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The 15th Spring of Culture Festival 2020

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Mon, 10 February 2020

The 15th Spring of Culture Festival 2020

The Spring of Culture Festival returns to the Kingdom of Bahrain for its 15th edition for a series of events praised regionally and internationally for their cultural relevance. Activities and events include art exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, pop up theatrical shows and other significant cultural initiatives.

The 15th Edition of the Spring of Culture will begin on February 25 and will be held under the slogan, ‘Dilmun: Land of Density’.
 

THE 46TH BAHRAIN ANNUAL FINE ARTS EXHIBITION
DATE: CURRENT - 6 MARCH
TIME: DAILY 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (CLOSED ON TUESDAYS)
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE & BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
TYPE: EXHIBITION
In its 46th edition, the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of the artists in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Every year, the art community gathers to present their finest work, uninhibited by a subject or theme. The result is a colourful display of styles and techniques through different mediums of expression. Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the exhibition this year presents a collection of local and International artists residing in Bahrain.

DIVE INTO THE JURASSIC
DATE: 
CURRENT - 16 MARCH
TIME: DAILY 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (CLOSED ON TUESDAYS)
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with original fossils and replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land. This exhibition has been generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf Culture and Sport programme to support and encourage new partnerships and collaborative projects between institutions in the United Kingdom and the Gulf.

THE SOUND & LIGHT SHOW
DATE: EVERY TUESDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY
TIME: 6:00 PM (ENGLISH VERSION) 7:00 PM (ARABIC VERSION)
VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN
TYPE: PROJECTIONS
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE
The story of the Kingdom of Bahrain as told by its most renowned site: Qal’at Al Bahrain. The show is an interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back.
Tickets are available at the Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum

FIVE P.M. AT BAB
DATE: EVERY THURSDAY
TIME: 5:00 PM
VENUE: BAB AL BAHRAIN
TYPE: VARIOUS
The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities organizes a weekly cultural activities at the outdoor space in the heart of Bab Al-Bahrain. The activities span from music, arts and workshops with the festivities spotlighting different realms of heritage each week.
Full program on www.culture.gov.bh

MOHAMMED BIN FARIS
DATE: EVERY THURSDAY
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: MOHAMMED BIN FARIS MUSIC HALL
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 10 YEARS & ABOVE
Every Thursday evening, we set sail with the musical sounds of Mohammed bin Faris Band in a lyrical voyage which regales audiences with tales of a pearling diver’s life from festive melodies to working songs and farewell ballads.

HALA AL KHALIFA WHERE DO WE SIT?
DATE: SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY - 26 MARCH
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM, SAT – THURS: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
VENUE: MEMORY OF THE PLACE: BIN MATAR HOUSE
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Where Do We Sit? represents Hala Al Khalifa’s latest body of work. Chairs and sofas take center stage in this series of paintings on canvas, an exploration of feelings of belonging and connection, emptiness and loss.

ARCHITECTURAL ETHNOGRAPHY ATELIER BOW-WOW
DATE: TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY - 14 JUNE
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM, SAT – THURS: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
VENUE: HOUSE OF ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: JAPAN
Atelier Bow-Wow, a Japanese Architectural firm founded by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in Tokyo, has been working on various design practices as well as on urban studies, and recently on an urban-rural exchange program. In all these cases, they utilize drawings to show the synthesis of their findings, but at the same time to investigate the subject. This is the reason that they have invented various types of drawings in order to challenge the usual reading of these issues.

GREETINGS TO FERNANDO BOTERO AN EXHIBITION BY MOHAMMED AL MAHDI
DATE: TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 - 9:00 PM, SATURDAY – THURSDAY 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Greetings to Fernando Botero is a solo exhibition of the works of Bahraini artist, Mohammed Al Mahdi. In this exhibition, Mohammed Al Mahdi tries to go back in time to the teacher who appeared late. To Botero who found beauty in full bodies and the one who invaded the world with his huge sculptures, showing Al Mahdi how to be an artist that stays true to his environment reflecting his surrounding reality. “I don’t mind to get out of the familiar or norm for a period of time just to satisfy my insistent desire. In one instant I mimic Botero’s style on my topics and in another I use his style of painting and subjects completely”. Through this exhibition, Al Mahdi bid’s tribute of respect and appreciation for this artist’s great stature.

THE FLYING DUTCHMEN 
TYPE: STREET THEATRE
COUNTRY: THE NETHERLANDS – CANADA
Amsterdam’s Juggler Michiel Hesseling…“A Mozart in his profession” and Canada’s fearless crazy French Canadian Unicyclist Jean – Michel Paré combined their multiple talent
and became The Flying Dutchmen. 

A show with explosive energy and lots of laughs. Every performance is an adventure!

FOLK STORYTELLING
DATE: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY
TIME: 10:30 AM
VENUE: DAR AL MUHARRAQ
TYPE: STORYTELLING
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE 6 - 12 YEARS
Children will have the opportunity to learn of events and tales that took place in the neighborhoods of Muharraq through this storytelling event.
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

WHAT NIGHT DOES ABDULRAHIM SHARIF
DATE: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY - 20 MARCH
TIME: DAILY 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
VENUE: ART CENTRE
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Art isn’t created from a single idea yet a given title allows us to explore these multitudes as a collective. In his works, artist Abdulrahim Sharif separates the literal notion of who he is as a person and that metaphorical being of existence through intangible senses. Through profound visual work, skillful techniques and pushing the storytelling limits of art itself, Sharif expresses what is in his heart of hearts through painting: his ideas about the world, about the secrets that rise from the ashes of darkness and the truths he discovers in ordinary humanity. All of his ideas, stubborn and intimate, float to the surface through his artworks.

HADID TEARS
DATE: TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE
TYPE: CONTEMPORARY PERFORMING ARTS / THEATRE
COUNTRY: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 10 YEARS & ABOVE
In commemoration of Arab Tourism Day, the legacy of Zaha Hadid is celebrated through a contemporary performance by the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre & Cairo Opera House, Directed by Walid Aouni. The forms she creates are seemingly endless through her designs, dancing with the universe as the Sufis do through their circular movements. It’s their peculiar approach to space and element of cathartic release that metaphorically connects the two.

TUNISIAN FILM FESTIVAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY & 04 MARCH & SATURDAY 14 MARCH
TIME: 6:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: FILM SCREENING
COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
The Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, presents the Tunisian Film Festival 2020 screening the latest cinematic films from Tunisia.

26 February: “Weldi”, Director: Mohamed Ben Attia
04 March: “Railway Men”, Director: Erige Sehiri
14 March: “Lune Noire”, Director: Nawfel Saheb Ettaba

RECONNECT
DATE: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY - 26 APRIL
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, TUESDAY - SUNDAY, 10:00 AM – 6:30PM
VENUE: LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: INTERNATIONAL
Reconnect is an art exhibition uniting a group of established artists who used the old doors of La Fontaine as their art medium. The artists chose from reconnecting with Mother Nature to show how we can engage in different practices which help us connect with this grounding force and come in closer contact with it. Reconnect with World Heritage sites and draw the attention to the fragilities of some of these sites There are numerous risks and dangers threatening the cultural heritage. Reconnect with the Soul - Re-establish a bond of communication or emotion. Accept thinking and feeling many things at once.
An opening dinner will be hosted on Wednesday 26th February. The free entrance exhibition is open to the public from Thursday 27 February.

MUSICAL EVENING - KOTO PLAYER NAOKO KIKUCHI
DATE: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: MUSIC
COUNTRY: JAPAN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Naoko Kikuchi learned to play the Koto at a young age under her grandmother and mother, took lessons and enrolled at Sophia University in Tokyo as a student where she joined the Sawai Kazue Koto Ensemble. Kikuchi graduated from the Japanese National Broadcasting Company School for Performance of Traditional Japanese Instruments. Her collaborations with other musicians and artists are extensive, and an equally extensive repertoire as she plays classic Koto music, classic chamber music, improvisational tunes, contemporary and more.

FILM SCREENING: THE TIME THAT REMAINS (2009)
DATE: THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: PEARLING PATH VISITORS CENTRE
TYPE: FILM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 15 YEARS AND ABOVE
The Time That Remains is a 2009 Palestinian film directed by Elia Suleiman. The film is an intimate semi-biographical portrait of Palestinians living as minorities in their own homeland between 1948 and the present day.

CHANNA UPULI - SRI LANKAN CULTURAL EVENING
DATE: THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: DANCE
COUNTRY: SRI LANKA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
In collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the most celebrated Sri Lankan dance company, the Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation, are set to perform in Bahrain. Channa-Upuli have regularly performed on stage and television for nearly three decades, enthralling both local and international audiences alike. The choreographer, Kalashuri Dr. Channa Wijewardena, specializes in dances of the Kandyan tradition along with his own unique style that he refers to as “Body Language”
based on a standing position known as Thribanga. A fusion of traditional drum patterns are incorporated into this lively performance.

FRANTIC
TYPE: STREET THEATRE
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
An Explosive, acrobatic dance-theatre with a rain-soaked finale. Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rainstorms: Frantic is an explosive acrobatic exploration of our relentless devotion to busyness, the reality of a running mind and one man’s thirst for escape. Frantic features spectacular acrobatics and dance-theatre, choreographed around a wheel, with a hidden water system for a joyous finale danced in pouring rain.

MS. LAURYN HILL
DATE: FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY
TIME: 8:30 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: USA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
A true renaissance person, GRAMMY Award winner Ms. Lauryn Hill took the world by storm with The Fugees in the nineties, with hit tracks “Killing Me Softly” & “Ready or Not”. She followed this with the 10 Grammy award nominated “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album that powerfully transformed how the world envisioned the possibilities of hip hop and genre as well as the contributions of women in the form and contemporary music, period. After a break in music that included motherhood, Ms. Lauryn Hill is back on the scene in full force celebrating the extended 20th anniversary of her hit album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. The seminal work included hit singles ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’, ‘Ex-Factor’ and ‘Everything Is Everything’. Her free-form and eclectic sound blends elements of classic soul, rock with modern day hip hop in the box-breaking and restrictive rule-defying tradition of jazz.

ARCHAEOLOGY WALKATHON
DATE: SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
TIME: 8:00 AM
VENUE: MEETING POINT: QAL’AT AL-BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM
TYPE: WALKATHON
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE 18 YEARS & ABOVE (PARENTAL GUIDANCE FOR PARTICIPANTS BELOW 18 YEARS)
An 8km walkathon through various archaeological sites north of Bahrain, starting from Qal’at Al Bahrain Site, the trail will pass through surrounding farms, Hilla Islamic Site, Al Hajar Burial Mounds, Al Shakhoura Burial Mounds, finally ending at Barbar Temples Site. This event is held with the support of Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

STUDY TOUR: BAHRAIN’S EARLY MODERN ARCHITECTURE OLD JUFFAIR MODERN ARCHITECTURE TOUR - ALI KARIMI
DATE: SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
TIME: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
VENUE: MEETING POINT: BAHRAIN ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TYPE: TOUR
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
A curated tour of Bahrain’s key early 20th century historical buildings. Many of the buildings on the tour have not been documented and are often not accessible to the general public. This is a unique opportunity for those interested in Bahrain’s history, architecture, or neighborhoods to experience them and to learn more about the country’s architectural and urban heritage. This series of visits will enable participants to enter some of Bahrain’s most iconic buildings as part of a guided tour and to document them first-hand.

FILM PREMIER: YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY (2019)
DATE: SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY
TIME: 6:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: FILM
COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
Shortly after Muzamil was born, the village’s holy man predicts that he will die at the age of 20. Muzamil’s father can’t stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.

DAR AL MUHARRAQ
DATE: SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY, 14 MARCH, 28 MARCH, 11 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: BUILDING 1068, ROAD 1617, BLOCK 216, MUHARRAQ
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE
Live performances highlighting the various styles of the uniquely Bahraini Fjiri tradition, a mystical genre that traces its roots back to the island’s glorious legacy of its world-famous pearling heritage.

EZIO GRIBAUDO
DATE: SUNDAY 01 MARCH - 31 MAY
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM,
DAILY: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (CLOSED ON TUESDAYS)
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: ITALY
The Bahrain National Museum hosts the first regional solo exhibition for the celebrated Italian artist Ezio Girbaudo. Born in Turin, 1929, he is an Italian artist and art publisher with experience in Graphic Design at Brera Academy and engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin. Girbaudo manifests his dreamy artworks with a distinctive sense of chromatic precision and historical determination that underscores all his artworks as a painter, sculptor, and graphic designer. His award-winning production has been recognized with various international prizes, such as the IX Rome Quadriennale in 1965, the XXXIII Venice Biennale Prize (for graphic arts) in 1966, and the São Paulo Biennale in 1967.

A DIALOGUE, MUSICAL EVENING ELIE ACHKAR & MANUEL DELGADO
DATE: MONDAY 02 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: MUSIC
COUNTRY: LEBANON / SPAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Lebanese qanun player Elie Achkar teams up with Barcelona native and guitarist Manuel Delgado to present a unique music dialogue between East and West, authenticity and modernity, and sorrow and joy through the melodic interplay between Spanish and Arab folk music.

MR. MEN & LITTLE MISSES
DATE: WEDNESDAY 04, 05, 07 MARCH
TIME: 04 MARCH: 10:45 AM, 05 MARCH: 10:45 AM & 6:30 PM, 07 MARCH: 11:00 AM & 4:30 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: THEATRE
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 2 YEARS & ABOVE
The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters will come to life through this hilarious puppet show! The Mr. Men and Little Misses books have brought joy to millions of children for over 50 years through their vibrancy, simplicity and humor. Experience this timeless series like never before with favorites like Mr. Bump, Little Miss Splendid, Mr. Tickle, Little Miss Inventor and many more, bursting with life through colorful puppetry and music.

BAHRAIN FILM FESTIVAL
DATE: WEDNESDAY 04 - 08 MARCH
TIME: CHECK WEBSITE FOR PROGRAM
VENUE: OASIS MALL CINEMA - JUFFAIR
TYPE: FILM FESTIVAL
COUNTRY: ARAB COUNTRIES
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 18 YEARS & ABOVE
The Bahrain Film Festival, organized by the Bahrain Cinema Club, thrusts young filmmakers into the limelight, aiming to showcase the works of undiscovered creative talents in the Arab region. The festival celebrates filmmakers, intellectuals and artists alike across the region through various programs and events to be held throughout the festival.

THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER: THE BIG BANG MACHINE PROF. DR. ALBERT DE ROECK
DATE: WEDNESDAY 04 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: LECTURE
COUNTRY: BELGIUM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Prof. Dr. Albert De Roeck is a senior research scientist and a staff member of the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, CERN. He earned his PhD from Belgium. He gives seminars and lectures all over the world on the physics potential and results of the LHC project. De Roeck got a doctor honors from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Co-author of more than 1600 scientific papers, he is a contact for the CMS experiment to countries in the Middle East region and in South East Asia.

STICK STOCK
TYPE: STREET THEATRE
COUNTRY: THE NETHERLANDS

THURSDAY 05 MARCH, 4:30 PM @ EL MERCADO MALL - JANABIYA
THURSDAY 05 MARCH, 9:00 PM ADLIYA - ROAD 3803 @ CAR PARK BUILDING
FRIDAY 06 MARCH 4:30 PM @ PRINCE KHALIFA BIN SALMAN PARK - HIDD
FRIDAY 06 MARCH 8:30 PM @ SEEF MALL MUHARRAQ
SATURDAY 07 MARCH 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM @ THE AVENUES
This is where the fun starts: Three different people with three different heights, cultures and disciplines. Together they use sticks to unravel circus in new ways. Making fun creations together, building a jungle to climb through, balancing the sticks and themselves! A journey into a world where a dancer, a juggler and a Chinese pole artist can play, tease and unite together.

MOVIE NIGHT WALT DISNEY FILM: ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)
DATE: THURSDAY 05 MARCH
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM
TYPE: FILM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 4 YEARS & ABOVE
Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, not remembering the events of her first visit, she faces the strange fantasy world after most of its creatures have turned evil. Alice finds herself in the midst of a conflict between the White Queen and the Red Queen, and in the midst of this strange nature she finds some good and friendly creatures that help her in the search for the way home.

OMAR KAMAL & BANAH
DATE: FRIDAY 06 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN / PALESTINE
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS AND ABOVE
The stunning Omar Kamal is back at Bahrain Bay! Following the success of the 2017/18 tour of his debut album ‘Serenade’, and with a grand return, the smooth-voiced star, Kamal presents his new album “Show Me the Light”. He brings together delightful, multilingual repertoires and emotional hits for one enchanting evening!
Banah, one of the most unique, emerging Arab artists today showcases a new style of music. The evening is a musical journey that blends the best of both worlds in “Fusion of the East &The West”. The concert combines a special mix of English & Arabic classics showcased in a new and modern

TOUR - MEDICINAL PLANTS
DATE: SATURDAY 07 MARCH
TIME: 10:00 AM
VENUE: MEETING POINT: QAL’AT AL-BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM
TYPE: TOUR
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 18 YEARS & ABOVE
Folk medicine have been prevalent in Bahrain since ancient times starting with the Dilmun and Tylos civilizations, as the ancient people of the land extracted medicines from the plants and herbs around them to help cure their various illnesses and ailments. Participants of this tour, which starts at the Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum, will learn about the medicinal and healing properties of these plants and herbs, followed by a visit to a nearby factory to observe the distillation processes of this folk medicines.
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

DAR AL RIFFA
DATE: SATURDAY 07 MARCH, 21 MARCH, & 04 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: BUILDING 2608, ROAD 368, BLOCK 903, EAST RIFFA
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE
Dar Al-Riffa hosts a series of musical concerts, accentuating the rich tapestry of Bahraini folk music. Dar Al-Riffa is a conservation and rehabilitation of the original structure within the old neighbourhood, and includes a contemporary extension to accommodate larger performances and residency spaces.

JAPAN ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL 
DATE: SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY, 08 & 11 MARCH
TIME: 6:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: FILM
COUNTRY: JAPAN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 13 YEARS & ABOVE
The Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in cooperation with Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, will hold the Japan Animation Film Festival 2020 screening the best of Japanese animations.
08 March: Princess Arete
11 March: Time of EVE

SOUVENIR OF THE OPPOSING CHAIRS AHMED AL-ALI
DATE: MONDAY 09 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: HOUSE OF POETRY - EBRAHIM AL ARRAYED
TYPE: POETRY
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
A poet and translator of literary works, Ahmed Abd al-Salam Al-Ali of Saudi Arabia was born in Dhahran and graduated with an engineering degree from King Fahad University of
Petroleum and Minerals and did his postgraduate studies in New York with a degree in publishing. An avid translator, Al-Ali introduced American readers to such as Arab writers
as Alaa Al-Aswany. A resident of Sharjah, UAE, Al-Ali has several published poetry collections and Arabic translations of many international literary works.

THE MARLON BANDA SHOW 
TYPE: STREET THEATRE 
COUNTRY: ITALY

THURSDAY 12 MARCH 4:30 PM @ RIFAA PALMS – NEXT TO RIFAA VIEWS
FRIDAY 13 MARCH 4:00 PM @ ATRIUM MALL 
FRIDAY 13 MARCH 6:00 PM @ EL MERCADO MALL
SATURDAY 14 MARCH 4:00 PM @ SAAR MALL
SATURDAY 14 MARCH 8:00 PM @ SEEF MALL - SEEF DISTRICT

A hilarious and explosive comical show. Where live music and all aspects of theatrical comedy meet. Vivacious, irreverent, engaging; the Irresistible rhythm will drag you into
a whirlwind of laughter with no way out!

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE
DATE: THURSDAY 12 MARCH
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: STORYTELLING / DANCE
COUNTRY: JAPAN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE
In collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsored by K E Kanoo Mazda Bahrain, two distinct performing arts, from Japanese Traditional Vaudeville Theatre Rakugo and Daikagura, take center stage. Rakugo is a comic storytelling art that expresses the humorous side of traditional Japan. Daikagura is a Japanese Traditional performance which used to be given on auspicious occasions. Now it is performed as a form of entertainment.

PIANOTAINMENT
DATE: FRIDAY 13 MARCH
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: MUSIC
COUNTRY: GERMANY
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE
In collaboration with the Embassy of Germany in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind concert Pianotainment performs in Bahrain! Starring concert
pianists Stephan Weh and Marcel Dorn, Pianotainment is a spectacular four handed piano show that has dazzled the world for over 20 years. It is a fascinating concert perfect for young children and the elderly alike – there is truly no other show like it in the world. This award-winning “crossover” program is the perfect symbiosis between piano comedy and amazing virtuosity. Unique, wacky and endlessly entertaining, this performance is not to be missed.


WHAT IF RASHID DIDN’T EXIST!
DATE: SUNDAY 15 - 18 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: STUDIO 244
TYPE: PERFORMING ARTS
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 12 YEARS & ABOVE
What if a painting came to life and approached its creator? What would the painting say to him or her? What are the secrets behind the color palates and what are the artist’s intentions? Does the soul have a color? How do we recognize the astonishment of a viewer contemplating a painting?
Through the direction and scenography of the artist Khalid Al Ruwaie, this exhibition looks at the aesthetic of Bahraini artist Rashid Al Oraifi, building bridges to create different worlds as art influences the creation of more art.

A NOVEL OF HISTORY OR A HISTORICAL NOVEL IBRAHIM ISSA
DATE MONDAY 16 MARCH
TIME 8:00 PM
VENUE SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: LECTURE
COUNTRY: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
An Egyptian journalist and founder of the prominent Egyptian newspaper Addustour, Ibrahim Issa’s bold opinions are reflected in his articles and books. Issa worked in the written and broadcast media as a presenter of a number of TV programmes on various popular Arab and Egyptian channels.

KHALID FARHAN FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE
DATE: TUESDAY 17 MARCH - 31 MAY
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM
VENUE: MUHARRAQ
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Artist and master sculptor Khalid Farhan launches his latest artworks – three beautiful oversized outdoor sculptures. During this special launch event, these sculptures will be revealed in the beautiful setting of historical Muharraq, with its characteristic narrow and winding streets and traditional urban squares.

WALL PAPER A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ZENA ASSI
DATE: TUESDAY 17 MARCH - 09 APRIL
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, SATURDAY - THURSDAY: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: LEBANON
Produced in her London studio, Zena Assi’s new body of works consists of paintings on canvas, etching prints, experimental animation movie as well as drawings on paper. . The canvas is treated as a fabric, a kaleidoscope of symbols, either flowers weaved in patterns or cities forming an urban tissue like fading images on a paper wall. It is an attempt to put on record how our urban contemporary environment is constantly changing and how our society’s ideologies and political tendencies are playing a major role in this change.

FILM SCREENING: LAGAAN, ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA (2001)
DATE: THURSDAY 19 MARCH
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: PEARLING PATH VISITORS CENTRE
TYPE: FILM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 15 YEARS & ABOVE
This film, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is set in the Victorian period of India’s colonial British Raj. The story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a wager to avoid the taxes. The narrative spins around this situation as the villagers face the arduous task of learning the alien game, playing for a result that will change their village’s destiny.

BARBAROS
DATE: THURSDAY 19 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: MUSIC
COUNTRY: REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
Barbaros Büyükakkan is a famous Turkish singer with 9 years of professional experience under his belt – he has released 2 albums and 4 singles, and performs over a hundred concerts annually around the globe. Barbaros is distinguished for his unique music as he bridges various styles and performs in different languages. He is fluent in French, English Italian and Greek, and sings in Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic as well. From pop to jazz, his concert presents world music at its finest.

ERASE AND FORGET BY ANDREA LUKA ZIMMERMAN ARTIST DOCUMENTARY
DATE: SATURDAY 21 MARCH
TIME: 6:30 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: FILM SCREENING
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 18 YEARS & ABOVE
This documentary feature by Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a portrait of Bo Gritz, officially Lieutenant-Colonel James Gordon. The American solider, nicknamed Bo Gritz, is one of the most celebrated combatants in American history and was Commander-in-Chief during the Vietnam War. Gritz inspired many popular figures such as Rambo, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, and Colonel Curtis.

The screening is presented by The Wapping Project, London, in partnership with the Bahrain National Museum, and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition programme.

IRAN & ITS POLICY OF LINKING TO IRAQ KHEIRALLAH KHEIRALLAH
DATE: MONDAY 23 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: ABDULLAH AL-ZAYED FOR BAHRAINI PRESS HERITAGE
TYPE: LECTURE
COUNTRY: LEBANON
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
A London- and Beirut-based Lebanese journalist, Kheirallah Kheirallah holds a law degree from the Jesuit University. He worked in Annahar newspaper from 1970 to 1988 before moving to London where he held the post of editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat newspaper until 1998. Kheirallah writes political articles in several Arab newspapers, including Al-Mostakbal, Al-Rai, Al-Arab, Al-Raya and others. His articles highlight various Arab political topics and issues related to Iranian-Arab affairs.

KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN, A JOYFUL TRIBUTARY OF CIVILIZATION DR. MURAD AL JANABI
DATE: TUESDAY 24 MARCH
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: LECTURE
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Dr. Murad Abdullah Al Janabi, professor of religious studies at the University of Applied Sciences, will conduct a lecture on the historical importance of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as it was the meeting point of ancient civilizations during the era of Dilmun, Tylos and Awal, and was known as the “Land of Eternity” across different cultures, becoming a home of peace and prosperity.
The lecture will be conducted in Arabic.

THE 19TH BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
DATE: WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH - 04 APRIL
TIME: DAILY: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM -9:30 PM, FRIDAY: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
TYPE: EXHIBITION
GUEST: STATE OF KUWAIT
The 19th Bahrain International Book Fair is a biennial literary event showcasing regional and international publishers and booksellers spanning all subject areas under one roof. In addition to engaging readers at all levels, the Book Fair hosts a dynamic cultural program with book signings, talks, exhibitions, music and film screenings, as well as a children’s program.

RAYA & SAKINA
DATE: WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, 25 & 26 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: MUSIC / THEATRE
COUNTRY: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
In collaboration with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the Kingdom of Bahrain and in celebration of International Theatre Day, this contemporary performance showcases two popular figures across Egypt and the Arab World, bringing them to Bahrain. Raya and Sakina are two personalities that have roused contradictory opinions as some consider them thugs whereas others consider them heroines in the face of colonialism. This production highlights another perspective of these characters through psychological analysis of the two personalities as well as research on the economic and cultural conditions of the time, reflecting the intertwining, interferences and struggles of the human psyche in the form of modern dance.

THE MERCHANTS OF BOLLYWOOD
DATE: THURSDAY & FRIDAY, 26 & 27 MARCH
TIME: 7:30 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY
TYPE: THEATRE / DANCE
COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 6 YEARS & ABOVE, ALL ATTENDEES MUST HAVE A TICKET REGARDLESS OF AGE
The glamour and glitter of Bollywood electrifies Bahrain Bay! The Merchants of Bollywood charts the history of the world’s largest and most prolific film industry paying tribute to a dynasty of Indian film stars. Featuring a stellar cast, extravagant costumes, the colorful production, highlights hit songs from biggest Bollywood Blockbusters. At the heart of the lavish musical, is the story of a young girl, her grandfather and their love of dance. “Their energy is electrifying, their movements suffused with a rush of joy and yet ruthlessly precise and the frenetic flow of onstage activity is almost non – stop. It’s a high octane pleasure to warm up the coldest winter night.” - The Times, London

PEARLING PATH BOARD GAMES LEAGUE
DATE: SATURDAY 28 MARCH
TIME: 3:00 PM
VENUE: SIYADI PUBLIC SQUARE
TYPE: GAMES
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
15 groups consisting of 2 participants each will challenge themselves to learn the story of The Pearling Path through a series of board games.
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

ARTIST DOCUMENTARY: THE TWO SIGHTS BY JOSHUA BONNETTA
DATE: SATURDAY 28 MARCH
TIME: 6:30 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: FILM SCREENING
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 18 YEARS & ABOVE
The Two Sights is a portrait of our rapidly changing maritime environment with its acoustic ecology and culture in flux at a time of uncertain futures. Outer Hebrides is believed to be the birthplace of seers, known to have the ability of second sight, or the ability to fore the future, through a combination of visions and inner voices.
The screening is presented by The Wapping Project, London, in partnership with the Bahrain National Museum, and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition program me.

MELODIES OF A BEAUTIFUL TIME BULGARIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY MUBARAK NAJEM & DEYAN PAVLOV
DATE: SATURDAY 28 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL THEATRE
TYPE: ORCHESTRA
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN / BULGARIA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra conducted by the Bahraini Maestro Mubarak Najem and the Bulgarian Maestro Diane Pavlov enchants audiences with a musical evening glorifying the beauty of Bahrain through nationalistic,
emotional and traditional tunes that are an unwavering parts of the local heritage. The concert is arranged in a distinct way by Maestro Dr. Mubarak Najem that reflects the local character.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S: ROMEO AND JULIET THE MUSICAL
DATE: MONDAY & TUESDAY, 30 & 31 MARCH
TIME: 30 MARCH: 11:45 AM 31 MARCH: 11:45 AM & 7:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: THEATRE
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
Presented by Entertainment Live, this Romeo & Juliet adaptation by award-winning artistic director and producer Paul Taylor-Mills, along with his divine, professional cast takes center stage in Bahrain! Brought in all the way from the United Kingdom, experience the iconic tale of Romeo & Juliet like never before through this enthralling modern take of a Shakespearean classic enlivened with a recognizable pop score.


FROM DEBUSSY TO DARWISH TWO PALESTINIAN VIRTUOSI, AN EVENING OF SONG MARIAM TAMARI & FADI DEEB
DATE: MONDAY 30 MARCH
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: SONG
COUNTRY: PALESTINE
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Palestinian pianist Fadi Deeb and Palestinian-Japanese artist Mariam Tamari join forces for an extraordinary performance; He, a professional pianist who dazzled audiences worldwide, and she, a classically trained singer equally adept in classical and Korean and Chinese songs.

TOPOLOGIES OF AIR ARTIST TALK
DATE: TUESDAY 31 MARCH
TIME: 6:30 PM
VENUE: DAR AL MUHARRAQ
TYPE: TALK / MUSIC
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM / KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
A discussion between the artist Shona Illingworth and Sh. Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Director of Archaeology and Museums Directorate at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, revolving around the upcoming art exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum and the art residency at the Kingdom of Bahrain in March, 2019. The session will be introduced by Marta Michalowska, Director of The Wapping Project, London, and include a live music performance by Azhar Kubba. The event is presented by The Wapping Project, London, in partnership with the Bahrain National Museum, and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition programme.

DOCUMENTING FOOD IS CULTURE 5
DATE: WEDNESDAY 01 APRIL
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM AUDITORIUM
TYPE: BOOK LAUNCH / FILM SCREENING / TALK
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 7 YEARS & ABOVE
Food is Culture is a creative experimental project that aims to bridge together the mediums of art and food. In its fifth edition, the collaborations that took place between 13 artists from the culinary, visual and performing arts fields in January 2020 now culminates with the launch of a publication and film documenting the process. The chefs, artists and musicians will be present in a panel discussion to share their collective experiences and impressions with the audience.

TOPOLOGIES OF AIR BY SHONA ILLINGWORTH
DATE: WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY, 01 APRIL - 28 JUNE
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 6:30 PM
DAILY: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM (CLOSED ON TUESDAYS)
VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM 
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
An immersive, multi-screen sound and video installation by Scottish-Danish artist Shona Illingworth, this exhibition examines the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace. This exhibition is presented by The Wappjng Project, London, in partnership with the Bahrain National museum, and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition programme.

THROUGH OUR CLOTHES
DATE: SATURDAY 04 APRIL
TIME: 9:00 AM
VENUE MEETING POINT: AL HALA PARKING SPACE TYPE TOUR
COUNTRY KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

If our clothes could speak, what would they say about us? And what do we, as wearers, suggest about the clothes that we wear? The exhibition, co-hosted by Fashion Revolution Bahrain, delves into these ideas while reflecting on the thematic aspects of care, tradition, the environment and our future. The exhibition will be followed by a short talk led by Rawan Maki, candidate for PhD in Fashion Sustainability and dubbed by Vogue Arabia as “the Arab World’s first sustainable fashion designer”.

“The Future of Our Clothes” Talk & Discussion
Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM

PEARLING PATH ALTERNATIVE TOUR
DATE: SATURDAY 04 APRIL
TIME: 9:00 AM
VENUE: MEETING POINT: AL HALA PARKING SPACE
TYPE: TOUR
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE

Participants will explore The Pearling Path unlike before, walking, biking and taking public transportation systems to visit the houses and main sites throughout this tour.
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

ALADDIN
DATE: SATURDAY 04 - 06 APRIL
TIME 04 APRIL: 11:30 AM & 5:30 PM, 05 APRIL: 10:45 AM & 7:00 PM, 06 APRIL: 10:45 AM & 7:00 PM
VENUE: CULTURAL HALL
TYPE: THEATRE
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 3 YEARS & ABOVE
Presented by Entertainment Live, the adored British theatre group that brought you The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Doctor Dolittle are back to take you on a trip to Agrabah with action-packed version of Aladdin. This delightful musical comedy, ideal for children of all ages, refreshes the widely popular story of Aladdin with audience participation and interactive fun, puppetry, illusions and a catchy score performed by a professional cast.

SKY FESTIVAL
DATE: SATURDAY 04 APRIL
TIME: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
VENUE: PUBLIC SQUARE - MUHARRAQ
TYPE: TALK / FILM / MUSIC
COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE
Through art, science, film, music and poetry, this festival is a celebration of the new video and sound installation Topologies of Air by artist Shona Illingworth at the Bahrain National Museum. It brings together artists, scientists, architects, musicians, poets and writers to consider the complexities of the sky above our heads, its long history and rapidly changing future.
The festival is presented by The Wapping Project, London, in partnership with the Bahrain National Museum, and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition programme.

THROUGH OUR CLOTHES
DATE: SATURDAY 04 APRIL
TIME: 9:00 AM
VENUE: MEETING POINT AL HALA PARKING SPACE
TYPE: TOUR
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

If our clothes could speak, what would they say about us? And what do we, as wearers, suggest about the clothes that we wear? The exhibition, co-hosted by Fashion Revolution Bahrain, delves into these ideas while reflecting on the thematic aspects of care, tradition, the environment and our future. The exhibition will be followed by a short talk led by Rawan Maki, candidate for PhD in Fashion Sustainability and dubbed by Vogue Arabia as “the Arab World’s first sustainable fashion designer”.

“The Future of Our Clothes” Talk & Discussion
Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM

PEARLING PATH ALTERNATIVE TOUR
DATE: SATURDAY 04 APRIL
TIME: 9:00 AM
VENUE: MEETING POINT:
AL HALA PARKING SPACE
TYPE: TOUR
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE

Participants will explore The Pearling Path unlike before, walking, biking and taking public transportation systems to visit the houses and main sites throughout this tour.
Registration is required on www.culture.gov.bh

THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE EGYPTIAN POETIC LANDSCAPE SAMIR DARWISH
DATE: MONDAY 06 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: HOUSE OF POETRY - EBRAHIM AL ARRAYED TYPE POETRY COUNTRY ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
An award-winning Egyptian poet and literary figure, Darwish has 19 published books to his name, including 16 poetry collections, two novels and one on politics. He is an active figure in the literary scene, frequently participating in various lectures and conferences, and currently serves as Director General of the General Authority for Cultural Palaces in the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

MAI AL MOATAZ PROOF OF PRESENCE
DATE: WEDNESDAY 08 APRIL - 31 MAY
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM SAT – THURS: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
VENUE: MEMORY OF THE PLACE: BIN MATAR HOUSE
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Mai Al Moataz is an artist and designer who explores dualities and paradoxes, absence and presence. She uses time, space, light and chemistry to deconstruct her experiential universe.
In her first solo exhibition, she invites us into her world.

FILM SCREENING: THE BICYCLE THIEF (1948)
DATE: THURSDAY 09 APRIL
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE PEARLING PATH VISITORS CENTRE
TYPE: FILM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 15 YEARS & ABOVE
The Bicycle Thief is a 1948 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Unemployed Antonio Ricci is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. His wife, Maria sells the family’s bed linens to retrieve Antonio’s bicycle from the pawnshop so he can take the job. However, disaster strikes when Antonio’s bicycle is stolen, and his new job is doomed unless he can find the thief.

FOURTH DIMENSION A JOINT EXHIBITION BY HUDA AL SAIE & KHALID FARHAN
DATE: SUNDAY 12 - 22 APRIL
TIME: OPENING NIGHT 7:00 PM,
DAILY: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
VENUE: ART CENTRE
TYPE: EXHIBITION
COUNTRY: KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
Porcelain art, sculpture and painting all intertwine to establish an artistic dialogue on nature and plants. This joint exhibition by two Bahraini creative forces, the island’s pioneering porcelain artist Huda Al Said and renowned sculptor and painter Khalid Farhan, functions as an abstracted extension to their previous works and accentuates the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.

THE ART OF THE BIOGRAPHY: PRIVACY & THE HISTORY OF THE HOMELAND MOHAMED SALMAWY
DATE: MONDAY 13 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH TYPE LECTURE
COUNTRY: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Mohamed Salmawy is a prolific writer of books on theatre, novels and short stories. He previously taught English and Literature at Cairo University before moving to Al-Ahram newspaper. The Egyptian writer has held various editor-in-chief and columnist positions throughout his career, and is a celebrated intellectual.

NIGHT OF ARABIC CLASSIC FILMS - LADY FAYROUZ (1951), DIRECTED BY ABBAS KAMAL
DATE: THURSDAY 16 APRIL
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM
TYPE: FILM
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Egyptian film starring Fayrouz, Taheya Karyooka, and Hassan Fayek. The film revolves around Lady Fayrouz, a minor girl and the owner of many properties she inherited from her late father and her late mother. Fayrouz was appointed a guardian to manage her inheritance. A number of her properties are rented by poor people who her guardian wants to evacuate. Fayrouz stands by the poor people to keep their homes and thus they stand by her side against the guardian who wants to loot her money.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE BETWEEN WEST & EAST ARTIUM KAPCHUK
DATE: MONDAY 20 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: ABDULLAH AL-ZAYED FOR BAHRAINI PRESS HERITAGE TYPE LECTURE
COUNTRY: RUSSIA
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
Presenter of Panorama on Russia Today, a Russian Arabic-language channel aimed at the Arab audience, Artium Kapchuk was born in Moscow where he studied in its state university in the Department of Languages, specialising in linguistics and cultures. Kapchuk worked in the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Cairo, giving him an inside view on Arab and Middle East politics. He then joined Russia Today when it was established in 2006.

WRITING & THE HAPPINESS HORMONE TALIB AL-RIFAI
DATE: MONDAY 27 APRIL
TIME: 8:00 PM
VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE & RESEARCH
TYPE: LECTURE
COUNTRY: KUWAIT
MIN. AGE SUITABLE FOR 16 YEARS & ABOVE
A Kuwaiti novelist and storyteller, Al-Rifai began writing while still at university in the mid-1970s. His numerous works, academic and fiction, have been translated into English, French and German. Al-Rifai chaired the jury of the 3rd Arab Booker Prize in 2010, is the founder and director of the Cultural Forum in Kuwait and the Forum’s prize for Arab short stories. Al-Rifai is a visiting professor of creative writing at the American University of Kuwait and vice-president of the Arab Awards Forum, having won many Arab awards.

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