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Cairo 360 Weekend Guide: Halloween Parties, Omar Khayyam Festival & Magic

Cairo 360 Weekend Guide: Halloween Parties, Omar Khayyam Festival & Magic
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Hello Cairo!

With Eid over and everyone feeling a little anti-climactic, the month of October thankfully provided one more occasion to look forward to before it handed off the year to November; and that of course is Halloween – our favourite festivity of the year. Seeing as in Egypt everything is a little lagged, the spooky celebrations are continuing beyond the 31st, giving Cairo a weekend of costume wearing fun.

Thursday has a few parties going in celebration of this day with Amici taking charge in both Zamalek and Heliopolis. DJ Mayounah will be spinning at House of Horrors in the former, while DJ Fahmy and DJ Samba do their Halloween thing in the latter. Saigon Restaurant and Lounge is taking a jazzy approach and will have Ahmed Harfoush performing on its stage.

Elsewhere in Cairo, LIV with DJ A.R and percussionist Dejmbe will be heating up Cavallini, while Cairo Jazz Club will host the Ka-ssettes and Election for a selection of acoustic songs followed by a bit of funk, soul and hip-hop. Michelle Rounds continues to give a sultry performance throughout the weekend in Kempinski’s Jazz Bar and Baheya band will entertain at Sufi, covering songs by AlSheikh Sayed Darwish and AlSheikh Imam Issa.


Cairo Jazz Club keeps energies high this Friday with DJ Aroussi and DJ Shady Noor spinning some full throttled house and techno beats, as will the Swiss Club with its version of a Halloween party. But in a different part of town, accordionist and song writer, Youssra El Hawary, gives a bohemian performance along with her ragtag band in El Genaina Theatre.

El Sawy Culturewheel welcomes American soul, country and future roots band, the Boston Boys to its Wisdom Hall for a little education in music from the Carolina Hills, while its River Hall makes way for young and rising Egyptian singer, Amal Maher. Another Egyptian singer will be performing this evening as Ali El Haggar takes to the stage at MUST Opera House.

Saturday doesn’t give up easy this weekend with Tamarai and Electrum records presenting their morning event Saturn Daze, to take place on the club’s rooftop – better have some shades handy. The Omar Khayyam Festival is taking over Darb 1718 for a daytime event of music, art and fine wine – live performances will feature Ashara Gharby, Salalem and Buzzz.

Nubian musician, Basheer, is back with his unique genre of music at Cairo Jazz Club, while an interesting event takes place in El Sawy Culturewheel with illusionist, magician and photographer, Moustapha Berjaoui, wowing the crowds with his, well, magic, in its River Hall.

Of course art is in the air all weekend long, with quite a few exhibitions waiting to be checked out. ‘Roh’ by Shayma Kamel is set up out in Tache Art Gallery, while closer to town Mounir Canaan’s commemoration continues in Al Masar Gallery. Also in Zamalek is ‘Feminine’ by Natalia Baykalova, showing at Cala Art Gallery.

So there you have it Cairo, enjoy your weekend!