All the news from the BIC on a massive five-day event to mark the kingdom’s special day.
Bosses are Bahrain International Circuit are expecting thousands to turn out for a mega shopping and entertainment festival to showcase the best of the island.
Taking place over the National Day holiday from Friday, December 13, to Tuesday, December 17, the event, the first of its kinds, will include 200 carnival-style booths selling and exhibiting a huge array of products from jewellery and clothing to foods, games, toys and other items.
Lots of the kingdom’s biggest retailers will be represented as well as traditional craftspeople demonstrating the island’s ancient trades such as basket weaving and pottery.
There’ll be a packed lists of kids’ entertainment including kiddie rides, carnival games, bouncy castles, electric trains, carousels, henna, airbrush tattoos, balloon twisters and entertainment from roaming cartoon character mascots. as well as food stalls and carnival games for adults to enjoy.
One of the major focuses of the event will be a music festival/competition running over all five days and bands and musicians are being invited to take part to vie for big cash prizes – BD3,000 for the winner and BD2,000 and BD1,000 for second and third place respectively.
Any musician can take part from schools and musical institutes to local clubs and bands and in any genre from rock to hip-hop and reggae to Latin. The only stipulation is that they must perform with an instrument, so no solo vocalists.
There’ll be three judges from Bahrain’s musical community and contestants will be judged on four criteria – voice quality, stage presence, overall performance and audience impact, so there’s a chance to cheer on your favourites and a great opportunity for the musicians to perform in front of a large live crowd.
Heats will take place over the first four days with 12 finalists being chosen to battle it out on stage on the last day.
So far there are around ten bands registered so if you’re a musician and want the chance to play in front of a crowd and get your music out there (we hear local producers and music industry insiders are likely to be among the judges), then this is your chance particularly with the news that Bahrain’s regular Battle of the Bands is not going ahead this year. Entry for musicians is BD10 and registration is via (17 451 770/17 451 099) or email firstname.lastname@example.org