Spring of Culture Bahrain 2018 line up, events, concerts, exhibitions and happenings

The 13th edition of the much-loved annual festival has announced a line-up that has every one of us buzzing! A variety of acts from all over the world alongside the best of the local cultural landscape will take to a range of stages and venues to share unbelievable performances. Here, we’ve picked our favourite events hosted during Spring of Culture to make a note of…

Life Journey An Exhibition By Fereshte Shishine

DATE: CURRENT – MAY 8

TIME: TUESDAY – SUNDAY, 10AM – 6.30PM

VENUE: LA FONTAINE CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

TYPE: EXHIBITION

COUNTRY: SWITZERLAND

An accomplished artist, Fereshte Shishine paintings are easily recognized by her deep appreciation for color composition, sharp focus on light, and most importantly, her unique attention to particular details. A common characteristic of nearly all her paintings is the accidental presence of draperies and delicately knitted fabrics somewhere on the canvas. She enjoys the very detailed work of, the poetry and intricacy of Persian miniatures.


Al-Fann Art From The Islamic Civilization From The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait

DATE: CURRENT – JUNE 30

TIME: 8AM – 8PM

VENUE: BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM

TYPE: EXHIBITION

COUNTRY: KUWAIT

Explore the great and multifaceted nature of Islamic culture through the spectacular al-Sabah collection of Islamic Art. Broadly divided into two parts, the display illustrates a chronological progression broken into four stages (from the very beginning of the Islamic period up to and including the three great empires of the sixteenth century) and tackles themes that run transversely through Islamic art; mainly, calligraphy, geometric decoration, vegetal, figurative art and jewellery.


Weaves From Ashes

DATE: MARCH 6 – 30

TIME: SATURDAY – THURSDAY: 10AM – 2PM & 4PM – 8PM

VENUE: ALBAREH ART GALLERY

TYPE: EXHIBITION

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN

Faika Al Hasan’s new paintings remain thematically faithful, characteristic of her ongoing examination of the human condition. Drawing upon the nostalgia for the raw unbleached cotton used for the bedding of her childhood, she adopts fabric as a visual trope. In black and white, this exhibition is a meditation on the role that fabric plays in one’s life: as clothing offering modesty and protection, as a container holding one’s possessions as one flees hardship to make a new life elsewhere, where once unpacked, the fabrics come out to make a new home.


This Compass Will Always Point to Palestine

DATE: MARCH 7 – 31

TIME: DAILY 8AM – 8PM

VENUE: ART CENTRE

TYPE: EXHIBITION

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN

AGE: 8 YEARS & ABOVE

The exhibition sheds light on Jerusalem – the permanent Capital of Islamic Culture – and features works of iconic cartoonist Naji Al Ali. The works of the late Palestinian artist will be on display for the first time in Bahrain presenting topics of the occupation of Palestine and Jerusalem in a series of cartoons that Al Ali produced since his early career and until his assassination in 1987.


Big Eats Small

DATE /VENUE/TIME:

MARCH 8 – NAKHEEL CENTRE – 4PM

MARCH 9 – RIFFA PALMS – 4PM | SAAR MALL – 7PM

MARCH 10 – QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM – 4.30PM AND 6.30PM.

TYPE: STREET THEATRE

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN

What happens when you put a BIG hungry creature with a tiny vulnerable one? The laws of nature dictate that the fittest will survive. Watch two scientists come head to head as they try to answer this scientific dilemma. The site of their experiment? The ruthless concrete jungle, New York, and at the heart of their experiment is a BIG cat and a small bird who are different and brave enough to challenge the laws of nature! The result? A whole lot of adventure and learning!


Korea Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra

DATE: MARCH 14

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: MUSIC

COUNTRY: KOREA

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

In collaboration with the Korean Embassy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra presents its wide-ranging repertoire of music played entirely on the gayageum, Korea’s iconic 12-stringed zither-like instrument, from traditional Korean music to hits by the Beatles, South American folk songs, and even a break-dance style rendition of Pachelbel’s ‘Canon’. Established in 1999, the orchestra has set a new benchmark in the local cultural scene and the brought the distinct sounds of Korean music to all corners of the globe.


Movie Night: Sitt Al-Bayt (Lady Of The House – 1949)

DATE: MARCH 15

TIME: 7PM

VENUE: QAL’AT AL BAHRAIN SITE MUSEUM

TYPE: FILM

COUNTRY: EGYPT

AGE: 18 YEARS & ABOVE

Directed by Abo El Seoud El-Ebiary, the film stars Faten Hamama (in the role of Elham) and Emad Hamdy (Nabil). After getting married, Elham moves in to live with Nabil at his mother’s house. Problems arise between Elham and her mother-in-law who believes Elham is an intruder to her personal life because she has become the new “lady of the house”.


The Magic Drink

DATE/VENUE/TIME:

MARCH 15 – ELMERCADO MALL – 5PM | ADLIYA 338 – 8PM

MARCH 16 – THE AVENUES MALL – 4PM

MARCH 17 – AMWAJ LAGOON – 4.30PM AND 6PM

TYPE: STREET THEATRE

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN

‘The Magic Drink’ is a play inspired by the Italian theatrical form of Commedia Dell’Arte. Watch the traditional characters of Commedia tell a fast paced story about a Doctor who invents a Magic Drink. Everyone wants this magic drink beginning a series of comic conflicts that are resolved with a twist! This cast of five use masks and the body to tell an interesting original story directed and created by Yuliya Stelmashonok.


George’s Marvellous Medicine

DATE & TIME: MARCH 17 – 11.30AM & 5.30PM MARCH 20 – 11.30AM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: THEATRE

COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM

AGE: 4 YEARS & ABOVE

The most incredible things start to happen when a young boy named George invents a new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper! David Wood’s fabulous adaptation of one of Ronald Dahl’s best loved stories offers fizz-tickling fun and wizz-popping magic for the entire family.


Likwid & Friends

DATE: MARCH 17

TIME: 8.30PM

VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY

TYPE: SONG

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN

AGE: SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE

After releasing their debut album in 2016, the unique Bahraini band, Likwid, have become well known for writing and performing songs from many different genres, including Classic Rock, Blues, Smooth Jazz, Reggae, Funk, and Latin. Likwid will feature other Bahraini artists who have made a name for themselves as their special guests, making “Likwid & Friends” a special evening not to be missed.


Parween Habib Jasmine Night

DATE: MARCH 19

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: SH. EBRAHIM BIN MOHAMMED CENTER FOR CULTURE AND RESEARCH

TYPE: POETRY / SONG

COUNTRY: BAHRAIN / SYRIA

AGE: 16 YEARS & ABOVE

Journalist and poet Parween Habib is joined by Syrian artist Ronahi Mamo in a special evening commemorating the late great Arab poet Nizar Qabbani Jasmine Night. An evening of song commemorating the birth anniversary of the late Arab poet Nizar Qabbani. Qabbani is widely considered one of the leading figures of Arab poetry in the 20th century, with an exceptional legacy spanning more than 50 years of output that continues to captivate audience to this day. The special evening will include a selection of his most memorable works recited by poet Parween Habib and sung by Syrian singer Rohani Mamo.


Jerusalem Arabic Music Ensemble

DATE: MARCH 22

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: SONG

COUNTRY: PALESTINE

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

The Jerusalem Arabic Music Ensemble presents a selection of patriotic and Arab songs, as well as sweet instrumentals that embody the beauty of Arab cultural heritage and allow the audience to take in its splendor. Consisting of teachers and students in the Oriental Music Department of the Institute, the ensemble was established by the National Institute of Music to mark the proclamation of Jerusalem as the 2009 Capital of Arab Culture.


James Arthur

DATE: MARCH 23

TIME: 8:30PM

VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY

TYPE: SONG

COUNTRY: UNITED KINGDOM

AGE: SUITABLE FOR 8 YEARS & ABOVE

After winning X Factor 2012, singer/songwriter James Arthur went on to score the biggest selling X Factor single of all time with the BRIT Award nominated ‘Impossible’. Back in full force, his album released last year ‘Back From The Edge’ gave him a second no.1 single with ‘Say You Won’t Go’, making James the first ever X Factor act to have two singles selling over a million copies each in his homeland.


Duo Etnopolis

DATE: MARCH 25

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: MUSIC

COUNTRY: ITALY

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

Duo Etnopolis features the internationally renowned Italian violin wizard Luca Ciarla and extraordinary accordion player Antonino De Luca in which the duo presents some of Ciarla’s most popular tunes which draw on the familiar sounds of the Italian and Mediterranean folk traditions. One of the world’s preeminent violinists, Ciarla has performed in famous concert halls and international festivals in more than 60 countries worldwide.


The 18Th Bahrain European International Book Fair

DATE: MARCH 28 – APRIL 7

TIME: DAILY: 9AM – 1PM & 4PM – 9.30PM | FRIDAY: 4PM – 10PM

VENUE: ARAD FORT

TYPE: EXHIBITION

G.O.H: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

The 18th Bahrain International Book Fair is a biennial event that showcases publishers and booksellers in all subject areas under one roof. The book fair has built a sound reputation and has fostered the participation of Arab and foreign publishing houses. The event aims to encourage readers at all levels, interest and ages to experience the joy of reading.


European Classical Music

DATE: MARCH 28

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: MUSIC

COUNTRY: ITALY

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

Classical Italian and European chamber music master- pieces performed by the dynamic young Italian artists and fellow graduates of the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin, mezzosoprano Laura Capretti and piano virtuoso Francesco Maccarrone. whose combined supreme talents present an exceptional show that will delight all lovers of classical music.


Ragheb Alama

DATE: MARCH 30

TIME: 8.30PM

VENUE: BAHRAIN BAY

TYPE: SONG

COUNTRY: LEBANON

AGE: 8 YEARS & ABOVE

Superstar singer and composer Ragheb Alama rocks Bahrain Bay, performing a mix of songs from new and old albums. Appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador in West Asia, the icon’s success comes from his tasteful music and his drive in raising awareness and aid on humanitarian matters in the world.


Mary Mcbride Band

DATE: MARCH 31

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: MUSIC

COUNTRY: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

Powerhouse singer Mary McBride and her band, including John Kengla on guitar, Jon Spurney on guitar and piano, Wijnand Jansveld on bass, and Mark Stepro on drums, take audiences on a roller coaster ride with their fiery blend of country, gospel, blues and old school rock ‘n roll. McBride has released multiple widely acclaimed albums. The Mary McBride Band has performed thousands of live shows in more than 30 countries.


Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Galata Whirling Dervishes Mekder Sufi Ensemble

DATE: APRIL 6

TIME: 8PM

VENUE: CULTURAL HALL

TYPE: MUSIC / DANCE

COUNTRY: TURKEY

AGE: 10 YEARS & ABOVE

One of the most important elements of the rich Turkish culture, the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony is an 800-year old tradition known for its whirling dances and dervishes, complex musical repertoire, and rhythmic chants that represent the mystical journey of man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection. Established in 1999, The Whirling Dervishes Mekder Sufi Ensemble carries on this heritage that is among the most enduring and exquisite ceremonies of spirituality in the world.


Tickets for the events taking place at Bahrain Bay are available through www.springofculture.org, while tickets for events at Bahrain National Theatre are sold at Virgin Megastore or its online ticket portal. Tickets for the La Fontaine events are at the venue itself, and tickets for events at the ticketed events held at Cultural Hall may be purchased at Al Osra Supermarkets. Updates and latest news about the activities taking place are available on the festival’s official channel @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. The full festival programme details are available on www.springofculture.org and on Spring of Culture App.