Qatar is participating with a cultural and heritage pavilion in the Gulf Popular Heritage Festival being held by Kuwait at the Sabah Al-Ahmad Heritage Village.
The festival coincides with the launch of national celebrations in Kuwait, where heritage activities and competitions are hosted in the Village with extensive participation from Kuwaiti and Gulf contestants.
Supervised by the Qatar Centre for Cultural and Heritage Events of the Ministry of Culture and Sports along with participation of a number of departments of the ministry, the Qatari pavilion highlights the importance of the Kuwaiti festival in reviving the Gulf heritage and emphasising the common bonds between the two countries.
Ahmed Jassim al-Kuwari, Director of the Department of Culture and Arts at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and head of the Qatari delegation, told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the activities of the Qatari pavilion kicked off on Friday evening after the pavilion was inaugurated by the Adviser of the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Mohamed Dhaifallah Sharar, who praised the pavilion and its activities.
The Qatari participation includes more than 20 activities that embody the different aspects of the life of the Qatari society and its customs and traditions, the head of the Qatari delegation added, saying that the participation also aims at highlighting the elements of the country’s ancient heritage, showing the great convergence of customs and traditions in the Gulf region, as well as presenting different aspects of the rich heritage of Qatar.
Al-Kuwari pointed out that the Qatari pavilion includes a number of heritage events, the most prominent of which is the Majlis corner, where Qatari hospitality is displayed – coffee and dates, as well as some popular dishes are served at the coffee corner. Visitors can also play Dama, a traditional board game of the region, at the pavilion. Besides, the pavilion also has miniature museum of Qatari fishing and diving tools.
Al-Kuwari added that the Ministry of Culture and Sports is also participating in Kuwait’s waterfront events to be held from February 20 to 26, during Kuwait’s celebrations of its National Day on February 25 and Liberation Day on February 26.
The Ministry of Culture will present performances of the puppet theatre under the supervision of the centre for theatre affairs, and a number of plays for children, as well as several other events and competitions, including a special operetta by Faisal al-Tamimi to highlight the historical relations between Qatar and Kuwait.
The Gulf Popular Heritage Festival includes a plethora of contests and activities designed to illustrate Kuwait’s profound maritime heritage.
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