This weekend is unstoppable with Thanksgiving dinners, film festivals and plenty of live performances
Bahrain Film Days Wed 26 to Sun 30
The Ministry of Culture has launched a new film festival, running at Bahrain City Centre cinema until November 30. It features a variety of diverse films and cultures, reflecting visions from people in the country and across the region, while marking Our Year of Arts and as Manama celebrates being named Asian Tourism City 2014. Fifth-five Bahraini, Arab, Asian and international films will be screened over the five day festival from 11am to noon at Bahrain City Centre and outside at the Bahrain Fort seaside courtyard. Seminars will also be held on Friday and Saturday, while the winners are set to be announced on the final day. Visit www.moc.gov.bh
Eric Turner in Ibrida Thu 27 Catch talented songwriter and singer Eric Turner – he wrote the song ‘Written in the Star’s which hit the number one spot in the Republic of Ireland and the UK in 2010 – live in Ibrida for one night only from 9pm. Head over early ladies, from 7pm, as you’ll get free drinks until midnight. Call 1711 1999
All white on the night Thu 27 Make your way to The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain’s Overlook terrace dressed all in white and join the beats of DJ Ramos for a chilled evening by the beach. A lavish buffet spread and live cooking stations are also being featured. It’s BD15 for Sports Club members or BD20 for non-members. Tickets include buffet and a selection of house beverages. Call 1758 6612.
The team at Al Riwaq Art Space is launching their annual Market 338 concept again with a focus on sustainability and being green. ‘The Nest’, as it is now called, will see a whole host of creative folk produce dedicated installations, and a range of crafty vendors will be selling their wares. It’ll run for three weekends until December 13, starting from this Thursday. The timings are as follows: Thursday, 5pm-10pm; Friday, 3pm-10pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm. Call 1771 7441.
Thanksgiving in La Med Thu 27
Head to The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain’s international restaurant La Med for a traditional Thanksgiving buffet is served featuring roasted turkey and trimmings, Bavarian sausages with sweet mustard, a carving station and other holiday favourites. It’s BD22++ from 7pm to 11.30pm. Call 1758 6499.
Thanksgiving in Selections Thu 27 This all-day dining restaurant at the InterContinental Regency Hotel is serving a family style buffet with plenty of turkey for BD17++. Call 1722 7777.
Bailando Salsa Festival Thu 27 to Sat 29 It seems salsa fever has a firm grip on Bahrain this year as a second dedicated dance festival full of workshops, parties and sensual Latin moves kicks off. The Bailando Salsa Festival, brought to us by Bahrain-based Bailando Events and the Amsterdam Salsa Festival, is set to be an exciting introduction to salsa, kizomba and bachata under one banner. It’s taking place at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa and tickets on the door start from BD70. Visit www.bailandosalsafestival.com.
Skybar’s birthday Thu 27 It’s Skybar’s second anniversary this weekend and the team are marking it with an epic birthday bash featuring plenty of exciting performances by UK house music DJ and producer Wax Worx, London saxophonist Emma Frampton, UK vocalist Jamie Lewis and Skybar resident DJ Laura Love. It’s BD10 entry for guys or free for the ladies. Only couples and mixed groups are allowed in. Call 3624 6462.
Korean Film Festival 2014 Thu 27 A new kind of film festival is being held at the Bahrain National Museum Auditorium in collaboration with The Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Foundation. It kicks off at 7pm on November 27, continuing on December 4 and 12, with showing of three films: Masquerade (Nov 27, 7.30pm), The Thieves (Dec 4, 7.30pm) and Miracle in Cell No. 7 (Dec 12, 7.30pm). Masquerade is a historical fiction film and drama running at 131 minutes with a performance by Byung-hun Lee. It’s free admission. Visit www.facebook.com/KoreanEmbassy.Bahrain or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmfest Fri 28 The Boho Baha blokes are back with yet another Farmfest at a large, open air space near the Rugby Club in Saar. Head over from noon for a slew of new bands and some old favourites (totaling ten bands and six soloists), an art space, the Boho Market (with plenty new indie shops involved), and great culinary concoctions from Vuruz. It’s a family-friendly event until 6pm, then after than parents are advised to tuck the kids away to enjoy some more grown-up content. As usual, it’s BYOB and costs BD10 for adults (half price for kids under ten). Visit www.facebook.com/boho.baha.bh.
Barrio Latino Fri 28
Enjoy a lively salsa evening at Bushido Lounge as DJ Carlos Campos flies in from his residency at Barrio Latino in Paris. The night starts at 9pm and there’s free entry for ladies while gents pay BD10 in advance (with one welcome drink) or BD20 at the door (with two drinks). The dress code is strictly, impressive. Call 1758 3555.
Action Jackson Fri 28 Spices Indian Restaurant is hosting their monthly Bollywood themed brunch on this night, offering a taste of authentic flavours from around India alongside a buzzing ambience. It’s just BD13.950++ with selected beverages or BD9.950++ for food only from 12.30pm to 3pm. Call 1753 1122.
Belated Thanksgiving over at The Warbler Fri 28 A special Thanksgiving Friday brunch is on offer from noon to 3.30pm a British-style pub The Warbler which is known for cooking up a delicious pie. The night before also sees a party special with new band Grilz Ink. Call 3909 8607.
Thanksgiving brunch at La Mosaique Fri 28
The Crowne Plaza’s popular brunch is Thanksgiving themed this week offering a sumptuous spread of holiday favourites from 12.30pm to 4pm. It’s BD23.950++ with selected beverages or BD19.950++ for food only. Call 1753 1122.
Meisei’s rooftop brunch Fri 28
The chic South East Asian fusion restaurant Meisei is paying homage to this fine weather we’re having by launching Bahrain’s first ever rooftop brunch with a live performance by saxophonist Frankie Flowers. It starts at noon, running until 4pm, and costs either BD18++ with soft drinks or BD25++ with selected beverages. Children under 12 can eat at half price. Call 1700 7770.
Frozen family fair Fri 28 To mark the one year anniversary of smash hit Disney movie ‘Frozen’, Riyadat Mall is hosting a family-friendly fair on its ground floor from 11am to 6pm which will include a kid’s craft area, a bazaar, food, treats and much more. Call 3880 3397 or follow @frozenfamilyfair on Twitter.
Manama Singers concert Sat 29 The popular Manama Singers are hosting an early Christmas concert called ‘A Not So Silent Night’ at the Movenpick Hotel Bahrain with a kid’s version from 4pm and an adult’s rendition from 7pm. It’s BD5 for the first showing and BD7 or BD8 for the 7pm show. A portion of these proceeds are being donated to the BSPCA. Tickets are available from Al Osra supermarkets, The Bookcase, The Words Bookstore and the hotel itself. Visit www.manamasingers.com.