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Dazzling Display of Culture
As the curtain goes up on the much anticipated 10th edition of the Spring of Culture (SOC), so does the excitement. This year’s line-up is packed with renowned artists and acts alike.

When?
March 2
Event? John Legend Concert
Venue? Arad Fort

The wait for one of the most thrilling events on the island is finally over as The Spring of Culture 2015 opens with a bang this month. The line-up features a number of cultural and artistic events and the first global artist to take to the stage is multiple Grammy-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter John Legend.

The 35-year old crooner will captivate the audience at an open-air concert, which will be held at the stunning Arad Fort with John on the piano accompanied by an ensemble of musicians. John is renowned for hit songs like All of Me, Ordinary People, Save Room and Everybody Knows.

The show starts at 8.30pm and is for minimum eight years and above.

When? March 5-7
Event? Jump
Venue? Arad Fort

After a run of hit performances in 2008, internationally acclaimed, gravity-defying act, Jump, returns to Arad Fort. This Korean slapstick comedy sensation will enthral the crowds with a combination of martial arts, Taekwondo and mind-blowing acrobatics. Jump has entertained 3.5 million people worldwide in 60 cities and 27 countries and won the ‘Comedy Award’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006. This non-verbal performance is great entertainment for the entire family. Parents are urged to make children sit in their own seats without disturbing other guests and parental discretion is advised prior to purchasing tickets as the show contains darkness, loud noise and strobe lighting. As a further courtesy to patrons, the organisers recommend one parent or chaperone for each child in attendance. Strollers will not be allowed in the venue and all attendees must hold a ticket regardless of age.

The show starts at 6.30pm.

When? March 13
Event? Hussain Al Jassmi Concert
Venue? Arad Fort

One of the most talented singers in the Middle East, Hussain Al Jassmi, will be performing his greatest hits at Arad Fort. This contemporary Gulf musician rose to fame because of his ability to cater to both younger and older generations alike. His musical style appeals to a wide audience as he fuses many genres, from traditional Arabic pop to 90s’ urban music along with acid jazz influences. He creates his own unique blend by taking core elements from Arabic Khaleeji music and mixing it with soul, jazz and funk. In the past 20 years, Hussain has come a long way by singing in multiple dialects and music forms, from his native Emirati, to Moroccan Rai and even English.

l Tickets can be bought online through www.springofculture.org and at the SOC stand located at City Centre Bahrain, ground floor – entrance 2.
Call 39 900-630 for more information.

When? March 19-22
Event? The Magic Chicken
Venue? Salman Cultural Centre

A fantastic theatre performance for children and adults, The Magic Chicken is a slapstick treat of culinary chaos. How much mess can chefs make on stage? While two ‘underlectual’ chefs mix up a hilarious concoction of comedy cookery, a magic chicken flaps in, turning the stage into a kitchen nightmare. This extremely funny act from New Zealand features everything from physical comedy to live music and puppetry. It’s a fun family show not to be missed.

The show is strictly for minimum six years and above and will be held on March 19 and 22 at 4pm and 6.30pm and on March 20 and 21 at 10.30am and 3.30pm.

When? March 27-28
Event? Bharati — The Show
Venue? Arad Fort

A spectacular dance musical that portrays a genuine mosaic of traditional and modern India will be held at Arad Fort. The show will feature 40 energetic dancers engulfing the stage, dressed up in 500 different costumes. Bharati is a theatrical depiction of a society that simmers under a flame of chaos and confusion, caught in a conflict between tradition and modernity. This vibrant show will be bursting with colours, giant video projections, authentic scenery, music from the greatest song hits of Indian cinema, martial arts and acrobatics as well as tears and laughter.

This event is for minimum six years and above, therefore, parents should ensure that young attendees are able to sit in their own seat quietly without disturbing other guests. Parental discretion is advised prior to purchase of tickets as the show contains darkness, loud noise and strobe lighting. Organisers recommend one parent or chaperone for each child in attendance and strollers will not be allowed in the venue.
The show starts at 7.30.

l Tickets can be bought online through www.springofculture.org and at the SOC stand located at City Centre Bahrain, ground floor – entrance 2.
Call 39 900-630 for more information.

When? April 10
Event? Joss Stone Concert
Venue? Arad Fort

One of the major highlights and the grand finale of the Spring of Culture will see Grammy award winner, UK soul singer-songwriter and actress Joss Stone performing at Arad Fort. Joss will bring down the curtain on the 10th anniversary celebrations with her powerful bluesy and soulful voice. This English recording artist shot to fame in 2003 with a multi-platinum debut album titled The Soul Sessions and has since released four Top 10 albums, the last called Colour Me Free!. She has sold 14 million albums worldwide.
The show starts at 8.30pm and is for minimum eight years and above.