Colour and culture festivals, live performances, comedy nights and shopping extravaganzas
Festival of drinks Thu 5
A special W-Night at Bushido Lounge welcomes Matthias Giroud, executive bar chef of Buddha Bar Worldwide, who’s in Bahrain for a selection of training and demonstration sessions open to both guests and staff. Enjoy a live demonstration and mixology show during the evening, which begins from 9pm until late. It’s free entry for all with live performances by DJ Albert-L. Ladies get free beverages throughout the night. Call 1758 3555.
Diana King performs Thu 5
The lady behind the 1995 smash hit ‘Shy Guy’ (featured in the Bad Boys soundtrack), Diana King, is set to perform live in Ibrida. The world-renowned Jamaican-born artist is also responsible for the chart-topping tune ‘I say a little prayer for you’ from My Best Friend’s Wedding starring Julia Roberts. Her Bahrain performance takes place in Ibrida at Ramee Grand Palace & Spa from 9pm. Tickets are BD15 in advance or BD20 on the door. Call 1711 1999. Photo credit to: Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko
Mohammed bin Faris Thu 5 In the 13 years that have passed since the Mohammed bin Faris band was established, they have travelled the world introducing Bahrain’s soulful musical identity through traditional arts. The first of numerous performances takes place on this night at the Mohammed bin Faris Music Hall from 8pm, transporting audiences to a time of tradition. Entrance is free. Tickets can be bought online through www.springofculture.org and at the Spring of Culture Stand located at City Centre Bahrain, ground floor, entrance 2. For information, call 3990 0630.
Omar Khairat Thu 5 Head out to the Bahrain National Theatre for an enchanting evening of music with acclaimed Egyptian composer Omar Khairat, one of the most prominent Arab composers of his era and the only composer to have incorporated the quarter tune with classical music. His music is influenced by traditional Arab music, European classical works, Egyptian and African folklore, and Western genres such as jazz, pop and blues. Tickets are being sold at Virgin Megastore. You must be over eight years old to attend. Tickets can be bought online through www.springofculture.org and at the Spring of Culture Stand located at City Centre Bahrain, ground floor, entrance 2. For information, call 3990 0630.
Masaya Lounge reopens Thu 5 The Adliya-based lounge is having a reopening party with live music, good food, buzzing atmosphere and a one-day offer of 25 percent off everything. It starts from 8pm. Call 1771 7900.
Bahrain Noor El Ain season finale Thu 5 to Sat 7
It’s time to say goodbye to this year’s Bahrain Noor El Ain shopping extravaganza with a big finale at Amwaj Lagoon, coinciding with the Amwaj Bazaar and its ‘Night Market’. A plethora of activities are set to mark the conclusion including: a market with over 40 local vendors’ products on offer; a dedicated lifestyle zone offering free fitness, health and wellness programmes; arts, crafts and design workshops; an open air cinema; live entertainment; kid’s activities and plenty more. Click here for more information and a detailed schedule of events.
The festival of colours Thu 5 to Sat 7 Marking the Hindu celebration of Holi, Indian restaurant Rasoi at Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa is offering a special set menu with three courses and one soft drink available for BD12++ per person. Call 1711 1999.
Jump Thu 5 to Sat 7
After a successful run of performances in Bahrain in 2008, Jump returns to Arad Fort for the Spring of Culture 2015 festival. This gravity-defying, internationally-acclaimed, slapstick comedy sensation combines martial arts with mind-blowing acrobatics and has met 3.5 million audiences worldwide in 60 cities and 27 countries. It’s a family event although parental discretion is advised as the show contains darkness, loud noises and strobe lighting. Tickets are available now and the show starts at 6.30pm. Tickets can be bought online through www.springofculture.org and at the Spring of Culture Stand located at City Centre Bahrain, ground floor, entrance 2. For information, call 3990 0630.
Open mic comedy night Fri 6 Bahrain’s funnyman Imran Al Aradi is hosting a open mic comedy night from 9pm at the Polo Gastropub in Palace Boutique. Entry is BD5 with a complimentary beverage. Call 1772 5000.
Bahrain Colour Festival 2015 Fri 6 Mark the Hindu celebration of Holi with a band at Lost Paradise of Dilmun where the festival of colours is really being brought to life. Expect plenty of colour, international music, a fun bazaar, food, snacks, drinks and more. It’s open to everyone from 10am onwards and tick prices start from BD10 for adults and BD7 for kids (includes entry, party and park rides). Call 3328 3939.
Cook with Chef Andrea Sat 7 Italian food lovers can join Chef Andrea in the kitchen of Fiamma at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa for an interactive cooking class as he reveals his family secrets, step-by-step guides to creating wonderful dishes, as well as plenty of other top tips. It’s BD18 net per person inclusive of lunch and soft drinks from 10am to noon. Call 1763 6414.
New Saturday family brunch Sat 7
The Crowne Plaza has launched a brand new Saturday brunch on the island from 12.30pm-4pm in La Mosaique. With activities for all the family to enjoy together, there is also a sumptuous buffet featuring food from all over the world including a dim sum counter, Mongolian barbecue and delectable desserts station. It’s BD18.5++ or BD23.950++ inclusive of selected beverages. Throughout the month of March, all guests get a 15 percent discount on these prices. Call 1753 1122.
Urban nest Sat 7 until Tue 24 A group exhibition called Urban Nest is being launched at Malja in Amwaj Islands this weekend, curated by ‘The Khaleeji Voice’ photographer Melchior De Tinguy. He says, ‘Locals or expats, in the shadow or in bright light, these artists are at the forefront of the dynamic yet discreet urban art scene. Sometimes secretive they push boundaries imposed to this misunderstood scene. Together with their creations they portray their doubts as well as their hopes, express their views and emotions through an art form that barely allows their audience to understand their own inspirations. This exhibition offers to enter their privacy by immersing the public into their day to day lives and source of inspiration. The opening is at 4pm on Saturday. Call 3232 3000.
Forms in Suspension Until March 31
A brand new exhibition called ‘Forms in Suspension’, being held at Al Riwaq Art Space from March 3 to 31, presents Bahraini artist Lobna Al Ameen’s colourful paintings and wooden installations. It comes as part of the tenth annual Spring of Culture programme. Lobna is inspired by life, nature and place, she says, which she embraces in her work. ‘This new experiment reflects my artistic mood, experience and knowledge gained through participations in group exhibitions and arts workshops over the past five years, especially during the Assila Cultural Festival in Morocco,’ she explains. Call 1771 7441.