Creative spaces – FACT April 2018

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from the last 6 years of blogging in Bahrain, it’s that this little island is full to bursting with creativity. I guess it’s in the desert DNA – the ability to find magic in the minimalist; beauty in the often-times bleak.
The stark desert landscape can be a source of inspiration
If you need proof, just pop into Riyadat Mall in A’ali, tenanted by some of the most talented designers in town. Here you’ll find everything from locally-made jewellery to jalabiyas, t-shirts to totes. Head straight to the gorgeous ground floor Milk Concept Store to see exactly what I mean.
Yalla Habibi cushions bring fabulously functional art pieces into the home
Round Yalla Habibi bird tray from the Syrian Artisans wood collection
Another one of my favourite creatives is Yalla Habibi – a simply divine home decor label that’s based upon collaborations between founder Natalie Yung with local and regional artists. Pop over to @yallahabibi_bh to enjoy the most wonderfully-colourful cushions that are almost too lovely to sit on. I can never get enough of the joyful works by Egyptian-born artist Mohamed Sharkawy.
Sonder is open every day from 9am til late
This creative cafe serves coffee, baked goods and cookies
Of course creativity comes in many forms, including those found at Sonder – a Sanad-based cafe that hosts poetry evenings, intimate acoustic gigs, and poetry nights. The works of local painters, photographers and illustrators are displayed upstairs, with a different artist being featured every month. And downstairs, not far from the freshly-baked brownies and delicious sambos, Sonder sells locally-made products such as t-shirts and prints.
Local musician Ali Malik entertaining Sonder’s guests
How very delicious! xx

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