More than 20 communities will be represented through 16 cultural performances and more than 200 market stalls at the fifth Bahrain For All festival at Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park in Hidd on 29 April, 2016. This year’s event, the largest to date, is expected to draw more than 50,000 visitors with the aim of strengthening solidarity among all the Kingdom’s residents, expatriates and locals alike. The event’s headliners are Bahraini rap and hip hop artist The Mystro (Hamed Al Fardan), and the critically acclaimed DJ Outlaw, along with Flipperachi and Kuwaiti star Daffy. The show will be emceed by internationally renowned comedic talent, Waddah Swar.
The event’s ethos, ‘Bahrain for all, all for Bahrain’, celebrates the cultural diversity in Bahrain, and brings people from all communities together for a day of fun and activities. The event has been held twice a year since 2013, and has become bigger every time, explained organiser Nivedita Dhadphale.
“The event fosters a spirit of togetherness among all Bahrain’s communities, including the locals and the various expatriate populations,” said Ms. Dhadphale. “It’s a joint effort that wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of all the clubs and embassies that are supporting it. We are excited to have new performers and sellers added to this year’s line up, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Everyone is welcome to this free family event which will celebrate Bahrain’s unity in diversity.”
This year’s programme lineup includes cultural performances by the Nepalese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Egyptian, Jordanian, Filipino, Pakistani, Sudanese, and Palestinian communities. In addition to market stalls, which will sell a range of products such as food, clothes, jewelry and handmade goods, 10 embassies will be present to showcase their countries’ culture and heritage. Discover Islam and Alliance Francaise will also offer information about their services, while an artists’ corner will feature locally produced art for sale. Specially allocated kids’ areas will offer face painting, henna, balloon twisters, and colouring stations. Shuttle services will be provided from participating clubs’ premises to the venue and back.
The event’s sponsors include Platinum sponsor Media Beach; Gold sponsors Manama Printers and Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets; and Silver sponsors Novotel Al Dana Resort Bahrain, Kouponer, and Aqua Cool. The media partners are Gulf Daily News, Al Ayam, Al Bilad, Daily Tribune, Gulf Weekly and Bahrain This Week.