Bahrain is once again gearing up for an array of fantastic cultural events and activities for the next couple of months. Here, we bring you the exciting line up from the Bahrain Authority for Cult ure and Antiquities for the annual Spring of Culture celebrations this month.

 

 

Event: Bahrain Annual FineArts Exhibition 42
Date: Until March 20
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
Time: 8am to 8pm
Type: Exhibition

The Bahrain Annual Fine ArtsExhibition, in its 42nd edition, celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of a number of local Bahraini artists. 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, presented through different mediums of artistic expression.

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Event: Artist Talk: Abdul Karim Al-Orrayed
Date: March 2
Venue: Art Centre
Time: 7pm
Type: Lecture

Representing the great culture of Bahrain, artist Abdul Karim Al-Orrayed will be giving a talk as part of the Artist Talk series. Al-Orrayed belongs to a pioneering generation of Bahraini artists. He is an innovator in his field, utilising unorthodox techniques to create unique artworks. Al-Orrayed established the first private Gallery in Bahrain in 1960.

March 2 - Karim Al-Orrayed

 


 

 

Event: Halİt Ergenç
Date: March 3
Venue: Bahrain National Theatre
Time: 8pm
Type: Song

Coming to our shores from Turkey is the versatile and gifted Halİt Ergenç, who you will recognise for his starring role as Suleyman the Magnificent in the popular historical drama series Hareem Al Sultan. Halİt will demonstrate his marvellous vocal prowess alongside the Cinema Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Serdar Yalçın, in what is sure to be a memorable evening. Minimum age: 10.

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Event: Rima Khcheich: Tribute to Sabah
Date: March 8
Venue: Cultural Hall
Time: 8pm
Type: Song

Bringing music lovers a truly Lebanese sound, this is a moving tribute to the legendary Lebanese singer Sabah by Rima Khcheich and her music ensemble. Together, they will revive the late diva’s greatest and most beloved hits from her Egyptian and Lebanese repertoire, by some of the greatest composers of her era such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Sayed Mekawy, and Farid Al-Atrash. Minimum age: 8.

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Event: Image Theatre : The Best of Image
Date: March 11 and 12
Venue: Cultural Hall
Time: 5pm
Type: Theatre

If you want a visual spectacle, this is it! The Image Theatre performs black theatre, pantomime and modern dance based on the distinguished tradition of the Czech Republic. As far as theatre goes, this is an enthralling not-to-be-missed showcase of the best original dance, magic compositions and comic sketches from the world-renowned group’s past and current works. Minimum age: 6.

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Event: Sleeping Cats
Date: March 16 to 30 April
Venue: Busaad Art Gallery
Time: 9am to 1pm, and 4pm to 8pm
Type: Exhibition

An imaginative art exhibition by Bahraini artist Ebrahim BuSaad containing works drawn over a period of three years. The exhibition explores the basic themes of infidelity and betrayal, all of which are inspired by the famously fickle nature of cats, as well as the artist’s own memories of growing up in a close-knit community, and the unique architecture of Old Muharraq.

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Event: Leila El Kebira
Date: March 17 and 18
Venue: Cultural Hall
Time: 8pm
Type: Theatre

Considered one of colloquial poet Salah Jaheen’s greatest works, El-Leila El- Kebira (meaning The Big Night) follows a number of colourful characters as they attend the popular celebrations of walis (holy people), commonly held across Egypt. All are told in an honest and humorous style that also incorporates Arab and Western music ensembles and song. Minimum age: 10.

 

 


 

 

Event: Gamal Bekheet: Mesaharati of the Arabs
Date: March 20
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
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Time: 8pm
Type: Poetry

An enjoyable evening of poems that ranges from the profound to the lighthearted by prominent Egyptian poet Gamal Bekheet in which he tackles numerous common themes we face in our everyday lives with his unique witty yet approachable style. Minimum age: 8.

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Event: Classical Movie Night: Qasr El-Shouq
Date: March 22
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
Time: 8pm
Type: Movie

A treat for film buffs with this nostalgic screening of the 1967 big screen adaptation of Qasr El-Shouq (Palace of Passion), the second part of the classic trilogy by the late great Egyptian novelist and Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Naguib Mahfouz. Starring the late Egyptian movie actor Nour El-Sherif in his first leading role. Minimum age: 8.

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Event: Mohamed Mohsen: Voice of Past & Present
Date: March 24
Venue: Cultural Hall
Time: 8pm
Type: Song

A superb concert is in store, by the young singer and composer Mohamed Mohsen whose authentic voice and contemporary take on the Egyptian song repertoire earned him the titles of best Arab singer in the Jordan Awards Festival and best young singer in Egypt on the strength of his debut album Roaming Your Streets. Minimum age: 8.

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Event: Khalid Khreis: Dialogue of the Dot
Date: March 24 to April 3
Venue: Art Centre
Time: Sat to Thu – 9am to 8pm,
Fri 4.30pm to 8pm
Type: Exhibition

The 16th exhibition by the inventive Jordanian artist Dr. Khalid Khreis whose exhibited works focus on the element of “people” expressed as saturated crowds made up of varied repetitive dots; an approach that imbues and creates a certain rhythm that reflects observations inspired by what goes on around us and the artist’s own outlook on the universe and life.

 


 

 

Event: 17th Bahrain International Book Fair
Date: March 24 to April 3
Venue: Bahrain National Museum
Time: Daily 9am to 1pm,
and 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Fri 4pm to 10pm
Type: Exhibition

The event showcases Arab and international publishers and booksellers in all subject areas under one roof. The book fair aims to encourage readers of all ages, at all levels, and with varied interests, to experience the joy of reading.

 

 


 

Date: March 5
Event: Gregory Porter
Venue: Arad Fort
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Song/Jazz

American singer and songwriter Gregory Porter will delight fans with his powerhouse jazz vocals; The New York Times describes him as “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift.” Porter is famed for his album Liquid Spirit and winning the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Minimum age is 8.

March 5 - Gregory Porter

 


 

 

Date: March 9
Event: Kadim Al Sahir
Venue: Arad Fort
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Song

After a sold-out event in 2013, The Caesar of Arabic music, Iraqi artist Kadim Al Sahir, returns to Arad Fort to excite the audience with his famous songs, old and new. Achieving the highest attended Arabic concert of all time with over 100,000 people whilst on tour, the pan- Arab, multi-talented, and multi-award winning artist continues to romance the world with his music. Minimum age is 8.

March 9 - Kadim Alsahir

 


 

 

Date: March 11
Event: Kaash – Akram Khan Company
Venue: Arad Fort
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Dance

Akram Khan is one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation. This show revival with a five-strong cast of international performers will shed light and energy on the Kaash dance. Kaash (the Hindi word for “if only”) continues Akram Khan’s quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form, Kathak. Minimum age is 8.

March 11 - Kaash


 

 

Date: March 17
Event: Carmen secondo L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio
Venue: Arad Fort
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Theatre

From Italy, taking to the stage will be 23 musicians, dancers and singers from ten countries who speak different languages – they’ll transform their varied roots into one single language: music. The Orchestra gives a romantic and dreamy treatment to George Bizet’s Carmen, an opera that symbolises overwhelming, passionate and impossible love. Minimum age is 8.

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Date: March 18 & 19
Event: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Venue: Alumni Club
Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Type: Theatre

Under the sea, out on the farm, and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry, and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestloved titles. Brought to you by the award winning Scamp Theatre from the UK, funky moves, toe tapping tunes, and giggles are guaranteed! Suitable for ages 3 to 12.

 

 

 


 

 

Date: March 24
Event: Seal
Venue: Arad FoRT
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Song

Since the beginning of his career, London born multi-platinum singer-songwriter Seal has been focused on a single creative pursuit: expressing the full experience of love through song. The Grammy nominated superstar is set to put on a
performance like no other. Expect an evening filled with old hits and new music
from his album Seal 7. Minimum age is 8.

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Date: March 27 & 28
Event: Hotel Paradiso
Venue: Cultural Hall
Time: 8pm
Type: Theatre

Berlin-based masters of mask theatre bring their hilarious tale of a family hotel set in an Alpine resort that is struggling to keep the business alive and the corpses hidden. In this wordless play, everyone has a secret to hide. It’s a cross between Fawlty Towers and the Bates Motel. Check in, but like some of the guests, you may never check out. Minimum age is 8.

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Date: March 31
Event: Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Venue: Arad Fort
Time: 8.30pm
Type: Music

Internationally acclaimed Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela simply tears into their acoustic guitars. Get ready for a sizzling night out as the duo blends rock, metal, and world music with their own Mexican vibes. These two outstanding guitarists deliver a highly energetic performance, combining their own hits with wonderful covers from the music world. Minimum age is 8.

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Date: APRIL 7 TO 9
Event: FLOWN
Venue: arad fort
Time: 7.30pm
Type: circus theatre

 

Pirates of the Carabina is an internationally acclaimed contemporary
circus company known for its daring and beautifully choreographed aerial theatre performances. Bold and breathtaking, its award-winning, thrilling show Flown tells the tale of a motley crew of acrobats, aerialists, stuntmen, and musicians, all trying to get a show on the road. Suitable for ages 4 and above.

 


 

GO: Visit www.springofculture.org for more info.