It’s that favourite time of everyone’s week, especially ours, when waking up early comes to a temporary halt and the long awaited weekend is upon us. Just because you have the luxury to stay in and bum around doesn’t mean you should, especially with what Cairo has in store.
Thursday kicks off with a great musical line up, with with something for everyone. The Riff Band will be on stage at Cairo Jazz Club, while guitar player Yasser El Manawehly is live at El Genaina Theatre only to be followed by jazz and Latin-pop favourites, Taxi Band. Salalem will make their usual appearance at After Eight and Kayan will perform their nostalgic tunes at El Sawy Culturewheel.
Beginning its weekend run, The Cairo Opera House Talents Development Centre is crowning its semester and will have a series of concerts by this year’s students, while Cairo Opera House will also be hosting a concert by the National Arab Music Ensemble.
Inspired by mythology and ancient structures, renowned artist Joshua Goode will host a lecture on his art and the approach he takes with it at Darb 17 18, while over in Zamalek, the Italian Cultural Centre will host a screening of the 2011 Italian comedy 'Nessuno mi può giudicare' which tells the story of thirty-five year old Alice who turns to the oldest profession in history to make ends meet after losing her husband.
Another screening will take place this Friday at Sufi, this time of 1988 Greek film 'Topio stin omichli' about two children, Voula and Alexandre, searching for their father who they believe lives in Germany.
The music must go on and it does with the cheeky Egyptian tunes of Wust El Balad at El Genaina Theatre and Lel We Ein fuse the old with the new at After Eight. Up-and-coming band Ahl Cairo will give a performance at El Sawy Culturewheel, while revered Egyptian composer and musician Omar Khairat will be on stage at Cairo Opera House.
Feel like Friday should be more about dancing? Then you’re in luck because DJ Amir Sharara will have nonstop uplifting groovy funk-house mixes pumping through Cairo Jazz Club and for all you whities who think they can rap, DJ Feedo will be behind the decks at O Bar.
Anyone living in Cairo will be of what a problem sexual harassment has become and Darb 17 18 has teamed up with Harassmap for the Harassment Exhibition. Another exhibition that’s set to begin its month stretch within their walls is ‘Lost Gods’ by Joshua Goode, who will give a talk about his work the night before. Reham Alaa’s exhibition at Cairo Atelier is about to end to if you haven’t stopped by already then today is one of your last chances.
Bikya's new Maadi branch celebrates a busy month with a night of comedy and music. Stand-up comedian Mohamed Shaheen opens the evening before musical duo High on Body Fat perform.The night will close with a performances from Acoustic-indie musician Hany Mustafa and the talented Farida El Geuretly.
So there you have it Cairo, it’s your weekend guide with care and love from your one and only awesome Cairo 360 team! Remember, don’t stay home; get up, get out and enjoy the city (before it’s too late).