In line with its continuous efforts to preserve the heritage of Qatar’s ancestors, Cultural Village Foundation-Katara will launch ‘The Revival of Qatar’s Musical Heritage and Qatari Folk Singing Programme’.

The festivities of Qatari heritage will be held at Katara every Thursday and Friday starting from 4 February – 27 May 2016, noting that the first performance will kick off on 29 – 30 January 2016. This was announced on Wednesday during a press conference, held at Katara with the presence of Katara General Manager, His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti.

Salma Al Naimi, Expert of Cultural Affairs and Chairman of the revival of the musical heritage and folk singing in Katara, Khalifa Al Yafei, Representative of the Department of Student Activities at Qatar University and Salman Al Marri, Representative of the Youth Arts Centre, as well as journalists, media experts and folklore lovers attended the conference.

Addressing attendees during a press conference, His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara, assured that Katara is focusing its efforts to support every initiative aimed at documenting the great legacy of Qatar’s ancestors in order to continue serving as a bridge between the past and today’s successive generations.

He said:

Different forms of folk art is like a mirror that reflects the culture of the community and the lifestyle of its members through every stage of its development. Folk art shapes the behaviour and patterns of social interaction in various occasions which occur in everyday social life and the related traditions that distinguish the cultural heritage of the community.’

Katara general manager shed the light on the fact that Folk singing is a key part of the folklore of the State of Qatar. HE said:

The Folk dances, poems and songs will focus on the originality of our society, illustrating the extent of Qatari pride and the close links present within our history. This historic form of music also depicts our strong relationship with other nations through the blending of the country’s folk arts with that in the Gulf and the Arab world as well as with other forms of art that have arrived through overseas travel and trade.’

Launching a national programme to promote folk art and to properly expose the culture to the community has thus become increasingly imperative. As such, Katara aims to achieve through cooperation with various stakeholders in the community, the encouragement of a generation capable of preserving the culture of folk singing so that they are able to maintain the legacy of their nation as well as Arab identity.

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