Artists perform at the event
BAHRAIN’S Summer Festival began yesterday with a taste of tradition by the Mohammed bin Faris Band.
The band of elite artists and musicians, including distinguished members of folk music groups in Bahrain, performed various types of traditional local musical genres and songs.
The highlight of the opening was the ‘Fan Al Sout’, a distinctly Bahraini genre that recalls the island’s glorious fishing and pearling past, which enthralled the crowd that gathered at the Nakhool Tent at Arad Fort.
The 10th edition the two-month long festival has a line-up of rich multicultural and family-friendly programmes, which includes live performances, artistic activities and creative workshops.
The 2018 edition has a special flavour as it coincides with celebrations marking Muharraq as the Capital of Islamic Culture.
The festival will be held daily from 5pm until 9pm at the Nakhool Tent, except on Sundays. The iconic mascots of the tent, Nakhool and Nakhoola, will welcome families to a variety of activities and workshops until August 18.
Other highlights of the festival include the Interior Ministry’s Police Band and the Musicians Without Borders troupe which will perform at another tent set up at the vicinity of Arad Fort in Muharraq.
The festival will also host folkloric troupes from Egypt (Ridha Troupe) and Malaysia (Zabin), in addition to Yemeni traditional dancers.
Puppet shows, visual illusion tricks, Pinocchio shows from the US and two Morroccan plays – the comedy Maqamat Al Hamadhani and Boulailat (Family Man) are also on the calendar.
Children, including those with special needs, will be treated to a string of workshops that will hone their skills in colouring, drawing, sculpture, recycling, photography and music. The workshops will be held at the Cultural Hall in Manama. The festival is being organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca).