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Cairo Weekend Guide: More Festivals, Important Lectures & Concerts

Cairo Weekend Guide: More Festivals, Important Lectures & Concerts
    written by
    Cairo 360

    It’s another busy Thursday night in Cairo for music, culture
    and art. 

    Design, Poetry and Film Festivals: Darb 17 18 will host the launch of ‘Nubre: Enhancing the Culture of
    Contemporary Design
    ,’ a joint project between the EU and Azza Fahmy to offer an
    international design floor to local designers and design students through
    workshops in Aswan. Sounds interesting? Come attend the opening event to find
    out more!

    Spanish author Juan Goytisolo will hold a literary symposium
    at the Supreme Council of Culture on the Opera House grounds, while the French
    Cultural Centre celebrates the opening of its seventh annual film festival
    Recontres de L’Image
    today. Abdel Moneim Hussein will read his poetry at El
    Sawy Culurewheel
    ’s Word Hall 1 tonight under the title of ‘The New Egypt’,
    while Salah El Mur will launch his painting exhibition ‘Still There’ at
    Mashrabia Gallery today.

    Music: The Cairo Jazz Club is offering a double bill concert
    , with early entertainment provided by UAE singer/songwriter NILE from
    7PM on, followed by the upbeat and insane Crash Boom Bang at 9PM. Sa7ra will
    perform their rai-influenced music
    at After Eight, while Salalem will perform
    at El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall. For more classical music, Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble will perform classical Arabic music at El Gomhouria Theatre. If you’re in Garden City
    and in the mood for some r&b, check out the Cairo Expats’ R&B party at
    Nile Holding club
    on the Corniche.

    On Friday, El Sawy Culturewheel will host a Global Youth
    Service Day
    to mobilize and support youth as leaders to identify the needs of
    their communities. Also at El Sawy, ‘Autostrad’ is a play written by Haitham
    and performed by El Sakia Puppet Theatre.

    Music: Fathi Salama will perform his ‘Sharqiyat’
    live at Cairo Opera House’s
    Open-Air Theatre, while the Cairo Symphony
    will perform a classical music concert next door at the Small Hall.
    In Downtown Cairo, Salalem will play live at After Eight, while local rock band
    Azrak Samawy will play live at El Sawy Culturewheel’s River Hall.

    Saturday marks the launch of the Ahmed Bassiouny Egyptian
    Independent Artist Music & Film Festival
    . Held at Darb 17 18, the festival
    commemorates sound/visual artist Ahmed  
    Bassiouny, who was shot dead on January 28th, and will
    feature bands such as Cairokee, Feed Me, Machine Eat Man as well as several
    filmmakers and visual artists. Also on
    Saturday, a new exhibition launches at Articulate Baboon Gallery: ‘Thirty
    by local artist Ali Ali is a collection of paintings that is now more
    relevant than ever.

    Lectures and Seminars: Egyptian author Omar Taher will be signing copies of his
    latest novel at Diwan
    Bookstore’s Zamalek branch. At El Sawy Culturewheel,
    presidential candidate Hamdine Sabahy will hold an open discussion at the River
    Hall, while family counselor Dr. Fatma El Shenawy will give a lecture titled ‘Historical
    Cities’ at Word Hall 1

    Music: The Cairo Opera House is packed with concerts this Saturday,
    beginning with ‘Together in the Love of Egypt’, a concert that brings together
    Om El Nour Choir with the Arab Takht Ensemble at the Main Hall. The Open-Air
    Theatre will host a concert of classical Arabic songs, including classics by
    Sayed Darwish and Gamal Abdel Rehim, while El Gomhouria Theatre in Downtown
    Cairo will host a piano recital. At the Cairo Jazz Club, Cairokee will play
    their trademark Egyptian rock lyrics
    from 9PM onwards.

    And there you have it Cairo! Have a Busy, Enlightening Weekend!