Al Banki Cultural Personality of the Year Award
During ceremony held by the Ministry of Culture yesterday ( 30th March 2014), Artist Khalid Al Muharraqi was honoured with the Mohammed Al Banki Cultural Personality of the Year Award. H.E Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Culture presented the hounour award to Mr. Al Muharraqi during a ceremony at the Culture Ministry’s stand at the 16th Bahrain International Book Fair. Artist Abdulla Al Muharraqi, Dr Salah Fadhl and Dr Yahiya Al Jamal from Egypt, and family members of former culture under-secretary Mohammed Al Banki were present.
The aim of the contest is to attract the greatest number of Arab intellectuals to come together and expose their exceptional experiences in literature and arts. H.E Minister of Culture said that the memory of Al-Banki is still vivid, and that she is pleased to see how Bahraini youths are attached to the intellectual principles set by the deceased. The Minister of Culture said “ Al-Banki is still present among us, the cultural journey has never stooped since his death, the dream still lives on and will continue; last year we habd Omar Al Qattan, winner of Cinema Excellence Award, and this year Khalid Al-Muharraqi reaches to the world”.
year Khalid Al-Muharraqi, for his part, expressed his deep appreciation and thanks to the Minister of Culture and the committee for selecting him as a Winner of Mohammed Al Banki Cultural Personality of the Year Award, praising the talented and exceptional programs advocated by the Ministry for the Bahraini youth. Al-Muharrqi said “ I come from his environment, graduated from his school of thought and I will continue to contribute to Bahrain’s glory”.
Dr. Salah Fadhel, also praised the deceased’s efforts, arguing that he was his mentor and M.A supervisor, thanking the Ministry of Culture for the Award, which is aimed at commemorating Mohammed al-Banki. The idea is to encourage intellectuals, researchers, artists, creative cultural figures to come with inventive ideas regarding the visionary perspectives of culture in the Arab world, he argued.
Al-Banki family members regained some of the beautiful and bright memories and ideas advanced by the deceased, his role in developing cultural projects, his wide visions for a glorious Bahraini culture, hoping for the continuation of his journey.