For the 14th consecutive year, the Spring of Culture Festival returns in a new cultural season full of activities that cater to various tastes, interests and age groups and underscore the Kingdom’s position as a leading regional and global cultural hub.
As is in every year, the Spring of Cultural programme of activities that will be hosted by a broad range of local cultural, historical and architectural landmarks will commence 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 traveller Ibn Battuta. Details of this season’s agenda were announced at a joint press conference organised yesterday at Al Hidaya Al Khalifiya School in Muharraq by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research (SECCR), in collaboration with Albareh Art Gallery and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art.
The latest season of the festival comes as part of BACA’s year-long celebrations of Bahrain’s achievements under the slogan “From Jubilee to Another”- A Year of Celebrations. Attending the press conference were BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa and EDB CEO Khalid Al Rumaihi, as well as several diplomats and ambassadors, festival sponsors, cultural personalities and media members.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaikha Mai said, “We announce the 14th edition of the Spring of Culture from Al Hidaya Al Khalifiya School, a beacon which reflects Bahrain’s social, economic and cultural advancements.” “The school is one of the landmarks of this year’s celebrations of our national achievements under the slogan ‘From One Jubilee to Another’- A Year of Celebrations, as this year marks its 100th anniversary,” she added.
She went on to note that the festival, which runs for more than two months, is a continuation of the nation’s journey of cultural achievements and meeting of civilisations, with a full-fledged and diverse schedule of literary, musical, artistic, and theatrical activities.
Gold Sponsors of the 2019 Spring of Culture include GFH Financial Group, National Bank of Bahrain and Tamkeen and Batelco, while Silver Sponsors include ALBA, Bahrain Airport Company, Bahrain Duty Free, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, and Huawei, and supported by Gulf Air.