For the 14th consecutive year, the Spring of Culture Festival returns in a new season full of activities that cater to various tastes, interests and age groups and underscore Bahrain’s position as a leading regional and global cultural hub.

This latest season of the festival comes as part of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA)’s yearlong celebrations of Bahrain’s achievements under the slogan “From Jubilee to Another”- A Year of Celebrations. As is the case every year, the festival is set to kick off on February 25 in conjunction with Arab Tourism Day, an occasion which was adopted when Manama was the Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013 to mark the birthday of the great Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.

The 2019 festival season features numerous art exhibitions, starting with the 45th Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition and highlights the works of various Bahraini and expat artists in the Kingdom.

The Bahrain National Museum meanwhile will host three exhibitions: “Design Crossroads: The Jewellery of Saudi Arabia”, the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Bahraini Diplomacy (daily until April 13) and the Bahrain National Museum: A 30th Anniversary Retrospective (daily until May 15).

 

Some of the events taking place during the two-month Spring of Culture festival are:

  • The Sound and Light Show will be hosted every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from February 19 until April 30.
  • February 19 • Nostalgia exhibition: Jamal Alyousif 
  • February 20 • Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition 45
  • February 21 • Mohammed Bin Faris band 
  • February 21-23 • Hot Potato Band (until February 23)
  • February 25 • Scheherazade Ballet 
  • February 26 • Jihad Al-Zain lecture
  • February 28 • Welcome Back, Italian Mandolin band• Ghana Acrobatics spectacle
  • March 2 • Inauguration of the “Manama of Al-Gosaibi” • Northern Farmers of Bahrain “educational tour”
  • March 3 • Japanese Traditional Drum Performance • Noor exhibition: Marwa Rashid Al Khalifa
  • March 4 • Musical Evening: Gochag Askarov 
  • March 6 • Japan Film Festival: Sing My Life 
  • March 7 • Haïdouti Orkestar musical band • SULKY M1 street theatre
  • March 9 • Dar Al Muharraq band • Hanbok Exhibiton 
  • March 11 • Abdulrahim Al-Khassar, poetry event 
  • March 12 • Pathways by Resmi Al Kafaji exhibition
  • March 13 • Japan Film Festival: The Vancouver Asahi • Dr. Dheya Al Kaabi lecture
  • March 14 • Majid Al Muhandis & Sherine Abdel-Wahab concerts • Arcis Saxophon Quartet • The Great Wolynski, street theater 
  • March 15 • Tango Live dance 
  • March 16 • Playing for Change Band, theater • Pearling Path Walkathon • Majlis Talk, roundtable discussion • Dar Al Riffa band • “Spark!” exhibition 
  • March 18 • Amal Moussa lecture 
  • March 19 • Studio 224 exhibition
  • March 20 • Japan Film Festival: A Living Promise
  • March 21 • A Tribute to Abdel Halim Hafez: Ahmed Efat, concert
  • March 22 • Steven Lin "Romantic Revolutionaries" concert •Adam Almaty Symphony Orchestra 
  • March 24• Conversation on Hawar 
  • March 25 • Giselle Khoury, poetry 
  • March 26• The Taste of Experience, book launch
  • March 27 • Japan Film Festival: A Sparkle of Life 
  • March 28 • Alongside You, concert • Steve Winwood, concert • A Night of Arabic Classic Films: Safar Berlik (1967), film screening
  • March 29 • Scott Booth concert 
  • April 1 • Musical Evening: Macadi Nahhas 
  • April 2 • Sound of Korea concert 
  • April 4 • Don Giovanni: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra 
  • April 5 • Jason Derulo concert
  • April 6 • Movie Night: Finding Vivian Maier 
  • April 8 • Press Conference on the occasion of Bahrain’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai • Abdullah Al-Failakawi poetry
  • April 11 • Movie Night: Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 
  • April 12 • Sarat Live concert
  • April 15 • Fadhila El-Farouk lecture
  • April 16 • Documenting Food is Culture 4, book launch and film screening 
  • April 20 • Traditional Fisheries, educational tour
  • April 22 • Olfa Oueslati lecture
  • April 27• Day of Photography 
  • April 28 • Seventh annual coordination meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 institutes and centres 
  • April 29 • Mai Al-Masri lecture