The Culture Trip: Events and Activities Guide in Bahrain this December 2019

Oud Night
Venue: Bahrain National Museum Foyer
Date: December 2

In celebration of Bahraini Women’s Day, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities presents “Oud Night”, starring Oud player Saad Mahmood Jawad, accompanied by all-female group, “Hunna”. “Hunna” is an international project established in the Kingdom of Bahrain, created by Saad Mahmood Jawad, and includes the first all-female group who solely specialize in playing the oud.

A Tribute to Great Italian Opera
Date: December 2
Venue: Bahrain National Museum Foyer

In collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the internationally renowned music Academy “Accademia Chigiana” will present an authentic Italian musical evening from the great figures of Italian opera who made a mark in opera history.

The Treasures of Krakow Exhibition
Date: 3 -31 December
Venue: Arab Regional Centre of World Heritage (ARCWH)

“The Treasures of Krakow” recounts the tale of a city – the seat of Polish kings, former capital of the country, home to one of the oldest European universities, and magnet for poets, writers and artists. This exhibition sheds light on the strong cultural ties and exchanges between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of Poland.

The Sound & Light Show
Date: Every Tuesday – Thursday – Friday
Venue: Qal’at al Bahrain

The story of Bahrain as told by its most renowned site: Qal’at Al Bahrain. The show is an interactive and moving audio visual experience which takes the audience through a guided journey from the present into the past, and back.

Five P.M. at Bab
Date: 5-26 December (Every Thursday)
Venue:  Bab Al-Bahrain

The weekly activity “Five P.M. at Bab” in the heart of Bab Al-Bahrain, offers visitors in the area diverse cultural activities that represent the dynamics of the venue and its historical value, while targeting different age groups through the designated space, which is dedicated to practice creativity in its various forms.

My Nation… My Story 
Date: 7 December
Venue:  Al-Khalifiya Library

A storytelling session which stimulates children’s creative imagination by telling a story about their nation, followed by an interactive activity where they get to express their love and belonging to their nation by drawing paintings of different scenes of stories in which they present themselves as the heroes.

December Murals
Date: 7 & 14 December
Venue: Nabaih Saleh & Budaiya Highway; Bab Al Bahrain & A’ali

Coinciding with the National Day celebrations, December Murals is an initiative that presents four murals in four different areas in Bahrain: Nabaih Saleh, A’ali, Budayia and Manama. Through these initiatives, the artists transfer their signature works from the traditional media to permanent locations, where residents and visitors can enjoy them.

Dar Al Muharraq
Date: 7 & 21 December
Venue: Building 1068, Road 1617, Block 216 Muharraq

Nourish your soul with the fruits of Bahrain’s intangible heritage, and enjoy the live Bahraini musical performances of the Fijri tradition. This unique, mystical genre traces its roots back to the days of the island’s glorious pearling legacy.

Honoring the Life & Work of Dr. Mohammed Jaber Al-Ansari
Date: 10 December
Venue: Cultural Hall

Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, The King of The Kingdom of Bahrain, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities celebrates the legacy of the thinker Dr. Mohammed Jaber Al Ansari by commemorating his career and shedding light to his human, intellectual, political and literary experience.

Workshop: Our Heritage on a Clay Pot
Date: 12 December
Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum

Participants will get the chance to celebrate the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day with the Enkiru Kids Club through an archaeological excavation workshop, followed by an activity of decorating clay pots with decoupage of Bahrain’s archaeological sites.

Dar Al Riffa
Date: 14 & 28 December
Venue: Building 2608, Road 368, Block 903 East Riffa

The newly inaugurated Dar Al-Riffa hosts a series of musical concerts, accentuating the rich tapestry of Bahraini folk music. Dar Al-Riffa is a conservation and rehabilitation of the original structure within the old neighbourhood, and includes a contemporary extension to accommodate larger performances and residency spaces.

Pearling Path Treasure Hunt
Date: 14 December
Venue: Meeting Point: Al Hala Club Parking in Muharraq

Throughout the Pearling Path Treasure Hunt, ten teams including three members in each, will try to find a hidden pearl through a series of clues and games which they will encounter along the path.

Dive into the Jurassic
Date: 16 December 2019 – 16 March 2020
Venue: Bahrain National Museum 

Dive into the Jurassic brings together immersive CGI films with replica casts from the Natural History Museum’s unique marine fossil collections to bring the ancient seas to life. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey beneath the waves to meet the amazing creatures that inhabited the oceans 200 million years ago at a time when dinosaurs ruled the land.

Manama Doesn’t Sleep
Date: 15 -16 December
Venue: Qal’at al Bahrain Site Museum, Cultural Hall, and Bahrain National Museum 

“Manama Doesn’t Sleep” commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Bahrain National Museum with an exciting lineup of events embracing the energy of the city and Bahrain as a whole. The thrilling celebration is over 12 hours long, and includes a variety of events, including music and dance shows, literary talks, fine art exhibits and more. 

Celebrating Bahrain National Day
Date: 16 December
Venue: Bahrain National Theatre

This musical performance will take the audience on a reminiscent journey throughout the stages of Bahrain’s history, its origins, people and deeply-rooted history, up until the rule of His Majesty the King’s prosperous leadership.

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Ali AlBazzaz
Date: 18 December
Venue: Art Centre

This workshop aims to celebrate the Arabic language and the achievements made by Arabic writers and linguists by incorporating visual art techniques into the formation of the Arabic lettering. The use of different mediums such as paper, wood, fabrics and paint will enable participants to add different textures and dimensions to traditional calligraphy.

My Homeland
Date: 19 December
Venue:  Bahrain National Museum

A poetry evening dedicated to the participants of the “Music of Poetry” course to showcase their works, which will be presented with musical pieces that complement their poems.

Artist in a School Exhibition
Date: 22 – 31 December 2019
Venue: Studio 244, Arad Bay Protected Area and Park

Artist in a School exhibition will feature a number of talented students from four public schools in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the initiative of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.

A Night of Arabic Classic Films
Date: 26 December
Venue: Qal’at Al Bahrain Site Museum

“Among the Ruins” is a classic Egyptian film starring Faten Hamama and Emad Hamdy. The plot follows Mona, a university student, who falls in love with her professor Mahmoud, who is also a gifted writer. Mahmoud proposes to Mona, but her mother refuses his proposal and marries her to another man, resulting in her leaving Egypt. Years later after she returns to Egypt, Mona visits Mahmoud in the hospital. Mahmoud expresses his love for Mona as he lies on his deathbed.