It’s been a tumultuous week; one that has understandably stalled the city. We’ve said before though, and we’ll say it again; you can’t keep Cairo down! Feast your eyes on this weekend biggest events.
Thursday night has has served up a treat for Cairenes, starting with Fathy Salama and his group Sharkiat, as they deliver a smooth acoustic, jazz-infused night at Cairo Jazz Club.
Clubbers are in for a good night as some of best DJs are out to play. We’re excited about French DJ and producer Chloé, whose minimalist electronic house music goes hand-in-hand with the music of chicken-head-wearing NeoByrd. Both will perform tonight at the French Institute in Mounira.
The Nile will be noisier than usual as DJ duo Nadzie and Maykoul perform at Yasso Lounge in Giza. Across the other side of the river in Zamalek, DJ Tony’s commercial house and hip-hop will light up Opium.
In a change of pace, influential author Alaa El Aswany will host a seminar discussing post-revolution Egypt at El Sawy Culturewheel- one of the few events that the Zamalek venue hasn’t cancelled this week.
If you think that’s an impressive line-up, then Friday holds more than a few surprises, starting with Nacelle at Yasso Lounge, whose special guest this week is DJ and singer extraordinaire Ashibah. Meanwhile, the one and only DJ Aly B is at Cairo Jazz Club for a night of tech-house tunes, while Zamalek is holding its own with DJ Feedo at Purple and a Arabish House Mafia at Opium where partygoers can enjoy the cream of Arabic music from the last twenty years.
In Downtown Cairo, DJ Meto will get the party started at After Eight, while El Sawy Culturewheel will host a performance by popular Egyptian singer Akmal and the latest in a line of Al Jazeera documentary screenings.
Saturday will definitely be the day for recuperation and a night of smooth rai music from the brilliant Sahara may do the trick at Cairo Jazz Club. Elsewhere, Arthropologie in Zamalek will screen Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 silent film The Kid. Alternatively, why not head over to Wikalet El Ghouri in El Hussein for some magical music combined with traditional dance performed by El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group.
As always, there’s plenty of interesting art exhibitions around the city, including ‘Politica’ by Ahmed Kassim at Safar Khan Gallery in Zamalek. Our reviewer was impressed with Kassim’s humerous and ballsy critique of government. Similar themes are echoed in ‘Bahgory on Revolution’ at Al Masar Gallery- also in Zamalek. Over in New Cairo, Nashwa Art Store hosts Shaimaa Aziz’s newest collection ‘Special Characters’.
There you go Cairo! Stay safe and have a great weekend.