It’s that time of year again when the scorching heat outside sends the country’s crowds indoors to enjoy some of the best stage shows and events as part of the annual Bahrain summer Festival (BsF). FACt has the full programme of what’s coming up…

Held under the slogan Our Year of Heritage, this year’s festival is filled with artistic activities and creative workshops. The seventh edition of BSF, the country’s most anticipated festival, will have shows ranging from local, regional and international music performances, theatrical plays, art exhibitions, and so much more.

Taking the meaning of festival to a whole new level, BSF has quickly become one of the country’s most anticipated annual fixtures, thanks to its spectacular line-up of live shows from renowned local, regional, and international artists and performers, and a wide range of activities which focus on multi-cultural, family-friendly entertainment.

Aside from the coolest events, 2015 will see the return of beloved mascots Nakhool and Nakhoola, who will welcome BSF at the Nakhool Tent near Sitra Mall. The tent will be open daily from 4pm to 10pm throughout the festival month, and boasts multi-cultural activities and workshops for all ages. Nakhool Tent has exceptional entertainment for residents and tourists. All activities, workshops and shows at Nakhool Tent are open to the public.

Organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the Bahrain Summer Festival offers a wide variety of exciting performances by international artists. The festival will yet again bring its action-packed family-friendly line-up of amazing shows and events that will entertain and educate audiences of all ages and facilitate cultural exchange and dialogue. The festival’s shows will be staged at both the Bahrain National Theatre, and the Cultural Hall near Bahrain National Museum.


 Nakhool Tent


TIME: 4.00PM AND 10.00PMScreen Shot 2015-08-12 at 12.55.47 PM
DATE: JULY 30 TO AUGUST 31
VENUE: NEAR SITRA MALL
MINIMUM AGE: 2 YEARS
GENRE: EDUTAINMENT

 

Beloved Bahrain Summer Festival mascot Nakhool returns once again to accompany kids on a month- long, fun-filled journey of discovery designed to educate the artistic young talents of tomorrow. Create lasting memories together and experience the splendour of cultural heritage, of countries from around the world, in a family-friendly atmosphere through a wide range of interactive activities, workshops and competitions held over the duration of the festival.


 Lala Luna


TIME: 4.30PM AND 7.30PMLaLaLuna1
DATE: JULY 31 TO AUGUST 3
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
MINIMUM AGE: 6 YEARS
GENRE: PHYSICAL THEATRE
COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA

 

What if, one evening, the light in the moon went out? This is the beginning of one very strange night called LaLaLuna, a surreal and whimsical tale of the moon’s caretaker as he struggles to re-light the darkened moon. Created by physical theatre playwright-actor Wolfe Bowart, this extraordinary journey appeals to adults and children alike, combining circus, theatre and film, woven together with a unique poetic and comical physical language.

For more information visit www.lalaluna.com.


 Barney Live! World Tour


 Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 12.56.10 PMDATE AND TIME:AUG 10 TO 13: 4.30PM AND  7.30PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HAL
MINIMUM AGE: 2 YEARS
GENRE: MUSICAL THEATRE
COUNTRY: INTERNATIONAL

 

Join Barney and friends on their brand new amazing adventure! Cousin Riff has sent Barney a special package in the mail – a beautiful globe of the world! Barney, B.J. and Baby Bop must use the globe and follow the clues to find cousin Riff and a list of very special items! As they travel to France, Japan, India, China and Mexico, Barney and his friends have a terrific time learning about the language and culture of each new country.

For more information visit www.barneylive.me.


 Master Pieces by Ballet Philippines


TIME: 8PMBalletPhilippines
DATE: AUGUST 11
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE
MINIMUM AGE: 8 YEARS
GENRE: BALLET
COUNTRY: PHILIPPINES

 

For those who appreciate the grace of ballet, Ballet Philippines presents Master Pieces, a celebration of one of the Philippines most respected cultural institutions. Led by its artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, the show features a dazzling selection of the company’s most acclaimed works throughout its 45-year history, from timeless classical and neo-classical works, to modern and contemporary dance pieces, and excerpts from full- length modern ballets; a true testament to the company’s endless versatility.

For more information visit www.ballet.ph.


 Sesame Street Live – Elmo Makes Music


DATE: AUGUST 20 TO 24
TIME: 4.30PM AND 7.30PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
MINIMUM AGE: 1 YEAR
GENRE: MUSICAL THEATRE
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM

 

Get ready for a musical event like no other – monsters making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and the whole Sesame Street crew share their love of music in this family-friendly show. Join the fun as they embark on starting a band and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed; pots and spoons, trash can lids, and even cookie jars! Everyone’s favorite fun, furry and feathered friends teach children that you can create and enjoy beautiful music together.

For more information visit www.sesamestreetlive.com.


 Titi Robin


 Titi RobinDATE: AUGUST 25
TIME: 8PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
MINIMUM AGE: 8 YEARS
GENRE: SONG
COUNTRY: FRANCE

 

Widely credited as a forerunner to the rise of the popular genre that became known as “world music”, French musician, composer, and improviser extraordinaire Thierry “Titi” Robin made his mark in the music world with his signature and highly personal style – known as “Mediterranean music” – from the confluence of Gypsy, Oriental and European cultures. Since the early 1980s, this self-taught musical pioneer has continued to artfully weave these seemingly incompatible musical genres into brilliant and unique masterpieces.

For more information visit www.titirobin.com.


 Beat Bumper – Wrecking Crew Orchestra


 Wrecking cREWDATE: AUGUST 27 AND 28
TIME: 7PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
MINIMUM AGE: 5 YEARS
GENRE: STREET DANCE
COUNTRY: JAPAN

 

Come and bear witness to Beat Bumper, the latest mesmerising show by innovative Japanese street dance troupe Wrecking Crew Orchestra. Blending dance and music, the Osaka-based, eight-member crew shot to global international stardom with their perfectly choreographed sets that are performed in the dark while wearing special futuristic illuminated costumes, creating a mind-bending showcase that must be seen to be believed.

For more information visit www.wreckingcreworchestra.com.


 Alka Yagnik


TIME: 8PMAlka yagnik
DATE: AUGUST 28
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE
MINIMUM AGE: 8 YEARS
GENRE: SONG
COUNTRY: INDIA

 

The signature Bollywood sound comes alive with Alka Yagnik, one of the most prolific and respected playback singers in the history of India’s film industry. A record seven-time winner of the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer, Yagnik will serenade the audience with a selection of some of her best-known classics and recent hits from her illustrious career which spans over three decades and well over 1,000 Hindi language films.

GO: BAHRAIN SUMMER FESTIVAL WILL RUN UNTIL AUGUST 31. CALL 8000 8089 OR 1756 9104 FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION.