Culture Events: Picks for the weekend

Ahram Online, Thursday 23 Feb 2012

Not sure what to do this weekend? The top choices from the Ahram Online Arts & Culture team, both in and out of Cairo

Thursday 23 February

Mashrou’ El Mareekh’s Open Mic Night in Sufi Bookstore at 7.30pm

After running open mic nights all over Cairo for two years and taking it on the road to different governorates‎, Mashrou’ El Mareekh (Project Mars) will experiment with its format at the newly opened cultural venue, the Sufi Bookstore.

12 Sayed El Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Riff Band celebrates nine years of Culture Wheel in El-Sawy Culturewheel River Hall at 8:30pm

Lead singer Ahmed Harfoush and jazz musicians the Riff Band will sing a selection of “the best of the best tunes” in celebration of the 9th anniversary of El-Sawy Culturewheel.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


The Agenda and Me screening in Beit El-Seheimy at 7pm

Film director Nevine Shalaby looks at the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions and their role in inspiring other uprisings in the region, through her Arabic language documentary The Agenda and Me. English subtitles are available.

El Moez Street, Azhar, Old Cairo


Black and White graffiti on canvas exhibition opening by El-Teneen in Arthropologie Gallery at 7pm

El-Teneen was amongst the first graffiti artists to spray-paint Cairo during the revolution. On Thursday he will be demonstrating his work in this exhibition in Athropologie Gallery.

13A Mohamed El Maraa’shly Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Friday 24 February


El-Hezb El-Comedy Open Mic in Makan at 8pm

The local comedy movement that is dedicated to stand-up, sketches and musical comedy, open the floor for audience participation.

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, opposite of Saad Zaghloul's tomb, Downtown Cairo


Normal Algeria and Love is Nambia screenings, Luxor African Film Festival at 4pm and 7 pm respectively

The African film festival continues in the ancient city of Luxor, showcasing documentaries and short films from all over Africa in Egypt. The festival is coordinated by the Independent Shabab Foundation and the Fund for Culture run by the Ministry of Culture.

Luxor Conference Center, Egypt


Nasser Shamma Concert in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 9pm

Celebrated Iraqi oud player and singer, Nasser Shamma performs in the Wisdom Hall.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Visionary Africa: Art at Work exhibition in Al-Azhar Park

The photography exhibition in Al-Azhar park continues for another week exhibiting African photography from the past 50 years along with Egyptian emerging contemporary artists' work.

At the entrance of Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo


Saturday 25 February


Masra7 Masha3 interactive Theatre Performance in Darb 1718 at 7pm

The performance is the result of a two-day workshop based on personal experiences and human life. The actors share their hopes and their stories, engaging in a dialogue about life in Cairo.

Darb 1718, Kasr El Shame'e Street, Al Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque

Cairokee Band in El-Sawy Culturewheel at 8pm

Cairokee have already gained a popular following on account of their revolutionary songs, with some of their tunes being used in well-known adverts.

26 of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo


El-Ghouri Tanoura Group in 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 St. Landmark: behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Azhar, Cairo


Art Therapy in 10 Mahmoud Bassiouny between 3pm and 8pm

Accredited art therapists Shima Youssef and Suzan Radwan offer people a space to explore their personality and feelings through painting. Participants are welcome to join anytime between 3pm and 8pm in the newly opened cultural space.

10 Mahmoud Bassiouny, 5th Floor, Downtown, Cairo.


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