Bio Sabina Antonini since 1984 has taken part, in Yemen, in archaeological surveys and excavations of prehistoric sites in Khawlān al-Ṭiyāl and Ramlat al-Sabʿatayn, and of South Arabian sites, including Yalā, Tamnaʿ, Ḥayd ibn ʿAqīl, and Barāqish. She has contributed to archaeological campaigns in Saudi Arabia (Najran) and Ethiopia (Tigray) in collaboration with a French Archaeological Mission. She is the author of numerous monographs and articles on South Arabian Archaeology and Art History. She obtained a BA in Greek and Roman Antiquities at the University of Perugia (Italy), and a PhD in Archaeology and Art History of the Near East at the University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy). Synopsis The South…
“Step Afrika!” in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America. Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe. Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for…
Traditional Kuwaiti Music
Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al-Ibrahim. A Sheikhdom Without Guards: Glimpses from the History of Relations between the Sheikhdoms of Al-Zubayr and Kuwait.
Bio Abdul Rahman Muhammad Al Ibrahim is a researcher in the history of the Gulf, and he holds a PhD from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. Synopsis The history of the Gulf in general still has aspects and angles that were not given enough scientific research, astound example of such oblivion, is the relationship of the sheikhdoms that prevailed and vanished with others. The lecture explores that part of history scarcely discussed. The sheikhdom of Al-Zubair al-Najdiyah in southern Iraq was not given enough historical analysis and criticism. Despite its influential economic, political, cultural and legal role in the history of…
Theatre: Mother Courage
Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and One World Actors Centre present “Mother Courage” by the German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht. The play is produced by Hamad al-Jenaie and Laila al-Qadhi, adapted and Directed by Alison Shan Price. ‘Mother Courage and her Children’ was written in 1939 by Brecht in a direct attempt to counter the rise of Fascism in Germany at that time and is considered to be one of the world’s greatest anti-war plays. The plot is set in the time of the 20 years old war between 1624 and 1636. Anna Fierling, who is called Mother Courage, and her children travel with the Sweden army during the war and…
Jamshid Tehrani. Stories Without Borders: Following the tracks of international folktales
Bio Jamshid Tehrani is a Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Durham University (UK) and member of the Durham Cultural Evolution Research Centre (DCERC). His research examines how culture evolves as it gets transmitted from person to person and from generation to generation, with a special focus on popular narratives, such as traditional folktales, urban legends and modern day conspiracy theories. Stories without borders: following the tracks of international folktales Some folktales remain forever rooted in particular times and places, whereas others travel widely, spreading across regions, countries and even entire continents. These stories without borders are known as “international types of folktale” and include such tales as Cinderella, Little…
Piano 4 Hands
A musical evening entitled “Piano 4 Hands” presented by the Maxime Zecchini and David Bismuth in collaboration with the French Embassy. Born in Paris, Maxime Zecchini has played in the Carnegie Hall of New York in 2022. Maxime Zecchini is the first French pianist to receive a degree from the prestigious “Incontri col Maestro Academy” in Imola (Italy). Maxime Zecchini is laureate from the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet foundation for the Vocation, as well as further awards from the Meyer Foundation. He has the label “Mission Ministérielle du Centenaire” and was also supported by the Bru Zane Foundation of Venice. David Bismuth Designated by Pianiste magazine as one of the ten most…
Classical Piano Music
Book Club, Silence is a Sense
Silence is a Sense. The sessions are organised by Dr. Hanan Mudhafar.
“One Small Visit” with Dr Anisha Abraham
This is a story of Anisha’s family and their visit with Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s family, shortly after his historic moon walk. One Small Visit is an award-winning short film (30 minutes) that tells the “true story of an immigrant Indian family who unexpectedly passes through the tiny Ohio hometown of Neil Armstrong in the wake of the ’69 moon landing and the civil rights movement and ends up on the Armstrong’s doorstep.” Dr Anisha Abraham, just months old during the visit, will attend and answer questions after the showing.