Katara – the Cultural Village presented yesterday an operetta for children titled ‘Tale of Aleppo’ at the amphitheatre in solidarity with the people of Aleppo.
Held on the occasion of Qatar’s National Day, the event was attended by Qatar Museums chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Katara general manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti.
‘Tale of Aleppo’ also attracted a large number of families and individuals who had the opportunity to watch some of the renowned Qatari actors on stage, including Ghanem al-Sulaiti, Salah al-Mullah, Jassim al-Ansari and Ahmed al-Muftah.
“The response we get from the Qatari artists is outstanding and highly appreciated as they did not hesitate to contribute to this humanitarian aid campaign launched by Katara,” Dr al-Sulaiti said.
As part of the fundraising campaign, restaurants at Katara donated their revenues from December 15 to 17 to Aleppo.
Donation boxes have been put around Katara’s alleys in solidarity with the people of Aleppo, according to a Katara statement.
Dr al-Sulaiti noted that the humanitarian campaign features cultural and art aspects “in a bid to join all those voices calling to end the atrocities.”
“We cannot afford not being present through cultural and art campaign to speak out in favour of our brothers in Syria, and show solidarity with them,” he stressed.
“We at Katara cannot distance ourselves from the pressing issues and events taking place across the Arab world.”
Qatari and expatriate families also had the opportunity to enjoy the traditional tents of Al Gannas Association, the Al Galayel competition, and a special exhibition by the Childhood Cultural Centre at Katara esplanade.
Visitors expressed their love and gratitude to Qatar (in all languages) by writing a short message on the ‘Allegiance Book’ titled, Loyalty.
It also featured an exhibition showcasing the signatures of visitors from the previous years.
More than 4,000 meals were distributed to children during Qatar’s National Day at Katara. In addition, a booth representing items (such as race pigeon, rope trap and falcon trawl) from Al Habbal competition 2016 was also installed.
Doha Centre for Interfaith Dialogue also prepared a 3D photo booth that reflects the Qatari flag, map of Qatar and Qatar’s hospitality. Apart from decorating the Katara esplanade with white and burgundy flowers, organisers also launched the ‘Traditional Market’ to mark the activities under Qatar’s National Day and to ask for donations and revenues for the suffering people of Aleppo.
The market comprises multiple wards showcasing artefacts, gifts, artistic and antiques while infusing Qatari style and special Qatari architecture.
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