NileGuide Expert Says:
Al-Sawy Cultural Centre has all sorts of music and exhibitions going on all the time
26 July St.
tel: +20 (0)2 27366178
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you are staying in Cairo for a while, it's worth heading to Al-Sawy Cultural Centre early in your trip to find out if anything coming up takes your fancy
Al-Sawy Cultural Centre, at the west end of 26th July Street in Zamalek
, is a gem. This progressive and modern cultural centre has a number of halls and exhibition areas given over to cultural activities.
Each month there are different art exhibitions, from traditional Arabic calligraphy to watercolour landscapes. They also host photography exhibitions and craft fairs, and run a number of courses. Fancy learning a bit of yoga, or how to play the tabla? Al-Sawy Cultural Centre is the place to ask, since even if they don't offer the course themselves, they'll know a place that does.
Al-Sawy Cultural centre also has live music each week, from local heavy metal to classical oud, and sometimes performers from abroad. The centre is open to non-members, and many exhibitions are free. You have to pay for the music and the courses, though prices are very low, and discounted for members.
Al-Sawy Cultural Centre also has a pleasant garden area, and a simple café with free Wi-Fi. Unusually for Cairo, the whole of the premises is non-smoking!
Photo courtesy of Al-Sawy Cultural Centre