Events today and tomorrow in Cairo

Saturday, 10 March

Spring Farmers’ Market at Nūn Center

From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Spring Farmers Market provides a sales outlet for Cairo’s Organic and GAP certified farmers, craftspeople and local producers. It is also an opportunity for locals and visitors to find fresh produce, baked goods and various other products in pleasant surroundings.

Nūn Center, 4 Shafik Mansour St., Zamalek

Live painting performance by SHANK at Tache Art Gallery at 12:30pm

Mohamed Fathi – more commonly known as SHANK – will be painting live in front of an audience for his project “Seven x Three.”

S-139 El-Sahara District, Designopolis, Km 38 Cairo/ Alexandria Rd., Sheikh Zayed, 6 October City

Cairo Symphony Orchestra, led by Czech conductor Jiří Petrdlík, “Painting in Music”

8.00pm Cairo Opera House

The evening will include “Mathis der Maler” (Matthias the Painter) symphony, one of the best-known works by 20th century German composer Paul Hindemith and “Three Walks in Zamalek”, a bassoon concerto by John Baboukis, composer and director of music at the American University in Cairo.

Also on the programme is “Pictures at an Exhibition” for piano and orchestra. Composed by the 19th century Russian composer Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky‎ for solo piano and orchestra, this version was arranged by 20th century French composer Maurice Ravel, most famous for orchestral piece “Bolero.”

The soloist for the evening is Tamer Fahmy Kamal on bassoon.

Cairo Opera House, Main Hall, Zamalek

El-Ghouri Tanoura Group at Wekalet El-Ghouri at 7:30pm

Expect traditional dance, vibrant music and colourful performances by El-Ghouri Dance Group this Saturday. They play every Saturday, Monday and Wednesday.

3 Mohamed Abdou Street, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

Tannoura dancer with colourful whirling skirt

Tanoura dancer at Wekalet el Ghouri. The tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance performed by Sufi men, Darawish. The dance is similar to the Sufi whirling in Levant and Turkey. In this version, the men wear long colorful skirts, also known as a tanoura.

“Bab Aziz” film screening at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm

The newly opened Sufi Bookstore has been holding film nights every Friday. This weekend they show Tunisian film “Bab Aziz” about an old man and his granddaughter who travel across the desert on their way to a Sufi festival and meet interesting characters along the way.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Basheer at Cairo Jazz Club
Sat Mar 10 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 11 3:00 am

It’s Oriental Saturday Cairo Jazz Club and nobody else but Basheer could light up the evening with his modern Egyptian folkloric beats. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

Cairo Jazz Club, 197 26th Of July St., Mohandiseen

Gazaga in El Sawy Culturewheel

Sat Mar 10 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

In the Wisdom Hall at El Sawy Culturwheel, Gazaga brings a night of traditional Egyptian music with a 21st century twist. Tickets are 20LE.

El Sawy Culturewheel, end of 26 July Street, Zamalek

“Winter Garden” exhibition at Gezira Art Center

This exhibition, organised by the Japan Foundation in Cairo, is a travelling exhibition featuring the works of 14 Japanese artists.

1 El-Sheikh Marsafy Street, Zamalek, Cairo

‘Made in Egypt’ Charity Bazaar at Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo

From 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

With over 150 vendors selling Egyptian products and at least 20 NGOs participating, the Inner Wheel Zamalek hosts ‘Made in Egypt’ charity bazaar, with donations going to the Children Kidney Transplantation Unit in Abu El Rish as well as the development of Cairo slums. Held in the Cleopatra Ballroom.

Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo, 11511 Corniche El Nil, Garden City

The Kiosk of French Booksellers Festival

From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

In celebration of the Month of Francophonie, the French Institute is organising the Kiosk of French Booksellers festival. Today the media library is open to the public for the entire day. There are also various workshops one can attend such as comic book drawing, text learning and poetry interpretation.

Institut Francais d’Égypte au Caire

Metal Blast One Year Anniversary

Sat Mar 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

One year on and El Sawy’s heavy metal festival ‘Metal Blast’ is stronger than ever. More than just a gig, this one year anniversary celebration in the River Hall will resemble more of a heavy metal convention as musicians, fans, journalists and record labels come together

El Sawy Culturewheel, end of 26 July Street, Zamalek

‘Khadra’ Exhibition at Darb 1718

Runs to Sat Mar 17 8:00 pm

Khadra is a contemporary group exhibition featuring a group of artists from the same generation who present their social, political, psychological, and religious views.

Darb 1718, El Fustat – Old Cairo, Islamic Cairo

Sunday, 11 March

“Public Screen,” a video art night at Lazoghly Square at 6pm

Part of Mahatat Collective’s initiative to bring art to public space, they will hold the first screening – in a series of many more over the coming months – of 17 short films by video artists.

Lazoghly Square (Next to Misr Bank), Mounira, Cairo

Opening of the “Voices of Syria” exhibition at the Mashrabia Gallery at 7pm

A visual arts exhibition by dissident Syrian artists currently living and working in Syria, despite the dangerous political situation.

Open daily (except Fridays) from 11am to 8pm

10 Champollion Street, downtown, Cairo

“Gasping,” a theatrical performance at Rawabet Theatre at 8pm

Directed by Laila Saeed, the Alumni Community Theatre group brings “Gasping” – Ben Elton’s hilarious and controversial farce that savagely rips apart that most sacred of institutions and big businesses – to the Rawabet Theatre.

2 Hussein El-Me’mar St. off Mahmoud Bassiouni St., next to the Townhouse Gallery

Tank Girl at Gallery Misr
To Thu Mar 29 9:00 pm

Addressing the existing fears of a patriarchal military dictatorship in the present Egyptian context, Nadine Hammam’s echibitiom, Tank Girl, suggests the need for a power inversion; where a woman assumes control over one of the most masculine symbols of military power – the Tank.

Gallery Misr, 4 A, Ibn Zanki Street, Off of Hassan Sabri Street, Zamalek

‘East…West’ by Taha Hussein at Al Masar
To Thu Mar 29 9:00 pm

Al Masar in Zamalek are dedicating their entire space to the works of contemporary Egyptian painter Taha Hussein. ‘East…West’ highlights the cultural drives behind both art and human action. Al Masar is open between 10AM and 9PM. Friday visits are by appointment only.

Al Masar, 157 B 26th of July St., Floor 0, Zamalek

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