Bahrain music hall gets Alba donation
Manama, February 26, 2012
Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has donated BD431,088 (1.14 million) towards the construction of the bin Fares Performance Hall in Muharraq.
The proposed hall will provide a platform for traditional bahraini music and a venue for local music groups and bands to hold concerts.
It has been planned as an extension of the existing Mohammed bin Faris Sut Music House and will be dedicated to the memory of Mohammed bin Fares, a major proponent of the sut music that originated in the Gulf.
The amount, payable over two years, is part of the company’s support of the growth and development of performance arts.
Alba chairman Mahmood Al Kooheji presented a cheque for the first instalment of BD215,544 to Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa in the presence of investor and public relations manager Eline Hilal and the program cultural manager Ezmerelda Kabbani.
Commenting on Alba’s support, Al Kooheji said: “As a Bahraini company, we are highly proud of the rich cultural heritage that has shaped the life of our nation, and are committed in every possible way to support initiatives that would promote cultural activities in the kingdom."
"We are delighted with the Sheikh Ibrahim Center for Culture & Research decision to set-up a dedicated performance hall for promoting traditional Bahraini music, and are confident that it will generate interest in this form of music and create new fans amongst the younger generation," he added.-TradeArabia News Service