Weekend events

The weekend is here again in Egypt – and there’s more brilliant activity in Cairo, including the Cairo Jazz Festival.


Film Screening of “The Story of Jazz” in Sufi Bookstore at 5pm

A documentary film in parallel with the kick-off of the Cairo Jazz Festival later tonight.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Pheel at Sufi
Thu Mar 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Pheel celebrate their one year anniversary of playing music together at Sufi. What is described as an eccentric approach to music making, the band rely on each band member’s interests and devotions for inspiration. Join them at Sufi for an evening of Arabic originals and a unique performance.

DOXBOX Film Festival Global Day in the Mosireen Collective at 7pm

After the DOXBOX documentary film festival was cancelled, entities around the world are holding screenings of its films. In Cairo, Mosireen and Cimatheque will be screening three films along with a Q&A with the director of the last film, Nidal Al-Dibs.

19 Al-Adly Street, Floor 5, Apartment 28, Downtown, Cairo

Cairo Jazz Festival at El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

The fourth round of the Cairo Jazz Festival brings performances tonight by Positive Energy (Egypt), André Carvalho Quintet (Portugal), The Eduardo Niebla Experience (Spain) and Adam Miller Group (USA). Full programme and interview with the organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Elisabeth Lohninger

Austrian singer Elisabeth Lohninger

Cairo Jazz Festival: Elisabeth Lohninger at Cairo Jazz Club
Thu Mar 15 10:00 pm to Fri Mar 16 3:00 am

As part of this year’s Cairo Festival, New York-based Austrian jazz singer Elisabeth Lohninger will grace the Cairo Jazz Club stage for a special, intimate, after-hours performance. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

DJ Honda & S-Lap at Yasso
Thu Mar 15 9:00 pm to Fri Mar 16 3:30 am

House music lovers, rejoice! Two of the leading DJs host this Thursday night at Yasso in Giza with the latest, and undoubtedly coolest, house beats. Reservations are necessary and can be made through Tazkarty.

Yasso Lebanese Lounge, 23 El Nil Street, Giza

Rennie Harris Puremovement Dance Company (US) in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

According to the official information released by the event organisers, “Lorenzo (Rennie) Harris (artistic director, choreographer) celebrates hip-hop culture on his own terms, by using some of the world’s most influential forms of movement, music, and storytelling to revolutionise contemporary concert dance.” More info here.

Main Hall at the Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo



NubaNoor at El Tanboura Hall
Thu Mar 15 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Formed way back in 1962, NubaNoor are notable for having featured some of the finest Nubian singers and composers over the years, including Abdullah Batt, Abou Mirghani, and Saleh Abbas. Tickets are 20LE.

El Tanboura Hall 30 A, El Balaqsa Street ,Abdeen, Downtown

“Tank Girl” exhibition by Nadine Hammam at Gallery Misr

Hammam explores female power in a male-dominated society along with relationships between men and women through multi-layered acrylic canvases. Read our review and artist interview here.

4A Ibn Zaki from Hassan Sabri Street, Zamalek, Cairo. Open everyday from 10am to 10pm except Friday.

Up On The Roof at Darb 1718
Thu Mar 15 from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The monthly Up On The Roof night is a creative platform for both established and emerging artists using either Arabic or English language. Live poetry, spoken word, stand-up comedy, music, dance and performance – all artistic expression is welcomed, as long as it doesn’t take more that 7 minutes. Be sure to register beforehand. Donations are 10LE at the door.

Darb 1718, El Fustat – Old Cairo, Islamic Cairo

Film Night at Institut Francais d’Égypte au Caire
Thu Mar 15 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

With two screenings in one night, the evening starts with ‘Mademoiselle Chambon’ (2009) which tells the story of two adults who struggle to let go of their erotic passion for one another. At 8.30PM ‘Une chaine pour deux’ (2009) follows a modest shop owner who has to come to terms with the discovery that he’s seriously ill. Attendance is free.

Institut Francais d’Égypte au Caire, 1 Madrasset El Huquq El Frenseya, off of Kasr El Eini Street, Mounira

‘Cosmonauta’ Screening at Italian Cultural Centre
Thu Mar 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Set in 1957 Italy, during the peak of the Cold War, ‘Cosmonauta’ (2009) follows fifteen-year-old Luciana who becomes a member of the communist party while living with her bourgeois stepfather and among male chauvinists in a communist group in Rome. Attendance is free.

Italian Cultural Centre, 3, El Sheikf El Marsafi St., across from Beano’s, Zamalek

Still from Road to Downtown movie

Still from Road to Downtown movie

Documentary Film Screenings at Artistic Creativity Center
Thu Mar 15 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

For the second time in as many days, the the Artistic Creativity Center will host screenings of two films from young Egyptian filmmakers. The evening will begin with Fawzy Saleh’s ‘Geld Hay’ (Alive Skin) which follows the stories of children who have been exposed to chemicals as a result of working at tanneries.Sherif El Bendary’s ‘Al Tareeq Le Wust El Balad’ (The Road to Downtown) a romantic look at Downtown Cairo and its inhabitants. Attendance is free.

Artistic Creativity Center, inside Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah, Zamalek

‘Sweeping From the Shop’ by Mostafa Razzaz at Picasso Gallery
Sun Mar 04 10:00 am to Thu Mar 29 10:00 pm

With over 100 local and international exhibitions under his belt, well-known artist Mostafa El Razzaz presents his new exhibition ‘Sweeping From the Shop’ at the Picasso Gallery in Zamalek.

Picasso Gallery, 30 Hassan Assem St., Zamalek

‘Giza Threads’ Exhibition at Townhouse Gallery
Sun Feb 26 6:00 pm to Wed Mar 21 10:00 pm

‘Giza Threads’ is a solo exhibition of photography by Rana ElNemr. This new body of work weaves together layers of fragile and ephemeral visual narratives which begin in Giza in 1999.

Townhouse Gallery, Hussein El Me’mar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Basyouni Street, Downtown

Eskenderella Band at MUST
8.00pm to 10.00pm

Arabic music at MUST Opera House. Eskenderella Band will perform songs for Sheikh Sayed Darwish and Sheikh Emam live.

MUST, right next to Dar El Fouad Hospital, 6th of October

Eskenderella Band

Eskenderella Band


Drum Circle with Han Bennink in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 2.30pm

The Drum Circle Workshop will be run by Han Bennink (guest of honour at the Cairo Jazz Festival) along with El-Darb El-Ahmar School.

Garden area, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Film screening of “Microphone Film” in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 5pm

In celebration of 10 years of underground creativity, the Cairo Jazz Festival screens Microphone Film (2011) that documents underground art and music in Alexandria.

River Hall, 26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Cairo Jazz Festival live music in El-Sawy Culturewheel starting 5pm

Tonight’s line up of local and international jazz musicians: Ahmed Nazmi Trio feat. Basel Rajjoub (Egypt/Syria), Elisabeth Lohninger (Austria), Eftekasat (Egypt), Rami Atalla Quintet (Egypt), and Artvark Saxophone Quartet (Holland). Full programme and interview with organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Nacelle: Friday Night House Sessions at Yasso
Fri Mar 16 10:00 pm to Sat Mar 17 3:00 am

This Friday, Nacelle House Sessions returns to its roots for a night with two of Cairo’s favourite DJs Aly B and Tito. Cover Charge is 100LE.

Yasso Lebanese Lounge, 23 El Nil Street, Giza

Arabish House Mafia at Opium
Fri Mar 16 9:00 pm to Sat Mar 17 2:00 am

For a night of 80s and 90s fever, only in Arabic, be sure to head to Opium for the ever popular Arabish House Mafia. Minimum charge is 200LE. Reservations are necessary and can be made through Tazkarty.

Opium, Saray El Gezirah St., Zamalek

‘The Tree of Life’ Screening at Sufi
Fri Mar 16 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Terrence Malik’s ‘The Tree of Life’ (2011) follows the life journey of Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Attendance is free.

Sufi Bookstore, 12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Kumi Adachi

Kumi Adachi

Cairo Jazz Festival: Kumi Adachi & Club Pangaea at Cairo Jazz Club –
Fri Mar 16 10:00 pm to Sat Mar 17 3:00 am

As part of this year’s Cairo Jazz Festival, Cairo Jazz Club welcomes high-energy Japanese guitarist Kumi Adachi and jazz/rock fusion band Club Pangaea on stage. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Shady Ahmed & Tarek Diaa at Al Kotob Khan
Fri Mar 16 from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Join Shady Ahmed and Tarek Diaa at Al Kotob Khan in Maadi for a an exclsuive performance of songs for upcoming EP ‘Life is Hard for Those Who Dream’ as well as some old favourites as well. Comedian Mohamed Abdel-Rehim, aka Mo’ Love, will open the show. Attendance is free.

Al Kotob Khan, 3/1 El Laselky St., across from Metro Market, New Maadi, Maadi

Al Khotob Khan

Al Khotob Khan

Yehia Khalil at Cairo Opera House
8.00pm to 10.00pm

Jazz performance in the grounds of Cairo Opera House.

Cairo Opera House, El Gezirah, Zamalek

Wageeh Aziz at Alexandria Center for Creativity

An Egyptian singer and composer that influenced by Sayed Darwish and El Rahbaneya from upper Egypt. He’ll perform Robaaeyat Salah jaheen and some of his own songs and His famous song Tany that he used to sing it every party

Alexandria Center for Creativity, Bibliotecha

Gasping, a play, Rawabet Theatre

Gasping a play by Ben Elton and directed by Leila Saad will perform live at Rawabet Theatre, March 11 – 31.

Rawabet Theatre, 2 Hussein El Me’mar st. off Mahmoud Bassiouni St., beside Townhouse Gallery, Downtown

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.


Tannoura at El Ghouri, 8.00pm

Cairo’s tannoura troupe will perform at Wekalet El Ghouri. Traditional and colourful performance in one of Old Cairo’s restored ancient houses. Performances every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Wekalet El Ghouri, El Azhar Street, Islamic Cairo

Cairo Jazz Festival’s last official concerts in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 6pm

Line up for tonight includes: El-Dor El-Awal (Egypt), Akram El-Sharkawy Group (Egypt), Han Bennink, the “Guest of Honour” (Holland) ft Amro Salah Trio (Egypt), Michelle Rounds (Australia), Kumi Adachi Club PANGAEA (Japan). Full programme and interview with the organiser here.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Andre Carvalho Quintet at Cairo Jazz Club
Sat Mar 17 10:00 pm to Sun Mar 18 3:00 am

Doing it’s part for this year’s Cairo Jazz Festival, CJC hosts a performance from the Andre Carvalho Quintet, who join us from Portugal. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Cairo Symphony Orchestra under baton of a Swiss conductor Andreas Spörr in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

The programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Overture to a comic Singspiel, The Impresario, K 486; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op 35 and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68. More info here.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

‘La Belle Epoque’ by Katherine Bakhoum in Safarkhan Gallery

In Cairo’s Safarkhan Gallery, French-Egyptian artist Katherine Bakhoum invites the public to a heavenly world of Orientalist-style paintings and contemporary collages in her exhibition, La Belle Epoque. Read our review here.

6 Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Book Sale for a Cause! at Bikya
Sat Mar 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Calling on all book lovers (or anyone interested in getting rid of old books), the PTP book club is organising a day of coffee, brunch and of course book shopping at Bikya in Nasr city Proceeds go to buying equipment for intensive/medium care units of pediatric department at the National Cancer Institute. For book donations, please contact: nermeena285@gmail.com or inji.amr@gmail.com.

Bikya, 23 Dr Zaki Hassan St., off El Nasr St., Nasr City

Still from the movie In the Mood for Love

Still from the movie In the Mood for Love

‘In the Mood for Love’ Screening at Arthropologie
Sat Mar 17 from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm

‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000) tells the story of two lives in 1960s Hong Kong that continue to intersect in everyday situations. Attendance is free.

Arthropologie, 13a Marashly Street, Zamalek

Style-Treasure.com: The Exhibition at Sofitel Gezirah
Sat Mar 17 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In an effort to show off Egypt’s fabulous talent, online boutique Style-Treasure.com is hosting a pre-Mother’s Day exhibition debuting both Mother’s Day and Spring collections of clothes, accessories and jewellery at the Sofitel Gezirah in Zamalek.

Sofitel Cairo Gezirah, Zamalek

Andre Carvalho Quintet

Andre Carvalho Quintet


Czech pianist Jitka Čechová in performance at Prince Mohamed Ali Palace – Manisterli Palace at 8pm

Jitka Čechová will perform Chopin, Schumann, Smetana and Liszt. More info here.

North East End of Manial Rhoda Island

Omar Khairat Music Concert in the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Egyptian musical legend Omar Khairat takes to the Opera House stage again.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

’92s Syria’ Exhibition in Mashrabia Art Gallery

A collaboration between Syrian revolutionary artists showcasing their recent works. Read our preview of the exhibition and some artists’ insights here.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo, from 11am to 8pm

Cairo Jazz Festival: Artvark Saxophone Quartet at Cairo Jazz Club
Sun Mar 18 11:00 pm to Mon Mar 19 2:00 am

The Netherlands’ Artvark Saxophone Quartet are in Cairo for the Cairo Jazz Festival and will treat the city to a night of lively music. Reservations at Cairo Jazz Club are recommended.

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

Artvark Saxophone Quartet

Artvark Saxophone Quartet

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