Spring is well underway and though Sham El Nessim is just on the horizon, we still have one more weekend to go in Cairo and the city, as always, has a lot of great events to offer.
The Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) continues this Thursday with Lebanese visual artists, Munma and Engram presenting their show ‘Aegri Somnia’ at the Radio Theatre, followed by DJs Sosta and Shaawaza shaabi music and dance performance. The festival will also have the screening of ‘The Lost Film’ at Townhouse Gallery and a visual theatre performance of ‘If I weren’t Egyptian’ at Falaki Theatre. OK OK and GuruGuru will be at the Viennoise Space while ‘I’m Not There’ is showing at Townhouse Gallery.
Another exciting event this weekend is Hallucinate ft Illuminate show at the Mövenpick in Haram. Gaining popularity on America’s Got Talent, the group are sure to lighten up the city with their eye catching performance. Damascus based Pressure Pot will be playing their progressive rock matched with Arabic lyrics at CJC, while Salalem will entertain with their funky sounds at After Eight.
Get your dancing shoes on and head to Dance Relief at Le Passage Hotel, which will feature DJs Toyboys and Misty + Hafez spinning to the crowd from an inflatable dome. Yasso is still the place to be with DJ Mokay bringing down the house; house music and r&b are taking it head to head at Stilleto, with different DJs playing tracks from their chosen genre.
If you prefer to have a more cultural end to the week; conducted by Nayer Nagui, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake will be showing at the Cairo Opera House, where Aya Shalaby will also be performing. El Mesa7a Art and Culture Center celebrates Indian Day with films, food, music and bazaars.
On Friday, Jazz legend Fathy Salama will play at the Radio Theatre as part of D-CAF, while Egyptian band Lel We Ein will fuse the old and the new at After Eight. El Sawy Culturewheel has another edition of Metal Blast with Wyvern, Karma and Blaak Yun taking to the stage as well as a concert by eclectic band Foo2 2el Soto7.
The Cairo Opera House is bringing you the Cairo Symphony Orchestra for a mix of classical music and Raw’a El Nagham for some Arabic music. ‘Opera Manon’, shot using state of the art technology, will be screened in HD.
For some shopping, the Glamour Bazaar is offering cool trinkets, clothing and accessories; a special Muppet show will be available for the little ones. Le Passage Hotel hosts the 5th Annual What Women Want... fundraiser where all proceeds will go to orphans with special needs. Nūn Center in Zamalek continues to champion healthy eating with another Farmer's Market.
Art is all around this weekend with ongoing exhibitions by Iraqi artist Anas Al Alousi at the Chocolate Lounge; ‘Anachrony’ by Nermine Hammam continues running at Safar Khan Gallery; as well as ‘Hoopoe’s Heart’ by Ahmed Abd Al Karem at Picasso Art Gallery; ‘The True Story of Mohannad’s Death’ by Ahmed Sabry at Mashrabia Gallery; and finally ‘Paris’ by Farghali Abdel Hafez at Zamalek Art Gallery.
Get out of the house and enjoy the fantastic weather and endlessly engaging events that Cairo has to offer!