Thursday 4th May 2017
Manama, Apr. 5 (BNA): The 25th edition of the Bahrain Heritage Festival got underway today.
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa deputized His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to inaugurate the event, being held at the Bahrain FortThe Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) is holding the annual event under the theme “Springs’ Tales”.
HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa expressed delight at opening the festival, on behalf of HM the King, as it celebrates its silver jubilee.
He paid tribute to HM the King for his personal keenness on the festival since its inception in 1992, stressing the importance of the royal support in turning the event into an iconic cultural milestone which epitomizes Bahraini identity and rich human heritage.
He congratulated BACA President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa for the constant success of the festival which, he said, played a crucial role in cementing the spirit of belonging and Bahraini identity pride and bolstering generational appreciation of national cultural and civilizational legacy in Bahrain.
He lauded the 2017 edition, being held under the theme “Springs’ Tales”, hailing the organisers’ keenness on reviving Bahrain’s popular heritage linked to springs and social customs which left their imprint on people’s daily life.
“The festival showcases artworks and traditional crafts which portray natural springs, agrarian villages and workshops which target youngsters”, he said.
HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa toured different sections of the festival and traditional suq.
BACA President paid tribute to HM the King for his keenness on valuing Bahrain’s longstanding heritage, hailing the royal patronage of the annual festival as reflecting a wise vision to promote Bahrain’s culture.
She also expressed thanks to HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa for opening the festival on behalf of HM the King.