Qatar Foundation (QF) will host its first performing arts festival, D’reesha, from today until December 17 at Education City, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Qatar National Day and Daam Fund, showcasing a variety of local talent.
Reflecting the QF's diverse environment, D’reesha will encompass different focus areas – including research, education, technology, and science – and feature performances ranging from theatre, visual arts, and music, to workshops, interactive dining experiences, and storytelling sessions.

“We are absolutely delighted to be hosting our first performing arts festival, partnering with a variety of local stakeholders to bring this event to life,” said Machaille Hassan al-Naimi, president of Community Development at the QF.
“Showcasing and celebrating the local culture, heritage, and language, D’reesha reflects our diverse and inclusive environment,” she said. “And, serving as an opportunity for the whole community to explore their curiosity, creativity, and individuality, it will help connect like-minded individuals, increase intercultural dialogue, and build a sustainable performing arts culture in Qatar.”
“And, importantly, D’reesha reflects a love of art, which is in the very fabric of Qatar, and the country's ambitions of being a hub of arts and culture – within the region and beyond,” al-Naimi added.
“Taking place during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021, D’reesha will offer a glimpse into what can be expected next year when Qatar hosts the World Cup – marking the first time the tournament is being held in the Middle East – showcasing how Education City truly is a gateway to a vibrant community,” she said.
Mariam al-Hamadi, director of Culture and Arts at the Ministry of Culture, said: “D’reesha is an opportunity to explore and nurture talent in the field of the Arts in Qatar.”
“This collaboration aims to help achieve the goals of the Qatar National Vision, through cultural-focused partnerships with organizations across the country, within key sectors such as science, research, and education,” she said. “This includes performing arts, where students are key players in driving creativity and shaping our culture for the future.”
“Our centres at the Ministry of Culture, including the Theatre Affairs Centre and the Visual Arts Centre, are working together to help promote creativity in Qatar,” al-Hamadi added.
Performances will take place across the Green Spine, the Ceremonial Court, and Chef’s Garden at Education City, adhering to local social distancing guidelines as set out by the Ministry of Public Health.
Tickets should be purchased ahead of the event.
For more information, one can visit, or download the Education City app.