It’s been a tough week for Egypt; the type that makes everything else seem so trivial, so frivolous. But Cairo is anything but boring and this weekend sees the country’s most talented put it all out there.
We begin Thursday with the Nile Project’s long awaited Cairo concert, which will be held at Al Azhar Park. The Nile Project’s aim is to raise awareness of the complexities of Nile Basin conflicts and provide a platform for dialogue. Tonight’s free concert brings together eighteen musicians from the effected countries together for an eclectic and unique performance.
Elsewhere, Jesuits Cultural Centre is hosting the launch of ‘El Faggala Stories’; a book that has assembled stories and anecdotes from Downtown Cairo’s El Faggala area – a neighbourhood that has historically been a centre for the Coptic Christian Church. The evening will include a screening of a short documentary film and a photography exhibition about the neighbourhood and its inhabitants.
As always, Cairo’s eclectic nightlife scene is full of options to waste the weekend away to. 4 the Love of House moves to Tamarai, the Cadillacs and Crash Boom Bang perform live at Cairo Jazz Club and Roof Bar welcomes DJ Zizo for their weekly Weekend Warm Up, while Paranoia hosts its own edition of Ladies’ Night.
Elsewhere, local electronic musicians, Asmaa Azzouz and Shorouk El Zomour are set to perform at 100Copies Music Space, while Al Hezb El Comedy convene at the Maadi branch of Bikya for an open mic night.
More local music comes in the form of contemporary Oriental musician, Mado, who takes to the stage of After Eight, while El Sawy Culturewheel hosts another El Sakia Art market where budding artists will find a variety of materials and tools.
Maadi’s ACE Club celebrates Egypt’s continental roots with Africa Day and while the Arab Heritage Music Ensemble returns to El Gomhouria Theatre, Tivoli Dome in Sheikh Zayed’s main attraction this weekend is a public musical fire show. Yay!
Your Saturday may take a decidedly chilled turn, with Zamalek bookshop, Sufi, hosting another Sufi Healing Meditation session. Alternatively, you might want to engage in intellectual dispute at Cairo Reading Day, which will be held at Al Azhar Park, or sit back and enjoy award-winning Lebanese film, Where Do We Go Now?, (2011) at Jesuits Cultural Centre.
Cairo Opera House celebrates the work of William Shakespeare as the Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs ‘Shakespeare in Music’. If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, shaabi-rap group, No Comment, are live at After Eight and Nubian-inspired singer, Basheer, performs at Cairo Jazz Club, while Syrian hip-hop takes over El Sawy Culturewheel with Shams MC.
Art dominates the Cairo 360 events calendar, with highlights including Al Masar Gallery’s parallel exhibitions, 'Dialogue of Mind & Soul’ by Georges Bahgory and Sami Aboul Azm’s ‘Alienation’ both going strong. Other noteworthy exhibitions in the city include group photography exhibition, ‘Al Mahrousa’, which explores the changing landscape and architecture of Egypt, and Mohamed Aba’s politically motivated exhibition, ‘Small Works', showing at Art Corner.
Well, that’s it for another Cairo Weekend Guide. Stay safe.