Top 5 Weekend Picks



Thu, 15 Oct 2015 - 02:47 GMT


Thu, 15 Oct 2015 - 02:47 GMT

1 - We followed them on Facebook, and then on Instagram, as they showcase some of the best street photography around the country. Now we're excited to see the raw, real and often just beautiful photos from their contributors during the Everyday Cairo exhibition to celebrate their one-year anniversary.

Opens Thursday, October 15 and runs until October 23 The Shelter Art+Photography, Yamama Center, Zamalek See the event's Facebook page here

[caption id="attachment_341031" align="alignnone" width="620"]Photo by Tarek Wajeh, via Everyday Cairo. Photo by Tarek Wajeh, via Everyday Cairo.[/caption]

2 - The residential buildings on the periphery of the capital meant to ease the "housing crisis" of the 1960s, but today they stand largely unoccupied creating ghost-town landscapes. Photographer Anthony Hamboussi photographed these urban and architectural landscapes over four years. The SURPLUS! Housing from the Periphery exhibit includes 18 of his photos, plus two evenings of curated conversations with the photographer on urban conditions, housing and artistic engagement with the city's urbanism.

Opens Sunday, October 18 at 7pm and runs until November 10 Townhouse Gallery, 10 Nabrawy St., off Champollion St., downtown See the event's Facebook page here

[caption id="attachment_341032" align="alignnone" width="620"]Photo by Anthony Hamboussi. Photo by Anthony Hamboussi.[/caption]

3 - The seven Cairenes that form The Riff Band have been playing for 13 years their interpretations of jazz standards and popular songs. Their reportoire includes classics from jazz icons like Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, making their show a perfect way to experience the ongoing Cairo Jazz Festival.

Thursday, October 15 at 10:30pm The Greek Campus, 28 Falaki St., Bab el Louq, downtown Listen to them on YouTube here or see the event's Facebook page here

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4 - If wandering around the historic neighbourhood of El Darb El Ahmar makes you nervous, then this weekend's free walking tour hosted by Mosaic Club is a great chance to explore one of Cairo's most underrated districts and meet new people, if you're going alone. The club regularly offers tours around Cairo and beyond, and is open for anyone to join. Prior registration is required.

Saturday, October 17 at 9:45am Meeting point at Bab Zuweila See the event's Facebook page to register here

[caption id="attachment_341034" align="alignnone" width="620"]Darb Al Ahmar, from Wikimedia Commons. Darb Al Ahmar, from Wikimedia Commons.[/caption]

5 - The Backstreet Festival will hit Alexandria for the third time with a full week of circus performances, street art and multimedia shows throughout the city by local and international troupes.

Friday, October 16-22 Alexandria, various venues See the event's Facebook page here

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