Entertainment

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 on Wednesday nights (doors open at 8.30…
Traditional Music in Cairo

El Dammah Theatre

Regular Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows by musical ensembles such as Rango, a trancey Sudanese folk group, and the El Tanboura Band, playing simsimiyya, a musical style from the Suez Canal region, as well as oth…
Arts Centre in Cairo

Darb 1718

This super-cool creative space aims to be a ‘trampoline’ for contemporary art, which gives an idea of the fun to be found here – there's a regular program of concerts by Egyptian bands and movie screenings at night …
Live Music in Cairo

El Sawy Culture Wheel

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. There are also regular performances by the El Sakia Puppet Theatre…
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 …
Puppet Theatre in Cairo

Cairo Puppet Theatre

Keeping Cairene kids entertained since 1959, this is the Arab world's biggest puppet theatre. Shows are in Arabic but are colourful and animated enough to entertain all ages. It's a bit tricky to locate; take the fe…
Dance in Cairo

Al Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe

Egypt’s only Sufi dance troupe – more raucous and colourful than the better-known white-clad Turkish dervishes – puts on a mesmerising performance three times weekly at the Wikala of Al Ghouri just off Sharia Al Azh…
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…
Arts Centre in Cairo

Netherlands-Flemish Institute

This excellent cultural centre hosts Sunday evening films (7.30pm), ranging from Dutch art-house features to the latest works by young Egyptian directors (all with English subtitles), plus weekly lectures on Thursda…
Concert Venue in Cairo

El Genaina

Al Azhar Park’s 300-seat open-air theatre hosts touring artists from overseas, big-name stars from the Middle East and local Egyptian bands and musicians. Shows are often free (though you must pay the park entrance …