Cairo Weekend Guide: Nasser Shamma, Latin-American Cinema and More
It’s shaping up to be a hot weekend Cairo,
but that doesn’t mean you should hang out at home with the air conditioning on
at full blast- there’s too much going on!
This Thursday, we have plenty of live music for
you in the form of oriental jazz favourites Eftekasat at El Genaina Theatre in El Azhar Park, Hany Mustafa and Beatles tribute band Glass Onion at Cairo Jazz
Club, and Sa7ra at After Eight. If that wasn’t enough, the National Arab Music
Ensemble will play at El Gomhouria, jazz percussionist Ahmed Rabie is at Cairo Opera House, while Ghona
Raye’ will celebrate their first anniversary with a live concert at El Sawy Culturewheel.
Local acoustic duo Miriam
and Abou will give a short concert at the opening of the Tahrir Spirit Photo
Exhibition at the Goethe Institute, a screening from the 2011 Entre Cineastas
Film Festival will take place at Cairo Opera House, tonight’s films include The Kingdom of Women and Five Minutes Away from the House. Cairo Tower will host the annual Dance 4 Peace, a non -profit event that aims to inspire peacemaking and leadership skills in youth through movement. If you feel
like expanding your horizons, Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ is on at the Cairo
Opera House till Sunday, or you can head to El Sawy Culturewheel for a night of
Standup Comedy featuring Mohamed Farouq, Tamer Farag and Amir Ezzat among others.
Start this Friday off with the Beer Olympics at the BCA in Mohandiseen, a fun game of four teams, where all proceeds go to charities. Massar Eghbari will perform at El Genaina Theatre in El Azhar Park
and Salalem will perform at After Eight. For a guaranteed night of dancefloor, head to Cairo Jazz Club for 4TheLoveofHouse, the latest funky house project by DJ Amr Hosny and DJ Mayounah.
If you fancy something a little more traditional, catch a tribute concert to the legendary Om Kolthoum at El
Gomhouria Theatre. If you fancy talking about music, then check out El Sawy
Cultureweheel’s ‘Introduction to Metal Music’ seminar.
Young local artist Habiba Koura will showcase her collection of pop art prints titled ‘Micronite Mary’ at Amici in Zamalek, while artist Barbara Armrbuster launches her six-day exhibition ‘The Green, the Street and the Scent of Life’ at Safar Khan
Art Gallery tonight.
On Saturday, end your weekend with a much anticipated concert by acclaimed Iraqi musician Nasser Shamma at El Sawy Culturewheel’s Wisdom Hall. Even more music awaits, with a concert by Greek musician and multi-instrumentalist Dimitris Mpasis at El Gomhouria Theatre, or Italian group Radiodervish
at the Cairo Opera house as part of the Cairo
Mediterranean Literary Festival. If
you’re feeling like something a little closer to home, Beshir will perform live with his band at
Cairo Jazz Club and Ashara Gharby will perform at El Sawy
Culturewheel. For all you wannabe bloggers, ‘Express Yourself and be Free’ is a
seminar at El Sawy Culturewheel that may give you that push you need.
Well there you go Cairo; enjoy!