BAHRAIN’S Spring of Culture 2019 festival continues this week with a string of events.
The highlight of this week’s events is a concert by popular Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab and Iraqi singer Waleed Al Shami, to be held at Bahrain Bay tomorrow at 8.30pm.
The 14th edition of the festival continues until April 30 and has been organised by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca), the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research.
It is also being held in collaboration with Al Bareh Art Gallery and La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art in celebration of Bahraini accomplishments under the slogan “From One Jubilee to Another”.
Tonight, a 2014 Japanese baseball drama film, The Vancouver Asahi, will be screened at Bahrain National Museum, at 7pm.
Directed by Yuya Ishii, the film is set in Canada during the 1930s, where the children of Japanese immigrants form a baseball team until the outbreak of the Second World War. The event is being organised by the Japanese Embassy in co-operation with Baca.
The film is one in a series of movies being featured as part of the Japanese Film Festival.
Meanwhile, the Arcis Saxophone Quartet will perform a rare form of chamber music at the Cultural Hall tomorrow.
Founded in 2008 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, the musicians – Claus Hierluksch (soprano), Ricarda Fuss (alto), Edoardo Zotti (tenor) and Jure Knez (baritone) – possess an authentic stage presence.
The concert starts at 8pm and entry is free.
On Saturday, a walk through Bahrain’s history takes place, with participants having the chance to take a tour of the historic Pearl Route, a World Heritage Site located in Muharraq.
They will be guided along the 3.5km path, navigating past landmark properties that have strong links to the country’s once-famous pearl industry.
The tour will offer information on the country’s rich oyster beds and exquisite houses of wealthy merchants, who were involved in the trade for centuries.
At 8.30am on Saturday, participants will be guided from Al Ghous House (House of Diving) in the south of Muharraq to the Seyadi Majilis in the north.
The Playing for Change band will take to the stage, also on Saturday, at Bahrain Bay.
The multimedia project was founded in 2002 by American music producer Mark Johnson and philanthropist Whitney Kroenke with the aim of connecting the world through music.
The concert starts at 7pm.
An exciting multi-purpose space opens next week at the heart of Arad Bay Protected Area and Park.
Studio 224, a shared vision between the Supreme Council for Environment and Baca, is set to be a space for cultural, communal and creative activities serving the visitors of the park.
The space consists of a number of units on the waterfront including a multi-purpose hall to host exhibitions, talks, workshops and two artist residencies.
Studio 224 aims to highlight the significance of the site as a natural reserve and enrich visitors’ experience through the programmes and events offered.
Entry to the space is free and it opens at 7pm on Tuesday.