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Cairo Weekend Guide: All That Jazz!

Cairo Weekend Guide: All That Jazz!
written by
Cairo 360

Hello Cairo!

The weather has taken another turn for the worse again, but that doesn’t mean you should stay in; there’s far too much to do in Cairo!

The weekend everyone’s been waiting for is finally here with
Cairo’s 4th International Jazz Festival starting its three-day run this Thursday.
El Sawy Culturewheel has musical sensations Positive Energy, Eduardo Niebla,
the André Carvalho Quintet and the Adam Miller Group performing in its halls.
Guitar extraordinaire Kumi Adachi energises the crowds at the Kempinski Nile
Jazz Bar – she is accompanied by Club Pangaea. Cairo Jazz Club takes part
in the action and hosts New York based Austrian singer Elisabeth Lohninger. In
honour of the jazz-dedicated weekend, Sufi is screening the documentary ‘The
Story of Jazz’
that gives an in-depth look at the history of jazz.

On another note, after the documentary screening, Sufi welcomes Egyptian band
Pheel to celebrate its one year anniversary of performing eccentric blends of
music. DJ Fabric takes to the turn tables for yet another week at Melouk, while
house music aficionados DJ Honda and S-Lap are at Yasso Lounge.   

It’s film night at Institut Francais d’Egypte au Caire with
two films, ‘Mademoiselle Chambon’ and ‘Une chaine pour deux’, screening. Meanwhile, the
Italian Culture Centre hosts its own film screening with ‘Cosmonauta’. The
monthly Up On The Roof at Darb 17 18 also takes place this weekend, encouraging
more and more performing artists to the stage.

On Friday the jazz continues at El Sawy Culturewheel
with tickets buying you the chance to catch a screening of the locally produced
film ‘Microphone’ and performances by the popular Eftekasat, the Dutch Artvark
Saxophone Quartet, the Ahmed Nazmi Trio, the Rami Atalla Quintet and Elisabeth
– who will also be gracing the stage of Jazz Bar. Cairo Jazz Club
fires up its stage with Kumi Adachi and Club Pangaea, so be sure not to miss
out on all that jazz fun!

If you want to start your day early then head over to Opium
for an afternoon of music with Taxi Band and DJ Zizo, where later into the
night Arabish House Mafia offers a night of 80s and 90s Arabic tunes. Nacelle
House Sessions
brings back our favourite DJs Aly B and Tito for another
fantastic night at Yasso Lounge you don’t want to miss. For a more laid back
evening of music, make you way over to Kotob Khan in Maadi for Shady Ahmed and
Tarek Diaa’s exclusive performance.

The Jazz Festival wraps up on Saturday with El Dor El
, Han Bennink, Kumi Adachi, the Akram El Sharkawy Group and Michelle Rounds
playing at El Sawy Culturewheel. The talented Artvark Saxophone Quartet will
take the stage at Jazz Bar while, joining us from Portugal, the André Carvalho
will perform at the Cairo Jazz Club.

For a cultural closing to your weekend head over to
Arthropologie for the screening of ‘In the Mood for Love’ or take part in the
Book Sale for a Cause! at Bikya – with its proceeds going to a good cause. is organising an exhibition at the
Sofitel in Zamalek in an effort to show off Egypt’s undeniable talent, as well
as debuting their Mother’s Day and spring collections.

They are a fun-filled few days, with more than a variety of
special events, so don’t make it a lazy one- go out and enjoy your weekend!