Qatar-Menasa Year of Culture 2022 kicks off with music, movies and food

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With the participation of HE Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater, Deputy Foreign Minister of Qatar, the Qatar-Menasa Year of Culture 2022 was officially inaugurated at an opening ceremony held on the evening of 3 March.
The event hosted nation leaders and dignitaries representing countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia for an evening of music, film and cuisine, held in the courtyard of the fire station, Qatar Museums said in a statement.

Dana Alfardan at the opening ceremony

The celebration continued until the following day, March 4, when the public was also invited to attend film screenings and musical performances from the Doha Film Institute of renowned Qatari composer, singer and songwriter Dana Alfardan. and others.
The two-day opening event was organized by Qatar Museums, marking the start of a year of specially curated museum and art exhibitions; film, music and food festivals; and other cultural exchanges between Qatar and other nations in the Menasa region.


Fatima Abdulla al-Maadeed from Qatar Museums

Qatar launched its Year of Culture initiative in 2012 under the leadership of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, President of Qatar Museums, partnering with a different nation each year for a series of cultural exchanges designed to bring the world to Qatar. and the best of Qatar in the world.


The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performing in front of dignitaries and guests

On the initiative’s 10th anniversary, ahead of hosting the world for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is joining forces with countries and communities in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Kuwait. , Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Dignitaries present at the event

Welcoming the guests at the opening ceremony, HE AlKhater said, “This year, our people will have the opportunity to strengthen their bonds in a deeper and more meaningful way, through a series of exhibitions, performances, festivals and cultural exchanges. The Qatar-Menasa Year of Culture 2022 will present the culmination of a long and important history of initiatives created by the Qatari people, while acting as the cornerstone of an important new phase in the cultural understanding of Menasa.


A view of the gathering

Aisha Ghanem al-Attiya, Director of Cultural Diplomacy at Qatar Museums, said: “This wonderful evening is just a sample of what is to come in the months ahead as everyone opens up eyes, ears, heart and mind through a host of specially curated exhibitions, performances, festivals and cultural exchanges. Presented in person in Qatar and virtually in all regions of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, the events of this extraordinary Year of Culture celebrate the heritage and innovations we share across the Menasa region.


A view of the place, the fire station

The opening ceremony featured musical performances hosted by Dana Alfardan. In addition to performing her own compositions, she introduced guests to the music of Tunisian vocal star Mehdi Ayiachi, the famous Maqam Ensemble, master percussionist George Oro and students from the Arab Percussion Ensemble of Qatar Music Academy.
Throughout the evening, guests were invited to view a program of short films from Qatar and the Menasa region developed with the support of the Doha Film Institute.
The evening’s cooking began with an appetizer from award-winning Palestinian chef Sami Tamimi, followed by flavors from regions of the Menasa region.

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