Our editor’s pick of the island’s essential happenings
Time Out Bahrain staff
Until April 13: Alwan 338 is still running down at Al Riwaq in Adliya and there are all sorts of things happening from art displays and film screenings to musical performances.
Thursday-Saturday (March 20-22): The fabulousness that is Spring of Culture continues with a visit from the China National Acrobatic Troup. This group has been running since 1950 and embodies the very best of the Chinese acrobatic tradition coupled with king fu, great music and dance for a truly fun family evening. It’s happening at Arad Fort and tickets are from BD8 at www.springofculture.org Today (Thursday March 20): The Lagoon Auto Market, which was due to happen at Amwaj last weekend is now taking place this weekend from 6pm tonight with most of the island’s big motoring brands represented.
Friday, March 21: Holi Hai Holi Colour Festival at Lost Paradise of Dilmun, celebrating the Indian festival of Holi which means getting covered in lots of different coloured powders, it’s seriously messy and seriously fun. There’ll also be DJs from India, water sports, a mini bazaar, water balloons, games and food stalls and all the park rides are included. The event runs from 10am-6pm and entry is from BD10 and there are free buses running from Manama and Riffa. See the event Facebook page Bahrain Color Festival for details of these. Call (33 283 939) Friday, March 21: There is another Holi event at Adhari Park but please don’t just turn up folks, it’s already sold out!
Friday, March 21: Brunch with live comedians. Well, it’s a first for Bahrain and hopefully there won’t be too many cases of people choking on their food as comics Bryan Lacey, John Ryan and Paul Myrehaug liven up the regular Friday brunch at Muju.
Friday, March 21: Kids’ theatre performance, from the School of Speech and Dramatic Arts which is affiliated with Lamda and runs out of St Christopher’s. Pupils are putting on Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ and tickets, priced BD5 went on sale from the Saar campus and Words Bookshop.
Saturday, March 22: Batelco Motor Show at Batelco HQ in Hamala not only has dealer offers but also competitions for best classic and custom cars and best motorbike as well as food, fun and kids’ entertainment and live band performances. Entrance is free and there are lots of new activities planned this year. The event runs from 9am-6pm.
Monday, March 24: Second heat in the Last Band Standing contest, a new one from the Marine Club at Phoenicia Tower. The final’s on Monday, March 31, and the first prize is upwards of $1,000. There’ll also be prizes for second and third place and best male and female vocalist. Go along and cheer on your favourites. Entry BD3. Call (66 600 025/33 137 113) Tuesday, March 25: Camelot is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its much-loved Grape Escape grape tastings. 12 years, 12 different grapes from 7pm-10pm for BD10. Call (39 977 540)
Thursday, March 27: Spring Uncorked is the big grape tasting event from BMMI with Mark from Torres Winery flying in to present at the Spain table and new grapes from Chile, New Zealand and Argentina plus lots of regular favourites to try plus a varied cheese table to accompany them. It’s happening at the Movenpick and tickets are BD18. Call (17 739 280)
Thursday, March 27: Saxo beats with Pablo Meglar and DJ Scott Strutton at Txoko at The Domain. Should be a good one, Meglar’s been studying the saxophone since the age of ten! Tickets are BD10 in advance and BD15 on the night. Call (38 867 885)