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Qurain Fest – Information Where?

Here is what bugs me. There is this perfectly wonderful festival going on. I only know because the newspapers print photos and stories – after each event. I cannot figure out WHERE the event is taking place, WHAT TIME an event will take place . . . these are perfect opportunities to go and learn something, to experience the culture, and we have no idea – in advance – where to go, how to find these things.

I would love to see this dancing!

So, if it is cultural, music and dancing are allowed? 🙂 Is it always just men dancing, or do women dance, too?

Isn’t this camel racing season? When are the camels raced? Where?

From Al Watan

Kuwaiti folk dancing troupe entertains audience

KUWAIT: As part of the Qurain Cultural Festival”s festivities, the Red Palace group, a folk dancing troupe, performed in Jahra on Sunday.

The performance, which was attended by Deputy Director of the festival Mohammed AlـAsousi, lasted for two hours. The dancers presented a wide spectrum of national and patriotic themes much to the enjoyment of the audience.

Head of the folklore group, Nasser Suleiman AlـFaraj explained that their participation in the event came as a result of the group”s strong belief in reviving an old heritage and folklore. He stressed that the past would always be relevant in the present.

Last updated on Tuesday 30/12/2008


December 30, 2008 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Rants, Travel


  1. I wish I can help but seriously I have no idea :X

    Comment by PaLoMiNo | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. This sounds like the type of communication we also have in our part of the Middle East!

    I have the same frustrations here.

    Expat 21
    “Expat Abroad” in North Africa

    Comment by expat21 | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. I would love to have more information about the camel races…please post, if you have any

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hmmm … its sponsored by the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters, which you can contact at: +965 2431971 / 2431353.

    The website for the festival (which I read runs until January 14) is: but its in Arabic. ( is the general NCCAL website, but it is also in Arabic.)


    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. Now if you had said that you knew about the event in advance, and it actually said how and when to get there I’d be floored with disbelief.

    I’ve gone down my gallery list and called each one to figure out when their next show is and all I get is person who speaks no English, and has no idea what next exhibit means in Arabic. I just don’t understand how these galleries can go on with no one attending, and no one buying the work.. isnt that how galleries make money to go on?

    Kuwait bugs me -_-

    Comment by teagirl | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hi there, PaLoMiNo! LOL, and here are all these holidays, perfect times for attending events IF we know where they are, if we know WHEN they are! Dying laughing! Where are all the event planners and publicists when we need them? Where are all those who want Kuwait to be a tourist attraction? Here is THE perfect event – and none of us know a single thing until AFTER it happens, if it happens to be reported!

    No kidding! I remember, Expat21, when we used to head for the Douz festival, out in the Tunisian desert, and it was totally excruciating trying to find out when it would be held!

    Dutchie, I am desperately trying! If I find out anything, you will know!

    Yes, Little Diamond, I see the website, but I don’t see any schedule of events (that I can read!) Most of the information I can find is very general! Or – from some other year!

    Teagirl – You actually made me laugh out loud, literally. Thanks for starting my day with a big grin.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. Totally true. You can never find any good piece of info. Once a guy asked about Feb festival. Search whole net and you can’t find anything even on their website. It’s the links and blogosphere that covers things in Kuwait better than any other media.

    Comment by Bashar | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  8. Sorry IntlXpatr!
    I’ve been SO busy. I received the programme ages ago and meant to translate and post it on my Events section.
    I’ll check it and see what else is going on.

    Comment by jewaira | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  9. LoL, Bashar – here is this great fest, and none of us know when the events are taking place! What kind of attendence do they get?

    Jewaira! You received a program? How do you get on that list?? Sweet Lady J, we understand busy. It’s a kindness you do as much as you do! It is the event creators and publicists who need to be thinking about getting the information out to the community. We would love to attend!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  10. This Qurain stuff still takes place ???? !!!!

    Is kuwait the cultural capital of the Arab world this year ????


    When we had an american lady ( God bless her heart) organizing the kuwaiti Sea Song festival successfully last year , year before i said that’s it . Enough is Enough . i abandoned all hope for culture in kuwait .And now you surprise me that we have al qurain culture fest .

    Comment by daggero | December 31, 2008 | Reply

  11. Yes, Daggero, but some of the Qurain stuff evidently takes place in Jahra, and who knows where else!!

    I would have loved a Sea Song Festival! Where was that? All these cultural things help your kids understand what life used to be like here in Kuwait, help them understand their special and unique heritage, what makes them Kuwaiti! And they are GREAT tourist draws.

    Happy New Year, Daggero. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2008 | Reply


    use google to translate to english

    i did to events so far

    Comment by Adrenaline | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  13. LLOOLLL! I can see the dates, I can see that there are other events coming, and I haven’t a clue how to translate them. Sweet adreneline, think you might be able to replace that logo with something that won’t cause quite so much visceral horror?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  14. Telephone direct : 22423842

    Operator : 22416006 Ext. 418_ 407

    Fax :22431594

    E-mail Address:

    Comment by daggero | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  15. You are up early, Daggero! Happy New Years, to you and to your family!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 1, 2009 | Reply

  16. event planners are really great people, they can do some great planning on a hectic schedule ‘

    Comment by Scaffolding Boards : | November 1, 2010 | Reply

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