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Music Programm


24th Nov - 17th Dec


THU:  5 -11 PM
FRI:   3 - 11 PM
SAT:  12 - 9 PM


8:00 PM

Live Music Every Thursday

Location: Main Stage, The Park

Thursday, December 15th, 8:00 PM


Performance 1: Aalaat

Performance 2: Belly of Paris



The Talks were commissioned as part of a mandate to create cultural dialogue in the region. Al Riwaq Art Space aims to energise and support the local and regional community allowing creatives and makers to up-value the Arts in our economy.
Talks every Saturday, 4:00 PM
: Mezzaluna

Saturday, December 17th,

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Panel 1:

 The Comeback of Food: Food culture as a popular creative medium in the Gulf


Panel 2:

The importance of public art in creative communities



Sponsored by Toyota
In collaboration with Elements Cine Productions

This year’s film programme offers a diverse selection of films from the region, as well as abroad.
Live film screenings every Friday, 6:00 PM
Location: The Park



The Bliss of Being No One| Bader Alhomoud



Veganize It | Khalid Salim


There Will Be Light | Salman Yusuf


Asfoora | Mayar Hamdan


Tavsan Kani / Rabbit Blood | Yagmur Altan 




Workshops are an opportunity for arts-based learning for both locals and artists to enrich their skills and develop training. Whether for a two hour session, or a full day masterclass, Al Riwaq workshops offers top-class instructors and content from all over the world to its doors.

Workshop Programs 

"Children’s Creative Corner"

by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

8, 9, 15, 16 of Dec 2016

5:00 PM -10:00 PM

"Community Graffiti Wall"

by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

10th, 17th of Dec 2016

4:00 PM -9:00 PM

"Puppet Workshop"

by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

10th, 17th of Dec 2016

4:00 PM -9:00 PM

"Arabic Calligraphy Bookmark"

by the Ministry of Youth and Sports

17th Dec 2016

4:00 PM -9:00 PM

 “Khaleeji Pop Art”

by the Ministry of Youth and Sports

17th of Dec 2016

4:00 PM -9:00 PM






Sponsored by The French Embassy and Aliiance Francais


16th and 17th of December 2016

(Preformance based on workshop) 
A participative Performance Art Show by Aline Landreau
Produced within THE NEST Festival, Manama, Bahrain
Gesture and space, motion and sound, body and light
Mrs. Aline Landreau is a French contemporary dancer who has developed a unique field of Performance Art. She produces choreographies based on gesture/motion vocabulary and kinaesthetic (or haptic) communication among people and/or objects.
Principles in a co-creation process, in relation with improvisation
Performances (4 all together), between 5 pm and 10 pm.

Bel Arabi


Organized The Ministry of Youth & Sport Affairs


Saturday, 17th December 2016

Time: 4pm - 9pm

The Ministry of Youth & Sport Affairs is pleased to invite you to join the "Bel Arabi" initiative

This initiative is held in partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) in celebration of World Arabic Language Day

The event will include a number of activities including "Arabic poetry games, creating Khaleeji Pop Art paintings, Arabic calligraphy writing, etc" 


Oral History Station


In collaboration with Too Far Co

Press conference Thursday 1st Dec 2016, 6-8pm

HABABA is a storytelling platform for the Arab world. They gather stories from different generations to share experiences and laughter, trials and tribulations, gripes and inspirations. HABABA’s mission is to create an easily accessible archive of Arab oral histories that can be enjoyed and referenced for years to come.
HABABA’s mission is to create an easily accessible archive of Arab oral histories that can be enjoyed and referenced for years to come. For The Nest 2016, in partnership with Too Far Co, their involvement in the Public Art programme will be two-fold: there will be a listening station and a recording station, for people to turn listen to previously recorded oral histories, as well as having the opportunity to add their own story to the rich tapestry of stories from the Bahraini community.



We have secured two shipping containers which have been refurbished and fitted with a kitchen area in one and seating in the other.

Run in food truck fashion, we are looking to showcase a modern take on street food. Al Riwaq has invited celebrated regional and local Bahraini chef's and concept's to run our "pop up kitchen" over The Nest 2016 weekends.

Thursday, Dec 15    Narees Kamber

Friday, Dec 16       Mariam Alkhalifa

Saturday, Dec 17    Bassam Al-Alawi



The Annexes are site Interventions which explores the challenge of using an existing space, and interacting with it to add new layers of meaning. As part of our commitment to Public Art, we have created these spaces to add a critical eye to the areas that we have overlooked, breathing fresh life into abandoned spaces.

Annex ii

SDW 2016 X



In Partnership with Saudi Design Week, Oasis Magazine and Papermoon


Introducing an exclusive and curated selection of design pieces from Saudi designers featured at Saudi Design Week 2016.

Annex iii

Pop-Up Gallery

Annex ii showcases artwork from local and regional artists designers, who were tasked with turning an everyday home into a part of their personal artistic journey. Ranging from sculpture to installations, each artworks tells a personal story about their connection to Bahrain.
Artworks by Ghadah Alkandari, Nabeela Al-Khayer, Awatef Al-Safwan, Jaffar Haddad, Ghadah Hassan, Aliya Hussein, Hilary Johnston, Stephanie Ravel, Ahmed Taleb.

Annex i

 do it بالعربي

In partnership with Sharjah Art Foundation


Al Riwaq Art Space is proud to be the official partner of Sharjah Art Foundation in do it بالعربيBahrain, organizing do it exhibitions in locations all over the country.   More than 70 artists from across the region have written instructions that anyone can use to make a new work of art. The instructions reveal a range of artistic concerns and positions, some addressing social and political issues, others revealing an interest in the ways we communicate and understand the world around us. Beyond the walls of the the annex, do it بالعربي will be activated acrosshomes, schools and community hubs in Bahrain, shared through a variety of social media platforms.



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