Cairo Weekend Guide: Last Days of D-CAF, Freedom Music Festival & More!
Our favourite day of the week is finally here and, God, we can’t wait till it’s over. The weather is getting better these days, so ditch your winter’s alibis and discover what Cairo is offering this week. Here’s a glimpse:
Clearing your mind from the past days’ happenings by starting this Thursday with a round of culture; meditate over the latest collection of paintings by Egyptian artist, Hyam Abdel Baki at Ubuntu Art Gallery in Zamalek or Gaber Hegazy’s statues in Zamalek’s Khan Al Maghraby – or head to Downtown Cairo’s AUC Falaki Theatre to catch one of the final performances of D-CAF 2017, The Privileged Spectator; a German production translated to both English and Arabic.
Also, the Small Hall at Cairo Opera House welcomes harp whisperer, Manal Mohie El Din, and violinist, Hossam Shehata, for a classical recital, while El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall sees an entirely different genre, welcoming Mouneeb Band, the tribute local band of the late Nubian legend, Ahmed Mouneeb.
As the night grows older, another local band, Salalem, make their way to the stage of Mohandiseen’s Underground, while Greek G-House duo, Heavy Pins, take to the decks of Wunder Kind in the Amazonian night alongside local DJs, Shawky and Tahawy.
(Photo: Mydy Rabycad)
Elsewhere, Cairo Jazz club welcomes Czech electro-swing band, Mydy Rabycad, who will be followed by Palestinian DJ, Sotusura and DJ Safi and Nineteen Twenty-Five at the Nile City Towers hosts the fourth edition of Homies welcoming DJs, Ahmed Eid and AK,, while Downtown’s Zigzag welcomes DJs, Aroussi and Aly B.
Colour-loving ladies can knock themselves out this Friday at Giza’s Pharaonic Village; it’s hosting an Indian Colour festival. If you are not that into colours, or simply a guy, there’s a lot to do before the night sets in; Maadi’s Yellow Umbrella celebrates their relocation by hosting a night of live music, with Alia and Mohab taking to stage, while the Cairo Opera Orchestra take to the stage of the Small Hall at Cairo Opera House for a chamber music concert and Ney player, Mohamed Antar, teams up with Oriental percussionist, Ayman Mabrouk to present an Oriental night of music at Garden City’s ROOM Art Space.
For early bird partiers, Royal Club Mohamed-Aly is hosting Theatre of Dreams’ Freedom Musical Festival, with a lineup consisting of Abu Samra, A-squared, Baher, Sebbz and others, while recently-launched series, El Cartel, is sailing the Nile with DJs John Damien and Timour Omar providing the music.
For nightlifers the list of parties goes on; Zigzag hosts Anthems IV, with Abou Samra and Greek DJ, Tone Depth, taking to decks, Cairo Jazz Club welcomes DJs Ouzo and Ashmawy in this week’s edition of Friday Fever and The Tap Maadi hosts a rock cover night with Electric Picnic.
Saturday is all about the music, too; El Sawy Culturewheel presents Egypt’s biggest band, Cairokee, who take to stage for two back-to-back performances and Magnolia brings back their Fairouz tribute night, Faironolia.
Elsewhere, Basheer ends the weekend at Cairo Jazz Club with a night Nubian-inspired folk music, while the Tap East has a busy day; firstly, the New Cairo bar welcomes one and all for Let’s Get Stuff’d, where you can get an all-you-can-eat burgers and sausages, as well as unlimited local alcohol for 280LE per person, before they start the hip-hop night with DJ Soul M taking to decks. Sister venue, The Tap Maadi, meanwhile, hosts a jazz night, with Adam Miller and his band and, last but not least, DJ Ghandokly takes to the decks at Riverside in Zamalek.
These are just a few of the events taking place across the city – check out what else is onthe cards for you this weekend with the Cairo 360 events calendar.