From the 13th annual Cairo Jazz Festival to a plethora of film festival, and every kind of artistic discipline in between, October is perfect for culture vultures in Egypt...
October is shaping up to be cultural extravaganza as not one but a dozen of exciting festivals are scheduled to take place. From poetry to Latin dance, a music expo to film festivals whatever you dig culturally is scheduled to take place this month. In effort to keep you informed with all the cultural happenings taking place this month we decided to compile a list of all the festivals scheduled to make this month a culturally memorable one.
Starting today and running until the 7th of October is a PoetryFfestival at everyone’s favourite venue under a bridge, El Sawy Culture Wheel. Highlighting the works of legendary poets Beiram, Gahin and Hadad, this festival will be showcasing the power of words and their ability to inspire. “I joined the (1919) revolution my way, I didn’t throw stones, didn’t break lamp posts, but I wrote verses that were more powerful than rocks and even bombs,” Beiram Al-Tounsi said. Want to hear more? Then we suggest heading there this week.
Afro-Latin Dance Festival
There is no escape quite like losing yourself in the art of the dance. For tourists visiting Egypt it is easy to assume that there is no culture beyond on our ancient history. Looking to prove a package that shows of both our past and present culture, the Pyramisa Cairo Hotel is hosting a festival that will have you enjoy the best of both worlds. Starting on October 23rd and running to the 31st, the Pyramisa has put together a festival that will have that provides non-stop dancing, educational workshops while showcasing three of Egypt’s most amazing cities: Cairo, Hurghada, and Luxor. Whether you are looking to dance, see ancient Egypt, or even just relax by the pool this package is worth looking into as it provides something for everyone.
Proving to be the first of its kind in the region, Muzix aims to bring together the educational aspect of start-up conferences, the entertainment of a music festival, and the diversity of an expo showcasing and selling the latest tools of the musical industry trade. Whether you are a beginner, pro, or looking for a role in the industry, Muzix will be everything you ever wanted to see, hear, and know about the industry in the region.
Cairo Jazz Festival VII
Shaping to be the best festival yet, the Cairo Jazz Festival is returning for its seventh installment. From 15th-18th October 2015, the Cairo Jazz Festival will be taking place at the Greek Campus, hosting a variety of acts both locally and internationally that will come as ear candy to any music lover. From the sultry sounds of Souad Massi to the Swing-era inspired The Riff Band, the festivals will be hosting a variety of acts that guarantee d to have your fingers snapping.
Beauty and the Beast
Not exactly a festival but definitely cultural is the first ever original Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to hit Egypt. Taking place from October 7th to the 17th this unforgettable story will be unfolding at the amazing Cairo Festival City Mall. A tale as old as time will be one you will regret missing so book your ticket now as tickets are quickly selling out for this rare and exciting happening.
SHNIT International Short Film Festival
Returning for its thirteenth edition, the annual SHNIT festival is taking place across the world starting from October 7th to the October 18th. For the fourth consecutive year, Cairo will be included in the global event hosting screenings between the 8th to the 11th. Happening in a plethora of venues including Room Art Space, Rawabet, Teatro Maadi, Netherlands-Flemish Institute and Cinema Radio, the SHNIT festival is a shared global experience that will have you appreciating the arts, while making the world feel that much smaller.
Alexandria International Song Festival
The Alexandria International Song Festival on October 15th is set to take place at Sayyed Darwish hall at the Alexandrian Opera. Looking to make a huge splash in the city, it has been announced that none other than legendary Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram will be inaugurating the event. Ticket are said to range between LE200-500 with proceeds being donated to a children’s charity.
Egypt Sensation Latin Dance Festival
Get ready for swinging hip and gravity defying dips as the sexy, sweaty styles of Latin dancing prepare to hit Egypt. Starting from October 15th – 17th this festival will be bringing in dancers from all around the world to a variety of venues who will be leading a series of workshops covering everything from Salsa to the Chachacha. If you have ever wanted to expand on your dance moves, than be sure to catch this festival in all its sultry glory.
Oktoberfest at CJC
We may not be Germans but we do love beer. From October 7th to 9th, the Cairo Jazz Club will be having a special deal on beer in honour of the beloved German festival. With plenty of DJs packing a punch this night and special offers on beers, this will be the closest you can get to celebrating Oktoberfest without having to book a flight.
Qabila Film Festival
Looking to highlight the independent filmmaking industry in Egypt, the Qabila Film Festival returns to showcase the power of expression while empowering our young filmmakers at the American University in Cairo. Returning for its third installment this festival launches on October 8th to the 10th featuring over a 170 underground shorts while packing in a series of workshops, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities for today’s underground filmmakers to find the support needed to advance in the industry.