Tonight, March 6: Jose Carreras in concert at the National Museum, no need to say more other than enjoy!
Friday, March 7: Desert Force featuring the best of the region’s mixed martial arts fighters at Khalifa Sports City. For the main event Abdul-Kareem Al Selwadi from Jordan will defend his featherweight title against Aziz Julaidan from Saudi Arabia and there are ten other bouts on the card. Age limit 11+ tickets are available at Virgin tickets.
Friday/Saturday, March 7 & 8: Inter-Gulf Netball Championships return to the island after a four year absence at the rugby club. There’ll be the best teams from across the Gulf engaging in some fast and furious play and the weekend closes with festivities and a live performance by Bahrain-based British/Zimbabwean five piece Diraz Diraz. The action gets underway at 8am on Friday and runs through to the final at 3pm on Saturday, with the band taking to the main stage after the presentations at around 4pm.
Friday, March 7: Amwaj Marina Dog Show in aid of Tony the Dogfather’s Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre. Lots of fun classes, kids’ entertainment, food and drinks and all raising cash for a great cause. Running from 10am-4pm. Entry adults BD2, kids under 12 BD1, dogs BD1 per class. Friday, March 7: The Chicken Run – of course it’s not really called that – it’s Bahrain Road Runners’ annual Al Areen 10k, however this year it’s sponsored by a commercial operation known for its spiced chicken and runners have been encouraged to dress accordingly, so if you’re in the desert and you happen to see hundreds of people dressed as chickens coming towards you, don’t panic, it’s all in good fun. The race is at Al Areen Wildlife Park and kicks off at 3pm.
Saturday, March 8: The one and only Eric Clapton is at Arad Fort and if you were one of the lucky people who managed to get a ticket… enjoy.
Until March 15: As always there’s more arty stuff going on than you can shake a stick and this is the last week of the Annual Fine Arts Exhibition running at Bahrain National where you’ll find some really stunning pieces on show from local and international artists. Until April 13: Also at the National Museum is the 500 Years of Islamic Calligraphy exhibition featuring pieces from the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Turkey which has a huge collection of illuminated holy books dating from the 16th century to the early 20th century and lots more.
Until April 13: Probably our favourite of the art events running at the moment is the return of the annual Alwan 338 Festival from Al Riwaq Art Space which has loads of artworks on display, film screenings and musical performances down at the gallery in Adliya.
There are also loads of other Spring of Culture events going on which you will find in this month’s issue and at www.springofculture.org.
*The 1001 Nights Souq which was originally going to be opening at Al Areen Palce this week has changed to March 14. *Also the Muharriqi: Father & Son Exhibition, which was due to open at the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre this week has been postponed until further notice.