Over the past five decades, the Kingdom of Bahrain has witnessed a cultural renaissance that caught the attention of the world, and made it a regional and global centre for cultural production.
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The late His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa led the process, and thanks to his chairmanship of the government, the official cultural work witnessed a boom, becoming, during his tenure, a tributary to sustainable development, a means to cement the national identity and a bridge to inform peoples about Bahrain and its civilisational gains.
As a result, the cultural movement in Bahrain nowadays is characterised by several aspects, including the inauguration of cultural monuments, the completion of urban and historical preservation projects, and the regular organisation of cultural seasons.
Over the past years, the late HRH Prince Khalifa’s efforts and achievements have paid off, as they have earned him the acclaim of countries and international organisations, especially the United Nations and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), whose flag was flown at half-mast at its headquarters in Paris as an expression of sympathy with the Kingdom over the passing of HRH Prince Khalifa.
The late HRH Prince Khalifa played a major role in promoting the kingdom internationally through various initiatives in many fields, including the establishment of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH) as a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. He supported the establishment of the ARC-WH, whose launch was announced during his visit to UNESCO’s premises in 2009.
The UN also approved the late HRH Prince Khalifa’s initiative to mark the International Day of Conscience every April 5, in recognition of his visions and deep commitment to its mission and goals.
The late HRH Prince Khalifa was also granted the 2009 UNESCO Avicenna Gold Medal in recognition of his interest in heritage and culture.
The late HRH Prince Khalifa was a strong advocate of the fine art movement, as reflected in his support for and patronage of the Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition since 1972.
The late HRH Prince Khalifa was also interested in the literary movement in the kingdom, BACA said, citing his constant patronage of the Bahrain International Book Fair.
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