North Africa

Events in Cairo

Wafaa Al-Nil Festival

The River Nile has been celebrated at the Wafaa Al-Nil Festival since the Pharaohs. Back then, beautiful girls were sacrificed and thrown into the river; today, people celebrate with concerts, poetic readings and competitions for children.

Date: August 15, 2020 – August 15, 2020
Place: Nilufer

Muhammad’s birthday

Every year on the 12th day of the third month in the Islamic calendar, the birth of the Prophet is celebrated. On Muhammad’s birthday, people usually sing and play music in the family circle. Many hold readings and Quran recitations. It is a tradition in Cairo that a procession (caravan) with stands, musicians and carriages moves through the city.

Date: October 29, 2020 – October 29, 2020
Place: Cairo

Pharaonic Race

In the Pharaonic Race, runners master a 100 km route that runs from the Hawara pyramid to the Saqqara pyramid.

Date: November 20, 2020 – November 20, 2020
Place: Hawara pyramid to the Saqqara pyramid
Website: http://www.egyptianmarathon.com
Entry: With entry fee.

Cairo International Film Festival

At the Cairo International Film Festival, which takes place annually in November, the Egyptians have the opportunity to get to know international film production beyond Hollywood. In addition, the Cairo International Film Festival often serves as a political and cultural mouthpiece. In 2011 and 2013, the festival was suspended due to political unrest and insufficient funds.

Date: November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020
(not yet determined)
Place: Cairo
Website: http://www.ciff.org.eg/