As we toast once more to the Egyptian national holiday calendar for the gift of three day weekends, we can’t help but feel a little anxious. With January the 25th upon us, we worry of how many more wounds might be inflicted on our sweet lady, Cairo. This weekend is a time of reflection and commemoration. But not everyone got the message.
Amici never needs an excuse for a party and this Thursday, the Zamalek cocktail specialists continue their ‘why not?’ attitude with ‘Party?' – a party, funnily enough, with DJ Simonn. Elsewhere, Y Lounge hosts a special performance by shaabi superstars, Oka and Ortega, while soul diva, Michelle Rounds, takes to the stage at Zamalek’s Jazz Mate.
More jazz comes courtesy of full-time crooner, Ahmed Harfoush, who returns to his home away from home, Saigon Restaurant & Lounge. Local talent is aplenty, as rockers Jailbirds and Beatles tribute band Glass Onion take to the stage at Cairo Jazz Club and Nagham Band perform at Sufi in Zamalek. Meanwhile, After Eight in Downtown Cairo welcomes Salalem back to the stage, while Eureka hosts another Karaoke Night.
Friday sees DJ Samba and DJ Fahmy take to the decks at Cairo Jazz Club, while DJ Feedo brings his urban sensibilities to O Bar’s R&B Night. The infamous Cairo White Club will be graced by another form of monkey, as part-time model part-time DJ, Adrienn Leval – aka DJ Baby LA – provides the music. Elsewhere on Cairo’s exciting nightlife scene, DJ Zizo entertains at Roof Bar's 'Friday Fever', while contemporary Oriental musician, Mado, performs at After Eight.
Saturday begins at Photopia, where a Photographers Open Day invites the city’s amateur snappers for a day of all things camera. Egyptian band, Wasla, make their debut performance at Cairo Jazz Club as part of a double-header which includes indie-pop songstress, Sara El Gohary, while Just Muzik launches its new weekly night at the Nile Maxim, DV8.
The local art scene in Cairo is growing by the day and this we’ve seen several new exhibitions launching this week, including group exhibition, ‘Al Mahrousa’, which is being showcased at 6 Contemporary Arts in Zamalek to commemorate the Egyptian Revolution.
You'd have to be living under a rock to be aware of this year's edition of the Cairo International Book Fair; but worry not, the Middle East's biggest literary event of he year runs till Tuesday.
One last thing; stay safe and have a good weekend, Cairo.