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Magazine Jan 2009 - Volume 1 - Issue 7

We cover events at the BIC, National Day events, and more! Places to Go Things to Do

Elham

Events

We speak to Ali Al Saeed about the creative arts group

Tradition And much more! HalaBahrain Magazine | January 2009

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Editorial

Happy New Year! Dear Readers, Wow; after a busy month, we manage to get a bit of a rest to start off 2009! December was full of events and happenings, and with every other day being a holiday meant everyone had a chance to go out and enjoy! January is going to be more of a calmer month, and there is still quite a bit to do; events at the BIC, Elham events, the Autumn Fair; read all about it on the upcoming events page. This month we’ve interviewed Ali Al Saeed, a founder of the creative arts group, Elham; if you don’t already know Elham, they’re one of the very few organizations in Bahrain catering to artists. Read the interview, and come down for their event at the end of this month! We’re also proud to note the achievements of the Bahrain football team at the start of GCC 19! A terrific start, and with your support, hopefully they’ll make it all the way to the finals! Again, we would love to hear from you about anything; send us your emails with thoughts about the magazine, letters, ideas, and let us know what you’re thinking! Till next time,

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The Team Editor-in-Chief Ammar Al-Aradi Creative Director Fardan Raffi Public Relations Amal Fareed

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Upcoming

News, Events & Happenings

January is definitely quieter compared to the busy time we had last month! But again, that is a good thing, as we all need to relax a little from Decembers schedule! This month there’s still quite a bit to do, but on a more relaxed note. A good number of events going on at the Circuit, ranging from the 4th round of the Batelco 2000cc challenge and National Sprint, Round 3 of the Drag Championship, and more notably, the Grand Racing Weekend, which should be a fun day out for the whole family, with the GP2 Asia Series, Speedcar Series, kart zone, kids area, music, and much more. Also, we’re hoping you haven’t managed to spend your December salary yet, because the Autumn Fair is back in town! Electronics, food, furniture, cosmetics and much more from 27 countries, turning the Bahrain Exhibition Center into a global village. Whether you want to or not, you’re bound to find something to make you spend your hard earned cash. For those who would rather use their mind rather than their wallet, head down to the Bahrain Chess Club to witness some of the world’s top players battle it out in the game of kings. Art lovers should head down to Albareh Art Gallery to catch the Elham gathering; this month features paintings by Anne Thackery, live drawing by Moh’d Al Mahdi, a reading by author Reena Abraham, and music by Padmini Rao. Finally, for those who need to expend whatever energy they have left, visit Al Areen Park for a Bahrain Road Runners event; a 10km race to help support the park (there is a 3km race for those under 16, so bring your kids along!).

9 January Batelco 2000cc Racing Challenge Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Contact: crc.events@gmail.com 21-29 January Autumn Fair Location: Bahrain Exhibition Center Timing: 10:00am-1:00pm 4:00pm-10:00pm Contact: +973 - 17550033 23 January - 3 February International Chess Championship Location: Bahrain Chess Club Contact: chessclub.bahrain@gmail.com 23-24 January Bahrain Grand Racing Weekend Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Contact: +973-17450000 info@bic.com.bh 27 January Elham Monthly Gathering Location: Albareh Art Gallery Timing: 7:00pm-10:00pm Contact: elhambahrain@yahoo.com 28-30 January Bahrain Drag Championship - Round 3 Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Contact: +973-17450000 6 February Al Areen Run (Bahrain Road Runners) Location: Al Areen Park Time: 1:00pm Email: bahrainroadrunner@gmail.com Batelco 2000cc Racing Challenge Location: Bahrain Int’l Circuit Contact: crc.events@gmail.com

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Mail

HalaBahrain Mail Got something to say? Anything specific you’d like to see in the magazine? Or maybe you just love our magazine? Hate it? Or just need someone to talk to? Whatever it is, let us know, email us on: admin@halabahrain.com ———— FROM: Maher Al-Mallah SUBJECT: Nice Effort Hi all, really nice effort from all of the team. Wish you all the best! Much appreciated, Maher! We also wish you the best in whatever you do! :) ———— FROM: Karim Miknas SUBJECT: Well Done Well Done!!! Every issue gets better and better!!! Thanks Karim! We strive to improve every issue; if

there’s anything you think would make the magazine a better one, feel free to let us know at any time!

that "December 2008 has been dubbed as the ‘Golden Month’ because of [...] New Years, etc ...".

winnings. You have one hour to collect, after which the prize becomes void. ————

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In fact, New Years day is on January 1, 2009, which is not only not in this month, it is not even in this year! Unless you are talking about the Islamic new year, which is not really celebrated, and so shouldn't count.

FROM: James Pearce SUBJECT: Halwa

FROM: Hisham Khalifa SUBJECT: Good stuff Good stuff as usual… Keep it up! Thanks Hisham… Err.. We seem to be getting quite a lot of compliments this month. What’s going on? ———— FROM: Hailey SUBJECT: Error! Your most recent issue states

Very clever! We actually put that in there on purpose to see who would notice, and we’re giving away a million dinars to whoever does spot it first! Please make your way to our prize-collection office, located in Anchorage, Alaska to collect your

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Me again! Tried Halwa as you guys suggested, and I must say, it’s very different than what we’ve been used to! Took a while to get used to it but eventually we fell in love with it! Thanks for a great tip! Glad you enjoyed it! Now head over to the Souq (as we’ve covered it this issue) to get your fill of Halwa and tons of other Bahraini snacks!

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Events

2000cc Racing Challenge With the 2000cc racing challenge well underway, the BIC saw the third round of the races on the 19th of December; with the CRC National Sprint on the same day, the track was busy with people and the sound of roaring engines and cars zooming down the track. Not a regular visitor to the BIC? Make sure to catch this months races, and even race your vehicle on the track with the National Sprint if you think you have what it takes (just bring your car/bike down to the track, and carry a helmet along!). See you there!

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Events

Bahrain National Day

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On the 16th of December, Bahrain celebrated it’s 37th national day. The whole country was lit up with bright lights to note the occasion, and there were different events and festivities going on around the country, from traditional music and dance at the Arad Fort, to street carnivals in Manama, music concert in the Isa Town Stadium, fireworks, and a general feeling of unity and love for Bahrain as everyone waved their red & white flags around!

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Events

Russell Peters

After the staggering success of ‘Bahrain Comedy’ with the Axis of Evil back in October, comes another world-class comedy act; Russell Peters. With a sellout crowd of 5,000, the Bahrain Exhibition Center was packed with an audience anticipating laughs from Russell. An opening by Ahmed Ahmed, and a bombshell of a show by Russell himself meant a great night full of laughs for everyone!

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Events

Performing live on stage at the Bahrain International Circuit was Najwa Karam; an Eid concert that had the crowds singing along to the Arab music divas songs late into the night at this desert festival.

Najwa Karam

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Bahrain was busy with the vibes of Egyptian superstar, Tamer Hosni, as he entertained the crowds with his hit songs late into the night. The concert was held on the 10th of December at the Gulf Hotel.

Events

Tamer Hosni

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Whispers The new album by Ala Ghawas.. Out now

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Events

Sherine The famous Egyptian superstar, Sherine, performed for the first time in Bahrain on the 18th of December, in a concert that had people dancing and singing along late into the night

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Tradition

Manama Souq

Sure, Bahrain has a hundred and one shopping malls. But if you want more of an authentic shopping experience, there’s no place better than the Souq in downtown Manama. Souq is the Arabic word for market, and although partly under renovation (which feels like it’s been ongoing for the past 10 years), there is still a large part of the Souq which has remained untouched. An excellent place to get a bargain, the Manama Souq offers shoppers quite a lot; a huge variety of herbs and spices, thobs and abayas (traditional clothes), fabrics, handicrafts, souvenirs, halwa (Bahraini sweets), and much more! With the current cool weather, a visit to the Souq in the afternoon would be ideal, but plan on spending a few hours, probably till closing time! Also, get a good photo of Bab Al Bahrain (Doorway to Bahrain), which actually used to be right on the beach years ago! The entrance to Manama Souq is located right opposite the Financial Harbor; shop timings differ but most open from 8:00am-1:00pm, and 4:00-8:30pm. HalaBahrain Magazine | January 2009

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Visit the world of hidden Bahraini Talents...

www.BahrainTalent.com

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Sports

Bahrain vs Iraq By Yasmin Al Hilli

Bahrain's opening match at GCC 19 held in Muscat, Oman was against Asian Champions Iraq, at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium in Bowsher. The stadium was already packed as hosting nation Oman had tied with Kuwait 0-0 earlier in a match that saw 4 yellow cards being handed out. The Iraqis were determined to prove themselves against the Bahraini side early into the game and in the 17th minute a yellow card was given to Haytham Taher, with a second yellow also given to the same player in the 25th minute, resulting in him being sent off. Abdulla Omar scored the first goal for Bahrain and the first goal in the Championship in the 27th minute, Sayyed Mohammed Sayyed Adnan put in the second goal in the 65th minute. Young Abdulla Al Dakheel replaced Alaa Hubail and scored Bahrain's third and final goal (and his first goal in a GCC competition) for the match in the 90th minute, with a resulting win of 3-1 to Bahrain! Well done to the Bahraini team and let’s hope to see you all the way to the finals! HalaBahrain Magazine | January 2009

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Local Talent

Once a month, an event is held by the creative arts group, Elham. They bring together different artists from around the island, to expose their art, be it music, paintings, stories, or anything else. A place for artists to get together and discuss ideas, thoughts and share their work. This issue we talk to Ali Al Saeed, one of the founders of the creative arts group. An artists himself, Ali is a author of two books, QuixotiQ and Moments. We get together to find out more about the concept of Elham, what it is, and it’s visions for the future in Bahrain.

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Local Talent

- Tell us a little about Elham; what is the concept behind it? Well, it started over two years ago by a group of artists and writers coming together, and deciding to create a platform and engaging circle for creative people in Bahrain. We started meeting up once a month to showcase local talent; some of them were amateurs, some professionals and some upcoming artists, but all came to gain experience and showcase their work. Over the months we developed and expanded, and now we have a variety of activities; we hold workshops, photography and art exhibitions, music events, stuff like that. Generally it’s a platform for young upcoming talent and a motivator of art, a sort of "muse" if you may, for artists, to push them to create, hence our new slogan "Let's Create" which truly sums up what we are about. - Nice! So, what sparked the idea for Elham? Who came up with it? It was 3 people; me, an artist and another writer. We were sitting in a gallery talking one day, and started meeting up every week to talk about arts and so on. We figured there might be more people who would want to do that; meet up together to exchange ideas and show their work. It started just like that, I personally always thought there was a need for that; I needed that when I started writing, a place to go to meet like minded people. - What does Elham do at the moment? We’ve actually come a long way from our first event, which was around 30 people, to now an average of 100+ for every event, and

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Copyright; Carla Saliba that is changing the mechanism of it; we have to be more serious about it, it has to be more organized. It was much more freeflowing; whatever comes along comes along. Now we are more structured, more organized, and we’re almost trying to push the standard, push the people who come to develop their work and themselves, stuff like that. So even now, in our line ups you see stronger and stronger people showing their work, and that’s a reflection of people learning more about and having faith in Elham, whether they are artists or just visiting our events. - How do you contact the artists or people who showcase their work? Do they approach you, do you approach them, etc? It’s a mix, really. Sometimes we hear of someone, or visit an artist, other times we get emails from people. It’s a mix. We always encourage people to get in touch with us and send us samples of their work. Whatever it is you do or create, we'd love to see it! HalaBahrain Magazine | January 2009

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Local Talent - Has there been much support for the Elham concept in general? It’s been well received. We’ve gotten support from a lot of people and venues, including previously Alriwaq Gallery and now Albareh Gallery, other venues such as Cocoon, all the magazines and publications, the media, so that’s how the word gets out and gives us more exposure. The word about Elham has gone across the border, and no people from Texas to Auckland have heard about us! But now, to reach the next level, as Elham grows it needs to be funded to support its growing size, and so we have to try and secure sponsorship. For Elham to survive and reach the next stage, funding is a must. - How has the process of getting sponsorship been going so far? We are now beginning the process. So far we managed to receive funding for a couple of our events, which was through Aliyah-Marie. It's a great start but we have to keep going and secure funding for our upcoming events, specifically our larger projects over the coming months. We're also looking at putting together our festival event upcoming in end of April/early May, which won't be possible without funding.

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Local Talent

- How can people find out more about the events going on, or participate in a future event? People can reach us mainly online through our website at www.elhambahrain.net, on our Facebook group, or by simply sending us an email at elhambahrain@yahoo.com to register for updates and receive our monthly e-magazine. - So how about the future? What’s upcoming for Elham in the next few weeks or month? Lots and lots of exciting stuff! In January we have an exciting trip organized generously by Al Dar to visit 3 islands and see the habitat and surroundings; a group of photographers, filmmakers and artists will spend the day out at sea making art which will then be showcased at a unique event held in March. In February we have an exicting line up of artists to take part in our 17th edition of the monthly gathering, and we are also planning to host our 2nd Open Mic night sometime in April, following the success of the one we had last year. In the pipeline we are also putting together our first edition anthology featuring the works of Elham members, as well as a CD featuring original music by local talents. The 4-day festival we are currently planning will be a culmination of our season long activities and will be the first of its kind in Bahrain. - Sounds like there’s a lot coming! Great stuff. Thanks Ali, it was great talking to you! Your welcome! There's more, but I guess you'll just have to wait and see!

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