Cultural Communities Festival within "Years of Culture" Initiative Kicks off
The festival of cultural communities kicked off this evening at Flag Plaza near the Museum of Islamic Art Park, as part of the "Years of Culture" initiative that celebrates outstanding cultures in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia this year, during the Year of Culture (Qatar-Middle East, North Africa and South Asia 2022).
A number of embassies accredited to the State are participating in the festival, which runs until October 15, by presenting programs reflecting the cultures of different peoples, ranging from theatrical performances to exhibition panels containing information about different countries.
The first day of the festival of cultural communities was opened with cultural performances from Qatar, Tanzania and Djibouti, accompanied by videos from Qatar, Nigeria, Hungary, Georgia, Ghana and Greece.
Deputy Director of the Museum of Islamic Art and director of the education and community awareness department at the museum Salem Abdullah Al Marri said in a statement to Qatar news agency (QNA) that the festival of communities is being held under the patronage of HE Chairperson of Qatar Museums Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, where flags of 120 countries were raised yesterday during the inauguration of the Flag Plaza, as a number of embassies of countries and diplomatic missions will present their folk folklore for 11 days.
Al-Marri explained that these events coincide with the proximity of Qatar's hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, as well as being a space for the gathering of cultures of a large number of countries that allows visitors to witness the cultures of multiple countries in one place.
The "Years of Culture" initiative is based on an annual international exchange aimed at deepening understanding between countries and their peoples, and was launched when Qatar won the hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, it takes advantage of all opportunities to strengthen relations between peoples, considering that culture is one of the most effective tools to bring peoples closer together, encourage dialogue and deepen understanding between them.
The Year of Culture (Qatar, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) was planned in collaboration with a number of leading institutions in Qatar, including the Doha Film Institute, Education Above All, Katara, the Ministry of Commerce and industry, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar Charity, the Qatar Football Association, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Museums, Qatar National Library, the National Tourism Council, the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, with the assistance of the participating countries ' embassies in Doha.
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