Gala dinner honours local patrons of the arts

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As Qatar continues to hold its position as a global leader for investment in the arts, Qatar Museums (QM), Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), and the Doha Film Institute (DFI), recently held an evening of recognition for its sponsors on December 20, 2016 at a VIP gala dinner event hosted by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QM, ROTA, and DFI.


This is the second annual sponsors dinner host by Her Excellency in acknowledgment of those benefactors who have shown continued commitment to all three agencies throughout the year, providing long-term support to a variety of initiatives organized by each entity. “We seek to connect and amplify the nation’s cultural institutions and heritage sites and build an exciting and creative future for Qatar,” expressed Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud, CEO of Qatar Museums, and Special Advisor to H.E. the Chairperson. “At the heart of this is our commitment to helping Qatar originate art, culture, and heritage experiences from within.”


As QM continues to looks ahead to the anticipated opening of the new Qatar National Museum, it’s also poised to welcome the Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture kicking off in January, while exhibition milestones this year included the ‘What About The Art?’ exhibit at QM’s Gallery Al Riwaq as part of the Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture, a visiting vanguard of China’s famed terracotta warriors, and a special tribute to late boxing legend Muhammad Ali at MIA.


While DFI marked another successful edition of its Ajyal Youth Film Festival held at Katara from November 30-December 5, 2016, which celebrated the best of local, regional, and global cinema aimed at young audiences. The festival also welcomed celebrity actress and filmmaker Meg Ryan to Qatar for the first time, as her directorial début, Ithaca, brought a week of screenings to a close.


ROTA continued to build upon its mandate to empower and support educational opportunities for marginalized youth in Asia through a host of outreach initiatives during 2016, and is currently looking ahead to its 9th annual Empower 2017 youth conference which will be held from March 2-4, 2017 at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center in Education City.


“We would like to express our gratitude to our esteemed sponsors and partners for their unwavering commitment to empowering thousands of youth to reach their full potential and shape their communities,” said Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director, ROTA.


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