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 …
Show in Philae

Sound and Light Show

Although the commentary is predictably cheesy, you really can't beat strolling through Philae's temple at night. Show times, with commentary in alternate languages depending on schedule, have a habit of changing, so…
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 …
Show in Abu Simbel

Sound & Light Show

A sound-and-light show is performed nightly at Abu Simbel. Headphones are provided, allowing visitors to listen to the commentary in various languages. While the text is flowery and forgettable, the laser show proje…
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 Luxor

Karnak Sound and Light Show

This highly kitsch sound and light show is a 1½-hour Hollywood-style extravaganza that recounts the history of Thebes and the lives of the many pharaohs who built here in honour of Amun. It’s worth a visit particula…
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…