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Spring is in the air as February arrives and as usual, Cambridge has plenty to offer with a broad range of events, activities, shows and festivals happening across the city.

Jimmy Carr - Corn Exchange - 5th February

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

The Ahbab Festival - Cambridge Junction - 9th & 10th February

The Ahbab festival is an celebration of Arabic music and film. Spread over two days, the Cambridge Junction are holding a workshop on Friday the 9th February which will examine the difference in scales between Western and Arabic music. On the evening of the 9th February, trio SAWA will be performing a live show of Arabic folk music interwoven with jazz and innovative fusion.

On the Saturday, the Junction will be showing the film ‘In Between’ which follows the lives of three strong, independent minded Palestinian-Israeli women in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they aspire to lead and the restrictions imposed on them by a blinkered society.

The festival culminates with Natacha Atlas and her five piece band as they perform material from her album ‘Myriad Road’ and preview tracks from her forthcoming album to be released in Autumn 2018. Natacha Atlas is a captivating and hypnotic singer from North Africa, who entwines tribal beats with blusey cool Afro-fun.

The Ahbab Festival

Valentines Concert By Candlelight - Ely Cathedral - 10th February

Ely Cathedral

Spectacular, locally-bred concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith returns to Ely Cathedral for the biggest and most varied Ely Valentine’s Concert yet. He will perform solo show-stoppers by Liszt, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Gershwin and he is joined by heavenly strings in Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto in A major K414. International soprano Susan Parkes will sing heart-stopping arias and the programme concludes with two passionate Tangos.

Perfect for a romantic evening with your loved one.

Assassins - ADC Theatre - 13th - 17th February

A darkly humorous blend of fiction and history, conspiracy and truth, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins depicts the disturbing lives of the nine individuals who have attempted to or successfully assassinated American Presidents.

Feeling betrayed by the broken promises of their ideal nation, they decide to strike out against its ultimate symbol: the President. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, the rules of time and place are bent as these disillusioned misfits meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the ‘American Dream’.

This funny yet unnerving ‘revusical’ combines lyrical ingenuity with multiple musical styles to explore the perverse motivations and characters behind these history-defining acts.

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These are just a selection of some of the many events happening in Cambridge throughout February. Be sure to book your Citystay apartment online, for the best rates guaranteed and we will throw in a bottle of wine for you.