About the Festival
The Spring of Culture Festival is back for its 15th season with an array of activities and events. We have a diverse lineup of initiatives and collaborations that will cater to various tastes, interests and age groups. This edition of the festival comes as part of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ year-long celebrations for 2020 under the slogan of Dilmun: Land of Density.
The Spring of Culture is an annual festival organized by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the Economic Development Board the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, in cooperation with the Albareh Art Gallery and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art.
The ongoing “Dive into the Jurassic” will continue its display until the 16th of March at the Bahrain National Museum, bringing an interactive exhibition that, unlike the standard exhibition, has touchable artifacts and immersive CGI that will submerge visitors into the ancient sea. This exhibition is curated and produced by the Natural History Museum (London) and is generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf Culture and Sport Programme.
Local talents are showcased through numerous art exhibitions. Take pleasure in the “What Night Does” exhibition displaying the artworks of Abdulrahim Sharif as it reexamines the relationship between subject and painting, focusing on the synchronization between text and image. The Art Centre presents the “Archipelago” exhibition, which won second prize last year at the 45th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, created by multi-serviced creative collective Shepherd studio known for their art installations regionally and in the United Kingdom. A joint art exhibition entitled “Fourth Dimension” by porcelain artist Huda Al-Saie and painter and sculptor Khalid Farhan will establish a unique dialogue on nature and plants.
Studio 244 – Arad Bay Protected Area and Park presents the “What if Rashid Didn’t Exist”, a performing arts that looks at the symbiotic relationship between artists, looking at the influence Khalid Al Ruwaie draws from Rashid Al Oraifi. Albareh Art Gallery will launch a solo exhibition featuring the works of Bahraini artist Mohammed Al Mahdi called “Greetings to Fernando Botero” as well as an exhibition by Lebanese artist Zena Assi titled “Wallpaper” reflecting the transformation of urban contemporary environments. La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art will host “Reconnect,” an art exhibition uniting a group of established artists whom will use the old doors of La Fontaine as their medium.
Beyond local talents, this season brings you an immersive, multi-screen sound and video installation exhibition called “Topologies of Air” by Scottish-Danish artist Shona Illingworth that will be on display at the Bahrain National Museum. This installation is presented by The Wapping Project, in partnership with the Bahrain National Museum, and generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf exhibition programme. Moreover, award-winning Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo will launch his first solo exhibition in the region at the Bahrain National Museum.
Arab Tourism Day will be commemorated at the Bahrain National Theatre with an otherworldly contemporary dance performance titled “Hadid Tears” to celebrate the legacy of the late architect Zaha Hadid. This mystical show explores her connection to the Sufi dervishes of the Mawlaw’iyya Order through circular movements paralleling her architecture, a study of gravity and the notion of cathartic release when fusing with the infinite.
Bahrain Bay has more programs for performance enthusiasts as well. The location will host a concert for GRAMMY Award winner Ms. Lauryn Hill. Additionally, a theatrical dance entitled “The Merchants of Bollywood” will execute an electrifying show.
The Cultural Hall presents exquisite musical evenings for all. Tune into a musical performance by Barbaros Büyükakkan for a whirlwind musical evening. Barbaros is a famous Turkish singer being the crème de la crème of world music, performing in various languages including French, English, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.
Perfect for all age groups, a one-of-a-kind concert starring the German duo of Pianotainment is unmissable. They’ve dazzled the world for over 20 years and are coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain to captivate the minds of young children and the elderly alike through their wacky program that is self-described as the perfect symbiosis between piano comedy and amazing virtuosity.