Monday, November 26, 2012

The Possibility In Impossibilty - A Seminar and Workshop on Breaking Personal Barriers by Chikky Sirish

Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen - A Restaurant with a Big Conscience and No Prices on the Menus

Hope is Delicious

The vision at Soul Kitchen is to serve healthy, delicious, and when possible, organic meals. At the Soul Kitchen you will notice there are no prices on the menu and you might have been seated with someone you don’t know. Customers pay the minimum donation or volunteer in some way to earn a voucher for a meal.

JAMM Holds International Art Auction in Kuwait at the Contemporary Art Platform, Shuwaikh

Cube, 2012
Hand chiseled from found metal

15.75 in x 15.75 in x 15.75 in 


JAMM, an independent strategic art advisory, will host its 3rd annual auction in Kuwait on 29 November 2012 featuring over 60 works by emerging and established Arab, Iranian and international artists. TAG Heuer, one of the most desired brands in the luxury watch industry will be the exclusive sponsor for the auction.

The sale will be held at 6PM on Thursday, 29 November 2012 at the Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait with pre-sale viewing on Wednesday 28 November 2012. Alexander Gilkes, former global marketing director and auctioneer for Phillips de Pury and co-founder of Paddle8, will conduct the auction.

Over 60 works in a variety of media by contemporary Arab, Iranian and international artists will be auctioned with the majority of lots estimated under $10,000, providing an opportunity for young collectors in the GCC region and beyond to start or to add to their collections of contemporary art.

The auction highlights include Amira Behbehani’s (b. 1964) recent oil painting Study of Francis Bacon (Men in Blue), 2012, estimated at $9,000–$10,500. Inspired by a series of 7 deep-blue canvases that the British artist painted in 1954, this work seeks to engage a debate on the political and religious views of wearing the Abayya.

Among Iranian artists there is Shiva Ahmadi (b. 1975), whose Brown Veil, 2011 is a mixed media work on aquabord carrying the estimate of $17,000–$18,500. Golnaz Fathi’s (b. 1972) Untitled, 2007 – 2008, is a diptych masterfully combining Arabic calligraphy and strong brushstrokes of red and black (estimate $17,000– $18,500). Shahrzad Changalvaee’s (b. 1983) photographs Body #1, Motherland #4 and Me #1, 2010, from the Body Composition Remaining within Limited Domain series are offered as one lot estimated at $9,500–$11,000. The artist had the three words made from Plexiglas, put LED lights inside and took these pictures in the twilight – the lit up words defining and spotlighting people.

The highest value lot in the sale is Garden Party, 2011, by the acclaimed Iranian painter, musician and performance artist Reza Derakshani (b. 1952), a large (182 x 304 cm) oil painting in vibrant shades of red and pink executed in 2011 and estimated at $65,000–$95,000.

North Africa is represented by Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956) with two large-format color portraits from her Converging Territory series, 2003, estimated at $12,000–$13,500 each. Fifi Smoking, Cairo 2000, a rare photograph of the Egyptian belly dancer Fifi Abdou by Youssef Nabil carries the estimate of $15,000–$16,500. French-Algerian photographer Michel Haddi’s (b. 1956) Johnny Depp is a large-format portrait of the US movie star shot for Premiere magazine on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angels in 1992. This photograph was featured in JAMM’s inaugural exhibition Iconic Bionic in Dubai last March and is estimated at $15,000–$16,500.

The three wall-mounted sculptures and suspended installations by Pakistani artist Simeen Farhat (b. 1968) aim to translate the dynamism of Rumi’s poems into visual energy. Twisted Melody, 2010, Intent, 2011, and Red Spill, 2012, are estimated at $12,000–$13,500 and $8,500–$10,000 respectively.

International artists include Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s large-format photograph Fake Flowers, Living Room, 2012, estimated at $13,500–$15,000, and a unique print of Bert Stern’s (b. 1929) Marilyn in Red Scarf, 2012, a photograph of Marilyn Monroe from the famous Last Sitting with hand-applied jewels ($16,500–$18,000). Al Braithwaite’s (b. 1979) Hearts & Minds, 2012, is an intricate piece consisting of nine ‘heart-grenades,’ each having at its core a measure of soil drawn from sites of contemporary geopolitical significance such as Helmand, Cairo and Manhattan and acting as a receptacle for the history of these places ($15,000–$16,500).
Mashrabia Cabana, 2011, a 4 x 4 x 4 meter cabana inspired by traditional mashrabiyas, by Swiss architect and designer André C. Meyerhans blurs the boundaries between art, design and architecture and is estimated at $61,000– $62,500.

Bids can be made online at Paddle8. Register today to bid on the exceptional works of art on offer. Online bidding begins November 15 and ends November 28 at 2pm EST. All bids will transfer to the auction at JAMM’s 3rd annual sale of contemporary art on Thursday, November 29 at 6 PM AST at the CAP, Kuwait. If you are not attending the event, JAMM will submit proxy bids up to the maximum bid you indicate. All proceeds will benefit JAMM's programs promoting cultural dialogue. 

LWDLIK - A brave, outspoken, diverse collection by talented artists [link]. I salute JAMM, CAP and the artists. Your brush and media says what the complacent majority can not - in my humble opinion.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Aswat: A Unique Music and Dance Event in Kuwait

The French Institute of Kuwait and LoYAC has the pleasure to invite you to one of the most important end of the year shows "Aswat"  which mixes hip hop, and traditional music and dancing.

The band RYSHA CODA, composed of musicians and dancers from France, Yemen, Belgium and Palestine, will perform on Monday, December the 3rd at 7.30 pm on the stage of the famous Gharnata Theater (Abraq Khaitan),the oldest theater in Kuwait. For this unique show, Kuwaiti traditional musicians and dancers from LoYAC will join the international artists.

Together they will create cultural fusion by mixing traditional Arabic music and hip hop rhythms.

The show Aswat is organized on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Kuwaiti disabled sport club.

This event is organized with the support of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters and has been made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors: Franklin and Marshall, Zain, Barakat Travel, Sheraton, Cinescape and Al Rai media group.

Ticket sales (5KD) from Sunday, November 25th in the following outletsFrench Institute (Jabriyah) Loyac (Sharq - Kuwait City), Lycée francais (Salmiya), Carrefour (the Avenues Mall).
For more information, follow us on social networks:
Facebook: Institut français du Koweit
Twitter : IFKoweit
Instagram : if_koweit

World's Most Watched YouTube Video - Psy's Gangnam Style

Mursi Gone Too Pharoah?

London's Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Opens

Jack and the Beanstalk Afternoon Performances Sold Out!

Matinees are FULL!

There are just a few odd seats (and some pairs) for the Friday and Saturday matinee performances. If you require more than two tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk then please book for one of the evening performances.
This year’s show, in the wonderful Performing Arts Centre at The English School, Salmiya guarantees to infuse you with some Christmas cheer and start the festive season off with a bang. All the fun of traditional British pantomime, lots of audience participation, slapstick fun, music, colour and spectacle. It’s more than a family show – it’s a great night out for ALL ages. So start the holiday season right and book today!
The Giant is threatening to eat those who cannot afford to pay his exorbitant land tax. Can Jack Dribble and his family manage to save the village and defeat the Giant’s evil henchman Gristle (“Boo!”)? Good old fashioned panto, for 5 days only here in Kuwait. Don’t miss it!
LWDLIK - This is not to be missed. Honestly, the best fun and value for money around for both adults and kids. I can't wait!

Yay! Finally Guilt-Free Delicious Snacks for Kids and Adults

The hottest new natural snack 
NO GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, artifical colors or flavors
Guilt-free snack for kids ages 2 to 102
Great item for kids’ lunch-boxes or a portable treat for mom’s purse!
Contains 30 pouches/24-oz total - 6 x 4-oz boxes with 5 individual, 0.8-oz, 70-calorie pouches in each

Flavours include: Mixed Fruit, Smoothie Fruit, Super Fruit (with acai), and Wild Berry. I've tried them all and they are so yummy. My princess can't get enough of them even daddy loves them. 

Very reasonably priced at KD 2.500. Home delivery available call 97969928.

Raw Living is a company based in Kuwait that promotes a balanced lifestyle by distributing natural, organic and eco-friendly products to various outlets in the Middle East.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Alghanim Unveils New Camaro ZL1 at Historical Vintage & Classical Car Museum and Celebrates The 60th Anniversary of Corvette 427 - Programme Includes a Drag Race Between the New Camaro ZL1 and the Iconic Camaro Z28

Nail Mania (Nail Wraps) Hit Kuwait

And many

Nail Mania Nail Wraps will be available to view and purchase at:

The BLS Winter Bazaar on 30th November at British School of Kuwait from 9.30am to 4pm.
The Annual Holiday Bazaar on 7th December at Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmed Hall, Salmiya from 10.30am to 8pm. Email  mail@nailmaniakuwait.comTo view more styles and to order online go to

Monday, November 19, 2012

British Ladies Society's Annual Holiday Bazaar at BSK on 30th Nov from 10-4PM

The BLS (British Ladies Society of Kuwait) have their annual bazaar on Friday 30th November. It will be held at BSK (British School of Kuwait) Salwa, Block 1, Street 1. Shopping timing 10.00 – 16.00 hrs.

In case someone would like to rent a table it is still possible. A table cost 17 KWD for the day and a gift for the tombola would be highly appreciated. All the funds will go to the two charities BLS chosen for this year. In Kuwait the salvation army and in Britain, Cancer research.

For more information they can E-mail or call 972721860

TES Winter Wonderland Bazaar

The much awaited Winter Wonderland Bazaar at The English School (TES) is on Saturday, December 8th from 1 to 4 pm. This is your chance to book a table at this popular Bazaar. Please call email Randee Ramsey at to book your tables! We look forward to your participation 

Date Change for Operation HOPE Pre-Holiday Bazaar at Hope House, Rumaithiya

Operation HOPE Kuwait presents: 

Christmas at HOPE House!

Saturday, December 1st  from 9am-3 pm.
Our pre-holiday bazaar is being held in the courtyard of HOPE House where you can buy your candy canes, live Poinsettia plants, hand-painted cookies, holiday towels, tapestries, and quilts, peppermint flavored hot chocolate packets, frankincense, myrrh, handbag organizers, scarves and jewellery and more.
We will also debut the work of Kuwaiti/American abstract artist, Rashed Al Alban.
Bring the kids to see Santa, too!
Esther's Attic will also be operating if you're interested.
HOPE House is located at Rumaithiya, Block 9, Street 92, House 23.  

Do save the date and pass by Operation HOPE's holiday bazaar.  

Please park at the co-op one block from our premises ~ it's a very short walk to HOPE House.

LWDLIK - To learn more about this wonderful local charity go to

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Peter Pan Musical at Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice Tickets Available


One World (theatrical company) was last seen performing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Titanic at the British Embassy.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Graphic Art Exhibition

KTAA Fall Bazaar Tomorrow at Sadu House 10-3PM

The Kuwait Textile Arts Association
under the auspices of the Sadu House
Presents the KTAA Fall Bazaar

On Saturday the 17th of November from 10:00am to 3:00pm

1 KD admission

Original Designs, Quilts, Bags,Table Linens, Silks,
Designer Jewelry, Shawls,Greeting Cards, Crochet,
Hand Embroidery, and lots More!

Mark your calenders now for our charities and a chance to win a special door prize

Al Sadu House
Gulf Road next to the National Museum
Kuwait City

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Keep Calm and Love Kuwait

Photo from

I noticed a lot of cars driving in the daylight today with their headlights on - in support of the Amir - a small gesture and message passed around to do so by those who wish to show their solidarity. 

There is another opposition rally scheduled for this evening, but so far all seems quiet. Let's hope, after last night's speech which was a proud moment for most Kuwaitis,  that tonight's demo will be peaceful. Inshallah.

Video and Stunning Aerial Photos of Kuwait's World Record Breaking Firework Display

More pics [link]

Jazz at Napket, The Avenues - Every Wednesday Evening

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Shakespeare Theatre, BSK

BAIA Presents 'We Will Rock You' - The Musical

Amazing Photos of the World Record Breaking Firework Show in Kuwait

If anyone is interested in the copyrights to these fantastic photos please contact

Kuwait Enters Guinness Book of Records with Biggest Firework Show

The State of Kuwait broke a Guinness World Record by organizing the biggest firework show in the world. Kuwait fired last night 77,282 firework projectiles in the biggest ever firework show in the world, to mark the 50th anniversary of its national constitution.

Carim Valerio, the representative of the Guinness World Record, handed a relevant distinction certificate to Undersecretary of the Amiri Diwan, Abdulaziz Ishaq, during the event the festive celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Kuwait's Constitution started Saturday afternoon on the coastal Gulf Road, with large numbers of Kuwaiti citizens joining in.

The sky of Kuwait was lit up with a terrific fireworks display, along with vessels and boats giving an accompanying show in the waters of the Arabian Gulf. The festival also featured artistic and sports activities with light and laser shows amazingly reflecting on Kuwait Towers and nearby buildings in synchronization with music. Furthermore, excerpts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah's speech to the nation, earlier in the day, were broadcast. The National Anthem was played with green, red, white and black; the colors of the Kuwaiti flag adorning the Kuwait Towers. Colorful flags and patriotic banners decorated all of the Gulf Road, which was closed to cars and vehicles, thus giving way to people on foot only.

Kuwait's constitution was issued on November 11, 1962 upon a decree from, the then, Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the 11th ruler of Kuwait.

LWDLIK - Many thanks to dear friend and neighbour, Chris, for letting me share with you these fantastic photos. It was a truly unforgettable night!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ashat Al Kuwait! Happy Constitution Day - The Photo That Sums it All Up

Photo taken by my niece Sheikha.

After the strife and the turmoil of recent demonstrations against government and the Amir's decree for one man, one vote - A disabled, hijabed obviously pious Kuwaiti woman comes to show her support. 

Today is the day to be a very proud nation. 

One wonders if these celebrations in Kuwait would be taking place at all if there was a parliament. Recent celebrations have been strongly opposed by the Islamists.

The celebrations can be followed on KTV if you are not willing to brave the traffic. Personally, I think you should - it is going to be magnificent!

1000 Kuwaiti volunteers will be out offering beverages, guidance and information.

Holiday Bazaars 2012 Dates and Locations

Dear friends,

It's the holiday season once again! 

When: November 17, Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: National Evangelical Church of Kuwait (NECK), Kuwait City
Location Map: NECK Map

When: November 17, Saturday, 10am-3pm
Where: Sadu House, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City

When: November 30, Friday, 10am-4pm
Where: British School of Kuwait, Salwa
Location Map: BSK Map

When: December 7, Friday, 10:30am-8pm
Where: Salwa Sabah Al Ahmed Theater & Hall, Salmiya
(Our booths are located at the back hall)

When: December 8, Saturday, 2-5pm
Where: The English School, SalmiyaLocation Map: TES Map

Bring your friends and family for a fun time of shopping and socializing this holiday season!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Lorna & Daniela

Lorna Calumba
"The Pearl Lady"
Mobile No. (Kuwait): 60312408

Gulf Road Closed - Countdown on Until Huge Celebrations and World's Largest Firework Display

10.04AM - Gulf Road Closed.  I have already seen two ladies in abayas and wearing hijabs making their way down to the grassed area with a cooler and chairs. WTG ladies.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Opera Gala Festival at Radisson Blu Hotel

First time in Kuwait!

Special concerts to celebrate 20th anniversary of Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia.

National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters and  Kuwait Chamber
Philharmonia invite you for an Opera Gala Festival.

19-22 November 2012, performed by The Krakow Opera
19th November, National Museum Theater: Mozart Gala (by invitations)
20th November, National Museum Theater: Romantic Gala (by invitations)
21st November, Al Hashemi II Ballroom, Radisson Blu Hotel : Mozart
Gala (public concert)
22nd November, Al Hashemi II Ballroom, Radisson Blu Hotel : Romantic
Gala (public concert)

Mozart Gala: Famous arias from Mozart operas: The Magic Flute, The
Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni
Romantic Gala: Famous arias from G. Bizet operas: Carmen, G. Verdi- La
Traviata, G. Rossini- The Barber of Seville, S. Moniuszko- Halka and

Tickets available at Radisson Blu Hotel, tel.25673000,

We're looking forward to seeing you!


My daughter just came home and asked who won the elections, it's on the TV and she knew I was interested. When I told her Obama she said "Oh good, he's so much better than Mitt Dumbney." 

I do believe we have the makings of a political analyst - or a comedian - on our hands :O)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Obama's Yours

Obama Wins 303 to Romney's 206....Yay!!

Re-elected as president for 2nd term. Great news.

"We are more than just red states and blue states, we are the United States of America." ~ President Obama

Sound Check for the 50 Year Anniversary of the Constitution Celebrations

I kid you not that music is coming from speakers next to Ninos restaurant on the Gulf Road.
Wooohooo! OMG this is going to be one helluva partay!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Rubbish Mitt Romney Comes Out With - C'Mon Obama

4 Million Kuwaiti Dinar Fireworks Extravaganza in Kuwait on 10th November

This promises to be one unforgettable fantastic firework display that is expecting to break 7 world records. Various events will be staged at Green Island and at 2PM a parade will make it's way from Green Island along Gulf Road to Kuwait Towers. At the Kuwait Towers there will be a sound, laser, light and 3D projection show and an almighty firework display at 8 or 9PM. (Varying info but best to be there early not to miss anything). 

There are also rumours of hot air balloons carrying Kim Kardashian and Shakira...

Wooohooo! Can't wait. Going to be even better than 50/20 in 2011 see pics [link].

LWDLIK - Thanks for the info update EEK and Mark at 248AM.