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What Went On During This Year’s Earth Hour

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You probably heard and witnessed Earth Hour yesterday, and for those who are yet not fully aware of this initiative, let me break it down for you. Earth Hour started back in 2007 as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney, and has now become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

It is organized yearly by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and is now a symbol of everyone’s commitment to the Earth, and over the years, the Earth Hour has grown its inception and over 180 countries and territories has participated last year.

“We live in an interconnected world. Every action we take impacts life around us, and increasingly those impacts are harmful. Our ever-growing demand for food, water, and energy is changing the climate faster than predicted—and it comes at a cost for wildlife, wild places, and people everywhere,” WWF writes on why Earth Hour matters.

Participants show their support for climate, rivers, wildlife, for forests and oceans, by taking part in the event and switching off the lights for one hour. Each of these issues have been massively affected by the human neglect and evolution, and surely deserved our attention to help rescue what can be saved.

Over the years, landmarks and historic sites like Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building, and Buckingham Palace have gone dark to mark the hour. And this year has been no exception.

Did you spot the Pyramids?

This year theme for the Earth Hour was #Connect2Earth. The campaign aims at building mass awareness on why its crucial for us to turn our attention to the nature and help create an unstoppable movement, similar to this one.

Let us be clear on one thing, and that is participating in a one-day event doesn’t put an end to climate change, or any other environmental crises that we are facing, but it merely grasps our attention to the problem at hand. So what should be done, is a year long plan, of how to help be part of solving this issue. You can start by doing your own research, and find out what can be done on your behalf.

Tower Bridge goes dark during Earth Hour, UK.

Twin Towers go dark during Earth Hour, Malaysia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House during Earth Hour

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What to Expect From this Year’s Citadel Festival for Music and Singing

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The 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Signing kicked off yesterday and will carry on till the first of September, introducing a selection of the finest Egyptian and Arab musicians who shall bless the attendees at the spectacular venue.

The festival is one of the most anticipated musical events as it allows the audience to indulge on an artistic journey of music from all genres, performed in the heart of Cairo’s most glorious spots, Salah El Deen Citadel.

The festival will bring you musical troupes from across the world to perform at the Citadel’s two stages, and over the next 15 days, the festival will host 42 concerts for local and international artists, some of which will be their first time to perform in Egypt.

This year’s edition tickets prices increased to EGP 20 due to the growth in concerts,  as it is to reach three concerts per-day instead of two.

Egypt’s Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem said that the festival is an another attempt towards achieving the development goals by raising people’s cultural and artistic awareness, in addition to positioning Egypt as a cultural and musical hub.  

“The Citadel Festival for Music and Singing is one of the prominent, and most important art festivals organised by the ministry of culture, that managed to obtain huge publicity, due to its enriching music diversity,” Abdel Dayem said.

The 28th edition of the festival comes also to celebrate Egypt’s presidency to the African Union, with the performances of artists from Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, and Guinea.

This year’s edition will welcome Egyptian singers Mohamed Mohsen, Ali El-Haggar, Medhat Saleh, Hany Shaker, Dina El-Wedidi and Amr Selim band.

From the Middle East, comes the prominent Tunisian singer, Ghalia Benali, and the Lebanese artist Tania Kassis.

For the underground bands, Massar Egbari, and Cairo Band will be performing, and musician Hisham Kharma is scheduled to mark his first participation in the festival.

Last but certainly not least, veteran musician Omar Khairat will end the festival on a good note with a performance at the closing ceremony on the 1st of September.

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The Weekend Guide Here and There

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The long vacation is coming to an end and while some of us are returning to reality and going back to their jobs, others are still out there in Sahel where it is all about the tan lines, good times and of course parties! So those staying in Cairo or in Sahel, we have listed some of the hot parties happening this weekend in both places!

Esseily @Vibes Beach Club 

Today Esseily will help you kick off the day on a good note, so if you are returning soon to the real world, make a quick stop and enjoy your morning before heading back to Cairo.

Ivory 

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Are you ready for our FRIDAY HEAT ???

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If you’re not a morning person then hit Ivory at night where Belly dancer Diva Marine and DJ Armen Sarkis will take over the stage.

3- Bosy @La Femme 

Looks like Eid celebrations aren’t over yet at La Femma ladies beach, so take the chance, let loose and dance along Bosy this Friday.

Oka & Ortega @Rakkan 

Get ready this Friday night August 16th for the hot duo Oka & Ortega, alongside belly dancer Najla for another hot night!

Block Part Ft. Feedo at CJ610 

Cairo Jazz 610’s Block Party features DJ Feedo, who takes to decks for a round of R&B tunes.

For more information and reservations click here.

The Disc Jockeys @TheTapWest 

 

The brilliant duo The Disc Jockeys rock the stage this Saturday at The Tap West, so get ready for one magnificent session of your favorite groovy beats at the West side of town.

 

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The Sahel Guide For Your Eid Getaway

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Heading to Sahel for a quick Eid Al-Adha getaway? Well then, we better help you make up your mind on how and where to spend it in Sahel.

The how is easy because what’s better than sand, music and dancing? So beach club it certainly is, and here are which clubs are throwing what parties for you to enjoy!

Iguana North Coast 

Eid celebration in Iguana will take you on a night full of stars that includes Amina, Ahmed Shiba, Mahmoud Elithy and Sultry linda in volume 2 night of Cabaret El Nojoum.

Happening on Tuesday 13 of August, For reservation : 01274550200 / 01274550500

Exit Club 

They are having the multi-notes artist Lehar on 13th of August to start the Eid festivities in full blast. So join him as he grace the decks of Exit with his tunes!

For reservation call 01017030333

Vibes Beach Club 

On Monday the 12th, DJ Feedo will rock our world, then DJ filex will take over on Tuesday and finally both Dj Ahmet Kilic and Dj Nada will rock on Wednesday 14.

For their entire Eid schedule, visit their Instagram page and hurry up to reserve!

Ivory

Es, Ess Esalamo 3aleko! I bet you sang this and didn’t just read it. Join Ivory next Tuesday as Hakim takes over the place with some of his nostalgic beats.

Also on Monday, El Leithy AND Poussy will be in for a wild night and you surely don’t want to miss this duo!

Rakkan North Coast 

Rakkan surely made it so much easier for us with this schedule and so much fun with them bringing Hisham Abbas, Leithy, and more! We also can’t wait to see what they have in store for us for the surprise acts on Cabaret night!

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Rakkan’s entertainment schedule for our next week🔥

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