Now in its 12th year, the Spring of Culture Festival is part of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ year-long celebration of the archaeological heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain held under the slogan Our Year of Archaeology in 2017. The festival’s kick-off date coincided with Arab Tourism Day, which was adopted when Manama was the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013 and commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the famous Arab traveller Ibn Battuta . FACT highlights some of the events to mark in your calendar for March…

 

EVENT: Dar Al Muharraq
WHERE: Building 1068, Road 1617, Block 216, Muharraq
WHEN: Every Saturday until April 29, 8pm
TYPE: Song/Fjiri
COUNTRY: Bahrain

Every Saturday evening, Dar Al-Muharraq, located near Dar Jinaa, will host live Fjiri music. Fans of Bahraini music will be treated to the different variations of this traditional art such as Bahri, Hadadi, and Makhloufi. The event series supports Dar Al- Muharraq’s mission to enrich the non-material heritage of Muharraq, especially as it lies on the Pearling Path, an open three kilometre-long museum due for completion in 2018 when the city will be that year’s Capital of Islamic Culture.

 

EVENT: Twelfth Night
WHERE: Cultural Hall
WHEN: March 9, 6.30pm
TYPE: Children Theatre
COUNTRY: UK

One of Shakespeare’s bestloved comedies of love and confusion, Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on this island of Illyria. Dark and delightful, the play asks “What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?” and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet.

 

EVENT: Japan Film Festival
WHERE: Bahrain National Museum
WHEN: Every Sunday & Wednesday – 1, 5, 8, 12 and 15 March
TYPE: Film
COUNTRY: Japan

In collaboration with the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation, the Bahrain National Museum hosts a Japan Film Festival. The films have been selected from a wide range of different genres including historical, drama, comedy, and Science fiction, with English subtitles. 1 March: The Floating Castle, 5 March: ST “The Red and White Investigation File”, 8 March: The Round Table, 12 March: Time Scoop Hunter, 15 March: Neko Samurai “Samurai Cat.

 

EVENT: Mohammed Bin Faris
WHERE: Mohammed Bin Faris Music Hall
WHEN: March 9, 8pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: Bahrain

Set sail with the musical sounds of Mohammed bin Faris Band in a lyrical voyage which regales audiences with tales of a pealing diver’s life from festive melodies to working songs and farewell ballads. In the 13 years that have passed since its establishment, the band has travelled the world to introduce Bahrain’s soulful musical identity through the traditional arts. As part of its participation in this year’s Spring of Culture, the band will hold a number of concerts, transporting audiences to a time of tradition.

 

EVENT: Nocturne for Pit Orchestra
WHERE: Bahrain national Quarry, next to the Tree of Life
WHEN: March 9, 8pm
TYPE: Music
COUNTRY: Italy/Lebanon

The Bahrain National Quarry is opened to the public for the very first time on the occasion of ‘Nocturne for Pit Orchestra’, a collaboration between The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and Red Bull Music Academy, Nass The Group, Nass Corporation and Al Riwaq Art Space. A performance involving the site’s laborers, presented in the very space of the Quarry, will include a polyphonic orchestra, where vocals and processed sounds navigate between dissonance and harmony.

 

EVENT: Majid Al Muhandis & Waleed Al Shami
WHERE: Bahrain Bay
WHEN: March 10, 8.30pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: Bahrain

The famed singers Majid Al Muhandis and composer Waleed Al Shami ignite Bahrain Bay with a repertoire from their past and latest albums.

 

EVENT: Movie Night, The Pearl Diver
WHERE: Al-Ghouse House, Muharraq
WHEN: March 10 & April 7, 7pm
TYPE: Movie
COUNTRY: Bahrain

An outdoor screening of a one hour movie that recites the story of natural pearl divers in the GCC and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The film narrates oral history from local divers and merchants alongside the many myths of the sea such as that of Gilgamesh. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session based on the events of the film, and there will be some prizes. Suitable for 18 years and above.

 

EVENT: Pole Mallakhamb
WHERE: 5pm at Nakheel Centre and 7.30pm at Amwaj Lagoon
WHEN: March 11
TYPE: Street Theatre
COUNTRY: India

This energetic performance showcases India’s finest and oldest martial arts techniques. Join this exciting acrobatic show suitable for all family members.

 

EVENT: The Gingerbread Man
WHERE: Al-Ghouse House, Muharraq
WHEN: March 16 and 17, 4.30pm
TYPE: Street Theatre
COUNTRY: Bahrain

The brave and bold Gingerbread Man escapes the clutches of greedy bakers and runs away in search of a place that’s safe and warm – a place that he can call home. From Southern racehorses to Jazzy cats, his adventures are full of strange encounters and obstacles… Will the small Gingerbread Man manage to overcome these? And will he ever find a place to call home? This exciting and interactive retelling of the popular traditional tale ‘The Gingerbread Man’ is fast paced and promises continuous action, physical theatre, movement, choreography, dance and song! The show is aimed at children ages 3-10 years old but promises lots of enjoyment for adults who are young at heart too! Full of twists, turns and surprises, the show promises a fun and thought- provoking experience for families.

 

EVENT: Omar Kamal
WHERE: Bahrain Bay
WHEN: March 17, 8.30pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: Palestine

Multi lingual singer and composer Omar Kamal’s rich taste in music makes him one of the most authentic artists to emerge from the region in years. Omar sings a variety of genres including songs for Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson to Arabic greats such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Fairouz and even modern trendsetters.

 

EVENT: Chelsey Green & The Green Project Ensemble
WHERE: Cultural Hall
WHEN: March 17, 8pm
TYPE: Music
COUNTRY: USA

Formed in October 2009, the ensemble has performed across the USA and the world, bringing joy and entertainment with its music from various genres-including Jazz, R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Alternative, Hip-Hop and more which fuse traditional classical technique with popular songs and enticing original piece.

 

EVENT: Mo Zowayed & Majaz
WHERE: Bahrain Bay
WHEN: March 17, 8.30pm
TYPE: Music
COUNTRY: Bahrain

Folk singer and songwriter Mo Zowayed sets the pace for an exciting evening with his unique sound blends of American bluegrass elements with upbeat harmonica and acoustic guitar-driven melodies. “Majaz” take the night to the ultimate level with their progressive fusion folk music composed and played by the Bahraini band members. Bahrain Bay is proud to host its nations entrepreneurs of the music industry.

 

EVENT: Bachar Zarkan – The Hope of Al-Hallaj
WHERE: Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Centre for Culture and Research
WHEN: March 20, 8pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: Syria

Bachar Razkan presents an evening of songs inspired by the Sufi heritage, most notably the legacy of Al-Hallaj. His style combines both poetry and music that has elements of both Eastern and Western traditions.

 

EVENT: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
WHERE: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum
WHEN: March 23, 7pm
TYPE: Movie
COUNTRY: USA

Have you ever heard of a child who grows in size as soon as he is exposed to light or any electrical source? No, you say? Well then, how about you live the experience through the classic movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids in the outdoor area of the Bahrain Fort Site Museum.

 

EVENT: Our Past Matters Pop-Up Exhibitions
WHERE: Bahrain National Museum
WHEN: March 22, 8am to 8pm
TYPE: Arts Exhibition
COUNTRY: Bahrain

A number of small pop up displays will be regularly featured in the foyer of the Bahrain National Museum all year long, presenting the latest archaeological excavation results and findings and highlighting the significance of Bahrain’s archaeological heritage.

 

EVENT: Traces
WHERE: Bahrain Bay
WHEN: March 23 to 25, 7.30pm
TYPE: Circus Theatre
COUNTRY: Canada

Fresh, urban and seriously high energy, contemporary circus trailblazers, the hit show Traces is more than just a display of acrobatic brilliance through film clips and narration. Set to a fantastic soundtrack ranging from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Blues to Hip Hop, this thrill-aminute show is presented by the internationally acclaimed circus phenomenon “The 7 Fingers”. The charismatic artists’ lives are revealed as we, the audience, are gradually drawn into their story. By the final, dramatic climax of the show, we are on the edge of our seats, willing them to pull off the seemingly impossible!

 

EVENT: Pearling Path Walkathon
WHERE: Muharraq Al Hala Club
WHEN: March 25, 8.30am
TYPE: Family/Heritage
COUNTRY: Bahrain

In cooperation with the Bahrain Road Runners (BRR), the Pearling Path Walkathon, will gather around 300 participants who will walk the Path back and forth starting from Al-Ghous house in the South, to the Seyadi house in the North, with a total distance of 6,5 km. Along the walk, information on each property of the Pearling Path will be available highlighting the history and story of the building and its relation to the Pearling narrative.

 

EVENT: UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue
WHERE: Bahrain Bay
WHEN: March 31, 8.30pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: UK

The famed UB40 Reggae and Pop band, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, the founding members, make their premier debut in the Kingdom. Proving they are still a worldwide tour de force, Britain’s biggest Reggae band will be satisfying your demands as they perform classic hits and latest gems.

 

EVENT: Jazz & Blue – Dana Gillespie
WHERE: La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art
WHEN: March 31, 9pm
TYPE: Song
COUNTRY: UK

Enjoy an intimate evening with multi-award-winning Blues diva Dana Gillespie, accompanied by the renowned Austrian pianist Joachim Palden, under the stars at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art. The combination of Dana’s heart pounding and soulful Jazz renditions with Joachim’s explosive accompaniment and anecdotal stories from the charismatic singer’s glittering career – including accounts of meeting Dylan and Princess Margaret – make this an evening not-to-be missed.

 

EVENT: Explorations, Encounters and Remembered Stories
WHERE: Bahrain National Museum
WHEN: Until April 30, 8am to 8pm
TYPE: Arts Exhibition
COUNTRY: Bahrain

Over the past 200 years, the nature of the Bahraini-British relationship has evolved and the ties between the two nations were strengthened. This relationship was shaped by varied explorations, encounters and personal stories. This exhibition draws on the first explorations of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its archaeological landscape. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the British Council in Bahrain.

 

EVENT: The Selfless HolyGround
WHERE: Art Centre
WHEN: March 19 to April13, 8am to 8pm
TYPE: Arts Exhibition
COUNTRY: Bahrain

The exhibition features interactive installations by artist Othman Khunji created through the use and application of cutting-edge technology, including Arduino sensors/ actuators, 3D printing, laser cutting, and water jet engraving. The collection explains and portrays the contrast between the traditional self-sacrificing, selfless, altruistic symbol that Mecca has always represented for Muslims, and the contemporary self-centered, selfish, egocentric aura that has become synonymous with one’s journey to our holiest of places.

 

EVENT: “Drone Hits The Great Zuggurat of Ur”, Hanaa Malallah
WHERE: Al Riwaq Art Space
WHEN: Until March 23, 10am to 10pm
TYPE: Arts Exhibition
COUNTRY: Iraq/UK

Al Riwaq Art Space is proud to present the collaborative multimedia project “Drone hits the Great Ziggurat of Ur” consisting of four parts of interrelated artworks. Created by London based artist Hanaa Malallah and executed in collaboration with Iraq based artist Raya Abed Redah and her team (photographer Asad Nyazi and filmmaker Methaq Naim), and the architect Hisham Al Azzawi the project explores the ancient Mesopotamian Ziggurat, its historical context, religious and existential dimensions and the Drone as signifier of the present digital age and its multi-tasking technical devises.

 

EVENT: Out of Time
WHERE: Albareh Art Gallery
WHEN: Until March 30, 10am to 2pm & 4pm to 8pm
TYPE: Arts Exhibition
COUNTRY: International

Artists Jehan Saleh and Abdellah Ahaddaf, collaborate in an exhibition presenting the works of twenty artists from across Europe and the Middle East. This highly-personal exhibition reflects on the idea
of stepping outside of the constraints of time as an eternal phenomenon. Such an act aims to allow disengagement from worldly obligations in an effort to return to the roots of one’s own art practice. For this exhibition Artist and Curator Jehan Saleh and Co-Curator Artist Abdellah Ahaddaf Invite 20 artists to momentarily disengage from their worldly obligations to re-explore their own artistic practice.

 


 

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