We’re in the midst of June and the summer heat seems to be seeping into the weekend because events are aplenty, so don’t be a sour puss if you can't escape to the sea, because Cairo is where the happenings are at.
Make your Thursday a musical one because the choices are too good to pass up. Egyptian rappers Aly Talibab & Deeb will give a performance at El Genaina Theatre in the scenic Al Azhar Park, while over at Bikya Maadi, Buzzz will entertain crowds with timeless covers and they will be followed by Double Barrel’s acoustic tunes. Cairo Jazz Club welcomes Hany Mustafa on their stage, followed by old school band Crash Boom Bang. Since it’s Thursday, you can always catch Salalem at their weekly performance at After Eight.
For a cultural start to the weekeend, there’s a lot of great events. Rawabet Theatre sees the closing night of ‘Life as a Party’, a play about a group of friends who uncover things about each other during a party. 13 Dash showcases work in graphic, product and media design fields at Bikya Maadi, while Alaa El Aswany and Marco Belpoliti will discuss Egyptian literature at the Italian Cultural Centre, where a screening of Rocco Papaleo’s ‘Basilicata Coast to Coast’ will also take place. Another screening will be held at Cairo Opera House of Spanish drama ‘Salvador Puig Antich’ about the execution of the anarchist in the 1960s.
Cairo Opera House has more to offer with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in concert, while El Sawy Culturewheel hosts a concert of Abdel Halim Hafez’s puppet in the Wisdom Hall and El Sakia String Orchestra in the River Hall.
On Friday, catch DJ MMohasseb at Cairo Jazz Club for some quality nu-disco tunes and if you missed DJ Feedo the night before, have no fear, he’s back again and this time it’s at O Bar. For a laid back evening, Ahmed Nazmi Trio will deliver some oriental jazz at El Genaina Theatre and the mixers of the old and the new, Lel We Ein, will be heading the stage at After Eight.
If you’re in the mood for a film, both ‘The Secret of Santa Victoria’ at Sufi and ‘El Lobo’ at Cairo Opera House are solid options. Telling the stories of the fall of the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini and a true story of Mikel Lejarza, the Spanish secret service agent, respectively; they make for interesting and relevant viewing.
Saturday picks up some heat again as No Comment bring their fantastical shaabi music to After Eight while Salalem make a second weekend appearance, this time on the Cairo Jazz Club stage. Meanwhile, El Sawy Culturewheel hosts another edition of Rock Nation, this time paying tribute to the golden oldies of rock in the River Hall.
Delayed one week, Paintbeat: Bongoz Drum Circle will have you drumming and painting to your heart’s content at 10 Mohamed Bassiouny gallery, while El Ghouri Tannoura Dance Group will give one of their special performances at Wikalet El Ghouri.
Fresh on the art scene is new word and photo exhibition ‘Sit Down. I Tell You a Story’. Mauro L'Abate and Consuelo Costa take chairs, add a story and transform them into something new in our minds.
We know, we know - it’s hot. But that’s no excuse not to make use of the great events offered to you in what continues to be one of the most exciting, and sometimes baffling, cities in the world. So get up and get out!