There’s a lot happening these coming days, but fortunately it’s evenly spaced out throughout the week. Townhouse Gallery’s photography exhibition Who Are You? will open on Monday, revealing the results of a four-week workshop of the same name. Meanwhile, you still have a few days left to catch Darb 1718’s photography exhibition, which showcases work from their permanent collection. Heartwarming British drama I, Daniel Blake continues to show at Zawya cinema, which is also hosting screenings from the ongoing program of the 8th Cairo Video Festival, a selection of experimental films and video art that is not to be missed (you can check out the festival’s full program here.)
Mohammed Abla’s exhibition ONCE – Sunday
A bit of a departure from Downtown-centric exhibitions, Maadi’s Arcade Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of work by iconic painter Mohamed Abla. Much of the artwork has never been exhibited before, and illustrates the progression of Abla’s thematic concerns (often centred around the vibrant life of the city) and style (ranging from painting to lithography, etching, and photography) from the early 90s till present.
7 pm, February 12, 25 Orabi Street, Maadi, Cairo. More information here.
Iman Mersal on “How to Mend: On Motherhood and its Ghosts” – Monday
Continuing their delightful series of how-to guides, publishing initiative Kayfa ta (literally “how to”), will launch their newest addition to the series by writer and poet Iman Mersal, instructing readers on “How to Mend: On Motherhood and its Ghosts.” Motherhood has been a recurring theme in Mersal’s work, and although this event will be held in Arabic, English-speakers (and intrigued readers in general) can sample Mersal’s writing on the topic in her brutally honest essay on motherhood and violence here.
7 pm, February 13, Rawabet Theater, 3 El Memar Street, downtown Cairo. More information here.
5 Raqs contemporary dance festival – opens Monday
A one-week festival showcasing the work of students of the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center’s (CCDC) 3-year full-time training program, this event will include performances, film screenings and workshops, as well as a live dance and DJ performance at downtown club Zigzag.
6 pm, February 13, Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, 1 Mousa Galal Square, Mohandiseen, Cairo. More information here.
Unfamiliar feat. Julietta/Zeina at Zigzag – Tuesday
Continuing its series of music nights highlighting pioneering female artists, DJs and producers, this edition of event platform Unfamiliar will feature globe-trotting DJ and Half Baked resident Julietta, who will be spinning her deep and dubby signature style of house and techno at Zigzag, with Unfamiliar founder and Cairo-based DJ and producer Zeina warming up the crowd for the night.
10 pm, February 14, Zigzag, 6 Kasr El Nil Street, downtown Cairo. RSVP required. More information here.
PhotoCairo6: Shadows of the Imperceptible – opens Wednesday
After a four-year hiatus, PhotoCairo is back with its sixth edition, consisting of two exhibitions as well as performances, screenings, talks and studio visits, over the span of five weeks. Conceived of by the Contemporary Image Collective, much of the work on display is the result of ongoing workshops, as well as some newly commissioned work by local artists. Exploring themes of visibility and experimenting with how contemporary image production reveals or obscures realities and social practices, PhotoCairo’s dense five-week program seems bursting with potential.
7 pm, February 15 at two locations: The Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), 22 Abdel Khalek Tharwat Street, downtown Cairo and the Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center, 2 Saad Zaghloul Street, beside Saad Zaghloul Shrine, Mounira, Cairo. More information here.