See Joss Stone, The Vamps and Otto Knows live, then join in a whopping art festival
Al A’Ali Art Fest 2015 Wed 8 to Sat 11 Al A’Ali Shopping Complex is re-launching its annual arts festival to be held at the centre from the 8th to 11th. Now in its fourth consecutive year, Al A’Ali Art Fest, is a platform for talented artists in Bahrain to showcase their works under one roof. This year, they’ve introduced a range of categories such as fine art, live pottery, music, fashion design, calligraphy, food design, photography and more. Free workshops in topics like pottery, mosaic art, handicraft boat making, film making, vegetable carving, jewellery making, and more, are open to those interesting. On top of all that, there will be a short play and live musical performances. Visit www.alaaliartfest.com.
Fast times in Palestine – book signing Thu 9 Pamela J Olson, author of the award-winning memoir ‘Fast Times in Palestine’, is speaking at La Fontaine about her years living in Palestine during and after the second Intifada. She’s there from 7pm and it costs BD10 for the talk inclusive of canapés and soft drinks or BD25 with dinner and live music. Call 1723 0123.
Farid Al-Atrash 40 Years Later Thu 9 As part of the Spring of Culture festival, the National Arab Music Ensemble is showcasing the classic and soulful musical style of the late great singer Farid Al-Atrash. He’s particularly known for his authentic Egyptian tarab style. The performance starts from 8pm. Visit www.springofculture.org.
Saxophonist at Meisei Thu 9 London-based Kit Mlynar has performed with music giants across the world and now comes to Meisei for one night only. She’ll entertain with her relaxed and funky, eclectic style from 9pm. Call 1700 7770.
Lebanese festival Thu 9 to Fri 17 Zahle restaurant at The Gulf Hotel is hosting a Lebanese festival with a menu ranging from cold mezze to tasty sweets as the dabka folkloric dance group Moulayya entertains. It’s BD25++ per person inclusive of dinner and entertainment from 7pm to 2am each night. The show starts at 9.30pm. Call 1771 3000.
Spanish festival Until Fri 10 It’s your last chance to experience Sofitel’s Spanish gastronomic and cultural festival at Tapas Restaurant. Renowned Chef Jordi Gimeno has flown in from Barcelona to showcase tapas and paella of his native Spain. The group Grupo Flamenco Las Duquelas are entertaining guests with song and dance through the festival too, as a special dinner is available from 8pm on each night. Call 1763 6363.
Joss Stone live Fri 10
The Grammy Award-winning UJ soul singer-songwriter and actress, Joss Stone, is performing live at Arad Fort in Bahrain for one night only as part of the tenth anniversary of the Spring of Culture Festival. She shot to fame back in 2003 thanks to her multi-platinum debut album ‘The Soul Sessions’ and has been entertaining audiences the world over with her wonderful, bluesy voice ever since. She’s set to release her seventh studio album ‘Water For Your Soul’ this year. The performance starts from 8.30pm. Visit www.springofculture.org.
Afro-Caribbean festival and brunch Fri 10 A special Afro-Caribbean festival and family-friendly brunch is being hosted at 338 Garden Restaurant, from noon to 4pm, featuring DJ Swing and MC OGA, alongside African drummers and dancers. Kids will be kept entertained with a range of activities such as hair braiding, face painting and balloon twisting. There are also prizes for the best Afro-Caribbean dress. Tickets are BD21 in advance or BD25 at the gate. There’s free entrance for kids under eight years old. Call 1771 0338.
Thai festival at Trader Vic’s Until Sat 11
For one week only, Trader Vic’s Bahrain has welcomed the Phuket Events Company and their hypnotic performance of traditional Thai dance. Dancers are performing three shows each evening exclusively for guests dining on the outdoor terrace restaurant from 8pm. Thai dance, also known as ‘Fawn Thai’, was originally an art performed for the royal courts of old Siam. A special selection of Thai dishes will also be available in a three course set menu for BD14.5 net. Reservations are recommended. Call 1758 6555.
The Vamps & DJ Otto Knows Sat 11 Concluding the Bahrain International Circuit’s promotional campaign ‘Race Fever’, to drum up excitement in the lead up to F1, there will be back-to-back concerts by British pop band The Vamps and Swedish DJ Otto Knows at the track. The Vamps take the stage from 6pm, followed by Otto Knows a 7.30pm. The concerts are only open to F1 ticketholders. Call 1745 0000.