There’s nothing quite like that feeling of casually checking the date and realising that it’s Thursday. Normally we count down the seconds till the weekend, but this week, we’ve been preparing for what are shaping up to be an eventful few weeks – starting tonight!
marks the long awaited start of the CirCairo International Circus Festival
today at Abdeen Square, with local performers being joined by M Circus of Holland. Meanwhile, the 5th Panorama of European Film continues with screenings at both Galaxy Cinema
in Manial and Stars Cinema
in Heliopolis shopping behemoth, Citystars.
As always, live music is aplenty, with Cairo Jazz Club hosting old-school rock & roll band, the Cadillacs
and Beatles tribute band, Glass Onion
. Over in Zamalek, Grammy award-winning musician, Fathy Salama
, and the Abdel Hamil Nowera Ensemble
perform at Cairo Opera House, while bohemian bookstore, Sufi, welcomes socially-conscious collective, Nagham Band
Handicraft lovers will flock to Maadi today for El Raseef Festival
with handmade products of wood, leather, glass paper and more available. That’s not all though, as well as other local bands, Like Jelly
will be performing.
sees the second day of El Raseef Festival
, this time with an open-mic session providing the entertainment. Speaking of which, Cairo’s most popular open-mic initiative, Mashrou3 El Mareekh
, arrives for another edition, this time at ADEF.
House-heads will be pleased with Cairo Jazz Club’s double-header with DJ Mansy
and DJ Aroussi
taking to the decks back-to-back. Alternatively, Otium will host a neon party; Glow
invites Cairo’s hardcore club contingent for a night of music courtesy of DJ Richard R. and DJ Maykoul.
Needless to say, the 5th Panorama of European Film continues on Saturday
cinemas, while the Shnit International Short Film Festival
comes to a close at Darb 1718. If that’s not enough film for you, Al Balad screens Omar El Sharkawy and Karim El Hakim’s award-winning documentary, ½ Revolution
Cairo Jazz Club hosts Egyptian rock group Darwasha
and Syrian rockers Tanjaret Daght
for a double-whammy of live music, while Cairo Opera House takes us to the other end of the musical scale with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra
’s weekly performance.
Art is flooding the streets of Cairo this weekend, with several new exhibitions, including ‘The Virus is Spreading’
by street-artist, Ganzeer, at Safar Khan Gallery. This week also saw the launch of one of several exhibitions commemorating January 25th victim, Ahmed Basiony. Sharja Art Gallery hosts an exhibition centred on the Basiony’s project,‘Thirty Days of Running in Place’
, while Darb 1718 launches a retrospective exhibition
of his sound art, performance and new media installation projects from 2007 to 2011 on Saturday.
Have a great weekend, Cairo!