Cairo Weekend Guide: Car Park Drifts, Street Music Festivals & Art
It’s been another long week, but the city
that never sleeps will treat you to a host of fun concerts, shows and exhibitions this weekend.
Thursday nights are always great for live
music, and this week is no exception. We’re excited about the free concert in Al Azhar Park featuring Cairokee and American
country-rocker Amy Loren. Italian songstress Elisa
Nocita will perform with the Amro Salah Trio for a night of alternative
jazz at Cairo Jazz Club. On top of that, we also have Sa7ra at After Eight to
look forward to, as well as Meshwar Band at El Sawy Culturewheel. Egyptian bands Uss w Laz2 and Ashara Gharby
haven’t been around for a while, but you can look forward to their gig tonight
at El Sawy Culturewheel.
For an alternative dance performance Cairo
Opera Ballet Company will present The Pyramids and the Revolution; a ballet inspired by January 25th revolution. The show continues until Saturday. ‘Up on the Roof’’s monthly open-mic night
is going from strength to strength, and its back at Darb 17 18 tonight, while ladies will
get in for free at the Nile Holding Club’s Summer Bash party.
Several interesting new exhibitions have opened this
week; ‘The Contemporaries’ group exhibition is at the Tache Art Gallery, while
Dandy Mall is host to an art and photography exhibition showcasing the works of four aspiring female artists. Artist Khaled Sorour‘s collection of work crossing traditional Egyptian life with pop art is showing at both the
Kempinski hotel and Zamalek Art Gallery, and is definitely worth a look.
Start your Friday off with some high-octane
action at the the Red Bull Car Park Drift Competition, before choosing any number
of gigs to go to. Funk-rockers Salalem will play at After Eight and DJ Nitrate will spin the
Cairo Jazz Club decks, while the long-running El Masryeen Band will perform at
El Genaina Theatre. Fans of pop-star Ramy Sabry can catch his live concert at El
Sawy Culturewheel, while poetry lovers can attend a poetry evening also at El
Violinist Mounir Nasr Eldin will perform at Cairo Opera House, while a seminar at El Sawy Culturewheel will discuss and investigate the influence of Queen Nefertiti.
There’s no rest for the wicked, and
Saturday will see Salalem performing again, but this time at Cairo Jazz Club,
while versatile rock group Klaket and oriental band Sodfa will perform in
El Sawy Culturewheel. Fuego are back at after Eight tonight, while local
Egyptian musician Hossam Sakr will be at Cairo Opera House.
Saturday is also a big day for Street Music
Revolution, who will be holding the fifth edition of this music festival at El
Sabaa Omarat Square in Heliopolis. Shopaholics won’t want to miss the Diva Summer
Bazaar at the Intercontinental Cairo Citystars; a day of shopping to wind down
the weekend. The Maspiro area continues to be a hotbed of conflict, and a new exhibition
will start at Darb 17 18, in which artists
reflect on how their lives and national identity have been shaped by the
influence of the Maspiro television building.
There you go Cairo; plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy!