Bahrain WTC to feature in national celebrations
Manama, December 14, 2009
The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) will be featured in a multi-media projection show celebrating the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad’s succession to the throne.
The twin towers, located directly behind the performance venue on the King Faisal Highway Corniche, will form the canvas for a series of events and shows, including a multi-media show and several dancing performances spread across nine stages.
The events will run from 7 pm on December 17.
The nine-stage extravaganza of performing arts brings together an array of professional dancers from Egypt, Syria and Bahrain to share the Kingdom’s story, marking His Majesty King Hamad’s succession to the throne on December 17, and Bahrain’s National Day on December 16.
The series of short presentations will reflect the history of Bahrain since the Sumerian civilization through the Assyrian, Babylonian, Dilmun, Hellenistic, pre-Islam and the Islamic era in addition to the periods of the Persian and Portuguese occupation.
Overseeing the extensive show is Waleed Awny, artistic director of the Egyptian Modern Dance Company, who hails from Lebanon and has been responsible for many acclaimed performances throughout the region.
Italian projection artist Fernando Toma will produce the spectacle, using moving image projections to change perceptions of spaces and building facades.
“It is only fitting that BWTC should act as a canvas and backdrop for His Majesty’s 10th anniversary celebrations, being an iconic landmark of the Kingdom,” said Bob Addison, director of DTZ, BWTC’s managing and leasing agents.
“The public will see pictures and moving images projected directly onto the building’s frontage, and the international light projection talent employed in this show will make sure it is in a way they have never seen before,” he added.
“Additional lighting will also be used to highlight the turbine bridges, providing the crowd with a spectacular view of the turbines as they rotate during the show. BWTC is proud to be the first in Bahrain to benefit from such unique equipment, of which there are only 15 – 20 of in the world.”
Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture and Information, said: “We felt that to celebrate this momentous occasion, something truly spectacular was in order, and therefore the technology used in the show has been specially imported from Italy, and is pioneering in the Kingdom.”
“It is truly a spectacle not to be missed, we lend our full support to this show and encourage the public to attend to celebrate 10 years of King Hamad’s rule,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service