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Cairo Weekend Guide: Michael Jackson, Mashrou’ Leila & El Fan Midan

Cairo Weekend Guide: Michael Jackson, Mashrou’ Leila & El Fan Midan
    written by
    Cairo 360

    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
    Campus.

    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
    Egyptian songs.

    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!

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