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Bahrain Noor El Ain Markets – food, entertainment and more
 
Early March saw the closing events of a vibrant festival that ran successfully across different Governorates of the Kingdom since December.
 
Local bazaars and markets – run by businesses of all sizes – were popping up as part of the Bahrain Noor El Ain Festival.
 
Alongside delightful food, the venues offered visitors a fantastic mix of arts, crafts, music and entertainment.
 
Closing events
 
The Entertainment Bazaar, Al Basta Market
 
Fridays and Saturdays, March 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Open: 2-8 pm, entry free
 
A purpose-built entertainment village featuring an impressive line-up of bands, musicians and artists.
 
 
The Lagoon, Amwaj Islands
Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 March
 
Amwaj Bazaar
 
Bahrain Noor El Ain concluded its festival season with a literal bang as fireworks lit sky the sky at the end of a weekend long outdoor market overlooking the serene Amwaj Lagoon. The weekend began with a night market on Thursday, health & wellbeing activities on Friday and Saturday mornings, and showcased all kinds of street artists, local musicians and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Amwaj Taste Tours
 
As part of the Amwaj Islands festivities, visitors got to take part in a gastronomic adventure. More than three floors of superb waterside restaurants to choose from, registered participants trawled through all the cuisines The Lagoon had to offer.
 
 

Bahrain Spring of Culture – the first ten years
 
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Bahrain’s unique art, culture and entertainment festival is back, and celebrating ‘Ten Bright Years’ of wowing Bahrainis and international visitors.
 
As before, Spring of Culture 2015 takes place over two months – March and April. It’s packed with stunning shows and exhibitions given by world-class artists and performers.
 
View the full programme and book tickets at the Spring of Culture website. Here are a few of the must-see events for 2015.
 
 
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Monday 2 March
 
John Legend
 
Where:  Arad Fort
When:  8.30 pm
Age from: 8 years
 
Multiple Grammy-winning and Oscar-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter John Legend lit up Arad Fort at an open-air concert celebrating Spring of Culture’s tenth anniversary. American Legend is famous for hit songs like ‘All of Me’, ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Save Room’ and ‘Everybody Knows’. Seated at his gleaming grand piano, accompanied by four string instrumentalists and a guitarist, the 35-year-old singer captivated a sold-out audience of over 2,000 attendees at this wonderful, intimate venue.
 
 
 
 
 

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JUMP
 
Where:  Arad Fort
When:  6.30 pm
 
Gravity-defying slapstick comedy sensation JUMP returned to Arad! This internationally acclaimed Korean act combines martial arts, Taekwondo and mind-blowing acrobatics. JUMP has amazed audiences worldwide in 60 cities and 27 countries and won the Comedy Award at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With three shows held over the course of a weekend, JUMP guaranteed great entertainment for the whole family.
 
 
 
 
 
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Hussain Al Jassmi
 
Where:  Arad Fort
When:  8.30 pm
Age from: 8 years
 
Music fans were in for a treat when UAE legend Hussain Al Jasmi took the stage at Arad Fort to perform a string of his greatest hits. The versatile Khaleeji star has entertained audiences for years with his vocal talent, performing songs in a range of dialects and musical stylings including Egyptian and Moroccan. His talents have garnered him a number of accolades including ART Festival’s Music Creativity Award in 2007, Best Arab Singer 2007 at the Murex Festival, and received an award for his distinctive singing in 2009 as part of a United Nationals ceremony marking International Youth Day. 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Magic Chicken
 
Where:  Salman Culture Centre
When:  10.00 am and 4.00 pm
Age from: 5 years
 
Just how much mess can you make on stage? This slapstick treat of culinary chaos from down under in New Zealand answered the question while keeping children in stitches during their performances last weekend. While two chefs mixed up a hilarious concoction of comedy cookery, a magic chicken flapped in, turning the stage into a kitchen nightmare. With live music, and two performances a day, it was family show not to be missed.
 
 
 
 
 
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Bharati – The Show
 
Where:  Arad Fort
When:  7.30 pm
Age from: 6 years
 
‘Bharat’ is ‘Mother India’. This spectacular dance musical portrays traditional and modern India true to life with all its conflicts and confusion.
 
Forty energetic dancers filled the stage last weekend, quick-changing into 500 costumes. The whole experience burst with colour, giant video projections, authentic scenery, hit songs from Indian cinema, martial arts, acrobatics, laughter and tears. The theatrical powerhouse performance managed to get audiences onto their feet, dancing along to the cinematic tunes.
 
 
 
 
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Joss Stone
 
Where:  Arad Fort
When:  8.30 pm
Age from: 8 years
 
With her powerful bluesy and soulful voice, UK soul singer-songwriter and actress Joss Stone brings down the curtain on the Spring of Culture’s tenth anniversary celebration at Arad.
 
Joss shot to fame in 2003 with ‘The Soul Sessions’, her multi-platinum debut album. She has since sold 14 million albums worldwide, including four Top Ten recordings – the most recent being ‘Colour Me Free!’ She’s won a Grammy, too.