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Cultural Diversity festival starts at Katara

News Date :
1/10/2016
​Cultural Village Foundation-Katara in collaboration with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bureau in Doha, inaugurated on Sunday the Cultural diversity festival at Katara Drama theatre.
​​​​​​​The festival will amuse Katara festival with the participation of over 20 countries from all over the world who will showcase their traditions and heritage. The opening ceremony of the Cultural diversity festivities inaugurated with the folkloric performance by a Qatari band and will continue with a band from Philippine that will perform on Monday Katara esplanade, the front of the amphitheater. 

 The event kicked off to start with the presence of presence of the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, HE.Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al sulaiti, Under Secretary of Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the State of Qatar, HE Rabia Mohammed Al Kaabi, Anna Paolini, The Director of UNESCO bureau in Doha, and Ali Abdullah Khalifa, Vice President of International Organization of Folk Art (IOV).  Representatives of diplomatic missions in Doha were also present during the opening ceremony of the diversity festival. 

In his opening speech, the General Manager of Katara, said: “We meet today, at this forum in bid to convey the message of love and peace to the world. We are really proud of the fact that Katara is a prominent cultural edifice in the Middle East. This is due to the fact that Katara obtains an international cultural vision that vividly illustrated through hosting grand cultural events and festivals from all over the world.”
 “Undoubtedly, Katara has always been distinguished for organizing local traditional events that sought to revive the original Qatari heritage. We are looking forward to enforce international cultural partnerships and mainly with UNESCO.” 

Under Secretary of Ministry of Education and Higher Education in the State of Qatar, HE Rabia Mohammed Al Kaabi said that the festival that will continue for six month, will definitely contribute at fostering cultural and human interaction and dialogue. 


Addressing attendees during the opening ceremony, Anna Paolini, The Director of UNESCO bureau in Doha said: “This festival is a great opportunity to promote cultural diversity. I am really delighted to see this edition of the festival here in Qatar. On behalf of UNESCO, I would like extend gratitude for Katara for their contribution at the organization and preparations for the festival.” 

She noted that UNESCO is committed to protect cultural tangible heritage which is a treasure that we all have inherited from our ancestors.

 

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