical Sudanese and Nubian rhythms at one of Rango's unique live performances.
Celebrating Om Kolthoum's life and love, the Sakia Puppet Theatre will revive the best of the legendary singer's work through the magic of puppetry at El Sawy Culturewheel. Down the hall at El Sawy, the hopeful and the hopeless will be on stage, as everyone who thinks they can carry a tune will strut their stuff at a talent show.
Things pick up on Friday as DJ Masters at Funk will occupy the Cairo Jazz Club stage for a night of dance-inducing music, while Nacelle’s Friday Night House Sessions at Yasso Lounge in Giza continues its impressive line-ups with live oriental house practitioners Soopar Lox and DJ Aly B.
Budding artists should check out the Sakia art market at El Sawy. Held every first Friday of the month, the event is a decent place for young artists to showcase their work and maybe make a little bit of money while they're at it.
Saturday is Coptic Christmas, and Amici in Zamalek will lead the way with Amici Christmas Fever. The 300LE ticket endows you with an open cocktail bar and DJ Fiko on the decks. Meanwhile, Alexandrain band Massar Egbari will kick off what should be a big year for them with a performance at Cairo Jazz Club.
As the latest addition to Zamalek’s club scene, big things are expected of Opium, and the much-hyped club will host DJ Ramy and his mix of funk, disco, 90's pop and house. If that’s not your scene, then just around the corner at Cairo Opera House, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra will be out in full force for their weekly performance.
Cairo’s diverse and eclectic art scene has turned out another new exhibition this week. Ayman El Semary, who has represented Egypt at many a biennale around the world, has a collection of his work showcased at the Kempinski Hotel’s Chocolate Lounge as part of a continuing collaboration with Zamalek Art Gallery. Elsewhere, this weekend will be the last chance you can see ‘Hydrarchy’ at Contemporary Image Collective, which ends on Saturday. You might also want to catch ‘Collage: 100 Years On’ at the Gallery in Zamalek which ends on Sunday and ‘Identities' at Mashrabia Gallery, which ends on Thursday 12th.
There you go Cairo, have fun!