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28 June 2012 The Ministry of Culture launches the Bahrain Summer Festival 2012

The Ministry of Culture held a press conference today, 28th May, at the Bahrain National Museum to launch the details for the fourth annual Bahrain Summer Festival. The month-long programme of events, this year centred around the slogan of 'Manama, the City of Joy,' is scheduled to begin on 14th June and will take place at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC). Catering for local and regional audiences, the programme this year falls in line with the mission of the Ministry of Culture's Capital of Arab Culture programme to provide multi-disciplinary learning opportunities and cultural exchanges.

HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture, described the Bahrain Summer Festival programme at the press conference and explained, 'Our programme this year is lively and interactive, dedicated to the future of children, families and all guests. We have compiled a varied agenda to ensure that all tastes are catered for and including musical events, cultural and educational events and activities from the region and beyond.'

As such, within the environs of the City of Joy, Bahrain's loved mascot, Nakhool, returns in full force with a range of activities and workshops designed for children from 2pm until 7pm every day. In addition, this year's special performances include Slava's SNOWSHOW, due to take place between 14th and 19th June, a family entertainment and fusion of contemporary and traditional clown antics, which has travelled across the world, bringing joy to audiences in over 30 different countries. Then from 21st to 22nd June, Los Vivancos bring their international dancing sensation to Bahrain. The seven brothers combine their love of music, dance and martial arts in one special exhibition of talent – a show that cannot be missed!

Between 26th and 29th June, children will be entertained with the puppetry spectacles of Karramoto. Heralding their string marionettes from the Czech Republic, while the show is built around the traditional puppet theatre so popular in Europe, it dazzles with secret special effects.

Closer to home, renowned Turkish musician, Omar Faruk Tekbelik is set to perform in the Bahrain Summer Festival on 30th June. One of the world’s most sought-after performers, Omar Faruk’s music is popular for its mixture of traditional and mystic sounds, bringing Eastern melodies to world audiences.

This is followed by Saudi phenomenon, Qusai who performs in Bahrain on 3rd July. Qusai, aka Don Legend, is the first Saudi Arabian rapper and one of the first Arab Hip Hop artists. During the Summer Festival, audiences will be treated to the unique blends he creates between Arabic music and Hip Hop and in the spirit of cultural exchange and local expertise, a traditional Bahraini dance troupe will join the show to perform the Liwa, an old Bahraini dance form.
One of the most important contributions to the Summer Festival this year comes in the form of local talent, Hala Alturk who is set to perform on 6th July. This talented child singer partakes in the festival with three Arabic songs.

And from 10th to 15th July, audiences will be entertained by the lavish West End musical, The Sound of Music. The perfect family entertainment, The Sound of Music can add to its long accolade its success in the UAE, breaking box office records last year and winning the Timeout Nightlife Award for the Best Theatrical Production. A wonderful show, this musical will bring the Bahrain Summer Festival to a memorable end for all participants.
The Bahrain Summer Festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture and is an annual event. This year its programme falls in line with the diverse and innovative year-

long programme of Manama, the Capital of Arab Culture 2012.

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