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Fusion of cultures.

Byline: ALISTAIR BAPTISTA

AN emphatic performance by Syrian troupe the Inana Dance Theatre raised the curtain on the Bahrain Summer 2009 festival last night. The Zenobia Queen of the Levant production, held at the Cultural Hall near the Bahrain National Museum, was the first of 15 different cultural events that will take place over a four-week period.

Children also enjoyed live music, puppet shows, educational and artistic workshops and competitions at the opening of the Nakhool Tent at the Hillat Abd Al Saleh village yesterday.

The tent will remain open daily from 5pm to 9pm until the end of the festival and will feature games, competitions, activities for children, daily movies, pottery painting and live radio competitions.

Festival activities will continue today with the Barney the dinosaur stage show and the performance of Canada-based Circus Orange at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Sanabis.

Starting today, the Barney shows will take place daily at 12pm and 6pm until July 26.

The Circus Orange performances will run daily from 6pm until July 30, with additional performances at 8.30pm on July 23, 24, 29 and 30.

The cultural feast will also feature acts by whirling dervishes, jazz legend James Moody, traditional Arabic songs and dances and a performance by Egyptian diva Amal Maher.

African and Latin American-influenced events are also on offer, with Kasai Masai Soukous and Tribal Fusion and Antonio Najarro dance company's Jazzing Flamenco sure to bring a truly international flavour.

The majority of events will be free, with only The Pearling Song (500 fils and BD3), Barney the Dinosaur (BD3 and 500 fils) and Circus Orange (BD3 and 500 fils) levying a charge.

Organised by the Culture and Information Ministry under the patronage of Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, the festival will run alongside the Ta'a Al Shabab Youth Festival, which concludes on August 15.

The festivals have been organised by the ministry and are being sponsored by Gulf Air, Batelco, Al Safir Hotel and Tower and Moda Mall.

Tickets are available at Costa Coffee CafAs at the Bahrain City Centre mall and Seef Mall.

All Ta'a Al Shabab Youth Festival events are free of charge.

For more information on the Bahrain Summer 2009 festivals, visit www.bahrainsummer.bh or call 80008089.

For details on the youth festival, visit www.ta2alshabab.org.

schedule of events

l The Nakhool Tent at the Hillat Abd Al Saleh village, 5pm to 9pm daily until August 20.

l The Pearling Songs at the Coral Beach Club, 5pm and 7pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, starting on Thursday until August 20.

l Barney at the (BIEC), 12pm and 6pm, today to July 26.

l Circus Orange at BIEC, 6pm, July 21 to 30 (with additional performances at 8.30pm on July 23, 24, 29 and 30).

l A tribute to Um Kalsoum by Egyptian diva Amal Maher accompanied by Maestro Selim Sahhab and the Arab Music Ensemble at the Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, July 23.

l Jose Galvez and Son Cubano present a Cuban-Flamenco Fusion directed by Michael Elefteriades at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, July 27.

l The King of Rai - Cheb Khaled - music concert at Arad Fort, 8.30pm, July 29.

l Antonio Najarro Dance Company presents Jazzing Flamenco at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, July 30.

l Kasai Masai Soukous and Tribal Fusion concert at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 3.

l Moroccan diva Karima Skalli accompanied by Arab Music Ensemble presents an enchanting evening of Tarab at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 6.

l Jazz night with Jazz legend James Moody and his ensemble at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 10.

l Flamenco Orientale at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 13.

l British singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf concert at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 17.

l Shaikh Habboush and the Al Kindi ensemble present Aleppian Sufi Trance at Cultural Hall, 8.30pm, August 20.

Ta'a Al Shabab Youth Festival

Television shows (all on Bahrain TV)

l Tae'eyat (covers the activities of the youth festival), 4pm-6pm, July 10.

l Karakeeb (13 episodes of a comedic games show), 9pm, on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning on July 10.

l The Rangers (a TV crew follows 25 young University of Bahrain architects around landmarks of Bahrain), 4pm, on Saturdays, begins on July 11.

l Dana Fa Tadalla (interviews with famous writers and artists from the region), Sundays, 9pm, begins on July 12.

Exhibitions

l Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad exhibition at Cultural Hall, 7pm, July 10.

l My Experience Photography Exhibition on geography by young Bahrainis at Bahrain National Museum, 8pm, July 11.

l When Architecture Speaks painting exhibition at Bahrain Fort Museum, 8pm, July 18.

l The Designer in You architectural exhibition at Seef Mall, 2pm, July 24.

l Furniture and decor exhibition by Bahraini university students at Seef Mall, 8pm, August 1.

l Photography exhibition of old Muharraq by Bahraini photographer Hussain Abd Ali at Qaisariya Market, August 13.

Literature

l Poetry reading by Alexandrian poet Alaa Khalid at Cultural Hall, 8pm, July 10.

l We All Read launch at Seef Mall, 4pm, July 11.

l Discussion of the novel Azazil at Al A'ali Mall, 7pm, July 13.

l Book readings for children at Adhari Park, 5pm, Sundays starting on July 14.

l Talk by Bahraini writer Dr Hasan Madan at Seef Mall, 8pm, July 16.

l Poetry reading by Egyptian poet Emad Douad at Bahrain Fort Museum, 8pm, July 19.

l Discussion of book Men are from Mars ... Women are from Venus at Al A'ali Mall, 8pm, July 20.

l Discussion of literature following the Egyptian Revolution in 1952 at Cultural Hall, 8pm, July 23.

l Lebanese novelist Hassan Dawood workshop at Correspondents Club, 4pm-7pm, July 24 to 26.

l Discussion of novel One Hundred and Eighty Sunsets at Al A'ali Mall, 5pm, July 26.

l Poetry conference on Palestinian poet and playwright Ebrahim Nasrallah at Seef Mall, 8pm, July 31.

l Talk by Bahraini novelist Khalid Al Ruwaii at the Bahrain Arts Centre (near Bahrain Museum), 8pm, August 2.

l Discussion of novel There is no Photographer in Onaiza at Seef Mall, 8pm, August 5.

l Talk by Bahraini novelist Ahmed Al Manaei at Seef Mall, 8pm, August 8.

Other events

l Screening of Architectural Films at the Bahrain Cinema Club, 8pm, on Wednesdays starting on July 15.

l Confronting architecture through activities at Seef Mall, 3pm, on Thursdays starting on July 16.

l Workshop on recycling at Seef Mall, 2pm, July 17.

l Journalist Hayed Hamawy training workshop on media at Correspondents Club, 4pm-7pm, July 12-14.

l Egyptian novelist and researcher Yusuf Zidan speaks on Arab heritage at Bahrain Fort Museum, 8pm, July 12.

l Blogging in Bahrain seminar at Bahrain Fort Museum, 8pm, July 17.

l Bahrain Fort Inkiroo Club for Kids at Bahrain Fort, 8am to 1pm, July 19 to 23.

l Talk on Cultural Press at Ebrahim Alorayed House, 8pm, July 25.

l Architecture and Politics seminar at Bahrain Fort Museum, 8pm, July 25.

l Talk by Egyptian Architect Hasan Fathi at Al A'ali Mall, 8pm, July 27.

l Children build their own houses at The Dream City event at Seef Mall, 2pm, July 31.

l Discussion on the effects of photography at Correspondents' Club, 5pm, August 9.

l Bahrain University associate professor in the College of Engineering Dr Rafee Hakky lectures on deconstructivism in architecture at Bahrain Fort Museum, 5pm, August 10.

l Qatari Jassim Sultan discusses change of culture and identity in Arabian communities at Al A'ali Mall, 5pm, August 11.

l Examination of the works of American movie director Woody Allen at Bahrain Arts Centre, 7.30pm, August 11.

l Filmmaker Safaa Fathi presentation at Bahrain Arts Centre, 8pm, August 12.

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