Fire of Anatolia
One of Turkey’s biggest cultural exports, Fire of Anatolia has traversed the world, performed in over 80 countries and has been seen by over 20 million people, making it something of a Phantom of the Opera when it comes to cultural shows. Performed by Turkey’s Anadolu Atesi Dance Company, the latest show Fire of Anatolia – Evolution blends the numerous classical and folkloric dance traditions of the Anatolian Peninsula creating an extravaganza of dance that draws from both the eastern and western traditions.

Mustafa Erdogan, general art director and founder said, ‘The basic concept of Fire of Anatolia is the meeting of civilisations. It is a dance aiming to bring eastern and western cultures together while giving universal messages of peace. It presents to the world a show which integrates folkloric dances with ballet, modern dance and other disciplines of dance.’

The show was founded in 1990 and originally comprised of 90 young dancers, with rehearsals and preparations lasting for a year and a half before the first performance. Towards the end of the rehearsal period, many of the dancers were practicing seven days a week, 16 hours a day to bring together an enormous production to the stage.

Fire of Anatolia started touring the world in 2002. In order to keep up with demand, the show employs over 200 dancers, allowing it to be performed in three places simultaneously. The first world tour comprised of 60 countries and 1,750 performances, and was watched by 10 million people around the world. Following in the footsteps of Michael Flatley’s Riverdance, the show performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Istanbul in 2004. With this summer marking the show’s first ever performance in Bahrain, this is one of the definite highlights of any summer stay in the kingdom.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Thursday July 25, 8pm
A Tribute to Abdel Halim Hafez
The Dark Nightingale, Abdel Halim Hafez, was widely considered to be among the greatest male singers in Arab music history. Talented vocalists and musicians from the Elhefny group pay tribute to the legendary singer who died in 1977. The celebrated group named after the great musician, Prof. Dr. Mahmoud El Hefny, frequently performs at the Cairo Opera House, and in 2009 opened the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon. They have an impressive touring schedule that includes dates around the region and as well as further afield.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Thursday July 8 2010, 8pm
Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music
The 1920s to the 1950s is considered the golden age of song in many parts of the Arab world, in particular, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria, and many of the Middle East’s greatest singers and composers reached unprecedented heights of artistry and stardom during these decades. Singers including Um Kulthoum, Mohammad Abdel Wahhab, Farid and Asmahan Al-Atrash, Wadi’ Al-Safi and Fairuz all helped to define an era of great artistic expression infused with talent and hope. The 10-piece Arab orchestra the El Hefney Group, along with special guest vocalists, bring this era back to life in an evening of classic and unforgettable melodies.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Saturday July 10, 8pm
Maher Zain & Mesut Kurtis
Bringing a wealth of cultural backgrounds and influences to the table, Lebanon-born, Sweden-raised Zain and Macedonian-born and UK-raised Kurtis have one thing in common: a deep respect for Islam and Islamic music styles. Though both soloists, their performance together is a highly anticipated event.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Wednesday July 28, 8pm

Bahrain Summer: the complete schedule
This year’s Bahrain Summer looks set to be the best yet...

July 1: My Grandma’s House (puppet shows) Cultural Hall, 11am, 5pm

July 2: My Grandma’s House (puppet shows) Cultural Hall, 11am, 5pm

July 3: Karakib (puppet shows) Cultural Hall, 11am, 5pm

July 4: Karakib (puppet shows) Cultural Hall, 11am, 5pm

July 5: Lord of the Dance, BIECC, 5pm and 8.30pm

July 6: Lord of the Dance, BIECC, 5pm and 8.30pm

July 8: A Tribute to Abdel Halim Hafez, BIECC, 8pm

July 10: Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music, BIECC, 8pm

July 14: The Little Big Club, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 15: The Little Big Club, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 16: The Little Big Club, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 17: The Little Big Club, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 20: Ben 10: The Power of the Omnitrix, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 21: Ben 10: The Power of the Omnitrix, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 22: Ben 10: The Power of the Omnitrix, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 23: Ben 10: The Power of the Omnitrix, BIECC, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

July 25: Fire of Anatolia - Evolution, BIECC, 8pm

July 28: Maher Zain & Mesut Kurtis, BIECC, 8pm

For the kids
The Bahrain Summer festival is not just for old fogeys. There’s a host of shows specifically for the kids. We pick some of the best:

Children’s puppet shows
There’s nothing better than a bit of Punch & Judy to teach kids about friendship in the real world, and the Summer Festival has put on a treat for the young and the young at heart.
Cultural Hall, Thursday July 1-Sunday July 4. Two shows daily, 11am and 5pm.

The Little Big Club
The Little Big Club features some of children’s TV’s best loved characters, including Barney, the affable pink dinosaur.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Wednesday July 14-Saturday July 17, three shows daily, 11am, 4pm, 7pm

Ben 10
If you have bred a little one that think they are going to save the world, or like watching other people trying to do so, Ben 10 is for them. This stage version of the popular comic series is expected to be a hit.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Tuesday July 20-Friday July 23, three shows daily, 11am, 4pm, 7pm