Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Nest outdoor art market opens in Bahrain

The Nest 2017, an annual outdoor art market in Bahrain, will open today (November 16) in Block 338, Adliya.

The Nest, organised by Al Riwaq Art Space in partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and Tamkeen, has grown in popularity amongst artists to become one of the most important events on Bahrain’s arts calendar.

The event comes as part of the BTEA’s long term strategy, which contributes towards the kingdom’s economy and the 2030 Economic Vision, a statement said.

During a press conference held yesterday, BTEA Chief Executive Officer Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa stated: “This event aims to revitalise the tourism sector and attract both Bahraini visitors and tourists from the GCC countries and beyond.”

“The BTEA appreciates Al Riwaq Art Space’s efforts which contribute towards further positioning the kingdom as the centre for family tourism across the region by launching various festivals and events as well as providing a unique experience to visitors of all ages. This will contribute towards further strengthening the position of the Kingdom as an ideal tourist destination for families,” he added.

Al Riwaq Art Space Director Bayan Kanoo said: “Al Riwaq Art Space aims to revive the artistic and creative spirit of Bahrain’s culture through various areas of art, including design, culinary art and more.”

Bayan Kanoo also expressed her happiness in launching The Nest 2017 which supports the growing artistic movement in Bahrain and helps drive a more spontaneous approach to art.

“Appeal” is the title of a new visual project of Al Riwaq Art Space Initiatives, which aims to support creativity and artistic production to enrich the Bahraini cultural landscape and connect it to its counterparts in the world. The project is an extension of the ongoing activities of the gallery to explore the public spaces and the integration of visual arts in these areas of activities.

Additionally, this year's event aims to utilise the vital energy of the public space to produce works of art designed to adapt to the specific nature of this space by inviting a group of professional artists residing in Bahrain and abroad to share creative visions, and produce independent or collaborative works.

The events happening at the market will be held during the weekends; Thursdays from 5 pm to 11 pm, Fridays from 3 pm to 11 pm, and Saturdays from 3 pm to 9 pm. A musical event will be held at 8 pm every Thursday. The artist talk sessions will be held between 4 pm and 7 pm every Saturday.

Through its participation, Tamkeen continues to support initiatives that aim to achieve prosperity for the national economy and enhance the role of the private sector as a main economic driver, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service

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