10.01.2016 - UNESCO Office in Doha

Cultural Diversity Festival launched today at Katara


On 10 January 2016, the Cultural Diversity Festival was launched by UNESCO in cooperation with Katara Cultural Village (Doha, Qatar) and the Qatar National Commission for UNESCO.

The opening ceremony was held at Katara Drama theatre, with welcome addresses by the General Manager of Katara, the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Education, the Vice President of the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV), and the Director of UNESCO Office in Doha and attended by Ambassadors, partners and local institutions. Qatar traditional dances one representing the land (Alardha dance), and the other representing the sea (Aldasha art) were presented.

The festival is organised as part of the Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Diversity Programme of UNESCO in Qatar in partnership with Katara Cultural Village and Qatar National Commission to UNESCO in order to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding and awareness.

The festival that was launched today and will conclude at the end of May, will bring performing groups from the total of 20 countries representative of different regions of the world (Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Czech Republic, Georgia, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Turkey) to Katara Cultural Village to perform for 2 days each.

The performances will be organised almost every week until end of May 2016 in order to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May. Within the same programme, two regional conferences on cultural diversity and social inclusion and two national workshops targeting local youth in Qatar will also be organised this year as part of the programme.

The first groups to perform in the coming weeks are the Bayanihan from the Philippines on 11th and 12th January, followed by performances by the India World Cultural Forum on 18th and 19th January and the Nairobi National dance ensemble from Kenya on 1st and 2nd of February.

The full programme can be downloaded here.

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