12 reasons to get very excited about the Bahrain Summer festival
Time Out Bahrain staff
It’s back! Bahrain Summer is here once again to help us through the hot season. Starting on July 1, the event will bring a mix of art, culture and family events throughout the month – and most of it is free!
Highlights this year include a performance of Alice in Wonderland, music and dance from Merchants of Bollywood, plus fun for the kids in the form of Barney the Dinosaur, who is becoming something of a Bahrain Summer regular. This little lot should definitely put a smile on your face if you were planning to stay in town over the summer and thought the only thing to look forward to was the rising temperatures and humidity, and the A/C of the malls. For more information, or to buy tickets for certain events, call 80 008 089. Also see www.bahrainsummer.bh.
Nakhool Tent For the third year in a row, children can take part in artistic, educational and fun events hosted by Nakhool, the colourful mascot character of Bahrain Summer. He will entertain with art workshops, electronic games and movies. See panel below for more info. July 1-31, Arad Fort, 5pm-10pm, free
Samar Kammouj: A tribute to Riyadh Al Sonbati Samar Kammouj is a Lebanese singer and TV presenter dedicated to reviving the rich heritage of Arabic music. Here she makes a tribute to one of the great Arabic musicians, Riyadh Al Sonbati, in the 30th anniversary year of his passing. July 1, Cultural Hall, 8pm, free
Fuerza y Compas Ladies-only dance group Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba will give an unforgettable taste of Cuban culture, performing flamenco, ballet, Afro-Cuban and Cuban rhythms. July 4, Cultural Hall, 8pm, free
Barney’s Space Adventures Barney and friends head off on an exciting adventure aboard a spaceship! Join them for 90 minutes of fun and fantasy as they visit the Perfectly Purple Planet. See panel overleaf. July 6-10, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 11 am and 5pm, tickets required
An Evening of Fan Al Sut The Mohamed bin Faris Group from Bahrain joins Kuwait folklore band Fan Al Sut to create a musical night where tradition meets the present. July 11, Cultural Hall, 8pm, free
Fan Yang’s Gazillion Bubble Show, featuring Jano Yang The Fan Yang Gazillion Bubble Show has landed, with a laser show, lighting effects and breath-taking bubble displays. July 14-16, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 5pm and 8pm, tickets required
Chen Lo & the Lo Frequency Based in New York, Chen Lo & the Lo Frequency are a hip-hop group who draw from both contemporary and historic events. The group’s music is truly unique, and the ensemble blends a myriad of musical influences encompassing hip-hop, jazz, blues, kwaito, soul, rock and roll, R&B, afro-beat and pop to create a performance that is definitely worth a look. July 15-16, Cultural Hall, 8pm, free
The Dhol Foundation Live in Concert From hip-hop to bhangra and samba favela to drum ’n’ bass, experience the sound of happy, celebratory drums with The Dhol Foundation. Their music has even featured on movie soundtracks such as Gangs of New York and The Incredible Hulk. July 18, Cultural Hall, 8pm, free
Alice in Wonderland by Théâtre Tout à Trac This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous book is full of surprises and a marvelous tribute to childhood. Since 1998, Théâtre Tout à Trac has been exploring theatre through various mediums such as masks, costumes and puppetry. July 20-21, Cultural Hall, 5pm, free
Merchants of Bollywood This Bollywood show tells the story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of Kathak dance (the dance of the Gods). With lavish costumes and an upbeat cast, the show celebrates Bollywood’s film industry, with music from AR Rahman. July 21-22, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 8pm, tickets required
Georgian Legend Samaia’s Little Virtuosos Samaia is a music and dance show that retraces the centuries-old history of dance and music in Georgia. With a cast aged seven-14, the child performers will impress with their skills. July 25-26, Cultural Hall, 7pm, free
Ahla Al Awtan Al Afasy Night Recitalist Sheikh Mishary Al Afasy of Kuwait presents a spiritual performance, reciting a range of his best and most requested chants. July 28, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, 8pm, free
Who is Nakhool? He’s the official mascot for Bahrain Summer, and… he’s a palm tree. It’s that simple. Now kids aged four-12 can meet Nakhool any day of Bahrain Summer in the Nakhool tent at Arad Fort. Typical activities here include computer games, sand art, storytelling, art workshops, Play Dough tutorials, daily live TV broadcasts, colouring competitions, adventure workshops to help develop different skills, and cultural activities. Check the website for full details at www.bahrainsummer.bh. All activities are free and take place from 5pm-10pm daily.