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Islamic Art Day Events

Novemver 25 - December 1, 2020

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Islamic Art Day Events

BAHRAIN will celebrate International Day of Islamic Art, today and tomorrow, with events showcasing the arts, architecture, calligraphy, music and food.

Originally planned for November 18 and 19, the activities were postponed as the nation mourned the passing of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The Unesco General Conference at its 40th session last year proclaimed November 18 of each year as the International Day of Islamic Art, to raise awareness of past and contemporary artistic expressions of Islam, and the contribution of culture through Islamic art to civilisation.


What’s happening:


Murals Inspired by Islamic Art

Date: Wednesday, November 25

Time: 4pm

Venue: Outdoor area of the Art Centre


Twelve artists who will display murals inspired by Islamic art and calligraphy are Ali Albazzaz, Ali Malih, Ammar Almahmood, Hussain Fateel, Njood Naji, Khalil Almadhoon, Mohamed Redha, Mohsin Ghareeb, Moosa Alkhazzaz, Mustafa Alhalwachi, S Murtadha Alsakin and Seema Baqi.


Art from the Islamic World Exhibition

Date: Wednesday, November 25

Time: 5pm

Venue: Bahrain National Museum


The exhibition will feature the works of seven artists from Islamic cultural backgrounds from the Gulf, North Africa, Andalusia (Spain) and Southeast Asia – inspired by Islamic heritage elements such as the Arabic language, textiles, handicrafts, architecture and more.

The showcase will also include works from the collection of the museum as well as loans from a number of private museums and collectors in the kingdom. It will boast about 20 artefacts and 15 artworks and will stay up until the end of January 2021.


Al Fadhel Mosque Minaret Exhibition

Date: Wednesday, November 25

Time: 5pm

Venue: Bahrain National Museum


The exhibition will highlight the Al Fadhel Minaret, which has been an important aspect of the visual identity of Bahrain for all those arriving through the Manama port.


Global Perspectives on Islamic Art Today

Panel Discussion via Zoom

Date: Wednesday, November 25

Time: 6pm

Registration is required on


International speakers include architectural historian and director of Barakat Trust, Seif El Rashidi, director of the Aga Khan Museum in Canada, Dr Ulrike Al Khamis, and art historian and head of Curatorial Affairs at the Islamic Arts Museum in Malaysia Dr Heba Barakat.


Film Screening: Islamic Art, Mirrors of the Invisible World & Traces of the Soul

Date: Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26

Time: 7:30pm & 7pm

Venue: Outdoor area of Darseen Café - Bahrain National Museum

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Islamic Art – Mirrors of the Invisible World, will be screened at 7.30pm at the outdoor area of Darseen Café at the Bahrain National Museum.

Traces of the Soul will be screened on Thursday at 7pm.

Also, the café has cooked up a special menu of six dishes, each representing a cultural centre within the ancient pan-Islamic world.

The menu will be available from today to December 3 and can be enjoyed while watching the films. All activities are open to the public.

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