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Cairo Weekend Guide: Festivals, Book Fairs and Flowers!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Festivals, Book Fairs and Flowers!
    written by
    Cairo 360

    It’s another busy weekend in Cairo, full of music concerts,
    workshops and festivals!

    Start off your Thursday with classical music concerts at the
    Cairo Opera House, including Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble for Arabic Music as
    well as a harp concert, or head to Al Gomhoreya Theatre for ‘Om Al Shohadaa’, a tribute concert to the mothers of January 25th’s martyrs.

    For live alternative music, head to After Eight for Egyptian band
    . Nagham Masry will perform at El Sawy Culturewheel, with lyrics by poets
    like Salah Jahin and Amal Donkol, while a double concert by Top Hat Rats and Screwdriver at Cairo
    Jazz Club
    promises a night of 50s classics by icons like Elvis and Johnny Cash as well as rock
    covers by Pink Floyd and Guns N’Roses.

    Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art
    continues its ‘Self Portrait’ workshop to teach self-portrait videos, while the
    Revolution Exhibition at Darb 17 18 is still going strong.

    Thursday also
    marks the launch of the three-day Tahrir Book Fair at AUC’s Downtown Campus,
    promising thousands of books by foreign and local authors; so be sure to catch

    On Friday, musical fans should check out El Sawy
    Culturewheel’s Broadway Musical Concert, where tunes from musicals like Cats,
    Les Miserables, My Fair Lady
    and A West Side Side story will be performed from 6PM
    onwards. Egyptian band Salalem promise a night of funky grooves with sarcastic
    lyrics about politics and social life at After Eight, while DJ RaySoo from
    South-East Asia will spin the decks at the Cairo Jazz Club.

    Saturday marks the launch of the Spring Plant and Flower
    at Orman Gardens in Dokki, a massive garden full of thousands of
    potted plants, flowers and seeds as well as anything green fingers could

    Souk El Horreya at SODIC/Designopolis is a charity fair that includes
    live music concerts as well as a live mural painting by Barcelona artist Juan
    Carlos Noria. The fair will have booths by various charity groups and NGOs
    talking about their charity initiatives to give back to the needy and underprivileged
    in Egypt.

    Also in Designopolis, Tache Art Gallery launches ‘Thawretna
    a photo exhibition by a group of Egyptian photographers such as Alaa
    Taher, Yehia El Alaily and Laura El Tantawy. Proceeds will go to a charity
    working with those affected financially by the events of the revolution.

    On Saturday, be sure to catch ‘El Fann Midan’ Festival in
    Abdeen Square, including performances by Ali El Haggar, Tahrir singer Rami
    Essam, Fathy Salama and others. The festival aims to celebrate the positivity
    of the Egyptian revolution and encourage civilian participation. A smiliar festival will also take place in Alexandria on Saturday.

    El Sawy Culturewheel is full of events this Saturday,
    including a performance by El Sakia Choir in memory of legendary singer Abdel
    Halim Hafez and ‘The Spirit of Tahrir’ seminar by the Revolution Forum.

    Mohamed Zakaria’s award-winning play ‘Casino’ will also be
    performed at El Sawy at 6PM, while the AUC 11th Talent Show will
    showcase the best in amateur performing talents at 5PM.

    And there you have it, Cairo! This city never stops giving fun, creative ways to spend your weekend!