UNIC Manama with the cooperation of Mashq Gallery celebrated Nelson Mandela International day and his centenary. The event, which took place on Wednesday 18 July 2018, emphasizes on the importance of co-existence and tolerance. It included speeches delivered by UN Bahrain and the Pastor of Bahrain’s National Evangelical Church. An exhibition of Mandela’s paintings as well as live painting of Mandela’s portrait took place while musicians performed pieces that reflected Mandela’s distinctive and outstanding character. Diplomats, UN representatives, intellectuals, musicians, artists and religious representatives attended the event.
The exhibition of Nelson Mandela’s paintings continued at Mashq Gallery until the 31st July 2018. People from diverse backgrounds visited the exhibition and the gallery was open to the public free of charge. The artworks were painted by local volunteers and they were generally well perceived in the local media.