Experience the music of different cultures at the 31st edition of Bahrain International Music Festival, which will happen from October 1 to 7.

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) is hosting the Bahrain International Music Festival. It is a testament to the role music plays (pun intended!) in bringing people of different cultures and classes together; music transcends all differences. Across the seven-day period, culture junkies and music fans can enjoy an interesting lineup of performances: On October 1, renowned Maestro Mubarak Najem will conduct the Bahrain Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bahrain National Theatre. It will feature both local orchestral music and a fusion of global classical and Arab music.

On October 2, experience authentic Moroccan musical heritage with Rabat Troupe. Founded in 1987 by artist Mohamed Amin AlDabi, the troupe plays traditional Moroccan instrumental music. On October 4, the Bahrain Music Band, led by Maestro Zeyad Zaiman, will pay a tribute to the late Bahraini singer Mohammed Zowayed, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the beloved local artist’s death.

On October 5, discover the island’s folk music heritage with the Ismaeel Dawas band at Dar Al Muharraq. They are credited with keeping Bahrain’s folk music alive for decades.

On October 6, enjoy a traditional Japanese drum performance with Wagaku Miyabi. Their music involves a combination of Taiko drums with other ethnic instruments, as well as modern music.

On October 7, famous Palestinian artist Noël Kharman will enthral audiences in what is her first concert in the Kingdom. The concluding event of the festival will witness the singer blending both Arab and Western melodies; a style that shot her to fame in 2015 when she came out with a mash-up of Adele’s Hello and Lebanese singer Fairuz’s Kifak Inta, which went viral and has over 33 million views as of today.

Tickets for the Bahrain Philharmonic Orchestra are available at Virgin Megastore, City Centre Bahrain and the store’s website. Other events have free admission. All events are being held at the Cultural Hall unless otherwise specified. ✤