The Middle East’s only dedicated short film festival is based right here in Bahrain and it launches tonight at Seef Mall. There are four major categories in the festival: for Bahraini filmmakers, cinema of the region, Asian films and animations. The festival is also focusing on films coming from Saudi Arabia this year, and will be hosting workshops and discussions on the subject. Tickets are available online and in the mall. Visit www.naqshfilms.com.
Spanish food festival Starting Wed 15
With flamenco dancers, live guitar music, cultural events and plenty of food, La Vinoteca Barcelona in Adliya is celebrating everything Spain has to offer starting tonight. There will also be Spanish culture and gastronomy workshops including a cooking class and an exhibition of Spanish specialty food products. Then budding musicians will also get chance to improve their skills at a one-day Spanish guitar master class held by an expert. More details will be shared on our site soon. Call 1700 7808
Have a chuckle Thu 16 and Fri 17
The Chuckle Club is flying in some of their favourite comedians – Matt Richardson, Tania Edwards and Andrew Stanley – for three performances this month. The tour starts on Thursday night at the British Club, followed by a gig at the InterContinental Regency Friday brunch and ending with an evening set of stand-up at the Royal Golf Club. Tickets are BD15. Call 3666 3509.
HOG Rally Thu 16 to Sat 18 Bahrain’s first annual Bahrain H.O.G Rally is kick starting today and runs through the weekend with fun activities for enthusiasts and families across the island. Highlights include carnival games, children’s entertainment and a live performance by Likwid featuring Ala Ghawas at the Bahrain International Circuit (Fri 17, 8pm, tickets are free). Visit www.hogbahrainchapter.com to register.
10 years of Think Pink Bahrain Fri 17
To mark Think Pink Bahrain’s tenth anniversary on the island an annual gala evening is being held at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. This official charity focuses on breast cancer awareness and runs a bunch of fundraising campaign so go ahead and show your support. Tickets are BD50. Call 3907 6717 or 1753 1008.
Party in the USA Fri 17 to Thu 30 The Mövenpick Bahrain Hotel is busting out their stars and stripes this weekend as they launch a two-week long festival paying homage to the US of A. This includes a Wild West themed brunch (this Friday 17), pool party, Californian vino and dine experience and a Miami Friday brunch – to name a few. Check out the complete list of events right here. Call 1746 0000.
Boho Baha presents Baratigi Fri 17 Baratigi is a Farmfest style event being held in Saar by the Boho Baha blokes. Take your own picnic, blankets and beverages and chill out at this family event from 4pm onwards. There will be daytime activities for the little ones, as well as a killer band line-up (including Flamingods and Daniel Cochran & the Belly of Paris), plus other stalls and surprises. Daytime events are open to all ages but programming after 9pm is geared more towards the grown-ups. Join ‘Boho Baha Presents: BARATIGI’ on Facebook.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Fri 17
The ‘King of Qawwali and Sifu music’ is set to perform live at the Bahrain International Exhibition Center for the first time this weekend. Notable singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, along with his troupe of musicians, will entertain his audience with Qawwalis (a form of Sufi devotional music), Bollywood songs and heartfelt melodies. The concert is a tribute to Bahrain’s late Savio Samanna whose dream was to bring this singer to Bahrain. Regular ticket prices range from BD15 to BD50 and are available at Mumbai Spices in Bahrain Mall and Al Wasmiya in Manama. Call 3776 4410.
RC Project Fri 17 Head to Mezzaluna and check out six DJs busting out tunes from 5pm onwards. Expect hip hop, nu disco, deep and tech house – to name a few genres – as DJs KJ, Swing, Erin, VJ MP3, Cossta and Pyrokiss get busy. Call 3328 2727.
Culinary journey through Asia Sat 18 Chef Minh Duong is taking you on a culinary journey through Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia during his monthly cooking class at Wok Restaurant in Sofitel from 10am to noon. He’ll share recipes and divulge secret techniques on how to cook the best South East Asian cuisine. It’s BD18 net per person with lunch and soft drinks included. Call 1763 6415.