Entertainment

Top Choice Traditional Music in Cairo

Makan

The Egyptian Centre for Culture & Art runs this intimate space dedicated to folk music. Don’t miss the traditional women’s zar, a sort of musical trance and healing ritual (Wednesday, 8pm; E£30, advance booking …
Top Choice Cabaret in Cairo

Shahrazad

Worth visiting for the gorgeous interior alone, this old-school hall got a makeover in recent years, and its Orientalist fantasia, complete with red-velvet drapes, feels substantially less seedy than other Downtown …
Opera in Cairo

Cairo Opera House

Performances by the Cairo Opera and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra are held in the 1200-seat Main Hall, where jacket and tie are required for men (travellers have been known to borrow them from staff). The Small Hall …
Dance in Cairo

Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe

Egypt’s only Sufi dance troupe – more raucous and colourful than white-clad Turkish dervishes – puts on a mesmerising performance at the Wikala of Al-Ghouri near Al-Azhar, and occasionally other venues. It’s a great…
Jazz in Cairo

Cairo Jazz Club

The Cairo Jazz Club has kept up with the beat, and it has one of the city’s liveliest stages, with modern Egyptian folk, electronica, fusion and more, seven nights a week, usually starting around 10pm. You must book…
Live Music in Cairo

El Sawy Culture Wheel

The most popular young Egyptian rock and jazz bands play at this lively and very active complex of a dozen performance spaces and galleries tucked under a bridge overpass. The main entrance is on the south side of 2…
Show in Cairo

Sound and Light Show

Narrated by the Sphinx, the sound and light show is a rather dated spectacular. It’s not worth a special trip, but fine if you’re in the area – it is neat to see the Pyramids so dramatically lit. Though there’s offi…
Cabaret in Cairo

Palmyra

One of the seediest and most bygone-glory belly-dance venues is Palmyra, a cavernous, dilapidated 1950s dancehall in an alley off Sharia 26th of July. It has a full Arab musical contingent, belly dancers get (margi…
Traditional Music in Cairo

El Tanboura Hall

Regular shows by Rango, a trance-y Sudanese folk group (Thursday, 9.30pm; E£20), El Tanboura Band (Friday, 9.30pm; E£20), playing simsimiyya, a musical style from the Suez Canal region, and occasionally other folk b…
Cabaret in Cairo

Nile Maxim

The best of the Nile cruise boats, run by the Marriott, is a relatively economical way to see a big-name star such as Randa or Asmahan, along with an à la carte menu. Go for the later sailing, as the show is less ru…