Cairo Weekend Guide: Dora the Explorer, Arab Music Fest & More
Hurrah, hurrah; the weekend is but a few hours away and as always, Cairo 360 has the best of the best – there’s just too much going on in the capital.
Thursday starts off with what is clearly the highlight of the weekend. Nickelodeon viewers are set to swoon in delirium, as Dora the Explorer takes to the stage of the Cairo International Conference Centre for a three-day run.
For a decidedly more adult theatrical experience, Rawabet Theater in Downtown Cairo hosts a one-off performance of ‘Eh Fee Amal!’.
As always, though, live music dominates proceedings. Cairo Jazz Club regulars, the Cadillacs are live and will be followed by Beatles tribute band, Glass Onion. Sufi is gearing up for an evening of acoustic music as Alwan Band perform an intimate set at the Zamalek bookshop.
Elsewhere, the 21st Festival & Conference of Arab Music continues at both El Gomhouria Theatre and Cairo Opera House, while the latter also welcomes Japanese star, Nikki Matsumoto and Rock of Asia, as they bring a little pieces of the Orient to Cairo.
Salalem are back at After Eight for their weekly slot, while El Tanboura bring their unique simsimeya and damma music to El Dammah Theater.
It’s not all fun and games, though; 10 Mohamed Bassiouny is hosting a fundraiser for charity, ‘Educate Me’. The initiative will showcase over twenty products and projects from the very children it tries to help.
It’s a busy weekend at Darb 1718, as Friday sees the launch of the much hyped Trash Art Exhibition, while open-mic initiative, Mashrou3 Al Mareekh, returns.
Elsewhere, 6th of October City’s MUST Opera House welcomes back marimba player, Nesma Abdel Aziz, while quirky Iranian film Ten is screened at Sufi in Zamalek.
There is plenty for shoppers to drool over too, with Designopolis hosting the Allegria Home Fair, El Ma3rad Open Day taking over Heliopolis Library and new Zamalek boutique, Agrodolce, launching in style.
Saturday is Bond Night at Bikya in Nasr City; sit back and enjoy screenings of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.
Local music takes centre stage, with Egyptian bands, Darwasha and Ashara Gharby, performing at Cairo Jazz Club, and shaabi-rap group, No Comment, strutting their stuff at After Eight. Alternatively, you can relive the best music of the last fifty years at Heliopolis nightclub, Roof Bar, with Oldies Night.
Several new exhibitions have launched this week; Nihal Wahby’s latest collection at Hanager Gallery explores culture and politics, Safar Khan houses Wael Darwish’s ‘Vivid Memory’ and international artist, Clodoveo Masciarelli, presents abstract and geometrical sculptures, jewels and designs at Gezirah Art Center.
Have a great weekend!