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Cairo Weekend Guide: Bikya Launch, Afternoon Cocktails & Laugh it Off!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Bikya Launch, Afternoon Cocktails & Laugh it Off!
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Hello Cairo!

    As the whole country descends into a fit of
    panic, rage and confusion, you’d be forgiven for feeling a slight sense of
    guilt at your superfluous pursuit of recreation. And so you should; shame on
    you. But Cairene’s are a shameless people, so here’s the best of the weekend’s
    events.

    Bikya bookshop is bringing together some of
    the best musicians in Cairo for a three day celebration of its new Maadi
    branch
    . Thursday’s line-up includes performances
    by Ahmed Safi El Din, Grey Grass and Hany Mustafa. Tickets are 50LE for all
    three days or 20LE per individual day, and are available at the door or at
    Bikya in Nasr City.

    Elsewhere, Colour Me Dubstep at Melouk
    brings DJs Adham Farid and Demolition Man for a relentless night of jarring dubstep
    music, while DJ Ouzo spins at Y Lounge (formerly Yasso Terrace, formerly Yasso
    Lebanese Lounge). Alternatively, Pose at Opium welcomes DJ Feedo and DJ Hook for an evening of hip-hop and
    r&b.

    Live music around the city comes courtesy
    of local favourites Salalem at After Eight, the hardest working diva in Cairo Michelle
    Rounds
    performing at the Kempinski Nile hotel’s Jazz Bar and sassy songstress Noha
    Tah
    a opening for new-and-old fusion specialists Wust El Balad at Cairo Jazz Club.

    In the latest events to bring stand-up
    comedy to Cairo’s big venues, Rawabet Theatre in Downtown Cairo hosts ‘Laugh it
    Off!’
    ; a night of English hand Arabic stand-up malarkey with the likes of
    Haitham Awad, Ramez Youssef, Mohamed Morgan and Mo’Love. Downtown Cairo throws
    up another interesting event in the form of two-act opera ‘The Medium’, which will
    be performed by the Cairo Opera Company at El Gomhouria Theatre.

    Bikya’s
    Friday celebrations see more big performances,
    this time from Farida El Gueretly, the Ka-ssettes, Shady Ahmed and Dina El
    Wedidi
    . There’s plenty of other live music in the city, including Egypt’s jazz
    pioneer Yehia Khalil performing at Cairo Opera House. Up-and-coming Lel We Ain
    perform at After Eight, while Michelle Rounds will once again be wooing
    audiences at the Kempinski Nile hotel’s Jazz Bar.

    The Armada Boat in Maadi will host a big
    night of live music with Sha2lasha bringing together the likes of Ahmed Harfoush, Ellie
    of London
    and more. Entertainment also includes good old-fashioned tannoura
    dancing, some 80s pop, baladi beats and a brass band – a bit of everything
    then.

    The Sofitel El Gezirah hotel is giving
    Cairenes a chance to enjoy the afternoon sun and Nile-side breeze this Saturday
    with Sandwiches and Jams. Moderately decent wordplay aside, this daytime
    party offers great, fresh food, healthy cocktails and live music.

    Meanwhile, Bikya’s epic three-day line-up
    of entertainment comes to a close with musical guests Abou Mariam, RaSh Radio
    and Adam Awad, as well as stand-up comedy fun with comedians from InterACT and
    Al Hezb El Comedy.

    Shopaholics can’t go wrong with the two-day
    Beach Pop Up Event in Maadi which gives Cairenes to deck themselves out with
    all the summer gear they need, including collections Deana Shaaban, Shibshibi
    flip flops and Foota towels.

    Cairo Opera House hosts the Cairo Symphony
    Orchestra’s
    weekly performance, while at the other end of the musical spectrum,
    No Comment deliver their shaabi beats to After Eight in Downtown Cairo.
    Elsewhere, City Band brings a unique mesh of mesh of rock, blues and Arabic
    music to Cairo Jazz Club. Hardcore clubbers and the unemployed are sure to
    appreciate Lebanese Love at after-hours club Bamboo; a night that will indulge
    you in the best Lebanese and oriental hits, deep into the wee hours of Sunday
    morning.

    Three new exhibitions launched this week,
    with Cala Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition bringing the best of Cairo’s young
    artists together.  Elsewhere, ‘The
    Missing Pieces’
    is a visual art instillation currently residing in Mashrabia
    Gallery. Karim Bakry’s piece is a powerful commentary on the state of politics
    of Egypt, while the decidedly cheerier ‘Summer Collective Exhibition’ boasts work from the likes
    of Nermine Hammam, Effat Naghi and Katherine Bakhoum at Safar Khan Art Gallery.

    Have a great weekend Cairo!

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