Cultural Village Foundation-Katara concluded the Palestinian Festival at Katara’s Building 3 which was organised in cooperation with the Palestinian Embassy in Doha. It was launched on Thursday with the presence of high profile guests, senior officials and heads of diplomatic missions in Qatar.
Katara’s General Manager HE Dr Khaled bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and Marketing Director for International Relations and Cultural Affairs Darwish Ahmad Al Shebani at Katara – initiated the Palestinian Festival in Katara is to introduce the customs, traditions, and civilisation of the deeply-rooted culture of Palestine. This stemmed from our moral obligation, our national duty, and our commitment towards our beloved brothers in Palestine.
HE Dr Al Sulaiti said:
The Palestinian culture is part of the wider Arab culture which is one of the most ancient cultures worldwide. It had contributed to humanity in the past and won its international fame. This is because it is a culture found on communication and openness.
HE Palestinian Ambassador Muneer Ghannam delivered a speech in which he said that this festival is a present from the Palestinian community in Qatar to the wider society in Qatar. It also has a message of gratitude to Qatar, both the leadership and the citizens for their relentless support to the Palestinian cause. He also paid tribute to the officials in the Cultural Village Foundation ‘Katara’ for their ongoing effort in making this event successful. The festival was presented to the public through the Palestinian architecture, such as the Al Aqsa Mosque gates, in a gesture confirming the strong side of the Palestinian heritage.
On this occasion, the organisers and the Palestinian ambassador exchanged souvenirs. A Palestinian parent of a child in the Palestinian School advanced to the podium with an olive tree as gift to the Cultural Village Foundation as a thank you gesture. It also resembles the strong relations between Qataris and Palestinians.
Following to that was a dancing performance delivered by the Palestinian school girls. The audiences had also highly appreciated the Palestinian fashion show that featured brilliant and diverse embroidery. The festival attendees had also interacted with the Palestinian ring dance (Dabka) and other sweet Palestinian folkloric songs. That is, the Palestinian Dabka is perceived as a key Palestinian folkloric manifestation that was found on a long standing artistic and cultural heritage.
A stall showcased Palestinian products and traditional clothes which are part of the Palestinian culture. The embroidery varied according to the different regions of Palestine, reflecting their immediate concepts, trees, and mountains.