As part of the Festival’s commitment to contributing to the needs of the local community in the development of Bahraini talents in various technical fields, the Spring of Culture Community Programme, sponsored by the Economic Development Board, continues its efforts to organize several technical workshops for various governmental and social institutions in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the National Bank of Bahrain Rehabilitation Home for Disabled, Salman Culture Canter and other community cantres in Bahrain.
For the third time, the Community Program invites the internationally renowned sand sculpture artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, to further nourish his art students at the Ministry of Education with new creative methods and ideas in sand art. He will present a 5-day workshop on the beach. This series of sand sculpture workshops over the past years, created a group of enthusiasts in this type of art among the Bahraini community.
Dr. Fadil Al-Jaf, a professor and lecturer in the Department of Business Administration at Ishik University in Turkey, will conduct a workshop for a group of secondary school teachers to enable them to acquire effective skills in body language and communication and use the techniques of restoring the energy and vitality in the classroom. Al Jaf has received a doctorate in this field and has supervised several training courses in a number of universities, institutions and international companies.
Dalal Al Sindi MA, founder of The Art Therapy Center in Bahrain, (www.arttherapybh.com) hosts an art therapy workshop that will focus on the main cognitive and emotional stages that individuals go through as well as the developmental stages of children with learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and psychological/emotional encouragement. It is aimed to train teachers and people working with students with learning difficulties and autistic individuals in using art in their classes how art materials can benefit the students’ mental and emotional well-being and development.
Ruqaya Aamer co-running Bahrain’s first academic theatre programme (SSDA) (www. ssdabahrain.com) a teaching and examining centre registered with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), will host a workshop on Teaching Through Drama. The workshop will introduce the importance and potential benefits of using dramatic techniques within the primary classroom.
Noor Faisal, the founder of Project Resonance for sound and music therapy, the first licensed sound & music therapist in the Kingdom of Bahrain, will host a workshop on therapeutic aspects of sound for individuals with special needs. This initiative is dedicated to spreading awareness on therapeutic aspects of sound and seeks to improve the quality of human life through music as part of therapeutic treatments for individuals who seek personal growth through music.
In addition to the above, three street theatre free shows will perform at the National Bank of Bahrain Rehabilitation Home for Disabled.
Following the great success of last season’s Outdoor Café at Bahrain Bay; this year too, the Economic Development Board is collaborating with Tamkeen and opening doors for home and small businesses to take use of this platform to showcase their start-ups as part of Spring of Culture’s Community Outreach Programme.