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Cairo Weekend Guide: Escape the Cairo Fog!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Escape the Cairo Fog!
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Apprehensive about this
    misty fog that has dominated Cairo’s skylines for the past few days? Well,
    head indoors for the weekend; because we have a whole lot of concerts, plays and bazaars
    waiting for you!

    On Thursday, if you’re in the 5fth Settlement, head out to the
    AUC new campus at 7PM to catch ‘Three Sisters,’ a play by Anton Chekhov about
    the decay of the privileged classes in Russia. Downtowners should head to El
    Tanboura Hall on El Balaqsa Street, where Sudanese band Mystic Rhythms will
    perform at 9:30PM; so expect catchy beats and Sudanese folkloric influences.  

    Based in Zamalek? Trot down to the New
    President Hotel for the 3rd Christmas Art Fair. Featuring work of
    over fifteen local artists, the bazaar will sell paintings, sculptures,
    woodwork and graphic design as well as funky Christmas cards and
    jewellery. Later that evening, dust off
    your top hat and dig out your grandmother’s satin gloves for the Riff Band Jazz
    Cabaret
    at the Cairo Jazz Club. Featuring the band’s greatest hits in smooth
    jazz standards, this show was such a success last November; they plan to
    repeat it on the first Thursday of every month.

    On Friday, have fun while doing good for a cause and head
    down to the Gezira Youth Centre in Zamalek for World Aids Day. The day-long
    event is full of fun activities and several concerts by
    local bands in the evening. A few blocks
    down, El Sawy Culturewheel will host the first volume of the Live! Music Festival
    at 6:30PM, featuring Crash Boom Bang, RashRadio and several bands from Berklee
    College of Music.  

    Also in Zamalek, the
    34th Cairo International Film Festival
    continues at the Cairo Opera
    House, with several showings and symposiums. For further information, check out
    their website. For some upbeat dancing, DJ Migo will spin the decks at the
    Cairo Jazz Club, while Tamarai is celebrating the closing of its terrace with a
    black-themed party
    .  

    Tired of the usual
    nightspots? Try the Shepheard Hotel for a change, where Nacelle will feature Austrian
    DJ Parov Stellar and Max the Sax for some excellent electronic music fused with
    jazz and swing.

    Made it to Saturday in one piece? Congratulations! Luckily
    for you, it’s a quiet day, with repeats of the ‘Three Sisters’ Play, the Cairo
    Film Festival, Live! Music Festival and the Christmas Art Fair at President
    Hotel.

    And now for something completely
    different, El Sawy Culturewheel will host the Cairo Festival for Human Rights
    Films
    from 6PM. The festival will continue for four days, is free of charge and
    should feature intriguing films and footage documenting the state of human rights
    in the region and around the world.

    So however you choose to spend your weekend; make sure you avoid the fog, drive safely and enjoy this vibrant city!

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