One thing is for sure, we can’t complain there’s nothing to do during summer anymore. Not since the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities launched the annual Bahrain Summer Festival, anyway. This month-long programme of family friendly events is now in its eighth edition and this year promises a bill of diverse and exciting events for people of all nationalities to enjoy from Thursday July 7 to August 7. And this is exactly what you’ve got to look forward to...
1. This year’s slogan is “Your Destination Bahrain”
It’s no secret that there are plans afoot to turn Bahrain into more of a tourism hub than it is already. And this festival was originally set up to provide a multi-cultural audience world-class regional and international events. This year is no exception.
2. Nakhool City is back...
This year, the dedicated kid-friendly zone of the festival is located in a tent at the Bahrain National Museum all month. Here, you’ll find plenty of artistic activities, creative workshops and competitions for kids to get involved in. Children need to be aged two and above, but otherwise it’s totally open to the public and completely free to enter. All other scheduled performances are taking place at the Cultural Hall in the same complex.
3...and so are Nakhool and Nakhoola
The kids’ favourite female and male summer mascots are back. The “adventurous duo” are the faces of Nakhool City and will be welcoming all families to the tent every day from 4pm to 9pm.
4. The Smurfs are coming
The beloved blue creatures are coming to Bahrain for the first time ever, from July 14 to 18, to present live Smurfs Save Spring. Watch as Gargamel attempts to ruin the season by turning Spring off bit-by-bit, then catching the Smurfs. Will they be able to save themselves and Mother Nature? There’s only one way to find out… Tickets cost BD2, BD5 or BD10.
5. The spirit of Spain is alive
That might sound a bit cryptic, but flamenco dancer, choreographer and singer Luis de la Carrasca and his company Flamenco Vivo are here on August 4, breathing new life into the traditional Spanish art form through dramatic, classical plays. Watch the mesmerising performance from 8pm for free.
6. There will be a tribute to an Arabic music idol
Singer and actress Najat Al-Saghira had an illustrious career spanning over six decades. She left a legacy of over 200 recorded songs and appeared in numerous Egyptian films. Her ballads are distinctive, thanks to her tender, emotive voice, and she’s well known for having collaborated with some of the most prominent composers and poets of the Arab World in the 20th century. A poignant tribute Najat Al-Saghira, Legacy of a Legend is being made to the star on July 21 from 8pm. Entrance is free.
7. The Arab World’s most talented children are putting on a show
We all know the hit reality TV show The Voice from the UK and US, when talented singers from across the countries compete for the chance to pursue their dream career. The Middle Eastern version of the spin-off, The Voice Kids, known as Ahla Sawt, is on tour and bringing the show’s grand winner Lynn El-Hayek from Lebanon, along with five other finalists for a lovely performance of modern and classic English and Arabic songs. Get your tickets for BD2, BD5 or BD10 and see The Voice Kids Tour on July 7, from 7pm.
8. Get your tickets from Virgin Megastore
For paid events, whether you want a standard or VIP ticket, you’ll find them for all shows in Virgin Megastore or you can book them online at www.virginmegastore.me. For the full schedule, visit www.bahrainsummer.bh.
In Numbers - The history of the Bahrain Summer Festival
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Throughout the whole of last year’s festival, this many people visited any one of the events, including
12,400 children who registered for the workshops and activities at Nakhool City.
The overall number of events that have been organised as part of the Bahrain Summer Festival in its eight years (excluding activities at Nakhool City).