Kuwait Events: Motorcycle show by Kuwait Riders

I had meant to post about this and the upcoming Concours D’ Elegance (next!) something like two weeks ago, and of course completely forgot shortly thereafter! Anyway, looking at Mark’s post on 248am reminded me so here it is.
I R E A L L Y wish I had my motorcycle here! Have been considering buying one lately. I know the chances will increase if I get to go visit this!
Kuwait Riders website

Taking place at the Marina Crescent mall on February 4th, 2011 between 1300 and 1700.
There is more info at their  Facebook and website.

Hope to see you there!


Kuwait Events: Sultan Gallery Exhibit 50/20

I came upon this exhibit happening at Sultan Gallery, opening on February 1, 2011. It looks like it could be interesting–seems like it might be a little less than pandering, in the season of euphoria that is the 50/20/5 celebrations that is starting off. I have never gone to the Sultan Gallery, but have read positive reviews of previous exhibits.

From their press release:


Sabhan, Kuwait – February, 2011: Sultan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of 50/20, a two-part exhibition featuring a new generation of artists who are challenging the construction of history through visual practice.

“The question of how individual memory fits or, more accurately, does not fit with history is at the heart of the question here.” – Gayatri Spivak.
As part of its mission to foment critical thinking through visual arts, Sultan Gallery has invited a number of artists, curators and similarly occupied individuals to superimpose their own visions of history in this exhibition commemorating 50 years of sovereignty within the State of Kuwait.  The month-long exhibit will be held in February of 2011, with one opening on February 1st, and the second on February 15th beginning at 7pm.
The body of work being shown in this exhibition acts as a kind of historiographical analysis over the development of the State of Kuwait in relation to the rest of the world.  Artists here explore a number of topical, socio-political issues that analyze how argument [tradition] shifts over time in response to the changing conditions of market and state [flux].  How was Kuwait culturally affected by a financial grown spurt with the discovery of petroleum?  Is the country’s social and cultural development up to par with the Dinar? What is art to a society like Kuwait?  These are some of the questions addressed through a range of mediums including video, photography, sound, sculpture, installations, and even the incorporation of design for debate as an aesthetic in art. Works range from individual histories, to folk, fiction, and secularist landscapes that combat stereotype, stigmas, and dogmas.  Sultan Gallery invites you to explore 50 years of independence, and 20 years of liberation through the eyes of the country’s young cultural cohort and protagonists starting February 1st 2011.

Exhibition Schedule:
February 1st | 7-9 pm
February 2nd | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm
February 3rd – 10th| 10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)
February 15th | 7-9 pm
February 16th | 10am – 4pm & 7-9 pm
February 17th – 24th|10am – 4pm (Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)

Contact info:
Sultangallery1969@gmail.com | Sultan Gallery | South Sabhan | Block 8, Street 105 Building 168 | Kuwait
Tel: +965 24714325/26 ext. 111 | Mob: +965 60970001

sulta gallery 50/20 exhibit flyer 1
sultan gallery exhibit 50/20 flyer 2

Kuwait Events: Hala February Festival

The Hala February festival or Hala Festival is an annual event that takes place in Kuwait during the month of February. This year it coincides with the beginning of the National Day 50/20 celebrations. That means 20 years since the liberation from Iraq and 50 years since independence from the British. “It is also a time when parched sands of the desert transform into a magical green carpet covered with blossoming, colourful flora. The arrival of migratory birds and seasonal animals during this time add further colour, elegance and beauty to the desert,” according to the government website. All this means it should be quite a special month with many cultural events showcasing art and folklore, music, and of course since it’s the middle east– shopping events (prizes, sales etc.).
The celebration has already started with the re-enactment of the battle freeing Qurah Island (the first to be freed by the US/coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991).

photo : Eric Guzman

The more publicly accessible part of the festivities begin on Friday, January 30 at the carnival area on Salem Al-Mubarak Street, according to a member of the Higher Committee and Head of the Media Affairs Committee of Hala February Festival Walid Al-Saqobi (and Kuwait Times). He also said that this time around, there is even greater than usual participation by embassies, state bodies, and private sector institutions in the events; there is going to be considerable media coverage and live broadcast from several locations and venues, via KTV I and other channels.

Hala Festival Kuwait 2010(courtesy Arab Times)

I’ll hopefully have some photos on here from the festivities. If you can make it out, let me know what you thought!


Kuwait Events: Carmina Burana concert

This should be amazing. One of the biggest concerts ever in Kuwait.  I think this is a piece that someone who likes any kind of music could show up to, and enjoy thoroughly. The energy throughout the whole thing s just fantastic. And of course,  “O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana is probably one of THE most recognizable pieces of classical music, showing up in a host of ads, samples etc. for good reason…

So go and check it out! The whole piece is fantastic, and it runs four nights this week.

UPDATE: Fist nights’ performance was fantastic. Thank you to all that could come, and I hope many more can for the remaining performances!

Ticket prices are 10KD for Wednesday’s Gala (Black Tie) night, including buffet afterwards
and 8KD for Thursday and Friday. Buy them here to make sure you have them or at the door.

Location of the Boy Scout Theatre in Hawalli is on Beirut Street, opposite to the shopping complex including Center Point, and adjacent to the Communications Tower. Coming from 40 is easiest–head East on Beirut Street and park in lot just after first traffic circle. Coming from 30, going West on Beirut Street you keep going past the KFC complex on your right and you will see the Boy Scout building marked clearly on your left in another few blocks. If you come to traffic circle, you have just missed it.

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Hope you can make it, and please let me know what you thought!


Kuwait Events: Gulf Run 6 Car Show

Yesterday was cold and today is rainy. Not the best days for a car show, but I will still be going to 360 mall today to check out the Gulf Run 6 cars there.

Gulf Run 6

These cars have spent several days participating in various races in Bahrain. This includes a time attack autocross, drag race, GP circuit race, and I believe even a drift competition. All of which would have been very exciting to watch, but true to Kuwait form, we only get to go to a mall and see some displays! Literally, too, because the car show is at a mall– but there are a few nice exotics and a couple of nicely done sports cars so I’m excited to go see.

Let me know if you made it out/ what you thought.


Kuwait Events: Reuse 4.0

Environmental initiatives in Kuwait are few and far-between, so I’m glad to know there’s one going on right now. But hurry, it ends tomorrow!


REUSE is “an annual exposition that serves as an opportunity for non-profit organizations, companies, professionals and aspiring creative talents to showcase their accomplishments in the fields of social responsibility and sustainability via a range of artistic mediums and interactive activities for the general public.”  As in, I’m not really sure what I’m expecting to see as such accomplishments in this country, but I’m hoping I’ll be pleasantly surprised! More importantly, I’m hoping to see some direction and some plans for progress. Kuwait needs it desperately.
As you can see above, it is taking place at the ACK, and is open ’till 9pm tonight (January 12) and again tomorrow (Jan. 13)  from 4pm to 9pm.  Location of the Australian College of Kuwait:

ridwander map

This whole program is suppored by EnVInitiative, about whom you can learn more on their site.
Hope you can make it out

test4 Facebook comments attempts continue

UPDATE: So I’ve got the commenting to go back and forth from Facebook, where each of my posts are showing up on my wall page. That’s step one– but it seems that there is not yet a way to integrate Facebook-style comments with FB comments transferring between ridwander and FB. Apparently the problem is on the FB side where the programming gets confused with different app IDs one trying to get comments back and forth, and one doing  comments integration. Ah well, we’ll see what we can do in the future. For now, hope you enjoy this new fb functionality!

I’m trying to install a commenting system based on Facebook, so it will be easier to comment for people who are already logged onto FB and don’t mind using just that username/login. But I would also like it to have reply-comments functionality if someone comments on the blog posting on my own FB page. It’s having both that is provinig difficult.
We’ll see what we can do.

To those of you that are getting this in your inboxes, I’m sorry I haven’t been able to figure out how to stop a single post to email out! At least you know what’s happening 🙂