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Cairo Weekend Guide: Culture, Music and The Cairo Book Fair

Cairo Weekend Guide: Culture, Music and The Cairo Book Fair
written by
Cairo 360

Hey there Cairo, considering current events,
Cairo360 would like to caution everybody to stay peaceful during the next couple of
days and above all remain safe.

Kick off your Thursday by heading to
Artwella gallery for their exhibition “Gated Community,” where Swiss artists
Peter Zacek and Jörg Köppl will create sculptural scenes in a 360º perspective.
They’ve spent six months in Cairo
working on an experimental movie, and this will be the first showcasing of
their work.

Head to the Cairo Opera House as night
rolls around for a chance to see a collection of folkloric and modern Chinese
brought to you with the cooperation of the Chinese embassy.

If oriental isn’t your thing, you can enjoy
the jazzy tunes of the Boghdady Big Band. Led by the trumpet player Magdy
Boghdady, they bring you a collection of international and local jazz, in
addition to some hits by Dean Martin.

There’s nothing like a Friday morning to
rifle through some books and stock up on tomes for your library. Head to the
Cairo Book Fair and rifle away – the festival which began last Wednesday
will continue for a week and is more commonly referred to as a ‘bookworm’s wet

Head to the Cairo Opera House again on
Friday night for a chance to catch Egyptian musical genius; Omar Khairat in
concert. Khairat and his band will be performing on the opera house’s main

If you’re looking for a party instead – why
not head to ‘Cirque Du Soir’ at the Terrace at Designopolis. The ‘Cirque’ is an
exclusive gentlemen’s club from London
that’s been brought to the Terrace for just one night. Musical entertainment
will be provided by DJ Joseph Gruffat, Ministry of Sound vocalist Charlene, and
more – the theme is sexy circus, and dress code is freak chic so dress to

On Saturday make your way to Darb 17 18 for
the opening night of Rencontres de Bamako, the Bi-annual African Photography
, featuring photographic slides of 40 artists
and a series of 13 videos on the theme of ‘Borders’.

Alternatively you can head to Ayyam Gallery
for ‘Liberated Spirituality,’ a solo exhibition by
Syrian painter Thaier Helal, known for large mixed media canvases that
transform the real and unreal into abstractions.

The Cairo Jazz
Club will beckon you for a fun musical experience with their L’Orientale night.
Cairokee will be making an appearance and rally the crowd up for sing longs
with their amazing hits.

Have a great
weekend Cairo!