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Cairo Weekend Guide: Y-Lounge Second Anniversary, Plaza Easter Bazar & More!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Y-Lounge Second Anniversary, Plaza Easter Bazar & More!
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Cairo 360

Hello Cairo!

It’s that time of the week again, the one we know you all wait for anxiously, excitedly, eyes all googly with the anticipation of many delights; yup, it is indeed what your deeper being most desires, the reason your heart beats and your soul shines, ladies and gentleman, it’s time for the Cairo 360 Weekend Guide!

Thursday begins with a bang, as the Plaza Easter Bazar launches for two days of shopping, food and entertainment at Americana Plaza in Sheikh Zayed. But that’s not all; tonight, Y Lounge, Yasso or whatever you want to call it, is celebrating its triumphant second anniversary. ‘The Alignment’, as it has so dramatically been labelled, welcomes DJ duo, Misty and Hafez, as well as DJs, Baher and Ashiba, for a huge night of birthday celebrations.

Elsewhere in Cairo’s eclectic nightlife scene, Otium welcomes the one and only DJ Feedo for R&B Night and DJ Simon does some roof-raising at Roof Bar, while byGanz warm up for the summer with another edition of Toyboys & Friends at the Clubhouse in Mokattam.

Live music is rife, starting at Cairo Jazz Club, where the Karim Hossam Group and Massar Egbari perfrom live. Meanwhile, Algerian Afro-jazz practitioner, Karim Ziad, is joined by the Rami Attalah for a double-header of live music at El Genaina Theatre.

D-CAF contributes to the night’s live music as the festival hosts a huge night of hip-hop. Local shaabi favourite, Sadat Rap, opens proceedings at Sherazade, before Lebanese rappers, El Rass+MUNMA, take to the stage.

Speaking of D-CAF, SMSlingshot continues throughout the weekend till Saturday, bringing art and technology to the streets of Downtown Cairo.

Friday sees Tamarai welcome DJ John Jacobsen for Back to Basics and Lebanese Friday Nights returns to Amici Heliopolis, while Otium host DJ Bobo and dancer, Oxana, for a red-hot Ice Party.

Elsewhere, DJ Mohasseb brings his unique brand of progressive house to Cairo Jazz Club and the Cadillacs are live at Jazz Mate, while DJ Feedo makes another appearance at another R&B Night – this time at O Bar. 

In one of the most interesting events of the weekend, Balcon Lounge in Heliopolis hosts Underground Business; an evening of alternative music courtesy of electronic musicians, Dijit and Go! Save the Hostages!, as well as rappers, Abyusif and Bambam.

It’s not all clubs and bars, though. The Heliopolis branch of Diwan is hosting a Science Festival for kids and puppetry takes centre stage in ‘The Living Newspaper’ at Artellewa, while the Ladies Health Alliance will be at Gezira Sporting Club for Train the Cure, offering free consultations and raising awareness of women’s health.

Meanwhile, 100Copies Music Space invites all to ‘The City the Ghost’; a sound instillation that runs throughout the week.

Saturday sees another unique event, courtesy of D-CAF, as Goethe Institute launches PreFORMANCE; an online resource that brings art and the digital world together.

In Dokki, Alchemy hosts another charity fundraiser, this time for Seket El Salama; an initiative that was created in reaction to the tragic rail accident of last November.

Over at Amici Zamalek, lovers of fine-dining can enjoy Wine & Fondue Night, while the Heliopolis branch hosts another edition of Greek Night.  Local music steps into the spotlight at Cairo Jazz Club with rockers, Transistor, and local favourites, Salalem, performing live.

Darb 1718 celebrates and promotes community ties with ‘Egypt Brings Us Together’ – a day of workshops, live music and more – while Beit El Raseef ends a busy week with a performance by Massar Egbari.

New art continues to emerge throughout Cairo’s galleries, with new openings including Ahmed Khaled’s video instillation, ‘Kalamonology’. at Ofok Gallery, ‘Nostalgia’ by Samir Foua at Picasso Art Gallery and ‘Om Kalthoum’ by local art legend, Georges Bahgoury.

This is just a small sample of the weekend; check out the Cairo 360 events calendar for more live music, more club nights, more exhibitions and just plain more.

Have a great weekend!