In celebration of ‘Manama Gulf Capital of Tourism 2016’, the traditional souks of Bahrain will witness the launch of ‘Hurafuna Handicrafts Festival’ aimed at showcasing the Kingdom’s rich heritage by exposing visitors to the traditional open markets of Bahrain.
Bab Al Bahrain in Souk Manama will host the ten-day festival launching on March 31st and running until April 9th.
“The Kingdom of Bahrain is not only an ideal tourist destination, but a cosmopolitan city and a major commercial hub in the region. This year our focus is centred on promoting the Kingdom through the calendar of events held under the umbrella of ‘Manama Gulf Capital of Tourism 2016’,” said Shaikh Khaled Bin Humood Al Khalifa, Acting Chief Executive of the Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority.
“During the festival, the souq will be decorated and lit up to create a vibrant atmosphere, adding to the shopping experience. The aim of the festival is to revive the allure of the old city and traditional bazaars while showcasing the traditional handicrafts,” he said.
“The Hurafuna Handicrafts Festival will showcase the local handmade goods that Bahrain is known for, showcasing traditional crafts that have been handed down through generations. Visitors will be invited to take an enjoyable journey into the history of Bahraini craftsmanship, as stalls will be erected in Manama Souk to promote local handicrafts including basket weaving, production of traditional musical instruments and wooden boxes, pottery making, ship building and much more,” he added.
The festival will also include live performance by traditional Bahraini bands. The event will run daily from 4pm to 10pm and it will be open to the public free of charge.