Bahrain’s annual Market 338 is back. More than 40 top designers and artists from the Gulf region have come together to showcase their work,for the second year in a row. After its successful launch last year, the event is even bigger and better, and will feature musical performances, pop-up cafes, lectures, workshops and specially commissioned public art installations.
Made possible thanks to the huge support of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board and the British Council, there is also a specially commissioned design project focused on the theme ‘Explore, Create and Play’. In trying to encourage interaction with the living environment, Marrakech designers Zid Zid Kids will be working with local children and youth to build two outdoor playgrounds solely by natural and recycled materials.
The Director of Al Riwaq Art Space, Bayan Al Barak Kanoo, said the event is central to Al Riwaq’s vision of nurturing local and regional talents while providing a platform to promote their work to a wider audience. In charge of this year’s theme is Sara Kanoo, a Bahraini architect who decided that the market should adopt the premise of a modern-day inspired Souq.
“Bahrain has a rich history of markets featuring locally made goods, and we wanted to update this to feature modern local talent,” she said. “One of the things that I love about this year’s market is that there are so many ways to take part. Of course you can shop and eat, but there will also be interactive art, a playscape for children, free workshops for children and adults, lectures, and live music. There truly is something for everyone!”
Designers to look out for include Fatma Al Mulla, Ma’Rockin, La Boutique 92, Pretty Little Things, Posh Bahrain, The Cookie Car, AT Cupcakes Bowtique and The T-Shirt Shop to name a few. You can also expect performances from local musicians such as Al Harith, Ryan and Zahid, Khalil Rasson, Sona, May Al Qasim and Alderon (Ali Malik).
The build up to this event has been aided by a series of six design-based training workshops. Spanish designers Juan Manuel Vegas and Ananda Pascual, Dubai-based artist Lara Assouad Khoury and Amna Al Rumaihi all led workshops in the areas of product design, fashion design, typography and branding. The British Council sponsored UK-based Martin Postler and his product development workshop ‘Made in Bahrain’.
An extremely well thought out and cleverly crafted event, everyone in Bahrain should really go and show their support to local artists and designers, especially with the spirit of Christmas in the air!
Market 338 will be running until December 15.
–Courtesy FACT Bahrain