Kuwait Day 2
Day 2 -
The Bubble Gods did smile!
In comparison to yesterday, things went smoothly. The weather conditions bubble-wise were good, and even our host, Yousef Al Daour, and me managed to meet on better ground.
There seems to be a recurring weather pattern going on out here: windy in the morning, still in the afternoon progressively till 9ish at which point the wind picks up dramatically. I’m all done by 9.30, so this suits me down to the ground. It all closes by 10 at which point all the performers sit and eat. With the wind firmly back in place the previously pristine site begins to look a bit dishevelled, with the wind blowing the day’s rubbish around.
I’m sure i haven’t seen the best of it, but from the little I’ve seen, Kuwait’s not the most beautiful city in the world. Where we are, it’s largely a mixture of concrete and sand/desert scrub, and to make matters worse, the area seems to be overshadowed by a HUGE McDonalds sign on top of a purpose built pylon, visible for miles around. Believe it or not, I’m actually a bit of a fan of pylons – I like their geometric good looks – but this one is more reminiscent of the giant evil eye in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!
McDonalds is apparently very popular here, which I find surprising considering they’re a very wealthy nation who like expensive status symbols…. Personally I think it’s cheap junk and I do not eat there (much to the surprise of our host). They wanted to feed us lunch there but I insisted they they took us to a Lebanese restaurant instead.
Generally, after the drama’s of yesterday, things seemed very calm and straightforward today. I give thanks that the bubbles worked well outside in that window of calm, and my walkabout shows were a success. Everyone wanted to be put in a bubble, and as it’s a very family friendly audience, the kids went wild for it.
The event too is a success – it’s a kind of Expo called P2BK (Proud to be Kuwaiti – their website gives you an idea of what it looks like http://p2bk.com/6/index.php# - has been well attended, including by a certain Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Prime Minister.Meanwhile, checking back in at the office through emails, i see we've had another enquiry in the UAE, (this time a 52 day festival in Abu Dhabi!), alongside a couple of live enquiries to go to Beijing for a fashion shoot and back to Indonesia to perform this summer, as well as a bunch of national kids birthday party enquiries. If you want to find out more about what we do for birthday party shows, have a look at
So strange only one more day to go. Some of these gigs go so fast they’re over in a flash!