Sunday, March 9, 2014

GREAT British Week in Kuwait: Programme of Events








The best of British comes to Kuwait with a series of events showcasing GREAT Britain in Kuwait.
The British Embassy in Kuwait is very proud to present the first ever ‘GREAT British Week’ in Kuwait. A celebration of all that is British, and of the historically close alliance between the UK and Kuwait, GREAT British Week will see a host of fantastic events aimed at showcasing Great Britain in Kuwait.
Supported by big names, fantastic sponsors, led by the iconic UK oil company Shell, and based around the innovative ‘GREAT Campaign’, GREAT British Week – actually more like two weeks – will see Kuwait play host to an amazing line-up of events:
  1. Internationally renowned fashion designer Maria Grachvogel will hold prestigious fashion and trunk shows at the Avenues in association with top British luxury department store Harvey Nichols.
  2. British ‘celebrity chef’ Gary Rhodes will headline Kuwait’s first ever festival of British food – delivering a special menu at Veranda restaurant and hosting a live public cooking demonstration.
  3. The GREAT British Week lecture series will see former British Prime Minister Sir John Major speak at Kuwait University on the past, present and future of UK-Kuwait ties. In addition, the world’s fastest man, Wing Commander Andy Green, will speak about the British attempt on the world land speed record and leading young British entrepreneur Rekha Mehr will speak about harnessing great ideas for business success, and British experts in NGOs and Civil Society will talk about how individual activism remains at the beating heart of UK democracy.
  4. A lineup of iconic British cars will be showcased in a British classic car parade along Arabian Gulf Street, finishing up with a dazzling automotive showcase event at SIRBB Circuit, Shuwaikh, featuring an array of British motor manufacturers and some breathtaking events on the SIRBB track.
  5. World-leading concert violinist Madeleine Mitchell will deliver a breathtaking performance at the Dar Al-Athar’s Al-Maidan Cultural Centre. In addition, cutting edge London music promoter Chaos Theory will be bringing the latest upcoming bands from the city’s thriving music scene to take part in a mash-up with the best Kuwait has to offer, hosted in conjunction with the LoYAC Academy of Performing Arts.
  6. The Grand Cinema at Al-Hamra Mall will host a series of British movie classics for the enjoyment of Kuwait’s cinema-going public.
But these are just the headlines. Other organisations across Kuwait will be organising their own special GREAT British Week events. The British Council Kuwait is organising its own fantastic roster of GREAT British Week events, including – just in advance of the week proper – a showcase of ‘free running’ at Marina Crescent by a UK performance troupe. And many British retailers will be running special offers during GREAT British Week.
Finally, we hope that the week will also see the official opening of the brand new application centre for British visas, at the Al-Tijaria Tower – further improving the level of service for all those in Kuwait looking to travel to the UK.

Great British Week Kuwait will see a variety of events, large and small, right across the country. This programme lists them all:



Embassy Events

Partner Events

Fri 14 – Sat 15 March

British Council Parkour display, Marina Crescent, 13:00 – 20:00

Thursday 20 March

Inauguration Ceremony, Grand Avenue

Fashion is GREAT: Maria Grachvogel Catwalk/Trunk Show, Harvey Nichols, Avenues (Invite Only)

Friday 21 March

British Council Street Art Performance with Nazir Tanbouli, Marina Crescent, 13:00 – 18:00

Saturday 22 March

Lecture Series: Entrepreneurship is GREAT with Rekha Mehr, in collaboration with the British Council, Radisson Blu Hotel, 09:30 – register at

British Council Street Art Performance with Nazir Tanbouli, Marina Crescent, 13:00 – 18:00

Sunday 23 March

Film is GREAT: Film Festival Day 1, Grand Cinema, Al-Hamra [time and film tbc].

Music is GREAT: Madeleine Mitchell recital, Al-Maidan Cultural Centre, DAI 7:00pm

Monday 24 March

Film is GREAT: Film Festival Day 2, Grand Cinema, Al-Hamra [time and film tbc]

Prof Robert Hillenbrand lecture on Qur’anic Calligraphy – Al-Maidan Cultural Centre, DAI 7:00pm

Tuesday 25 March

Film is GREAT: Film Festival Day 3, Grand Cinema, Al-Hamra [time and film tbc]

Wednesday 26 March

Food is GREAT; Gary Rhodes Cooking Demo, Avenues [time tbc]

Food is GREAT: Gary Rhodes’ Afternoon Tea, [venue and time tbc]

Film is GREAT: Film Festival Day 4, Grand Cinema, Al-Hamra [time and film tbc]

Green is GREAT: British Council Environmental Symposium, Kuwait University, Invitation Only

Thursday 27 March

Food is GREAT: Gary Rhodes VIP Dinner, Veranda Restaurant, Avenues [time tbc]

Friday 28 March

Cricket Match, Kabed cricket pitch, 14:00 – 17:00

Saturday 29 March

Innovation is GREAT: Car Rally on Gulf Road followed by UK Automotive Showcase, SIRBB Circuit, Shuwaikh 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Music is GREAT: Kuwait-UK new music showcase with LoYAC and Chaos Theory, Al Qibla School Building,7:00pm

English is GREAT: British Council Cambridge Young Learners Workshop, British Council Mansouriya, 10:00 – 13:00

Sunday 30 March

Knowledge is GREAT Lecture Series: Wing Commander Andy Green, driver of the Bloodhound world land speed record car – Kuwait Society of Engineers [time tbc]

Monday 31 March

British Children’s Books event, Bayt Lothan, Salmiya 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday 1 April

Knowledge is GREAT Lecture Series: Lecture and Workshop with UK Civil Society Experts with Injaz Kuwait [time and venue tbc]

Wednesday 2 April

Thursday 3 April

Knowledge is GREAT Lecture Series: Sir John Major on UK-Kuwait Relations in collaboration with the Euro-Gulf Research Unit, Main Auditorium, Kuwait University, 2:00pm

Please note that details of all events listed here are liable to change – please check back on the day for final information.

The British Embassy would like to thank its headline sponsors:



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