Cairo Weekend Guide: Michael Jackson, Mashrou’ Leila & El Fan Midan
It’s been tough for all of us going back to work after that
long Labour Day weekend, but Thursday is upon us now; and there is no shortage
of things to do.
Music, art, theatre; the city has something for everyone
this weekend. Fancy some live music this
Thursday? You’ll find the Arabic
Heritage Music Ensemble at El Gomhouria Theatre tonight as well as El Baramka
at El Tanboura Hall. If you’re looking for something a little bit more
contemporary, the always impressive Mariam and Abou will start the night off early at
Cairo Jazz Club, before the boys of Wust El Balad take the stage.
In Downtown Cairo, Sa7ra will play live at After Eight,
while the Cairo Opera House continues to host the Michael Jackson tribute show ‘Man
in The Mirror’. Speaking of tribute, check out El Sawy’s Wisdom Hall for ‘Om
Kolthoum back on Stage’, which recreates the magic of the great lady herself
through El Sakia Puppet Theatre.
Those of you preferring to spend a low-key evening can find ‘I’m
Egyptian….I think’ seminar at El Sawy Culturewheel, starting at 6PM, or you
could always check out AUC’s Second Annual Student Film Festival, screening the
films of senior film program students at Ewart Memorial Hall on AUC Downtown
On Friday night,
multi-talented musician Nile will be playing a set before DJ Amir Sharara takes
the Cairo Jazz Club stage. If you think you can do better, why not strut your
stuff at El Sawy’s Talent show? Also at El Sawy, catch a live concert by Ana
Masry, who seek to promote national harmony and tolerance through their
If you happen to be
in and around New Cairo, the play ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ is on for
the weekend at the Malak Gabr Arts theatre, and definitely worth a couple of
hours of your time. On Kasr El Eini Street, the Cairo Photo Marathon Exhibition
continues at Contemporary Image Collective, where 100 participants are given
the task to interpret a number of themes through photographs, the best of which
will be exhibited.
Make the most of your Saturday
by attending the multi-faceted festival El Fan Midan in Abdeen Square,
featuring live music performances, poetry recital, art exhibitions and
workshops. The live music continues with one of the most anticipated concerts
of the month; Mashrou’ Leila will play at El Genaina Theatre (with another live
performance at the Cairo Jazz Club on Sunday). Ashara Gharby will also perform their
eclectic blend of oriental music, blues and afro beats at Cairo Jazz Club.
For something more sedated, check out Cairo Atelier’s group
exhibition ‘Inter Being – Features – The People Demand’, featuring the works of
Kim Hyun Ju from Korea, Sayed Arafat from Egypt and Marwa Benhalim from Libya.
Finally, AUC graduates would do well to check out the AUC Employment Fair in
New Cairo to help them on that next step.
There you have it, Cairo! Have a good Weekend!