Popular nightspot Tamarai, a long time favourite of Cairene party life, has issued a statement, published on the CairoScene website, suspending operation yesterday until Thursday, in the hopes of “peace returning to our country.” The club, which operates in Sokhna and the North Coast during summer, said that it is “part of this society” and of the “pulsating street seeking justice and freedom.”
The club said that they could not separate themselves from the people protesting in Tahrir who were “fighting for our identity.” The statement went on to say that Tamarai could not “laugh and dance” while others were “confronting and suffering.”
Finally, the statement concluded that operations were suspended until Thursday and that their Black Party had been cancelled out of respect and “sympathy for those patriots.” Tamarai ended with saying that they hope their customers would support the protesters as Tamarai has and “always will.”
Some activists on Twitter responded cynically to Tamarai’s decision and pointed out that during previous protests and clashes the venue had not made a similar decision.
No other venues have cancelled their concerts or disrupted their programmes yet, though some musicians have, such as the Riff Band which have cancelled their 10 anniversary gig, and musician Basheer and his band who cancelled his regular performance at After Eight.
“We cannot seriously go on stage and start playing music and singing when all of this is happening. Nor do we feel like our audience wants to do that either. This constitutional declaration is not acceptable,” said Egyptian musician Basheer.
After Eight itself will continue operations as scheduled, as will Arabesque, despite very close proximity to the protests and Tahrir Square. Both venues assured us that they will operate as normal. Amici will celebrate its second anniversary Monday and The Cairo Jazz Club, the Sawy Culture Wheel and the Cairo Opera House are all still hosting their scheduled activities.