It’s the end of the month which means pay-day – kerr-ching! And what better way to celebrate than to blow it all on the streets of Cairo. As always, there’s no shortage of things to do this weekend in the city that never sleeps.
Thursday evening marks the start of the much anticipated D-CAF (Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival). Three events will launch the two week festival, starting with the opening of Townhouse Gallery hosting ‘I’m Not There’; a so-called exhibition of absent artwork. Later in the evening, Townhouse will also host 'The Axis of the Universe Runs Through You'; a flash animation lecture from Korean-American web art group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. Falaki Theatre on the AUC campus will host ‘Sight is the Sense that Dying People Tend to Lose First'; a performance monologue.
Elsewhere, a mix of acoustic-indie-rock is the order of the night at Cairo Jazz Club with Shady Ahmed and Egoz, while Cairo favourites Salalem perform at El Sawy Culturewheel. That’s not the last of Salalem, though because they will be whisked from the stage straight to After Eight for more live music.
More music comes in the form of DJ Samba at Yasso and Definition Minimal at Melouk; a night of chilled minimalist music courtesy of DJ Aly Goede and DJ Hassan Abou Alam. For music with a little more cultural clout, Cairo Opera House will oblige with the 5th Finnish-Egyptian Musical Bridge - a rather unlikely musical collaboration. Alternatively, Sudanese singer Settouna and her 14-man band will perform at Makan.
Tonight will also be the last chance to see 'Samaa..Hos' at Jesuit Cultural Centre. The play addresses the everyday struggles of people with disabilities in Egypt.
D-CAF continues on Friday with the first in the series of street dance performances. Participants from all over the world will gather outside the Egyptian Stock Market building in Downtown Cairo. The Radio Theatre will host the first musical performance of the festival with musician Hassan Khan and punk band The Ex.
Al Azhar Park hosts more live music, as the Zaman Festival brings together Masar Egbari, Dina El Wadidi and Ana Masry. Meanwhile, DJ Misty and DJ Hafez bring their unique brand of techno-house to Cairo Jazz Club while DJ Feedo is back at Purple in Zamalek for a night of the best r&b. House-heads will also be pleased to her that DJ Fabric is at Melouk.
In a cute and adorable change of pace, the Swiss Club is hosting an Egyptian Society of Animal Friends fundraiser that hopes to shelter street cats and dogs. Live music and an auction provide the entertainment.
Last day of the weekend, last day of the month; Saturday sees D-CAF move up a gear, with no less than five separate events invading the city. The Venoisse hotel will host interactive performances GurGuru and OK OK, while 'Bussy' - a performance monologue – will be held as part of the ‘Don’t Tell Your Story’ series at Townhouse Gallery. Another unique performance is on show in the form of Quizoola! at the Goethe Institute, while a big line-up of live music takes centre stage at the Radio Theatre, including Egypt’s own NeoByrd.
In Cairo’s galleries, Thursday will be the last chance to see ‘Tank Girl’ at Gallery Misr, ‘East...West’ at Al Masar and ‘Sweeping from the Shop’ at Picasso Gallery. In their place has come new exhibitions this week, the first of which is group exhibition 'Surrealism - Present Day Cairo' at The Gallery, Le Souk. In addition, Ahmed Abd Al Karem presents his colourful new exhibition 'Hoopoe's Heart' at Picasso Art Gallery in Zamalek as well as Cairo-based visual artist Nermine Hammam’s new exhibition ‘Anachrony' at Safar Khan Gallery.
Have fun Cairo!