The season of good will, complaining about hunger and over-eating is in full swing, as Ramadan washes over Cairo like a cool Mediterranean Breeze (not to self: Mediterranean Breeze is a genius name for a cafe or a new Doritos flavour. Make it happen, make mama proud). With the majority of Cairo’s bars and clubs in hibernation mode, don’t let your mind trick you into believing that nightlife is dead – there’s plenty to see and do across Cairo this weekend, minus the comfortingly destructive force that is alcohol of course.
MAWAWEEL 2015 @ DARB 1718
We begin with the highlight event of the weekend – the first night of this year’s Mawaweel. Cairo Jazz Club Agency and Darb 1718 have teamed up again to bring you a veritable carnival of food, music, art and shopping, with this Thursday welcoming Eslam Sha’ary, Massar Egbari and a dizzying Tannoura performance in between – find out more here.
THE BLOWERS @ WESTOWN HUB
Making brass instruments cool again – though one could argue that they were never cool to begin with – local musical collective, the Blowers, have been on a hot streak in 2015, playing everywhere from bars such as Cairo Jazz Club, to cultural centres like ROOM Art Space. This Thursday, the band’s rich vein of form continues with a gig at Westown Hub.
SALALEM @ RAMADAN FEL HARA
Eat & Barrel‘s own take on Ramadan fun has seen the Nile-side Giza lounge go through an extensive temporary transformation for Ramadan Fel Harra. With live music set to be the centre of attention on weekends, the first act to take to the stage is none other than the enduring and popular Salalem.
EL GOM3A EL KEBEERA @ FAWAZEER
Le Meridien Cairo Airport is playing host to one of this year’s kookier Ramadan tents, Fawazeer. With games consoles, daily prize draws and, of course, plenty of sohour food options making fora month of lively Ramadan nights, the kheima’s first live music performance comes courtesy of Alexandrian pop-rock band, Karakeeb.
SHARMOOFERS @ WESTOWN HUB
The second live music performance at SODIC West’s Westown Hub comes courtesy of a band that has made its way up the rickety and unpredictable stairway of popularity in no time at all. Sharmoofers have developed a cult following as of late and are hot property right now – don’t miss this performance.
Keep the Cairo Gossip events calendar close for more Ramadan events.