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ITALIAN culture will be served up in style during a two-week festival opening in Bahrain next weekend. The Italian Embassy's Festival Italiano 2011 will run from January 29 to February 11 at a number of venues across Bahrain, showcasing different aspects of the country's culture including dance, food and art.


"Festival Italiano 2011 aims to provide a glimpse of the country's culture for residents of the kingdom whilst also hoping to attract visitors from the region to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment programmes," said organisers.

"The festival will be an occasion for visits by business delegations that will become acquainted with Bahrain and explore possibilities of co-operation and joint ventures."

The festival will include a review of cinema, featuring recent releases from Italian directors, at Dana Mall and the Bahrain Cinema Club from January 30.

Another major highlight will be an exhibition of six paintings dating back to the Renaissance period, which will be flown in especially for the festival.

The Portraits of the Renaissance exhibition is the first of its kind in the Gulf and will showcase works by famous 16th Century painters from two regions of the north of Italy, Lombardy and Veneto.


The works by renowned artists Tiziano, Jacopo Tintoretto, Paris Bordon, Sebastiano Del Piombo, Giulio Campi and Pietro Della Vecchia will be displayed for the first time in Bahrain at Bahrain National Museum, Manama, for two weeks from February 3.

The six paintings are portraits of historic personalities, among them a Venetian Doge, or magistrate, a prelate, a noblewoman and a painter.

A delegation will also highlight celebrations in Turin, the nation's first capital, marking the 150th anniversary of the country's formation.

The Italy@150 presentation will take place at the museum at 8pm on February 7.

Another festival highlight is the Uffizi Touch Experience interactive art exhibition at Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, on February 9.

A chef will also conduct a presentation on the country's famed cuisine at the Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail, Barbar.

Meanwhile, Minuetto dance specialists from the Ludica Antiqua event management company will offer an insight into 18th Century courtlife with two dance lessons at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence and Spa.

The dance lessons are being held in preparation for the first Italian Grand Ball at 8pm on February 10.

The ball will feature live performances by musicians who are being flown in especially for the gala dinner.

A free opera entitled Venice: The Music Reflects in the Sea will lower the curtain on the festival at the Cultural Hall, near the museum, at 8pm on February 11 - featuring music from Italian composers and looking at the history of Venice.

Contact 36490570 or 39696072 for tickets to the Grand Ball.

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Date:Jan 23, 2011
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