Bahrain heritage festival opens
Manama, April 25, 2013
The 21st Heritage Festival featuring the different cultural and historical combinations of Bahraini society opened in Manama last night (April 24).
Top officials, diplomats and guests attended the opening of the week-long event, which is being held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad.
The King delegated Deputy Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa to inaugurate the festival, which will run until May 1.
This year's festival celebrates traditional cafes, digging deep into Bahrainis' fond memories of olden times.
Shaikh Mohammed hailed Culture Minister Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa and all those involved for their efforts to revive Bahrain's centuries-old heritage.
The Culture Ministry, which is organising the festival, said the newly-revamped area is a perfect venue to host celebrations of the country's heritage.
Shaikha Mai thanked the King for patronising the festival, hailing his keenness to promote culture and tourism in Manama, Capital of Arab Tourism 2013. She also thanked the Deputy Premier for opening the festival.
"The old 'Gahwas' were not simply a daily social gatherings spaces, where spontaneous social or political discussions were held on a daily basis, but also a place where intangible heritage is deeply anchored in the collective memories of a whole generation of Bahrainis," said an organiser.
"In fact, this year's festival caresses different cultural and historical combinations of Bahraini society, by inviting the memories of place and by awakening our senses."
The ministry also launched a phone application showcasing a digital map of the iconic Bab Al Bahrain. – TradeArabia News Service