The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA) celebrated a red carpet Gala Oscars evening at the Shakespeare Theatre on the BSK campus when students of dance, music and theatre were nominated from the members of the Academy for BAIA Oscars 2016. Arriving on the red carpet in their magnificent cocktail wear, the students and their families were welcomed by BAIA Founder Madame Vera Al Mutawa MBE and BAIA Patron Alexia Lodge, wife of the British Ambassador to Kuwait.
The evening opened with the presentation of certificates to students who have successfully completed Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art Speech and Theatre exams; British Ballet Organisation Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern exams, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams.
Mike Hewlett reviewed the Faculty of Theatre, Alley Hunter and Claire Findlay reviewed the Faculty of Dance and Ms Patricia Whelan reviewed the Faculty of Music. The presentations were interspersed with fabulous performances, which included young pianist Zahra Diouman and the incredible LAMDA Grade 8 Gold medalist Saad Zahour with his opening public address, which was based on his record breaking exam mark of 99 percent.
The climax of the evening was the arrival of the golden envelopes with the names of the 2016 Oscar winners. Some 25 nominees from Theatre, Music and Dance stepped forward to receive their Oscars from Mrs. Lodge. The winners received their fabulous trophies and gifts to a round of applause from a packed house of family and friends. The event was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors ITL World Travel as well as Build a Bear and Fantasy World.
The evening closed with an ensemble performance from Matilda, the hit making BAIA show of 2016 before everyone adjourned to the courtyard for a celebratory dinner.