BAHRAIN’S tourism offices will work to attract jazz lovers to the kingdom for a major festival later this year.
Growing in popularity each year, the third edition of the Bahrain International Jazz Fest will be held on November 1 and feature performances from a lineup of acts.
They include 10-time Grammy nominees Spyro Gyra, along with Lone Star Blues, Nubiyan Twist, Flash Mob Jazz, Jaye and Foe, The Relocators, Jack Rabbit Slims and This Might Be Jazz. Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) tourism advisor Dr Ali Follad said the festival, although quite young, helps puts Bahrain on the music map.
“We are very happy to see it grow internationally and attract big names,” he said.
“Just like Formula One and the new underwater diving park, which attract a lot of attention, similarly, we would like to see the jazz festival become another iconic event that Bahrain is known for,” he said.
“We want to see more events like this, where players in the private sector come together to turn an impressive community concept into a reality - supported, where needed, by the BTEA and other stakeholders.”
He added that to help promote the event on the international stage, BTEA is marketing this year’s festival through its seven offices in India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Russia, France, Germany and the UK.
The festival is also being supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), whose director of business development, tourism and leisure Ali Murtaza said the country attracts more than 12.7 million visitors from across the world.
“There is great potential to host many day events here,” he added.
“Accordingly, we look forward to working with the BTEA and other stakeholders to help attract investment into the tourism and events sectors as part of our extensive strategy of enhancing our offerings.”
The family-friendly musical event will be held at the Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views from 11am to 11pm where a second community stage will be set up for up-and-coming acts based in Bahrain.
Co-founded by Clockwork Professional Services festival principal and managing partner Jude D’Souza, along with business partner Paul Gindra and BMMI events manager Michael Goodger, the event now attracts the attention of big name acts.
Over 5,000 people enjoyed last year’s show and organisers expect more participation this year.
“We’re working hard to create a unique jazz experience that the whole family can enjoy,” said Mr Gindra.
“It has become a must-attend event in Bahrain.”
For more information, visit www.bahrainjazzfest.com or Bahrain Jazz Fest on Facebook.