The second edition of ‘Hurafuna’ Handicraft Festival came to a successful end on Tuesday, 18April 2017.
The event, organized by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), attracted more than 75,000 visitors from various nationalities as it was hosted during the Formula One Season in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The event that was held at Bab Al Bahrain in Manama Souq provided visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy the live performances by traditional Bahraini bands, participate in traditional games and the opportunity to purchase traditional products made by 21 craftsmen who showcased their handicrafts during the festival. Some of the handicrafts included hand-weaved baskets, rope making, wooden boxes, pottery, model ships and much more. Hurafuna aimed to create a unique atmosphere to all visitors while promoting the local heritage.
The Festival also offered its young visitors a fun-filled calendar of events including activities and educational handicraft workshops such as pottery painting and the art of collage. The workshops aimed to provide an educational platform aimed at preserving the Kingdom’s rich traditional handicrafts industry. More than 400 school students visited Hurafuna and took part on the various workshops.
Commenting on the conclusion of the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, H.E Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa: “We are delighted to witness the success of the second edition of ‘Hurafuna’ handicrafts festival. The event attracted a large number of visitors and successfully promoted the handicrafts industry among the international visitors who are in Bahrain during the F1 season.”
“Also, by hosting workshops on the sidelines of the Festival, we were able to enhance the handicraft industry among the students and future generation. We aim to continue strengthening our strategy in hosting similar events that play an important role in preserving the traditional handicrafts industry in Bahrain, which is a main component of the tourism identity,” added Shaikh Khalid.