Ahmad Al Sayyed, Deputy Director General for Operations, said: “Today we meet to celebrate the heritage of the people dear to us who draw heroism in history and remain as icon for resistance and identity of people and land.”
“This week will take us to different towns and villages of Palestine including Al Aqsa mosque. Katara is a place where different cultures and peoples come together and it is a place to connect different cultures and create relations between peoples,” added Al Sayyed.
Palestine Ambassador Munir Ghanam spoke about the deep relations between the people of Qatar and Palestine and lauded Qataris’ support in the Palestinian issue and Katara hosting this Palestinian festival.
He said the Palestinian people are committed to adhere to their land, heritage and identity and “we are happy to come together in Katara, a place where different cultures are embracing each other.
Emad Abu Zalf, chairman of Qatar Palestinian Friendship Association, lauded the efforts of Katara for hosting this Palestinian event and appreciated the Palestinian Qatari relationship and the Qataris’ support for Palestinian people.
Palestinian Heritage Week presents a glimpse of ancient Palestinian heritage through an exhibition of Palestinian crafts, pottery and copper masterpieces, ornaments and furniture, as well as great folkloric performances.
The opening day included a number of popular and artistic shows, such as a Dabke folk performance by “Ebdaa band for Palestinian Dabke”, and a repertoire of folk songs by “Askalan band for traditional music and Palestinian folklore.”
Other features of the festival include lectures on the history of photography in Palestine and Palestinian heritage and art, a workshop on Palestinian and Qatari graphic art, an exhibition of traditional crafts and a traditional fashion show.
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