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October 2022

A Night of Love and Creativity

3 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Yasmine Ali - EGYPT Yasmine Ali is a singer from Egypt. She performs in the Mohamed Sobhi Troupe and is a soloist at the Egyptian Opera House. She has numerous awards under her belt, including the Ahmed Zewail Award for artistic creativity as the Egyptian Opera House’s best voice. She also has a large body of artwork and has performed in numerous concerts. Additionally, she had previously taken part in the Sheikh Ibrahim Center’s seasons.

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Poetry Evening

10 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jawdat Fakhr El Din - LEBANON Dr. Jawdat Fakhr El-Din is a Lebanese who studied both science and literature. He earned a master’s degree in physics before going on to earn a doctorate in Arabic literature. He taught physics and co-wrote several dictionaries. He has been a professor of literature and criticism at Lebanese University’s Faculty of Arts since 1985. Fakhruddin’s research and poems have appeared in numerous Arab newspapers and magazines. He has also written and published poetry and…

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Opening: Between Two Seas

16 October @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Drawing on both childhood memories and his current environment, artist Zuhair Al Saeed reflects on his relationship to the sea. A solo exhibition featuring painting, sculpture and found objects. Hours: Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm Exhibition last till: 17 November 2022

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Concept Migration and Cultural Shifts

17 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sa’ad al-Bazei - SAUDI ARABIA He is a Saudi critic, thinker, and translator with a PhD in English and American literature from Purdue University, where he wrote his dissertation on Orientalism in European Literature. He is an English comparative literature professor at King Saud University in Riyadh. He had previously served on the Shura Council in 2009. He was the editor-in-chief of several Saudi newspapers and a member of King Saud University’s Scientific Council. He was also the President of…

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Songs Made in Italy

20 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Alessandra Salerno Quartet - ITALY In collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Bahrain, The Sicilian soul singer Alessandra Salerno is famous for her unique and authentic genre, born from the fusion of folk music, jazz and gospel. Alessandra and her quartet, Francesco Leo (Piano), Manfredi Tumminello (Guitar), and Federico Guicciardo (Percussion), will lead the audience on a journey through the timeless Italian folk repertoire and its greatest songwriters’ pieces. These are immortal masterpieces that have made folk music a true…

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Between Memory and Event: How the Arab Collective Mind is Formed

24 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Taher Baraka - LEBANON Taher Baraka is a Lebanese media personality and broadcaster. At the Lebanese University, he studied media, literature, and Arabic. Before joining Al Arabiya more than a decade ago, he worked for a number of Lebanese and Arab media outlets and institutions. Taher was named Best Broadcaster at Beirut’s 4th Arab Media Festival.

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Society and Culture: Factors of Influencing and Building Cultural Identity

31 October @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ehab Bseiso - PALESTINE He is a Palestinian academic, poet, and architect with a BA in Architecture from Cardiff University in Wales, as well as MA and PhD degrees in International Media. He worked for a number of Arab and international media organizations as an academic advisor and media trainer. Between 2015 and 2019, he served as Palestinian Minister of Culture and is now the director of the Palestinian National Library. He published two books, “The Seagull of Narrow Space”…

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November 2022

Transition to Poetry

7 November @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Aisha Belhaj - MOROCCO Aisha Belhaj is a poet, journalist, and academic from Morocco. She is a political scientist with a PhD. She works in the media. Belhaj’s first poetry book, “A Wind Steals My Shadow,” was published in 2017 by the House of Poetry in Morocco, and her second, “The Kiss of Water,” was published in 2019 by the Egyptian Rawafed House, along with her collection “I Do Not Know this Woman.”

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Songs from the Beautiful Time

14 November @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Walaa al-Jundi - LEBANON Walaa al-Jundi is a singer from Lebanon. She studied music and is proficient on the lute. She is also known for her oriental singing. She rose to prominence after appearing on the third season of “The Voice.” She has many songs and takes part in numerous festivals and cultural seasons.

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The Latest Cosmic Discoveries and the State of Arab Astronomy

16 November @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nidal Kassum - ALGERIA Nidal Kassum is an Algerian astronomer. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego (United States). He spent long periods as a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also conducted research at several major scientific centres in the United States of America and France. Since 2000, Dr. Kassum has worked at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), where he has served as Head of Physics, Deputy Dean of…

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Child Rights Journalism in the Arab World

21 November @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nadine Nimri - JORDAN A Jordanian journalist who specializes in human rights reporting. She is particularly concerned with religious and minority freedoms in the Middle East, as well as gender, children’s rights, people with special needs, and opposition to the death penalty. Journalists for Human Rights and the Jordan Media Institute honored Nimri with the 2015 Human Rights Journalism Award. For the past 12 years, Nadine Nimri has worked in the print media.

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A Civil Society for Tunisia’s Old City Revival

28 November @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Laila bin Qasim - TUNISIA Laila bin Qasim, a Tunisian social entrepreneur, studied Biomedical Engineering at Boston University in the United States. She founded and runs Blue Fish Company and Dar Ben Qasim Hospitality. She has been involved in numerous cultural initiatives to revitalize Tunis and ensure its long-term development. She worked as a senior manager at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in Abu Dhabi, where she established the Sogha Foundation.

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December 2022

Opening: At the Edge

3 December @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This artist community generated project explores the significance of Bahrain’s coastline and its changes and development over time through the medium of photography, mixed media and installation. What does the sea (shore) represent beyond basic sustenance and real estate wealth, and how did our relationship with the sea change over time are some of the questions the artists seek to address. Saturday-Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm Exhibition last till 12 Jan 2023

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Creating Cognitive and Liberating Experiences and Narratives: the Exhibitions of the Palestinian Museum as a Model

5 December @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adela al-Aidi - PALESTINE Academic and writer with expertise in contemporary Arab thought, cultural practices, and Palestinian culture. She earned her MA in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. The Arab Council for Social Sciences also awarded her a postdoctoral research fellowship. Between 2006 and 2008, she was a Birzeit University professor. She has written numerous books and academic papers, and from 1996 until 2005 she served as director of…

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Why Does Poetry Fail its Fans?

12 December @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mahmoud Qarni - EGYPT Qarni, an Egyptian poet and writer, is regarded as one of the most prominent poets of the twentieth century in Arabic poetry. He has a Bachelor of Laws from Cairo University. He was a lawyer and a journalist who took part in many Arab and international poetry festivals. He wrote dozens of articles on poetry, politics, fiction, literary criticism, and the visual arts. Qarni was a member of several cultural institutions, including the Egyptian Writers Union,…

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Historical Novel Between Reality and Fiction

19 December @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Iman Yehia - EGYPT An Egyptian professor at Suez Canal University’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also a novelist, writer, and translator. He earned a doctorate in surgery from the Soviet Union after finishing his university studies at Mansoura University. He has a large number of translations from Russian and English. He also contributed to Egyptian and Arab newspapers with numerous articles. “The Writing with a Scalpel” and “The Mexican Wife” are his two novels. He contributes political articles to…

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Journalism and Stereotyping: Disavowing the School of Opinion and the Other Opinion

26 December @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mayssaloun Nassar - LEBANON Maysaloun Nassar is a Lebanese journalist and media personality who has worked as a host and presenter for France 24’s Arabic language channel since 2011. She studied economics at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. She worked for LBC, Al-Mustaqbal, Abu Dhabi, Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, and Al-Jazeera Documentary, among others.

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January 2023

Novel and Interpretation: What is it that Only a Novel Can Tell?

2 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Buthaina al-Eissa - KUWAIT Buthaina Al-Issa is a Kuwaiti novelist and writer who has been the director of Takween Publishing since 2016. She earned a master’s degree in business administration with a major in finance from Kuwait University’s College of Administrative Sciences. She is a member of the the Kuwait Writers Association as well as the Arab Internet Writers « :Union. She has written several novels, including «ارتطام »، « سعار »، « عروس المطر»، « تحت أقدام الأمهات »…

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Everything you See

9 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amin Haddad - EGYPT An Egyptian poet and engineer who graduated from the Faculty of Engineering’s Communications Department. So far, he has published nine poetry collections, the most recent of which is “What seemed to you,” published by Dar Shorouk in 2020. In 2011, he was awarded the Cavafy Prize for Literature. He also received the Cairo International Book Fair award in 2017 for his colloquial poetry collection, “Time Stolen Us.” In 2020, the Egyptian Al-Aragoz Festival honored him for…

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Fragile Beauty

10 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Prince Hussain Aga Khan - SWITZERLAND Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Prince Hussain Aga Khan now resides in France and works for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. After receiving his Master of Arts in International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2004, Prince Hussain assumed responsibility for the Aga Khan Foundation’s environmental programs. He is well-known for his passion for underwater photography and for capturing the most breathtaking images of marine life.

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Across the Mediterranean Concert

12 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Farrah Eldibany and the Pianist Jeff Cohen - EGYPT She is an opera singer who sings in the mezzo-soprano range. In 2005, she studied music science at the Conservatoire of Alexandria. She also earned a master’s degree in music from the Hans Isler Academy of German Music, where she completed her studies. The Berlin University of Technology granted her a Bachelor of Engineering. She participated in multiple operatic choirs. In September 2016, Farah joined the Paris Opera Academy and won…

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The Independence of the Intellectual

16 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mohamed Salmawy - EGYPT A writer and translator from Egypt who serves as both the Secretary General of the General Union of Arab Writers and Writers and as President of the Egyptian Writers Union. He graduated from the American University in Cairo with a master’s in mass communication. Salmawy held a number of positions, including English language and literature instructor at Cairo University’s Faculty of Arts, foreign affairs editor for Al-Ahram newspaper, undersecretary for external relations in the Ministry of…

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Iraq and Geo-Ideological Influence

23 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mustafa Fahs - LEBANON Mostafa Fahs earned an MA in Regional Studies with a thesis titled “The Doctrine of Place.” He holds a diploma in regional politics titled “Russia-Turkey- Iran and the Silk Road Corridors.” He holds a degree in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations in Moscow, titled “Russia’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” and is the President of the Hani Fahs Award for Dialogue and Pluralism.

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Wars of Enticement, the History of Conflict

30 January, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Khaled Al-Rashd - RUSSIA Khaled al-Rashd was born in Russia and is a Syrian-Russian journalist. He studied comparative religion and graduated from Moscow State University’s Institute of Asian and African Countries in 2002. Al-Rashd earned a master’s degree with distinction in 2004, and he currently hosts the Russia Today channel’s program “A Journey in Memory.”

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