Al Riwaq’s Market 338, Bahrain

It’s that time of year again when the streets of a tiny island off the shores of Saudi Arabia come alive with an array of outdoor activities after a long smouldering summer. One of the more unique activities taking place in Bahrain is an initiative organised by local gallery, Al Riwaq Art Space.

Market 338 is a gathering of innovators, creatives and artists in all their forms. Named after the area of Adliya’s, Block 338, the market is showing mostly home made products ranging from fashion, jewellery, art and food in stalls that spread all across the restaurant district of Adliya.

With the support of the Bahrain Economic Development Board and the British Council, the initiative has given the chance for local talents to shine including Bahraini architect Sara Kanoo, who used recycled street signs, street railings and other objects to design the entire facade of the market.

Starting from the 29th of November and ending on the 15th of December, the two week market is also hosing a number of workshops with top creative industry professionals from the GCC speaking including Dubai based editor of WTD magazine Lujain Abulfaraj, Jeddah-based Design magazine editor Kholoud Attar, Haraka’s Muna Yateem and Bahraini based Jewelery designer Azza Al Hujairi. Musical performances by local talents are also scheduled for each weekend.

The market is open Thursdays & Fridays from 5 to 11pm, Saturdays 11am to 5pm, and Sundays to Wednesdays 5 to 9pm. For more information on the market please visit http://www.alriwaqartspace.com/.

WORDS: BADRIYA AL MAHMEED

PHOTOS: GIUSEPPE VALENTINI