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Bahrain launches ‘Spring of Culture’ festival

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the Economic Development Board held a press conference last week to officially launch the 12th edition of the “Spring of Culture” festival. A number of private sector organizations and foreign embassies are supporting and participating in the annual event, which will run for two months, from February to April.
The festival comes as part of BACA’s year-long celebration of the archaeological heritage of Bahrain for 2017 held under the slogan “Our Year of Archaeology.” Adopted when Manama was the capital of Arab tourism in 2013, the starting date of the festival coincides with the occasion of Arab Tourism Day on Saturday, which commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the famous Arab traveler Ibn Battuta.
The festival is jointly organized by BACA, the Economic Development Board, and Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, in collaboration with Albareh Art Gallery, Al Riwaq Art Space, and La Fontaine Center of Contemporary Art.
Gold sponsors of this year’s festival are GFH Financial Group, Huawei, and the National Bank of Bahrain; while silver sponsors include Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA), Bahrain Airport Co., Bahrain Duty Free, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, and DHL, with additional support from the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance, Investate, the National Oil and Gas Authority and Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International (BMMI). The festival events were also made possible by contributions from the embassies of Italy, Japan, the US, and Mexico in Bahrain.
BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, said: “As we celebrate our 12th anniversary, we grow ever-confident of culture’s capabilities and positive impact. We also are mindful that by telling the many stories of success over the course of our history through our archaeological monuments, we can bring joy to our communities and instil a sense of pride in our identity and heritage, while at the same time promoting the best of what Bahrain has to offer.”
Economic Development Board CEO Khalid Al-Rumaihi said: “The ‘Spring of Culture’ festival demonstrates how to connect and develop private sector investments in culture in order to highlight Bahrain’s openness to other world cultures since ancient times. These efforts are in line with the Economic Development Board’s objective of supporting tourism as it is an important and growing sector that has significant competitive advantages and tremendous development and job creation potential.”

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