Manama, Bahrain Economic Development Board 13 March 2018: One of Bahrain’s biggest bands is set to perform this coming weekend as part of the 13th edition of the annual Spring of Culture. Likwid will headline the festival’s mainstage at Bahrain Bay on 17th March at 8:30 pm. The performance will feature other Bahraini artists who have made a name for themselves as their special guests, making “Likwid & Friends” a special evening not to be missed.
A unique and popular alternative/pop-rock bands in Bahrain’s music scene, the band earned a reputation of supreme musicianship on stage and selling-out the hottest local venues.
On a regional level, Likwid shared the main stage with Bahraini singer songwriter Ala Ghawas and Saxophonist Abdulla Haji at the 8th edition of the Cairo Jazz Festival in October 2016, and recently took part at Saudi Arabia’s first edition of “Groovz Jazz Festival” in Riyadh.
Likwid was formed when bassist and vocalist Ahmed AlQasim, Guitarist Ahmed Abdulaziz, and drummer Abdulrahman Malallah met pianist Khalid Al Shamlan in 2004 and formed Latin jazz band, La Movida, which went on to perform for 10 years before rebranding to a modern alternative band as Likwid in 2014.
It is very rare to see the influences of Bob Marley, The Police, Santana, Pink Floyd, and Steely Dan sparking out of one band. That’s what Likwid is all about: a captivating & entertaining band that doesn’t believe in genres, just good music. The band released their debut album in 2016.
This event is organized by Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB). Entry to this event is free of charge.
Thirteen years after its inauguration, the Spring of Culture festival has transformed into a landmark in Bahrain’s calendar of events. The festival contributes significantly to Bahrain’s tourism sector each year which is a key priority sector for the EDB as part of its diversification strategy. The number of inbound tourists to Bahrain has been increasing year on year, with the total number of visitors reaching 12.7 million last year as compared to 12.2 million in 2016.
Apart from being a festival that builds cultural communication bridges between Bahrain and the rest of the world, Spring of Culture also supports SME’s in the Kingdom whose products and services are enjoyed by and promoted to a new and wider audience during the pre-shows.
Tamkeen is committed to helping drive growth in local businesses and contributes to the promotion of Bahraini SMEs. As a result, it has become a Partner of Spring of Culture for SME Development. SMEs focused on food and beverage can showcase their products during the festival, adding to the visitors’ overall experience of all that Bahrain has to offer and contributing to the promotion of Bahraini SMEs.
The Gold Sponsors of this year’s festival are: Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco), GFH Financial Group, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) and Tamkeen, while Silver Sponsors include: Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), Bahrain Duty Free, Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Gulf Air and Huawei. Other partners and supporters include: the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF); Investate; the National Oil and Gas Authority; Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI); and the embassies of Italy, Japan, USA and Mexico.
For the latest news and updates on events, follow the official Spring of Culture official channel @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The full festival program details are available on www.springofculture.org and on the Spring of Culture App.
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Economic Development Board
Telephone: +973 17589966
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About Spring of Culture
The Spring of Culture is an annual festival recognised as one of the most significant cultural events in Bahrain. The festival is organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, in cooperation with Al Bareh Art Gallery and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Spring of Culture has offered up a multitude of exciting and distinctive experiences over the past twelve seasons. The annual festival has brought an array of talented artists from Bahrain, the Arab world and beyond, covering theatre, art, music, poetry and literature. The festival also includes a host of other cultural activities held throughout the Kingdom that highlight Bahrain’s rich heritage and unique cultural and historical landmarks, entertaining and educating local citizens and overseas visitors.