Did you know that the Bahrain Summer Festival is returning this July?

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) announced the slate of activities of the 13th edition of the Bahrain Summer Festival, which will be held remotely in the month of July.

This year’s Bahrain Summer Festival will be closer to the audience than ever before despite the distance imposed by the global health crisis, BACA president, HE Sh. Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, BACA Director General of Culture and Arts, said.

This year’s festival program brings an exciting assortment of multicultural events and activities that will be conducted via the Authority’s online and social platforms, including live performances and concerts and creative art workshops, HE Sh. Hala bint Mohammed Al Khalifa said.

The full schedule of the Bahrain Summer Fesitval, which is set to run from July 1 – 31 as part of BACA’s larger year-long Pearling Path cultural program, can be accessed on BACA’s website.

The public can stay up to date on all the latest happenings surrounding the festival via its dedicated social media channels (@Nakhoolbah), including broadcasts of all live events on YouTube.

Catering to all ages and interests, the festival’s events and activities range from stage plays and music concerts to workshops, cooking shows, and other forms of entertainment, as well as the Nakhool Star talent competition.

The festival will kick off on July 1 with Resto Maryam, a Lebanese stage play which will be shown throughout the month on the festival’s YouTube channel. Running alongside it will be a series of public competitions held every Monday and Thursday, as well as fun and educational activities and games, all of which can be accessed on BACA’s website.

Other shows include a traditional Chinese music concert (July 4) and Tony Memmel and his Band (July 7), held in cooperation with the embassies of China and the United States, respectively.

This will be followed on July 18 by two shows held in cooperation with the Embassy of Palestine entitled The Children of Our Neighborhood and The Wonders of Science, and a concert organized by the Egyptian embassy entitled Rehab Mutawa featuring the Bahrain Music Band.

Local music is also strongly represented, with performances by Galali Folklore Band (July 21), Mohammed bin Faris Band (July 22), and the Bahrain Police Band (July 23).

As for workshops, the festival’s program includes a children’s short story writing classes (July 3 – 6) that will also serve as the platform for this year’s Nakhool Star talent competition, as well as music, arts, and cooking workshops showcasing the cultures of several countries around the world.

The partners and contributors of the 2021 Bahrain Summer Festival, include the Ministry of Interior, the National Institute for Human Rights, the Supreme Council for the Environment, as well as embassies of the Republic of France and Alliance Française, the Republic of Italy, the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, the State of Palestine, the Russian Federation, the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Republic of the Philippines, as well as all BACA staff, and the artists and organizers of its workshops and activities.

More information on the festival can be found BACA’s website and social media channels: @NakhoolBah and @CultureBah.