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Top ChoiceMusic in Marsa Alam

3alganoob Music Festival

Egypt's only modern music festival, this three-day feast at Tondoba Bay, 14km south of Marsa Alam, features the country's most interesting independent bands in every genre from electronica to alternative rock....

Cultural in Siwa Oasis

Siyaha Festival

For three days around October's full moon, Gebel Dakrur is the scene of the Siyaha festival. Thousands of Siwans gather to celebrate the date harvest, renewing friendships and settling any quarrels that broke out...

Film in Alexandria

Alexandria International Film Festival

The Alexandria International Film Festival takes place every November and is a key event in Egypt's cinematic calendar. Independent filmmakers from across the world showcase their work here. The main venue is the...

Performing Arts in Cairo


Going from strength to strength, this three-week contemporary arts festival draws the focus on Downtown Cairo with both local and international acts staging music and dance events, as well as an art, film and...

Film in Cairo

Cairo International Film Festival

One of the longest-running cultural events in the Arab world, this annual festival celebrates film from across the world but with a focus on Arab and African contributions. As well as the festival competition,...

Cultural in Luxor

Moulid of Abu Al Haggag

The town’s biggest traditional festival is the Moulid of Abu Al Haggag, a raucous five-day carnival in honour of the nearest thing Luxor has to a patron saint, a 13th-century Sufi leader, Yusuf Abu Al Haggag. It...

Religious in Cairo

Moulid of Sayyidna Al Hussein

On the square in front of the Mosque of Al Hussein, this Sufi gathering celebrates the birthday of the prophet’s grandson. If the crowds get too intense, you can watch from one of the rooftop cafes. It’s near the...

Music in Cairo

Cairo Jazz Festival

A three-day celebration of jazz, bringing acclaimed local and international musicians to Cairo. Most performances are held at the venue halls of the GrEEK Campus as well as the Cairo Jazz Club.

Film in Cairo

Panorama European Film Festival

A celebration of art-house cinema, with a program of film screenings from Europe and across the Arab world (many showing with English subtitles) at venues throughout central Cairo, including cinema Zawya.

Music in Cairo

Citadel Festival

Some of the biggest names in classical Arab music, plus more contemporary artists, perform at this two-week festival which is organised by the Cairo Opera House. Performances take place at both the Cairo Opera...

Religious in Cairo

Moulid of Sayyida Zeinab

In the last week of the Islamic month of Ragab (March to April 2018 to 2020), this veneration of the prophet’s granddaughter is a great neighbourhood event, behind the mosque of the same name.

Food & Drink in Cairo

Cairo Bites

Cairo Bites brings around 100 exhibitors from Egypt's restaurant scene to one venue for a two-day foodie fiesta. There's also cooking competitions, chef demonstrations and musical performances.

Religious in Siwa Oasis

Moulid At Tagmigra

Once a year, just after the corn harvest in late summer, Siwa Town's small tomb shrine of Sidi Suleiman is the scene of a moulid (saints’ festival), known in Siwi as the Moulid At Tagmigra. Banners announce the...

Performing Arts in Cairo

Raqs of Course

This one-week festival of belly dancing instruction workshops, dance competitions and shows is organised by Cairo's best known dancer, Randa Kamel. Top names in oriental dance from across the world, as well as...

Film in El Gouna

El Gouna Film Festival

El Gouna Film Festival, the first of its kind in Egypt, had a successful inaugural run in September 2017. It's a must-visit for cinephiles, and you're guaranteed to spot Egypt’s top actors, socialites and...

Sports in Luxor


In January each year a marathon is held on the west bank. It begins at Deir Al Bahri and loops around the main antiquities sites before ending back where it began. There is also a junior 5km run and a 10km...