|When? Throughout December | Event? Art and Culture events | Venue? Various
The month sees an endless celebration of the rich and colourful heritage that belongs to this ancient land of Dilmun.
The Ministry of Culture delivers a vibrant roster of events celebrating Bahraini culture and heritage. The month sees a number of landmark occasions like the 25th anniversary of the Bahrain National Museum, the country’s 41st National Day and the conclusion of the ‘Manama: Capital of Arab Tourism 2013’ programme.
All programmes are held at Qal’at al-Bahrain museum except for the musical, The Land of Immortality, that is staged at the National Theatre.
Ala Ghawas and Ossia
A talented independent Bahraini artist who blends the best of the West and his own roots into the music he makes, Ala Ghawas performs live at the Qal’at al-Bahrain grounds on December 5. He is backed by the Ossia, a band formally known as La Movida, while he delivers his original compositions along with a few covers of renowned artists such as Jeff Buckley. The show starts at 7pm.
Arabic classics movie night
Screening of one of the most powerful pieces of cinema from the region, Fertile Memory takes place on December 12 at 7.30pm. The story, portraying the lives of two radically different women, is directed by famous Palestinian director, Michele Khleifi. The film projects a rare yet poignant feminist viewpoint with a keen sense of observation and political engagement.
The Ummayad period in Muharraq
Dr Robert Carter, a renowned archaeologist and currently the co-director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London in Qatar, takes you through the history of Muharraq on December 18. An authority on the subject, he concentrates on his recent archaeological findings in Muharraq, notably the remains of an extensive Ummayad period settlement underneath the Suq Al Qaysarriyah.
Manama doesn’t sleep!
December 13 sees a special celebration to commemorate the silver jubilee of the National Museum. The Qal’at al Bahrain Site Museum remains open all night with special events, movie screenings, music concerts and a breakfast spread on the terrace at dawn.
Citizen science programme
The ministry launches its citizen science programme on December 19 with the aim of monitoring and preserving the island’s natural beauty and heritage sites. This is an opportunity for the present generation to learn more about the country and enables them to take positive steps towards conservation within their communities.
The land of immortality
The silver jubilee celebrations continue with this music and abstract dance representation of the story of Khaled and Noora on December 19 and 20. The contemporary performance underlines the historic, geographic and cultural wealth of Dilmun and how it has always yielded abundance and prosperity.
National Day celebration
Celebrate this prestigious national holiday with Enkriu Kids Club, which hosts a series of games and fun activities for children to learn about Bahrain on December 23 from 4 to 6pm. Open to ages seven and above, this also includes digital puppet theatre and a puppet workshop, based on the traditional culture of Bahrain.
Call 17 298-777 or visit www.moc.gov.bh