Wednesday - 28 March
  • The Historic Relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    Wednesday 28 March - 9:00am

    A photography exhibition that documents the long and intriguing history of the deep relations that bind the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • Painting on Leather

    Wednesday 28 March - 4:00pm

    Saudi artist Abdulhadi Al-Farhan will give live demonstrations of the art of painting on leather and the techniques behind it.

  • Live Painting – Pop Art

    Wednesday 28 March - 4:00pm

    Saudi artist Badr Al-Belawi showcases his talent for re-arranging spaces and inanimate items to make wonderful and mesmerizing works of art.

  • Guest of Honor

    Criticism in the Saudi Novel

    Wednesday 28 March - 7:00pm at Events Hall

    A lecture by Dr. Said Al-Suraih and Dr. Mojeb Al-Adwani in which they present theses on criticism in Saudi novels, focusing their on characters and narratives.

  • Cultural Participations

    Dilmun – The Forgotten Kingdom

    Wednesday 28 March - 8:00pm at Events Hall

    The latest book title by French novelist Gilbert Sinoué takes readers on a journey all the way back to the era of Dilmun, a seemingly miraculous verdant land amidst an otherwise arid region.

  • Guest of Honor

    Nagham Band (Saudi Arabia)

    Wednesday 28 March - 8:00pm at Theatre

    A concert series by Saudi-based Nagham band highlighting Saudi music, an important facet of GCC culture and the Arabian Peninsula that contains within it a colorful multitude of music genres and rhythms.

Thursday - 29 March
Friday - 30 March
Saturday - 31 March
Sunday - 1 April
  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The Historic Relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    Sunday 1 April - 9:00am

    A photography exhibition that documents the long and intriguing history of the deep relations that bind the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    Wood Carving

    Sunday 1 April - 4:00pm

    Salma Al-Shaikh, a Saudi artist who specialises in transforming ordinary pieces of wood into masterful artworks, will present the wide range of techniques she employs to make her creations.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    About Senses that Beauty Celebrates

    Sunday 1 April - 4:00pm

    Despite her suffering from hearing and speech disabilities, fine artist Intisar Al-Hadlaq from KSA creates stunning artistic works that seamlessly blend art and Arabic calligraphy that she showcases in this exhibition.

  • Book Signing

    Guide to the Mawwal Poets of Muharraq

    Sunday 1 April - 6:00pm at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    Researcher Mubarak Amro Al-Ammari’s book sheds light on the deep-rooted culture that formed around the pearl diving tradition of Muharraq, a profession whose song traditions such as the mawwal reflected the pace and rhythms of that society.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The Bridal Dress

    Sunday 1 April - 6:00pm at Events Hall

    The Bridal Dress, directed by Mohammed Al-Saffar, follows the story of a seamstress named Asmahan who believes, like her fellow villagers, that a bride who weaves her own wedding dress is doomed to die, and a stubborn bride who refuses to believe that myth.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The Other

    Sunday 1 April - 6:00pm at Events Hall

    The Other, directed by Tawfiq Al-Zaidi, deals with themes of forgiveness and tolerance through Abu Khaled, a father who arrives at the hospital seeking help to save his daughter through emergency surgey only to discover that specialist surgeon is not present.

  • Guest of Honor

    Poetry Recital by Dr. Saleh Al-Shadi

    Sunday 1 April - 7:00pm at Events Hall

    Saudi poet Dr. Saleh Al-Shadi recites a selection of poems in both classical and colloquial Arabic on various topics, as well as a discussion about some of his literary and poetry experiences.

  • Guest of Honor

    Nagham Band (Saudi Arabia)

    Sunday 1 April - 8:00pm at Theatre

    A concert series by Saudi-based Nagham band highlighting Saudi music, an important facet of GCC culture and the Arabian Peninsula that contains within it a colorful multitude of music genres and rhythms.

Monday - 2 April
Tuesday - 3 April
  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The Historic Relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    Tuesday 3 April - 9:00am

    A photography exhibition that documents the long and intriguing history of the deep relations that bind the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    Wood Carving

    Tuesday 3 April - 4:00pm

    Salma Al-Shaikh, a Saudi artist who specialises in transforming ordinary pieces of wood into masterful artworks, will present the wide range of techniques she employs to make her creations.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    About Senses that Beauty Celebrates

    Tuesday 3 April - 4:00pm

    Despite her suffering from hearing and speech disabilities, fine artist Intisar Al-Hadlaq from KSA creates stunning artistic works that seamlessly blend art and Arabic calligraphy that she showcases in this exhibition.

  • Book Signing

    Gulf Melodies (Storyteller and Folk Singer Badr Al-Sadah)

    Tuesday 3 April - 6:00pm at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    Written by Ziad Ali Abdulghaffar, the book centers around Bahraini storyteller and folk singer Badr Mohammed Al-Sadah, one of the leading authorities on the various genres that make up traditional Bahraini poems and songs, such as the mystical fjiri chants.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    Departures

    Tuesday 3 April - 6:00pm at Events Hall

    Departures, directed by Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi, follows the story of Salim and Wadea, two perfect strangers with different views whose paths cross aboard an airplane.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The ATM

    Tuesday 3 April - 6:00pm at Events Hall

    The ATM, directed by Bushra Al-Andajani, is a short film that takes viewers into the lives of Jad and Farfour, two employees who work inside an ATM that have totally different approaches to doing their job, leading to unexpected results.

  • Cultural Participations

    Poetry Recital – The Beach of Meanings

    Tuesday 3 April - 7:00pm at Events Hall

    Distinguished poets Habib Al-Sayegh and Ahmed Al-Assam from the UAE present a selection of poems about love and life and other universtal themes that connect all of humanity.

  • Cultural Participations

    The Oral Heritage Project

    Tuesday 3 April - 8:00pm at Events Hall

    Over the course of two evenings, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities shares its experience in documenting the island’s non-material heritage – especially the oral traditions – by engaging with cultural figures who were directly involved in that heritage.

Wednesday - 4 April
Thursday - 5 April
Friday - 6 April
Saturday - 7 April
  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    The Historic Relations between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    Saturday 7 April - 9:00am

    A photography exhibition that documents the long and intriguing history of the deep relations that bind the Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

  • Awards

    The 2018 Bahrain Book Award

    Saturday 7 April - 10:00am at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    The Bahrain Book Award is annual award launched in 2011 in commemoration of World Book Day. This year’s award carries the theme “Literature and Shaping the World, focuses on writers and researchers from this year’s Guest of Honor, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

  • Awards

    Mohammed Al-Banki Award for Cultural Person of the Year

    Saturday 7 April - 10:00am at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    The Mohammed Al-Banki Award for Cultural Person of the Year is an annual award that celebrates an outstanding intellectual, writer, artist, or cultural achiever. It is named after the noted late critic and intellectual Mohammed Ahmed Al-Banki, the former Undersecretary of the then-Ministry of Culture.

  • Awards

    Bahrain Pearl Award

    Saturday 7 April - 10:00am at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    Named after Shaikha Lulwa bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the very first Bahrain Pearl Award will be given away this year to a writer and researchers who made outstanding contributions to their society’s development and enlightenment in various cultural and intellectual fields.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    Wood Carving

    Saturday 7 April - 4:00pm

    Salma Al-Shaikh, a Saudi artist who specialises in transforming ordinary pieces of wood into masterful artworks, will present the wide range of techniques she employs to make her creations.

  • Fine Arts and Exhibitions

    About Senses that Beauty Celebrates

    Saturday 7 April - 4:00pm

    Despite her suffering from hearing and speech disabilities, fine artist Intisar Al-Hadlaq from KSA creates stunning artistic works that seamlessly blend art and Arabic calligraphy that she showcases in this exhibition.

  • Book Signing

    Food is Culture

    Saturday 7 April - 7:00pm at Bahrain authority for culture and antiquities stand

    For the third year in a row, the very unique Food is Culture initiative brings together prominent innovators from the culinary and art worlds to collaborate and create something entirely new that speaks to both of their sensibilities.