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Hala February Starts in January

From Al Watan

KUWAIT: The festival of Hala February for 2009 will be held from Jan. 29 until Feb. 24, said the festival”s high committee Sunday.

The committee”s general coordinator Waleed AlـJassem told the press that the event would coincide with the third year of reign for His Highnes the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlـAhmad AlـSabah, affirming that the festival would focus on highlighting the nationalistic values among citizens.

An opening carnival, which last for three days, would illuminate this year”s celebrations, he revealed.
Head of the committee”s media team Waleed AlـSagobi said that families could enjoy the festival due to the fact that the event coincide with the spring break for schools, affirming that the festival would be supported by a strong media campaign. ـKUNA

Among a whole lot of other things, as part of my job for a non-profit, I once wrote press releases. As I learned the ropes, I also learned that the newspapers will print almost anything you provide them, as long as you have proven your credibility, and the information is “print ready.” One TV station did a weekly news item on articles I would send – it wasn’t rocket science.

I am so sorry to say this, but if you are having an event, it is worth your while to take advantage of this. If you provide news sources with an event schedule, guess what? They will print it! If they print it, people will come.

If you print it in English, even more people will come! Isn’t Kuwait looking for tourism? Is there now a Hala February website, with an event schedule in English? Wouldn’t that have been a perfect opportunity, if not to publish the schedule of events (hey, having the schedule ready one month in advance is not that hard) AND a website to go to for event additions.

I really try not to be critical. I really try not to be sarcastic. Forgive me.

January 5, 2009 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, Customer Service, Events, ExPat Life, Fund Raising, Humor, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Rants, Social Issues


  1. The festival should be scrapped, it has no purpose anymore, and as for publicity, previous years have been a mess, so why should this year be any different?

    Comment by Purgatory | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. this is really retarded… hala FEB in JAN!!!

    Comment by Q8GEEK | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. They should let me be in charge of making the schedules, I LOVE IT! Before my summer trip to LA and Minneaplis I printed out a color coded scheduale of what I wanted to do, and where I was going to go on each day. I got mocked, Badly.

    Comment by Chirp | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. I still don’t get what they hope to accomplish with Hala Feb, they dont even promote tourism or encourage international travelers to come here. Its the saddest festival I have ever seen, no offense to this beautiful country and its people. 😦

    Comment by Mathai | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. Like many things in this great land. Wonderful resources managed by monkeys.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. Purg – Any festival can be useful, but it needs publicity! People need to know when things are going to happen so they can plan to show up. Even if Hala February is the BIG sales season – people fly to England and Germany to buy in their twice-annual sales, prices are so good. But the public needs to know!

    Q8Geek – Naaaahhh. Events happen like that all the time. Like Christmas in the US can start as early as August in some stores. 🙂

    Chirp – You and me ought to go into business together. 🙂 I am a calendar and schedule kind of lady. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from writing down three places I have to be at the exact same time and I don’t notice it until that day. Aarrgh.

    Mathai – It has great potential. Of all the months in Kuwait, February is the absolute most lovely, flowers, vegetables, warm days, cool nights, it is paradise. People would come here – camel races, maybe a dhow race, a fishing derby, one of those car races around Kuwait, what are they called – kind of like an extreme race using cars, like Paris to Dakka? Rally! oh – and hey, let’s get live entertainment, the old Rolling Stones, and Ho Ho HO mixed dancing, no no no, just kidding, just kidding, SAFAT please don’t take me off, I was just kidding! I’m just getting carried away, but Hala February has potential, but so far, it is wasted.

    Bu Yousef, LOL, watch out, they will put you in charge!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 5, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi intlxpat. I totally agree! There are plenty of opportunities not utilised here. Information is hard to come by and very often it’s by the word of mouth.

    Or are there other sources of information elsewhere that we are just not aware of?

    Comment by afleetingmoment | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  8. I really wanna go to Hala Feb this year! but first I wanna kno who is performing at the concerts???? :):)

    Comment by Anoos | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  9. Fleeting moment – The blogs – I get the most information reading the blogs and sometimes asking if anyone knows.

    Anoos – LLOOLL – I think Hala February has also been put on hold because of current events.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 11, 2009 | Reply

  10. Enjoy the spiritfull event of HALA February 2011. We have Sky Lantern made of Kuwait Flag منطاد علم الكويت to make the event even more colour full. Please contact 97227428

    Comment by Javed Iqbal | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  11. Javed, do you have a web page where we can see what the sky lantern looks like?

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 9, 2011 | Reply

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