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Cairo Weekend Guide: Japanese Film Festival, American Idol Tour & International Music

Cairo Weekend Guide: Japanese Film Festival, American Idol Tour & International Music
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Hello Cairo!

    Well into the summer season, Cairo is
    turning up the heat in more ways than one and as always, this great city is
    serving up the best music, nightlife and events around. It may be a hot one,
    but this is what this week’s precious weekend has to offer.

    On Thursday, Sufi welcomes Hungarian jazz
    and trip-hop musician Zsuzsanna Mészáros, better known as Marge, while Cairo
    Jazz Club also hosts an out-of-towner as Nashville native Eve Fleishman hosting
    an evening of sultry blues and jazz music. Following later that night, Bad Mojo
    will wrap the night up at CJC with their brilliant blues covers.

    Opium welcomes urban master DJ Feedo for
    Pose while local indie-pop favourites Salalem are back for their weekly slot at
    Downtown Cairo’s After Eight. El Sawy Culturewheel resurrects the soul and
    music of the legendary Om Kolthoum through puppetry, while contemporary
    oriental band Darwasha are El Sawy’s live music for the evening.  Cairo Opera House celebrates the 50th
    anniversary of Algeria’s independence by hosting a concert in commemoration of
    legendary singer Warda
    who passed away this year.

    Cairo Opera House will also host the Japan
    Foundation Cairo Office’s Japanese Film Festival, which launches tonight in the
    Artistic Creativity Centre. Celebrating the work of legendary director Akira
    Kurosawa, the ten-day festival will screen his best work, starting tonight with
    his 1958 masterpiece, The Hidden Fortress.

    Meanwhile, Bikya Maadi has a double header
    of entertainment with a performance by funk-rockers Buzzz and a no-holds-barred
    trivia night.

    The music continues this Friday with DJ K-Z
    and DJ Battawi
    at Cairo Jazz Club breaking out the best proggy. Elsewhere, O
    Bar continues its fine tradition of bringing the best DJs in Cairo to its
    decks; this time its DJ Feedo at the aptly named, the Bounce.

    On a different note, Cairo Opera Ballet
    Company’s Zorba & El Leila El Kobra
    performance will see acts from the classic ballets being performed on the grand
    stage of the Main Hall. Meanwhile, El Sawy Culturewheel hosts Tunisian band
    Kalim as well as popular Egyptian pop star Shady Hassan.

    The Japanese Film Festival continues with a
    double screening of Red Beard and Drunken Angel, while Sufi in Zamalek
    invites Cairo to snuggle up with a drink and snack for a screening of Pixar
    animation Up.

    In one of the more peculiar events of the weekend, the whirlwind that is the
    American Idol World Tour stops of at Cairo Opera House, where fans of the show
    can catch a glimpse of the finalists.

    Closing the weekend on Saturday, Egyptian
    band Malaleem’s smooth fusion of oriental jazz and funk rock takes centre stage
    at Cairo Jazz Club,  while shaabi rappers
    No Comment get grimy at After Eight. Also representing local talent is Kal Cook;
    a group who’ll bring a night of authentic rumba and flamenco to El Sawy

    You can extend your weekend by a few hours
    at Cairo’s only after-hours club Bamboo, and dance the night – and the early
    morning – away with Lebanese Love; a night of new and classic oriental music.

    Finally, the Japanese Film Festival continues
    at Cairo Opera House’s Artistic Creativity Centre with screenings of The Idiot and the classic drama,

    The art scene in
    Cairo continues to flourish, with some groundbreaking exhibitions filling the
    galleries of the city. This weekend will be the last chance to see photography
    exhibition ‘Sit Down. I Tell You a Story’ at Mashrabia Gallery, while
    HarassMap’s Harassment Exhibition and Joshua Goode’s ‘Lost Gods’, both at Darb
    17 18, continue to garner praise.

    There you go Cairo, have fun!