AN art workshop, an archaeology walkathon, a fisheries tour and Fjiri performances have been lined up this week as part of the 2019 Spring of Culture festival.
The Art of Ebru Workshop takes place tomorrow at the Bab Al Bahrain in Manama.
Ebru is a Turkish tradition that dates back to the Ottoman Empire, at the beginning of the 16th century. It is an art form where the artist paints directly onto the surface of water and then places a paper over it to absorb the dye, resulting in a unique painting.
Participants in the workshop will be introduced to the basics of this tradition, and taught how to paint on water. The registered event starts at 5pm.
Meanwhile, an archaeology walkathon will be held on Saturday starting from Qal’at Al Bahrain site museum at 8am.
The event, being held to mark World Heritage Day, features an 8km walk to a number of archaeological sites north of Bahrain, starting from the museum’s premises and ending at the Barbar temple.
Participants will pass through the farms surrounding the site, Hilla Islamic archaeological site, Al Hajer archaeological site, Shakhoura burial mounds and the site of the temple.
The event is being jointly organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) and International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos) Bahrain.
Baca will provide transportation and light meals during the event, which will continue until noon.
T-shirts for the registered walkathon will be distributed from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday and Friday.
A visit to the hadra (fishing traps laid out at sea) around the Qal’at Al Bahrain coastline will be organised on Saturday.
Participants of the Traditional Fisheries Tour will have the opportunity to learn how to make traditional traps from natural materials found in the surrounding areas.
The free event will be organised in Arabic at the Bahrain Fort Museum, starting 9pm.
Live performances highlighting the various styles of Bahraini Fjiri tradition will take place the same day.
Fjiri is a musical genre that traces its roots back to the island’s glorious legacy of its world-famous pearling heritage.
The free event will be held at live music venue, Dar Al Muharraq, starting at 8pm.
Now in its 14th year, the Spring of Culture festival is organised by the Economic Development Board, Baca, Shaikh Ebrahim Centre, Albareh Art Gallery and La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Manama.
For the latest news and updates on events, follow the official Spring of Culture channel @springofculture on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The full festival programme details are available on www.springofculture.org and on the Spring of Culture app.