Kuwait Contemporary Art Auction 2013

Posted by Mark

JAMM is hosting its 4th and final contemporary art auction in Kuwait this coming Tuesday November 12th. Over 50 top-quality artworks by contemporary Arab, Iranian and international artists will be auctioned with my favorite piece being the one above by Iranian artist Reza Derakshani.

Date: Tuesday November 12th, 2013
Location: Contemporary Art Platform

For more information click [Here]
For the auction catalogue click [Here]


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Reza Abedini at Dar Al-Funoon

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Reza Abedini, is an Iranian designer and a professor of graphic design and visual culture at Tehran University. Abedini is one of the most famous graphics designer in Iran because of his modern Persian typography.

Date: Monday November 11th, 2013
Time: 6PM
Location: Dar Al Funoon [Map]

Here’s a link to the [Invite]


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“A Night In” at Bayt Lothan

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If you want to listen to some really talented local musicians, Bayt Lothan is holding their popular “A Night In” event tomorrow. It’s going to be an open air event which is great since the weather is perfect right now.

Location: Bayt Lothan [Map]
Date: Wednesday, October 30th 2013
Time: 7PM to 9PM

You can book your seats now for KD10 by calling 25755866 or 25755877 or else you will have to pay KD12 at the door.


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Qout Market launches this Saturday

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Qout Market is a new farmers market (not to be confused with the Shakshooka pop-up farmers market) that will be launching this Saturday November 2nd. Qout Market will take place on the first Saturday of every month starting with this month and it’s going to be located in the large space between the Arraya parking lot and the Arraya mall in Kuwait City (picture below) across from Hamra Tower [Map].

The Qout Market will have stands selling crafts, street food, fresh flowers, jarred items, artisanal products, baked goods and local produce. The market will be open all day long from 10AM to 10PM. I’m sadly not going to be in Kuwait to check it out but if you are then you should. For more information you can check them out on [Facebook] or follow them on [Instagram]


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Monstariam Events

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There are two Monstariam events coming up this week, one is a book reading the other a graffiti picnic. Below are the details:

Spooky Book Night
Location: Q8BookStore at Bayt Lothan
Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 5:00PM
This is for kids of all ages and they should come wearing their halloween costumes.

Monstariam Graffiti Picnic
Location: Bayt Lothan
Date: Friday, November 1st
Time: 5:30PM
There will be food, music and a lot of colors. This is the second graffiti picnic and like the previous one, spray paint and canvases will be provided.

For more information check Monstariam and Q8BookStore on Instagram at @monstariam and @q8bookstore. There is also a writing competition if anyone is interested [Here]


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Battle of the East

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Today (Oct 26) is the final day for the Battle of the East crossfit competition that’s taking place in Kuwait. Athletes from around the world are participating in this event and the setup is world class. Just check out the video above to get an idea of what’s going on. If you’re interested to check it out pass by Marina Crescent, the event is taking place from 8AM to 6PM.


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Last Night(s) of the Proms

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Last night I attended “Last Night(s) of the Proms” by the Ahmadi Music Group which was held at the British Embassy. It was my first time attending an event by the Ahmadi Music Group and I left not only impressed but the first thing I did once I got back home was to try to sign up to their mailing list (it’s not working) so I would be informed on all their upcoming events.

The event was held outdoors inside the British Embassy where a stage and seating area were beautifully set up in their garden. The Ahmadi Music Group last night consisted of 46 members of the orchestra performing alongside 79 members of the choir so the stage was pretty packed. The conductor Richard Bushman did an incredible job introducing every piece to the audience before it was played explaining what we were going to hear and why it was important. He was very entertaining to listen to and I think he helped make the event more accessible to people like me who don’t know much about operas or orchestras. My only criticism would have to be with the sound setup. The majority of the sound was coming from one speaker on the right side in back which made the whole thing uncomfortable to watch.

Next year will be the Ahmadi Music Group 60 year anniversary which is an incredible accomplishment. I would have posted about this event ahead of time but a friend got me my ticket while I was in London and I honestly only found out what I was there to watch as I was walking into the embassy. I will be posting about their future events from now on and here is a list of their upcoming events that was listed at the back of yesterdays program:

December 6, 7: Family Seasonal Concert
February 20, 21, 22: George Frideric Handel, Acis and Galatea
April 10, 11, 12: Gloria! Music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Rutter

For more information on the Ahmadi Music Group and their events, check out their website [Here]

Note: No cameras or electronics were allowed into the embassy so the pictures above are from their 2012 performance.


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Event: Halloween Quiz at the KLT

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This Halloween the Kuwait Little Theatre is holding a quiz night. The entrance fee is KD4 and it will include light refreshments, a costume contest, and a hauntingly fun evening in the KLT garden. There will also be prizes for best costume and best dressed team.

Date: Thursday, October 31st 2013
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Kuwait Little Theatre

Visit thekuwaitlittletheatre.com or call 99373678 to book your spot.


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Event: Bark in the Park

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K’s PATH are organizing their third Bark in the Park event which includes the popular dog show competition and which will be held at the beautiful Japanese Gardens again.

Date: Saturday 26th October 2013
Location: KOC Ahmadi Japanese Garden (GPS Co-ords: 29.091577,48.074874)
Time: 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Mutt Competitions:
1. Best Look Alike
2. Best Dressed
3. Best Rescue
4. Best Child Handler
5. Most Adorable
6. Agility Round
7. Temptation Alley
8. Best Mixed Breed

- Registration closes Thursday, Oct 24th

Register online by clicking [Here]
The online form also guides you to calculate entry fees, which can be paid at the door on the day of the event.

For more information on the event and the original flyer click [Here]


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Event: Coloring the Past

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Coloring the Past is an exhibition and lecture that will be held at CAP (Contemporary Art Platform) and co-hosted by the US Embassy. The exhibition is opening on October 6th and will feature the artists Kate Seelye and Ammanda Salzman who will be exhibiting 19 artworks which illustrate their family’s rich past in the Middle East, in addition to a video with footage of their family in Kuwait and elsewhere in the 50s.

The artists will also be delivering a talk on October 7th where they will share the history of their family’s rich past and talk through the methods and inspirations of their work. They will also be screening photo slides that will explore the family’s journey through the region, specifically Kuwait.

Coloring the Past Exhibition
Date: Sunday October 6th to October 27th, 2013
Time: 7:00PM (for opening reception)
Location: CAP (Contemporary Art Platform)

Coloring the Past Lecture
Date: Monday October 7th, 2013
Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM
Location: CAP (Contemporary Art Platform)


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