Spring of Culture Festival returns in its 17th edition

Manama, Jan. 18 (BNA): the Spring of Culture Festival returns in its 17th edition with some of the largest cultural shows and activities from Bahrain, the Arab region, and around the world.


Information Minister Ramzan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Tourism Minister Fatima bint Jaafar Al Sairafi, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) President Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa and, Al Dana Amphitheatre Chief Executive Officer Shane Chalmers attended the press conference where the festival agenda was announced.


BACA president affirmed the festival’s keenness to promote global cultural exchange.


"This year, we have made sure that the festival is part of the larger national vision to promote Bahrain as a center for cultural production and as a space in which all cultures from around the world can find their commons," BACA President said.


He emphasized that the Spring of Culture has developed a program full of events that celebrate literature, music, art, fine arts, theatre, and many others with the cooperation of all partners, including the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, the Al Dana Amphitheatre, Al Riwaq Art Space, the Albareh Art Gallery, and Art Concept.


Shaikh Khalifa thanked the festival's partners, contributors, and supporters for their ongoing support of Bahrain's cultural endeavors.

"We are delighted to be taking part in the 17th edition of the Spring of Culture Festival to further accelerate the artistic and cultural movement in the Kingdom," Al Dana Amphitheatre Chief Executive Officer Shane Chalmers said.


"As a prominent entertainment destination in Bahrain, Al Dana Amphitheatre shares a unified vision with the Spring of Culture to drive tourism in the country with the aim of boosting the national economy.


The press conference featured a musical artistic performance by Egyptian artist Mahmoud Saeed and provided insight into the events that make up the Spring of Culture Festival 2023, which is hosted by cultural institutions, historical sites, and urban landmarks across the Kingdom.


The Bahrain Economic Development Board is the 17th Spring of Culture Festival's strategic sponsor; Tamkeen is the gold sponsor; and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) and the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait are silver sponsors.


Several embassies in Bahrain, including those of Italy, the United States, India, Japan, and France, also contribute to the festival's agenda.


Music, singing, and performances


The festival will kick off at Bahrain National Theatre on February 14th, which will host a performance of Ahmed Jumairi's "Yal Zina," accompanied by the Bahrain Music Band and led by Maestro Zeyad Zaiman.


This concert is being held in celebration of Jumairi's long career and in conjunction with National Action Charter Day. On March 1st, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Bahrain National Theatre alongside famous Turkish pianist Huseyin Sermet.


Al Dana Amphitheatre will host on February 16 the "King of Waltz," André Rieu, and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, and on February 23, the audience will be treated to a performance by American rapper Jack Harlow.


On February 24, a performance by renowned American comedian Kevin Hart will be the final treat at Al Dana Amphitheatre.


Throughout the 17 Spring Festival, the Cultural Hall in Bahrain will host a number of evenings and public performances open to the general public.


A performance by Omar Rahbany and the Passport Chamber Ensemble will take place in the venue on February 17.


On February 21st, Bahraini artist Ala Ghawas will perform his songs in both Arabic and English from his nine albums.


The hall will host renowned French pianists Maxime Zecchini and David Bismuth on February 28 to perform a selection of French classical music in cooperation with the French Embassy in Bahrain.


On March 7, the hall will host Qawwali Night, a musical performance of Islamic Sufi poetry presented in collaboration with the Embassy of India in the Kingdom.


The Cultural Hall will present an "Italian Journey" concert, presented in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Bahrain to pay homage to the great Italian musical tradition.


In cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America, the Brass-A-Holics band will perform a concert on March 14, with the participation of Bahraini singer Esraa Janahi.


In a concert titled "AROMAS DEL SUR," Spanish musician Diego Valdivia will perform on March 16th. The Majaz Ensemble will be performing a public concert at the Qal'at Al Bahrain Site Museum on March 2.


The concert will feature a fusion of genres created by the ensemble's unique instrumentation.


Beginning on February 20 with singer Hind Hamed and continuing through March 20 with a concert by Nouran Abutaleb, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research in Muharraq will host several evenings at 8:00 pm.


Traditional music will have a great presence at the Spring of Culture Festival this year.


Every Thursday, at 8:00 pm, the Mohammed bin Faris band will present an evening of folk arts at the Mohammed bin Faris Hall in Muharraq. Dar Al Muharraq will host a group of traditional music evenings.


On February 18, it will host the Shabab Al Hidd Band and the Qalali Folk Band on March 11.


Dar Bin Harban Band on February 25 will perform at Dar Bin Harban. Dar Al Riffa will feature performances by the Dar Shabab Al Riffa Band on March 4 and the Dar Al Riffa Al Sagheera Band on March 18.


Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority are attracting world-class ballet shows, performed by the world-renowned troupe the Imperial Russian Ballet (IRB).


On March 2 and 3, the Grand Hall of the Bahrain World Exhibition Centre in Sakhir will host "Swan Lake", a world classical orchestral masterpiece, and on March 4 it will host the "Sleeping Beauty" show.


The Spring of Culture also features a series of pop-up street theatre performances such as JOHNman Blanko, a traveling street theatre show that uses himself as a blank canvas for kids all over Bahrain.


Marlon Panda, an act that combines music and comedy, is also making its way to the kingdom.


Exhibitions and arts


This year's Spring of Culture Festival features a wide variety of vibrant contemporary and modern arts. Albareh Art Gallery is hosting "Mutation," an exhibition by Bahraini artist Mohammad Al Mahdi, and the Bahrain National Museum is currently hosting "The Living Sea", an exhibition by Prince Hussain Aga Khan and Simone Piccoli.


On February 7, an exhibition of work by artist Nabeela Al Khayer will open at the Albareh Art Gallery.


The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research will organize a number of exhibitions. The first of these is "47 Layers," an art show by Hala Mohammed Al Khalifa that opens on February 8 and runs until March 20 in the House of Architectural Heritage.


On view at Memory of the Place - Bin Matar House from February 12 through April 13 is "What Night Does II", an exhibition of artwork by artist Abdulrahim Sharif.


On February 1st, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Gulf University, will open an exhibition titled "Features of Bahrain's Civilization" at the Seef Mall (Seef District), which will be on view until March 2nd.


The Golden Ratio, an exhibition by Dr. Mayasa Sultan Al Sowaidi, will open at the Art Centre on February 26.


The Shaikha Hessa Girls School for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Visual Arts students will showcase their work at the Art Centre's Visual Arts Exhibition 2023 on March 21.


The Egyptian artist Fadwa Ramadan will have her exhibition "Beyond Languages II" opening at Art Concept on February 12.


On March 5, the "Treinta caras de la luna" exhibition by Egyptian artist Salah El-Meligy will open to the public. Al Riwaq Art Space will organize the Design Symposium and will host a number of workshops; and discussions for the youth. It will also host the "Application 001" exhibition.


Literary and intellectual lectures, and cultural meetings


The Spring of Culture Festival 2023 features a wide variety of events in the intellectual and literary fields at various locations.


Dr. Mubarak Rabie of Morocco will deliver a lecture on Arab Culture in a Changing World in the Bahrain National Museum Auditorium on February 19.


The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will present a lecture by Dr. Bouchaib Saouri on the Constants and Transformations of the Arab Journey at the beginning of the third millennium on February 22 in collaboration with the Bahrain Writers Association.


The "Muharraq Talks," which bring together urban planners, architects, and sociologists, to talk about the future of the city's ongoing urban renewal, will take place on March 4 in the public squares of the Pearling Path.


On March 21, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities will celebrate Arab and World Poetry Day at the Bahrain National Museum.


The Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage and the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research will host a series of lectures.


These include talks by South Korean diplomat Kang Kyung-Wha on "Women's Leadership" on February 6 and journalist Nadim Quteish on The Real Division in the Region on February 27.


Amira Ghoneim, a Tunisian author, will speak on March 6 about women and citizenship in Tunisia. Manuel Rabaté, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi's current Director, will speak on March 7, and Fahad Al Shaqran will speak on March 27 about philosophy in the Arab world.


On February 13, the House of Poetry - Ebrahim Al Arrayed will host a poetry evening by the Jordanian poet Eman Abdulhadi, and another evening by the Jordanian-Palestinian poet Rashid Issa on March 13.


Other activities and events


The 2023 Japanese Film Festival will be a must-attend event for fans of Japanese cinema. In collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Embassy in the Kingdom, the Bahrain National Museum will hold two screenings of two films from the Japanese Film Library on February 15 and 17.


An E-scooter tour of the Pearling Path in Muharraq, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s second UNESCO World Heritage site, will take place on February 18 in collaboration with Escooter Bahrain.


BACA will host a walkathon from the Qal'at Al Bahrain Site to the Barbar Temples Site on February 25 with the support of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).


The "Little Archaeologist" program, which educates children and teenagers about archaeological sites and the ancient artifacts they contain, will be run on March 4.


In February and March, four immersive culinary experiences will be available at four different venues within the World Heritage Site "Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy": Qal’at Bu Mahir, Murad House, the Pearling Path Visitors Centre, and the Archaeologies of Green Pavilion. Participants will travel through a culinary journey to discover the stories behind Bahraini cuisine.


In addition to its artistic offerings, the educational program of the Spring of Culture Festival, now in its seventeenth edition, will feature a wide range of workshops aimed at honing artistic skills and releasing creative potential. Al Jasra Crafts Centre, the Flexible Theatre at Bahrain National Theatre, the House of Basket Weaving, and the Cultural Hall, are all hosting workshops, in addition to Al Riwaq Art Space.


As part of the festival’s commitment to reaching out to the needs of the local community, the Spring of Culture Community Programme, in collaboration with Al Dana Amphitheatre continues its efforts to organize several workshops for various governmental and social institutions.


The workshops are held in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Development, The National Bank of Bahrain Rehabilitation Home for the Disabled and cultural institutes.


Tickets for Spring of Culture events are sold on the website WWW.SPRINGOFCULTURE.ORG . Tickets for Al Dana Amphitheatre events are sold on the website WWW.ALDANA.COM.BH.


As for tickets for Bahrain National Theatre events, they are sold at the Virgin Megastore store and on the website: VIRGINMEGASTORE.ME


Tickets to the ballet shows at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre are available on PLATINUMLIST.NET.




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