Events, causes and effects

Events, causes and effects

“Championing causes”. That is the route we took to organising events, small and big, mostly with a cause and bringing in international artists and speakers and world renowned achievers. These events helped us to develop business relationships and build partnerships and also brought us the people of Oman closer to the B&W theme.”

“ Creating a purpose”. And, if that purpose is to lend a helping hand; to assist someone in distress; to be there for someone who needs it or bring the plight of the underprivileged out into the open, we are there. So be it!

Our causes have their due effects!

Open Minds – Thought leadership event for SMEs 2016

February 10-11, 2016 – The second episode of a unique thought leadership event, featuring reputed global speakers, success icons in their own fields; created with an objective of knowledge transfer to local youth and young entrepreneurs with an inspirational tone, to Synergise, Motivate and Educate! Held on February 10 and 11 at the Shangri-La Barr al Jissah Hotel, the two days thought-leadership event saw world-class success stories of youngest app developer & entrepreneur Jordan Casey; caricaturist and Illustrator Matt Ryder; musical genius Dr. L Subramanyam and his son Ambi Subramanyam; Omani Standup comedian Abbas Al Lawati; Omani speakers Dr. Amer Al Rawas, Colonel (retd) Abdulwahab Al Balushi, Sheikh Ahmed Suwaidan Al Balushi; socialpreneur & entrepreneur, Ghassan Fadhal. Highness Sayyida Dr. Mona bint Fahd Al Said, the assistant vice-chancellor for international cooperation, was the guest of honor.

.OM: Open Minds – FIRST EVENT - 2014

September 3-4, 2014 – Open Minds, a thought-leadership forum brought in leading international speakers at a two-day event on September 3 and 4 at the Oman Auditorium of Al Bustan Palace Hotel (a Ritz Carlton Hotel). These included award-winning author, Lord Jeffrey Archer, mountaineer Tom Whittaker; entrepreneur Sahar Hashemi; Satellady Candace Johnson and speed painter Brad Blaze; British singer Sami Yusuf; Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, beatboxer Tom Thum among others. The main Omani speakers were entrepreneur Mohamed Al Barwani and the scholar and success coach, Sheikh Khalfan Al Esry. The objective of Open Minds is to synergize, motivate and educate (SME) young Omani entrepreneurs and the corporate sector, in line with the national priorities of knowledge transfer and youth and entrepreneur motivation. The European band 2 Cellos performed at the Gala.

Boney M ft Maizie Williams – 3 concerts

February 5, 7 & 14, 2015 –Boney M ft. Original band member Maizie Williams brought Daddy Cool to Muscat, Chennai and Kochi in 2015. Boney M is truly an unforgettable name in the history of music. This glamorous and cult disco dance group came together in 1976 and has since then occupied a special place in the hearts of music lovers the world over.

Yanni live in Chennai, Bangalore and Colombo

April 14, 18 & 20, 2014 – Yanni sets foot in India for the first time in 17 years after his first show at the Taj Mahal. He tours Chennai, Bangalore and then we also take him to Sri Lanka. A fabulous tour with the most fabulous composer in the world!

2013 – 3 shows - “ World Without Borders” tour Yanni repeat in Oman: In aid of Dar Al Atta and 2 concerts Live in Doha

Once again, the smoky-eyed Greek-American with flowing hair and magical fingers enthralled music lovers in Muscat at the magnificent 5000-strong capacity City Amphitheatre, Qurum, on March 21, 2013. Brought to Oman and organised for the second time B&W, the 2013 show also has a charity initiative teamed up with Dar Al Atta’a to build a school shelter for children in Yiti Village.

March 21, 23 & 24 – Yanni and his troupe performed two shows in Doha, Qatar at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

2011 - Yanni in Oman in aid of the visually challenged

October 26, 2011:  B&W achieved a musical breakthrough by bringing in the musical wizard, Yanni to Oman and making this world-renowned composer perform at the Grand Hall of the Sultan Qaboos University, again a first. This was the first-ever concert of its kind in Oman and we were organizing such a major concert for the first time. It was also the first time that the Grand Hall of the SQU was opening its doors to a public concert! We raised funds and treatment costs to a value of OMR34300 with the concert supporting the Omar bin Kattab Institute and the research wing of the Ministry of Health.

Sami Yusuf live in Oman

August 30, 2013 – The 7th The Grand Hall of the Sultan Qaboos University was thrown open for us once again with the staging of the Sami Yusuf live in Oman concert. Yusuf, a British singer-songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist of Iranian-Azeri origin captured the crowd’s attention and imagination with his soulful singing.

You Play Sudoku’ Open to All Competition

June 3, 2010 – Black & White’s first cause was a charity event to highlight the need for autism awareness in Oman. For this, we organised the first-ever Black & White ‘You Play Sudoku’ Open to All Competition – 2010. We flew in one of the world’s few autistic savants, George Widener – calendar artist; human calculator — as the celebrity guest. This was Oman first-ever drive for the cause of autism awareness.

Sudoku for a cause with Savant Daniel Tammet

May 12, 2011 – Our autism event has become an annual one, and this year, in our second edition of the Black & White ‘You Play Sudoko’ Open to All Competition – 2011, we flew in a new celebrity guest, Daniel Tammet, another popular autistic savant, who while being a mathematical genius, is also a successful author.

Sudoku for a cause with Savant George Widener & Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty

June 1, 2012 – George Widener, the prodigious savant and date genius with outstanding computational ability once again came to Oman to promote the autism awareness cause here as part of the third edition of Black & White ‘Sudoku for a Cause’ event. We were also blessed with the presence of the popular Bollywood star, Suniel Shetty, who was yet another celebrity guest for this event.

Muscat International Film Festival 2018

March 26 to 31, 2018 – –Star-studded ‘social themed’ 10th MIFF at PACA auditorium and VOX Cinemas from March 26 to 31 was the second episode of B&W team organizing the 6 day film festival by B&W team

Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Rawas, advisor to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for cultural affairs, was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. The opening and closing night ceremonies will dazzle with a heady mix of regional and international stars, global artistes and local Oman talent, including the likes of Swedish-Lebanese singer Maher Zain, Grammy award-winning Japanese flautist Kitaro, world-whistling champion Dutchman Geert Chatrou, Danish-Palestinian percussionist Simona Abdallah, Russian Jaw harpist Olga Uutai, India’s only woman saxophonist S Lavanya and Oman’s well-known Munshid singers Watasimu, popular singer Haitham Mohammed Rafi and talented Oud artist Ziyad Harbi and band. An array of film personalities were honoured including Dr Abdel Haq Al-Muntarsh, Manisha Koirala, Ghassan Massoud, Ali Badrakhan, Franco Nero, Mira Nair, Dariush Mehrjui, Fakhriya bint Khamis Al Ajmi, Amr Waked, Zahra Arafat, Bossi Shalaby and Ateeqa Atrash amongst others.

Muscat International Film Festival 2012

March 24 to 31, 2012 – The 7th Muscat International Film Festival was yet another first for us and organising this eight-day film festival was an unbelievable and unforgettable experience! In those eight days, we gained the experience of eight years in organising such a mammoth event.

The MIFF saw a host of world renowned actors, artists, including Hollywood greats like Forest Whitaker, Susan Sarandon, Darren Aronofsky, Bond star George Lazenby, director John Glen, Bond girl Britt Ekland and Lord of the Rings star Billy Boyd, Bollywood stars like Sharmila Tagore, Nandita Das, Victor Banerjee, Muhannad and Noor from Turkey and Arab stars Nadia Jundi Amidou and Hayat Al Fand. Performers included multi-platinum Lebanese recording artist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Nancy Ajram, the world’s fastest percussionist Anandan Sivamani and dance sensation Isha Sharvani, Daksha Seth and troupe from India, and popular Omani singer Salah Al Zadjali.

The audiences were further entertained by Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings fame), Ban Ban from Japan and Lucky Ali, Flute maestro Pandit Chaurasia and the Ramli Ibrahim ballet from Malaysia.

Dance of India with Padma Bhushan (Dr) Padma Subramanyam

February 9, 2011 – Our first non-charity event, ‘Dance of India’ was a spectacular dance performance, jointly organized by the Black & White and the Indian Embassy at the embassy premises. World-renowned danseuse, Padma Bhushan (Dr) Padma Subramanyam, a living dance legend and the wonderfully talented actor-cum-dancer, Vineeth, unveiled several unusual dance stories, which had the audience glued to their seats.

Parampara – charity dance event with Hema Malini and team

October 21, 2010 – The same year, we also championed the breast cancer cause in Oman. We brought in the dream girl, Hema Malini and her two lovely daughters, Esha and Ahana, for a fund raiser for breast cancer (for the National Association for Cancer Awareness – NACA –) in Oman.

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RAK – Changing the world with kindness

If ever you have come across some Random Acts of Kindness in Muscat, Oman, or anywhere else…if you have helped anyone, please let us know in a paragraph or two. Let’s try to change this world with kindness! Mail

B&W Lobby

The world is being influenced by the influencers. We, at the B&W, have been influencing the powers that be here on the commercial front with a different word: lobbying.
We have been lobbying for various social needs since we began our journey: awareness stories on traffic, children’s rights, the plight of the obese and others. We pledge to continue lobbying for the common good.