Launched in 2009, Ta’a Al Shabab meaning ‘come on youth’ is one of the major annual cultural events in the Kingdom. Ta’a Al Shabab aims at promoting the culture of hope and tolerance to narrow the gap between ideas as well as create more knowledge and interaction among the youth. This year, the event was inaugurated at the Bahrain Fort on 1st September in the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities. In its seventh consecutive year, the festival promotes the theme, ‘Rebuilding, Education and Restoration’. It includes seven parts dedicated to the arts, literature and culture of Bahrain. The ‘Nine Initiatives’ of Ta’a al- Shabab this year will be– ‘We all Read’, which will highlight active reading and pursuit of knowledge, ‘Darayesh’, will focus on various aspects of architecture and the culture of places and memories, ‘Tashkeel’, will focus on fine arts as a tool for communication and expression, and ‘Technique’, will deal with the effects of modern technology and communication channels. The ‘Premiere’ initiative this year will address the art of movie making and the cinema industry, ‘Hayat’ will concentrate on healthy life style and sports, the ‘Harmony’ initiative is all about beautiful musical performances, and the ‘Theater’ initiative aims at the development and promotion of different forms of theatrical performances. Last but not the least, ‘Hafawa’, will be a tribute to legacies of late intellectual luminaries from the Arab World. The festival that will run from September 01 – 19, will also honour its founder, the late Mohammed Al-Banki whose aim was to engage youth in 
cultural activities.