A LECTURE on the history and culture of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Krakow, and an Arabic story-telling session for children are the highlights of this week’s Bahrain National Day celebrations.
The southern Polish city near the border with the Czech Republic known for its well-preserved mediaeval core and Jewish quarter will be brought to Bahrain’s audience at the lecture by the city’s International Cultural Centre deputy director for programme policy Agata Wasowska-Pawlik.
She will speak on ‘Culture and the City – The Case of Krakow’ at the Bahrain National Museum at 6pm today.
The event is open to public.
Meanwhile, an exhibition focusing on the strong cultural ties and exchanges between Bahrain and Poland, ‘The Treasures of Krakow’, will run until the month end at the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, near the Cultural Hall, from 9am to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
The Arabic story-telling session aimed at simulating children’s creativity will be held at the Al Khalifiya Library, Muharraq on Saturday.
‘My Nation ... My Story’ will tell a story about the nation followed by an interactive session where children will get to express their love and belonging to their nation by drawing paintings of different scenes of stories in which they present themselves as the heroes.
The free event, being held in co-operation with the We All Read society, begins at 10am.
The celebrations featuring art, music and Bahrain’s historical heritage are being organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca).
Other events include four murals presented in four different parts of Bahrain – Nabih Saleh, A’ali, Budaiya and Manama – on Saturday, December 14 and 21.
Through these initiatives, the artists transfer their signature works from the traditional media to permanent locations, where residents and visitors can enjoy them.
On Saturday, Zuhair Al Saeed will be in Nabih Saleh, with Faika Al Hassan in Bab Al Bahrain and Jaffar Al Oraibi in A’ali Walkway on December 14 while Ali Hussain Merza will be in Budaiya Garden on December 21.
Entry to the events, which will run from noon until 4pm, is free.
Also on Saturday and December 21, live Bahraini musical performances from the Fijri tradition will be held at Dar Al Muharraq.
The Dar Shabab Al Hidd Band will perform on Saturday while the Ismaeel Dawas Band will feature on December 21.
The events begin at 8pm and admission is free.
An archaeological excavation workshop for children, a Pearling Path Treasure Hunt, musical concerts highlighting the rich tapestry of Bahraini folk music, opening of the ‘Dive
into the Jurassic’, Arabic Calligraphy Workshop and screening of classic Egyptian film, Among the Ruins are also lined up in the coming days.
Other highlights are the ‘Manama Doesn’t Sleep’ which commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Bahrain National Museum, a workshop for children inspired by jasmine flowers, a long-time symbol for hope to mark Martyr’s Day on December 17, and the annual celebration of World Arabic Language Day.