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Old December 25th, 2007, 05:06 AM   #1
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#COMPLETED-Manama: "NATIONAL THEATRE"

BD15m theatre project on way



By REBECCA TORR

A BD15 million multipurpose theatre is to be built in Bahrain, officials announced yesterday. The National Theatre Company of Bahrain will have a stage 18 metres wide and a capacity to seat 1,000 spectators on three levels.

The theatre, funded under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad, will overlook the lagoon beside the Bahrain National Museum in Manama.
A conceptual design for the project was launched by officials at the museum yesterday.

"The project started three or fours years ago, but had to be put on hold and the design is a development of the work that was done then," Works and Housing Ministry housing affairs special projects head Tony Robinson told a Press conference.

"The theatre will have a lobby that will accommodate displays and functions.

"The stage has an opening that is 18 metres wide, so it can accommodate orchestral events.

"The seating will be on three levels and disabled people will have access to the ground floor."

The Works and Housing Ministry has appointed UK-based Theatre Project Consultants, he said.

Construction on the theatre is expected to begin in June next year and will be completed by June 2010.

The opening will be planned to coincide with a visit by the World Heritage Committee, said Culture and National Heritage Assistant Under-Secretary Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Bahraini theatre specialist Kalthoom Amin said there was a huge demand for a theatre from actors and performers who wanted to showcase their talents.

"The theatre will also open its doors to groups from abroad and this will be a very good opportunity for actors in Bahrain to meet these people," noted Ms Amin.

She said the theatre was needed because the Cultural Hall struggled to provide all the lighting and facilities that were required by large groups, especially during the Spring of Culture festival.

"During the last year most of our events were house full and people had to go home because there were not enough seats for them, since the Cultural Hall has only 670 seats. So the new theatre will give them a chance," she said.

"There are about two to three theatre festivals in Bahrain and each lasts about 10 days, so there is a big need for the National Theatre Company.

"The Spring of Culture and International Music Festival will now be staged in this theatre."


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Old December 26th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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This is finally approved. i thought it was put off.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:51 PM   #3
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another picture from the Ministry of Works website:



http://www.works.gov.bh/default.asp?...article&id=491

According to the site, the project is going to be finished in June 2010.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #4
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About time.. My friend was saying just the same, while we were at the Majida el Roumi Spring of Culture event..
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Old May 4th, 2009, 07:37 AM   #5
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Only 1,000 spectators . Schools in Riyadh have a bigger capacity.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #6
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Hahaha really??! But the thing is can we consistantly fill it up if it were more?
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Old September 16th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #7
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From Gulf Weekly
Link: http://www.gulfweeklyworldwide.com/a...&Article=23118
PLANS are moving ahead to create a world-class theatre complex in Manama after a series of delays and postponements appeared to threaten the project.

The BD20 million project, funded by His Majesty King Hamad and set alongside the sea near the National Museum, is expected to be completed in time for the Unesco's World Heritage Committee's annual meeting that will be held in the kingdom in June 2011.

The National Theatre of Bahrain was conceived more than six years ago by Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, now Culture and Information Minister of Bahrain.

The site once staged a 'village' and attracted thousands of visitors to an annual Heritage Festival which is to be relocated to the surroundings of genuine villages and historic homes in the kingdom, official say.

It has been bulldozed clear to make way for the construction of the new iconic cultural complex which will start next spring.

The Ministry of Information's strategic planning advisor, Manar Moh'd Sirriyeh, said that the theatre will be a landmark building that all citizens of the kingdom can look forward to with pride.

She said: 'The National Theatre is one of Shaikha Mai's dream projects. Her ambition is to accommodate and host international activities and big events in Bahrain.

'We don't have such a space now. Work is now on a very solid footing and we are at the stage of finalising key drawings. We are expecting to start work onsite by March-April next year.

'The architects have thought of it to be like a jewel ... there is a very nice foyer as you enter the building that reflects the modern-style architecture. The theatre will be built to international specifications and is designed to accommodate all activities that are related to music and theatre.

'It will be another landmark building in Bahrain.'

Discussions are taking place to hire an experienced manager for the theatre so that a trained Bahraini team can be ready and in place to make it operational from 2011.



The National Theatre of Bahrain has been designed by architects of the AS. Architecture Studio in Paris.

Architect Roue•da Ayache who has been working closely on the project said that the design of the National Theatre of Bahrain was inspired from the horizontal seascape of the kingdom.

She said that the architecture of the 10,370 sq/m National Theatre aims to complement harmoniously the site of the National Museum, thus setting a cohesive cultural district. She added: 'The main feature of the building is a stretched horizontal canopy from which emerges the main auditorium, as an island.

'The canopy is a woven aluminium structure that shades the building and its large apron overlooking the lagoon. The play of light and shadow created by the canopy echoes the glittering surface of the sea. The design of the canopy is very modern but in the same time inspired from the traditional woven ceilings that one can see in the beautiful heritage houses of Bahrain.

'The main auditorium is a focus point for the whole site: a golden shell that represents the inner world of the theatre. The golden shell is designed as a singular sculptured object, both mysterious and attractive.'

The National Theatre of Bahrain has been designed on modern lines and will seat 1,000 people. There will also be another multi-purpose theatre hall that will accommodate 300.

The stage is designed to accommodate all activities related to music and theatre including an orchestra of up to 60 musicians. All the audience seats are identical and the chairs in the front rows can be lowered to enlarge the stage.

The project is mainly designed as a theatre with variable acoustics. Acoustic devices will enable to turn it into a concert hall or an auditorium. Even the seating fabric on the planned comfortable armchairs will have an acoustic absorption role.

The design includes two green rooms as well as other facilities such as a big artists' foyer and artists' changing rooms.

The project is a team effort that has Atkins as the local consultants, project surveyors from the Ministry of Works special projects department and finally the construction company who are in the process of being contracted.

Architect Roue•da Ayache said that the location, next to the sea, has added to the concept of the design. She said: 'When we first visited Bahrain, just before starting the design of the National Theatre, we much appreciated the horizontal stretched landscape of the island, where the transition between earth and water is very smooth.

'It gave us an impression of great intimacy between the land and the sea. 'Bahrain', the two seas, the name of the kingdom sounds very poetic to us. We wanted the building to express the serenity of Bahrain's landscape where the sea and the land meet in a graceful harmony.

'The Bahrain National Theatre is designed to be at the meeting point between the land and the sea. The golden shell is anchored in the earth, while the light canopy is floating over the water.'

Describing what visitors can expect as they pass through the grand foyer and the architects vision for the ultimate visitor experience, Roue•da added: 'Shaded by the canopy, the grand foyer is a vast transparent volume that reveals the golden shell from outside and provides from inside a beautiful view of the lagoon and the sea.

'It is designed as a flexible space which could host several types of cultural events, for instance, temporary art installations.

'The grand foyer features the main auditorium golden shell where the visitor experiences the introverted world of the theatre that is focused on the stage. The main auditorium is designed internally as one continuous volume smoothly curved to provide ideal acoustics and stage vision.

'It integrates the two balconies and the ceiling in an organic shape that contrasts with the orthogonal geometry of the foyer and the rectangular horizontal canopy. The auditorium internal volume is made of wood, a warm and noble material, shaped and mounted as for a boat, reinterpreting in a modern expression, the Bahraini historical 'know how' in boat construction.'

Roue•da, originally from Beirut, is a partner at the Architecture-Studio that brings together a core of partners, architects, urban designers and interior designers in offices in Paris, Shanghai and Beijing.

The team of architects have been involved in realising several projects in Europe, China and Middle East such as the European Parliament of Strasbourg, France, Science and Technique Park in Chongqing, China and the King Abdullah Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

As for the former heritage festival which was staged on the site, the new theatre backers believe that the event can prosper by being relocated around genuine Bahraini villages and historic buildings.

Manar Moh'd Sirriyeh explained that the Heritage Village was 'fake' and was officially built as a 'one-off' attraction around 18 years ago. It then became the site of an annual event.

She said: 'It is a stage set up so we have not demolished anything historical. We don't want people to think that this was some kind of heritage of Bahrain. In fact, we want to introduce people to true traditional Bahraini villages.'
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Old September 16th, 2009, 10:02 PM   #8
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Good news, but I think it should be able to seat more than 2000 at least, or be built in a way to facilitate future expansion.

The Spring and Summer festivals proved that we need a big theatre. I didn't go to any of the Summer festival attractions because I was sure I wouldn't get a seat and I bet thousands of people had the same concerns so they abstained from going yet the performances where packed.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 06:36 AM   #9
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يقع شمال بحيرة المتحف الوطني بمساحة 11.869 متراً مربعاً
الأشغال تطرح قريباً مناقصة مشروع لإنشاء المسرح الوطني


تطرح وزارة الأشغال خلال الأيام القادمة مناقصة مشروع المسرح الوطني والذي سيكون معلماً حضارياً بارزاً في مملكة البحرين وعلى مستوى المنطقة.
وسيتم دعوة المقاولين المصنفين كفئة (AA) لأعمال القائمة المعتمدة في وزارة الأشغال، بالإضافة إلى توقيع العقد معهم ومن المقرر إنشاء المشروع شمال بحيرة المتحف الوطني على مساحة قدرها 11,869 متراً مربعاً.
ويتجلى الهدف من إنشاء المشروع في استخدامه خلال المناسبات المحلية والعالمية المختلفة من عروض موسيقية وثقافية وغيرها، حيث روعي في التصميم أن تتسع القاعة الرئيسية للمسرح لجمهور يصل إلى 1000 متفرج .
أما فيما يتعلق بمنصة (خشبة) المسرح، فإن تصميمها من شأنه أن يتيح المجال أمام استضافة مختلف أنواع الحفلات الموسيقية، كالأوركسترا، وأنماط أخرى من العروض الموسيقية، إلى جانب ذلك، فسوف يتم بناء قاعة أخرى تتسع لمائة شخص، سيتم تخصيصها لأغراض التدريب وتغطية المناسبات البسيطة واستضافة ورش العمل المختلفة.
وتمّ تصميم مدخل المسرح بحيث يخدم عدة أغراض إلى جانب الدور الذي يلعبه كاستراحة واسعة تعتبر كنقطة تجمّع للجمهور قبل بدء العروض المختلفة داخل قاعات العرض، كما سيكون هناك مطعم (كافيتريا) متصل بقاعة الاستراحة. وتشتمل المرافق الثانوية الأخرى على غرف تبديل للفنانين وغرف لتخزين الأدوات.
وسيجهز المسرح بأحدث أنظمة وتجهيزات الإضاءة والصوت والأنظمة البصرية ذات التقنية العالية. أما فيما يتعلق بالتجهيزات الأخرى، فسوف تكون هناك مواقف للسيارات تتسع لـ 280 سيارة، إلى جانب المواقف الحالية لمتحف البحرين الوطني. هذا إلى جانب الأعمال الأخرى كتطوير واجهة بحيرة المتحف وأعمال التشجير والتزيين.
وتجدر الإشارة إلى أنّ أعمال التصميم العمراني قد أوكلت إلى الشركة الفرنسية Architecture Studio فيما يتولى مهمة الإشراف على المشروع W.S Atkins and Partners Overseas. ومن المقرر أن يبدأ العمل على المشروع في شهر يونيو من العام الجاري وينتهي خلال فترة زمنية تصل إلى سنتين.
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I think you should visit this website >>> www.investinginculture.bh
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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #11
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Thanks for the link! The website actually shows a wealth of projects. apparently this theater will e the first one to be tendered out. They don't seem to be all successful designs to me though. Some are bit dull. and others just annoyingly outrageous like Hadid's museum: just another hadid building.
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Old March 16th, 2010, 02:03 AM   #12
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Al Ayam..

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يبدأ بناء المسرح الوطني إبريل المقبل
اعلنت الوزيرة «إن مشروع المسرح الوطني الواقع بالقرب من متحف البحرين الوطني جارٍ العمل فيه برغبة من جلالة الملك في دعم مشاريع الاستثمار في الثقافة وسيكون جاهزا في العام 2012 وان الحلم سيصبح حقيقة بتحول المنطقة المحيطة بمتحف البحرين الوطني الى مجمع ثقافي يضم المسرح الوطني والمركز الاقليمي العربي للتراث العالمي، علما بان مملكة البحرين هي البلد العربي الوحيد الذي استضاف هذا المركز والذي سيعمل على خدمة المهتمين في مجال الآثار والتراث وتدريبهم بعد ان حظيت مملكة البحرين بموافقة منظمة اليونيسكو على احتضانه وان يكون عملها في هذا المجال نموذجا مميزا مقارنة بالمركز الوحيد في العالم الذي تحتضنه الصين.
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Old April 11th, 2010, 02:55 AM   #13
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That external area will be great to be after presentations.

The design its self isn't my favorite kind of of but its volume and transition between inside and outside is just fine.

A great project is the one who fits its users needs.

Tks for posting.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 06:43 PM   #14
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16.2 Million Dinars tender for the National Theatre

16.2 مليون دينار لانشاء المسرح الوطني
الوسط - حسن الصائغ

فتح مجلس المناقصات، المسئول عن مراقبة العطاءات الحكومية، في جلسته الأسبوعية، أمس (الخميس) 113 عطاء لنحو 23 مناقصة حكومية؛ إذ فتح لوزارة الأشغال 3 مناقصات أكبرها لمشروع إنشاء مبنى المسرح الوطني بمبلغ 16.2 مليون دينار،
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Hi-tech amphitheatre 'a beacon of culture'



MANAMA: A state-of-the-art amphitheatre serving as a beacon of culture is to be built in Bahrain. His Majesty King Hamad yesterday officially launched the landmark Bahrain National Amphitheatre project in the presence of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The Culture and Information Ministry organised the event at Bahrain National Museum.

His Majesty was welcomed by Culture and Information Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa and Under-Secretary Dr Isa Amin. Present were Shura Council chairman Ali Saleh Al Saleh, ministers, ambassadors, senior officials and guests.

His Majesty pressed a button signalling the launch of the project. He watched a documentary film and was briefed on the project. Three plays were also staged marking His Majesty's visit to the museum to give the go-ahead for the project. The King said the iconic scheme was a landmark monument on the path of cultural modernisation and development in Bahrain.

"We lay the foundation stone for the amphitheatre to be a key pillar of cultural momentum," he said, describing the project as a gift to people who deserve landmark achievements meeting their aspirations.

Designed according to world architectural standards, the amphitheatre will cover 86,911sqm, north of the museum lake, and comprises a state-of-the-art main auditorium capable of accommodating 1,000 people.

The project is expected to be complete in 2012 to mark Manama as Arab Culture Capital. The opening will also be held as Bahrain celebrates two other global events. In 2011, the kingdom will host the World Heritage Committee, an offshoot of the Paris-based Unesco. It will also be declared Capital of Arab Tourism for 2013.His Majesty later toured an art exhibition by Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa being held at the museum and hailed Bahrain's cultural dynamism and intellectual creativity.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 03:56 AM   #16
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So its an (open air?) amphitheater now? I thought it was a conventional theatre complex...maybe its a mistake by the press ...
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Could be just an error, don't know if it is technically possible to have an Audiotorium in an Amphitheatre.
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No its still a theatre
http://www.akhbar-alkhaleej.com/#!392027
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19 July 2010
The Ministry of Works yesterday signed a contract with a Cypriot contracting company for the building of the Bahrain National Theatre.

Minister of Works Fahmi bin Ali Al Jowdar, who signed the agreement on behalf of the ministry, affirmed that work on the theatre will begin soon and will be completed by July 2012. He explained that this is to coincide with Bahrain being named the Arab Capital of Culture for 2012.

The minister added that the building of the National Theatre is now set to begin following the laying of the foundation stone by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on June 30.

The theatre is being constructed north of the Bahrain National Museum on an area of around 11,869 square metres and at an estimated total cost of BD16.2 million.

Al Jowdar explained that the building has been designed in a similar manner to many major theatres around the world and will contain various multi-purpose halls and facilities, as well as a main auditorium of 1,000 seats, a flexible auditorium of 150 seats and an exhibition area.

The designs for the building were made by the French architectural firm Architecture Studio.

Following the signing of the contract, the minister yesterday thanked the Tender Board for its work and its cooperation with the ministry on this and numerous other projects.

© Bahrain Tribune 2010
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Bahrain National Theatre to be ready next year
Manama: Thu, 03 Feb 2011

Bahrain’s National Theatre project, a cultural landmark in the Kingdom, is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

Minister of Works Essam Khalaf and Culture and Information Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa today visited the National Theatre site.

During the visit, Khalaf explained that the BD15 million ($39.78 million) project will be an integrated cultural centre, to be located north of Bahrain National Museum Lake and cover an area of 11,869 sq m.

‘The National Theatre is expected to attract a great deal of attention and encouragement and support from all top officials in the Kingdom, and will form the foundation for the upcoming celebration of Bahrain as the Arab Cultural Capital in 2011 and also as the Capital of Tourism in 2013,’ said Shaikha Mai. – TradeArabia News Service



Link:http://www.tradearabia.com/news/CONS_192935.html
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