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Snapshots of life in Bahrain...

June 25, 2014

SHAHLAA AHMED



A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition that will give people a glimpse into life in Bahrain will be held tonight to raise funds for a unique educational programme.

It is the finale of a month-long social media campaign, called Our Bahrain, that was launched in support of the Be Free Centre's Instilling Universal Knowledge Programme, which aims to teach children how to tackle and overcome social issues.

It was the brainchild of Woman This Month creative director Maryam Toorani and editor Elma Bartholomew in partnership with Alosra Supermarket.

Instagram users and amateur photographers submitted more than 900 images through #OurBahrain as part of the campaign, which featured different themes surrounding Bahrain's architecture, maritime and culture.

The top 50 photographs were announced on social media yesterday and will be up for sale, priced at BD20 each, at Al Riwaq Art Space in Adliya tonight from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The exhibition will also feature an acoustic performance by Bahrain-based artist Pesus Rhymes.

"The whole point is to raise as much money as we can to help support this programme," said Ms Bartholomew.

"We are really passionate about it.

Knowledge

"This programme can help the younger generation to be more open-minded. It trains teachers to bring hints of universal knowledge to their classrooms.

"It is not a workshop or a one-time event, as the funds are raised to actualise the programme for children from kindergarten to high school."

People can also make donations during the event by handing over envelopes of cash directly to an event organiser or a Be Free representative.

Donations can also be made after the event by contacting the organisers on ourbahrain2014@gmail.com or visiting their Instagram page @our_bahrain.


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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)