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Bahrain Annual Heritage Village Festival kick-starts

The 26th edition of Bahrain Annual Heritage Village has kick-started in Bahrain today. Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the festival has been unveiled at its new location near Arad Fort, in the special functions tent, and its associated Heritage Village.

Held under the theme ‘Muharraq Memory’, the event will continue to run until 5th May and will feature programmes by Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, depicting Bahrain’s folkloric heritage that represents Muharraq.

This year’s festival forms part of BACA’s programme to celebrate Muharraq as ‘Capital of Islamic Culture 2018’.

The Bahrain Heritage Festival gained worldwide reputation since its launch in 1992. With the gracious presence of His Majesty King Hamad, the festival is a genuine reflection of the King’s personal interest in reviving Bahrain’s genuine, ancient heritage and in protecting from being marginalized.

The festival presents Bahraini and Arab traditions which reflect the keenness of HH to patronize the event so as to preserve the rich heritage for future generations.
The festival is an opportunity to view some of the Bahrain’s finest craftsmen working their includes basket-weaving, handicrafts, pottery, and you get to hear traditional Bahraini music too.

Every year the visitors are mesmerized by the exhibits pertaining to Bahraini tradition and culture, which includes items on falconry, pearl diving and other aspects of domestic life, including a completely decorated wedding room.

The Ministry of Culture, under the directives of His Majesty King Hamad, has lined up several rich programmes to celebrate this annual festival. The stands showcase pearl-related functions, including folklore pearling songs in addition to pearl piercing skills, and the festival also features educational shows for children, highlighting divers’ lifestyles, and exhibits exquisite creations that you will find ranging from wood, paper products, iron, jewellery to embroidered and crocheted goods and artistic Arabic calligraphy.

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