Programmes at West End Park will start with the Qatari national anthem at 8am by school students and will be followed by a parade of students from the four participating schools. The seven-minute parade will highlight Qatari traditions.
A music competition and a thematic song competition will be held between the schools before different Asian communities start performing a variety of cultural and entertainment shows on the stage.
In the morning session, Indian community teams will be showcasing their traditional art forms such as Melam by Doha KSCA, Maharasthra folk dance by Maharashtra Mandal, Tamil folk dance by Varadrajan and team and songs in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.
A Sri Lankan team will perform Sinhala, Tamil, English and Baila songs and stage dances of Kandyan, Heritage and Malay styles led by Denu.
The afternoon session will start with performances by Indian teams including a Bengali Folk dance by Bangiya Parishat, Dasara festival dance by Karnataka Sangha and Duff muttu – Kerala traditional performance – by Jalil and team .They will be followed by songs by a Sri Lankan troupe in Sinhala, English and Baila.
There will be a dance competition for the participating schools followed by a thematic show on Qatar where each school will present a 10-minute skit featuring Qatar.
Evening programmes beginning at 6pm will include songs in different languages as well as shows such as Maharashtra lejime led by Nayanawagh and team, Oppana — Kerala traditional performance, Gujarati Garba — Gujarat Samaj, Sri Lankan stage dances of heritage style and songs by expatriate singers.
Apart from songs in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Sinhala, Telugu and English, there will be a south Indian fusion dance by Indian Culture Center and Odissi group dance by Utkalika.
A Harley-Davidson motor bike show, display of driving simulator and seat belt convincer and competition focusing on traffic for the public with gifts for winners will also be part of the celebrations.
The West End Park open theatre which can accommodate over 14,000 will host a Nepalese musical show on December 17 (4pm to 10pm), Indian and Pakistani musical show on December 18 (8pm to 11pm) and Philippines musical show on December 19 (4pm to 10pm). Entry to the musical concert is restricted by tickets.
The West End Park cricket stadium with 12,000 seating capacity will witness a cricket match between Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi community teams on December 18. The matches will be managed by Lagan Cricket Club headed by Azeem Abbas.
Credit: The Peninsula