The weather is finally warming up and its time to take full advantage of your weekends with the countless cultural, shopping and of course, music events that Cairo has in store for you.
The French Institute in Mounira hosts another day of the Kiosk of French Booksellers Festival this Thursday. Students from local French schools go head to head in a general knowledge quiz and after, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the ‘Women of Cairo’ seminar will be held. Later in the day be sure to catch the screening of ‘Et maintenant on va où’. The Indian Film Festival at El Sawy Culturewheel in Zamalek finishes its three-day run with the screening of the film ‘Paa’.
Music is never far from reach in this city, and this weekend has DJ Fabric playing at Melouk while DJ Feedo spins his tracks at Stiletto. At After Eight in Downtown Cairo, popular local band Salalem plays their indie-funk tunes. For more culturally driven musical performances catch oud player Moustafa El Haj in Sufi in Zamalek or be drawn into a world of song and poetry with the the Bedouin Jerry Band at Tanboura Hall. Saudi singer Hatem Fahmy shares his musical talents with a show at El Sawy Culturewheel.
With International Women’s Day this weekend, go and share your voice at the Open Mic at Makan that set the theme to empowering women. El Sawy Culturewheel will also celebrate the day with activities such as yoga, zumba, self-defense as well as seminars with speakers from Harassmap and the Breast Cancer Foundation.
On Friday the Kiosk of French Booksellers Festival continues with story time for children followed by a great opportunity to learn something fun and interesting; comic book drawing!
The Percussion Show will take to the streets of Maadi with a lively group performance that is sure to entertain and inspire. In one of the musical events of the year the Biggest Bands Music Festival at El Orouba Garden in Nasr City include performances by Massar Egbari, Salalem, Dina El Wadidi, Asphalt, Taxi, City Band and Black Theama.
If you feel like dancing, no one can stop you with options like DJ Bika at the Cairo Jazz Club, DJ Fabric, who plays for a second night at Melouk, and DJ Feedo spreading his urban groove at Purple. This week Yasso Lounge and Nacelle host DJ Ahmed Deeb and DJ Nitrane for a night of pure house music.
The Kiosk of French Booksellers Festival comes to an end on Saturday and opens its media library doors to the public to take full advantage of. There will also be a variety of workshops to take part in, such as comic drawing and poetry interpretation.
Mohamed Fathy, or Shank, shares his artistic talents with a unique one-time show of art, vision and improvisation at the Tache Art Gallery as he performs a live painting performance. The music scene never slows down and on the last day of the weekend Metal Blast celebrates its one-year anniversary with a full-fledged concert filled with great metal band performances at El Sawy Culturewheel. At the same venue, catch Gazaga’s traditional Egyptian sounds with a 21st century twist. For more oriental music, Cairo Jazz Club hosts Basheer for a night of modern folkloric beats.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is a great chance to hold bazaars and Cairo is taking full advantage. The Mom Bazaar at the First Mall offers sales, raffles and plenty of surprises, while Mingle Magazine hosts its own version at the Intercontinental Citystars with tables filled with handmade products, skincare products, home accessories and more. At the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel the ‘Made in Egypt’ charity bazaar includes over 100 Egyptian designers and their products, with donations going to the Children Kidney Transplantation Unit in Abu El Rish.
So there you go Cairo, enjoy your weekend!