Every year, Al Riwaq Art Space, a non-profit gallery and studio space in Adliya, hosts annual outdoor art market The Nest and, since inception, it has become one of the most important dates on the calendar for Bahrain’s emerging artists.
Essentially, “Al Riwaq attempts to capture the creativity and spirit of the Bahraini culture through public art and design,” says the gallery’s curator Hadeel Eltayeb. And that’s exactly what they do year-after-year.
Not only are the country’s up-and-coming artists discovered, but the streets of Adliya’s Block 338 are transformed through colourful and creative installations, graffiti and other examples of public street art. A bustling market emerges, with eclectic stalls selling all sorts of hand-crafted products – from jewellery to pudding in a jar – and a performance area is usually set up for musicians, film screenings, kids games and more.
“The Nest reflects and reveals our society, connecting people by sharing experiences and memories, encouraging pride, creativity and discussion.” That’s why this year’s event, which will run from November 24 to December 17, explores the way people and backgrounds are integrated, “to celebrate the cultural fusions found within Bahrain.”
The specially curated programme will include public art, workshops and pop-up events all within the theme of “Melting Pot” and, right now, the gallery is inviting artists, curators, speakers and instructors to be part of it.
If you have a creative passion and want to showcase your work, or you have a love of community-based events that bring different cultures together through one common understanding, then get in touch with the gallery and share your idea before Friday October 7.
Block 338, Adliya (17 717 441).
Four more Elements of The Nest
The festival is well-known for giving passionate foodies a space to tempt passersby with their culinary creations. Restaurants have spawned from this.
Often, musicians around the country get involved, performing regularly in the pop-up events that go on throughout the month-long festival.
Graffiti and installations
Throughout the year you’ll find examples of public art around Adliya, thanks to the artists involved.
Kids and adults
From photography to 3D printing (with a pen!), sketching to filmmaking, every year Al Riwaq has a well-organised programme of workshops.