What a year it’s been so far! As we edge closer to the first anniversary of the January 25th revolution, we can’t help but feel that Cairo is back and better than ever. Just look at the huge amount of concerts, parties and exhibitions that are continuing to invade Cairo. We’re not complaining; we just wish the weekend was longer!
Thursday starts with a bang as TV presenter and comedian Bassem Youssef presents the Chipsy Comedy Night at the Intercontinental Citystars Hotel. Expect to see comedians Mo Amer, Peter Zarif and many more for a night of unadulterated stand-up hilarity.
Live music comes in the way of world music courtesy of the Ahmed Nazmi Duo and blues band Blue Mojo at Cairo Jazz Club, as well as Salalem at After Eight in Downtown Cairo. Elsewhere, Egyptian Band Eskenderella will fuse poetry and music at El Sawy Culturewheel, while the Middle East’s jazz pioneer Yehia Khalil will perform at Cairo Opera House and British singer Ellie of London returns for a performance at the BCA Maadi. Also, r&b fans rejoice; DJ Feedo will return to Stiletto for a night of urban music.
Fans of traditional Egyptian music might enjoy the National Arab Music Ensemble at Cairo Opera House and the string musicians of Awtar Band at Downtown’s El Gomhouria Theatre, or better yet, the unique Zar music of the Abou El Gheit Dervishes at El Tanboura Hall.
The Masry Asly Film Festival kicks off at the Italian Culture Centre in Zamalek tonight, and the opening ceremony will be followed by a screening of the influential documentary Tahrir: The Good, the Bad and the Politician. The festival will continue until Sunday 22nd.
Also launching tonight is 18 Days in Egypt; a new website that lets users upload and share their accounts of the revolution in a range of different ways. The launch at the Goethe Institute in Downtown Cairo will introduce the concept of the site before presenting performances by DJ Ramy, MC Amin, Ramy Essam and Arabian Knightz.
Clubbers will have a hard time choosing their Friday night out, as DJ Ali El Awadi takes over Cairo Jazz Club with a night of house music, and DJ Feedo plays the best r&b hits at Purple in Zamalek. Meanwhile, Nacelle House Sessions returns with DJ Tito and special guest Crazy P manning the decks at Yasso Lounge in Giza.
Options are plentiful if you prefer a relaxing night, as Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma and singer Ayaat Farooq will perform at Cairo Opera House, while another Iraqi oud player Farid El Bably will perform at El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo.
Elsewhere, Townhouse Gallery hosts the launch of the fifth edition of the popular Tok Tok comic book, while the Masry Asly Film Festival continues with screenings of seven of the fourteen films which are competing for the festival's golden and silver prizes.
Stiletto will wind down the weekend with ladies’night and DJ Feedo on Saturday, while Nubian singer Beshir returns to Cairo Jazz Club. Other live music comes in the shape of Ellie of London at Cairo Rumours in Mohandiseen, as well as Bahia Band at Bikya in Nasr City and singer Johnny; two acts whose popularity skyrocketed in Tahrir Square during the January 25th revolution.
Elsewhere, Cairo Opera House continues its live opera screenings from the met in New York with The Enchanted Island and will also host 300 musicians for a night celebrating the anniversary of the January 25th revolution. The Masry Asly film festival will screen more short films and documentaries, while El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown Cairo will start a four-day run of the classic play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Several new exhibitions have opened this week around Cairo including ‘From Homeland to Heaven’ at Picasso Gallery in Zamalek by acclaimed painter Samir Fouad and ‘The Walls of the Hunters’ at Amir Taz Palace by Shady Youssef. Both are revolution themed, and are bound to hit a chord in the lead up to January 25th. Also worth a visit is group exhibition ‘Cairo Documenta 2’ at the Viennoise Hotel and Georges Fikry Ibrahim’s ‘Scenes' at Zamalek Art Gallery.
There you go Cairo, have a great weekend!