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Springs’ Tales: The 25th Annual Heritage Festival

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Saturday, April 15, 2017 Time: 4 to 9 p.m. Category: Culture Venue: Qalat Al Bahrain Site And Museum Ticket Information: Free Entry

Under the patronage of his Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa AlKhalifa, it is our privilege to launch Bahrain’s 25th Annual Heritage Festival. This festival has become an internationally recognized celebration bringing the nation’s unique culture and heritage to the forefront of our society, a reminder to our people and all people of where this great and modern nation came from, helping to preserve our customs for future generations.

Located by the historic Bahrain Fort (Qala’t al-Bahrain), the heritage festival will recreate a glimpse of the variety and diversity of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s heritage. The festival will paint a memory to be cherished and a chance for locals, residents, and visitors to experience the Island’s rich history, music, food, as well as provide close contact with the artisans whose contributions have played a role in shaping our national identity.

As with every Heritage Festival, this year will be unique, focusing on the particular theme of Bahrain’s natural “Springs’ Tales”, a play on words for our Arabic speaking audience that we invite you to explore. The Festival takes its inspiration from those Springs and their part in our history all over our beautiful Kingdom and the tales those springs would have told had they been able to speak. This theme over those eleven days is in line with our 2017 theme of the stories our artifacts hold if only we would listen and it aims to creatively and artistically present you with some of those Tales through installations, photo exhibition, and videos. It will also present you with crafts, creative cultural businesses that have capitalized on our heritage, local and traditional musicians, as well as something fun for your little ones. With Qala’t al-Bahrain as a backdrop to this Festival serving as a jewel at the center of this reminder of our past there should be fun and education as well as a touch on all our souls and the soul of the place.

Venue Information: Qalat al Bahrain site and museum

The Bahrain Fort site that is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Mohammed Bin Faris

Date: Thursday, February 23 - Monday, April 24, 2017 Time: 8 p.m. Category: Culture Venue: Bin Faris House For Sut Music Ticket Information: Free Entry Every Thursday (02 March - 24 April)

Every Thursday evening, we set sail with the musical sounds of Mohammed bin Faris Band in a lyrical voyage which regales audiences with tales of a pealing diver’s life from festive melodies to working songs and farewell ballads.

In the 13 years that have passed since its establishment, the band has travelled the world to introduce Bahrain’s soulful musical identity through the traditional arts. As part of its participation in this year’s Spring of Culture, the band will hold a number of concerts, transporting audiences to a time of tradition. Join us at the Mohammed bin Faris Hall in Muharraq, near the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research.

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Bahrain Farmers Market

Date: Saturday, April 1 - Saturday, April 29, 2017 Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Category: Family Venue: Budaiya Botanical Gardens Ticket Information: Free Entry

Bahrain Farmers Market targets promoting Bahrain's agricultural products and highlighting the development taking place in Bahrain's agricultural sector. It also aims to contribute to improving the Bahraini farmers' income through a marketing system prepared by the Agriculture and Marine Resources to assist in meeting the farmers' aspirations.

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Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix 2017

Date: Friday, April 14 - Sunday, April 16, 2017 Category: Sports Venue: Bahrain International Circuit

Tickets available here

The Bahrain 2017 Grand Prix will take place as the third Grand Prix of the season and will also, for the fourth successive year, be held as a night race.

Apart from Formula 1 racing, there will also be plenty of action in the international support race programme.

Meanwhile, off the track, there will be loads of family entertainment located at the Formula 1 Village vending area. Children’s activities, carnival rides and games, theatre shows, live musical and dance performances, and a wide range of food and beverage stalls will be on hand.

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Gulf Property Show

Date: Tuesday, April 25 - Thursday, April 27, 2017 Time: 10 a.m. To 10 p.m. Category: Business Venue: Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre Ticket Information: Free Entry Hall 1 - Bahrain International & Exhibitions Center

This event will showcase & promote products & services from Local & International Real Estate Developers, Investors, Service Providers & Consultants.

Organized by: Al Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions
P.O. Box 1100, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Contact: Cheryl D’Souza – Exhibition Administrator
Tel: +973 17299123 / 17293131
Fax: +973 17299155

International Contact: Ahmed Suleiman
Tel: +973 17299116
Mob: +973 36763464
Fax: +973 17 294458

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Explorations, Encounters and Remembered Stories: 200 Years of British-Bahraini Relations

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016 - Sunday, April 30, 2017 Time: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Category: Arts Venue: Bahrain National Museum Ticket Information: Free Entry

The rise of piracy in the Arabian Sea in the 18th and 19th centuries resulted in a time of unrest that challenged prosperity and regional trade enterprise.  In 1816, a friendly agreement between the British representatives in the Gulf and the Sheikhs of Bahrain secured the protection of shared interests. The agreement was formalized in 1820 with the signing of a General Treaty of Peace, that ushered a new episode in the political and cultural history of both nations. Over the past 200 years, the nature of the British-Bahraini relationship has evolved and the ties between the two nations were strengthened. Above all, this relationship was shaped by varied explorations, encounters and personal stories. This exhibition draws on the first explorations of Bahrain and its archaeological landscape. It celebrates a few of those who have played a major role in bringing global attention to Bahrain. By shifting the focus from artefacts to people and their documented encounters with local Bahrainis, we attempt to shed light on different perspectives of the bicentenary long British-Bahraini relationship.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the British Council in Bahrain.

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