DOHA: Latin American ambassadors and Katara joined yesterday to officially announce the kick-off of the first Latin American Cultural Festival (LACF) from October 6 to 15 which will showcase the best of Latin American music, dance and film.
Ambassadors and representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, El Salvador, Uraguay, Peru, Costa Rica and Venezuela, together with Katara officials announced to local media the LACF activities which brings together over 230 artists and performers from nine countries with embassies playing a vital role in nominating performers, artists and films to represent their country’s arts and cultures on Katara’s stages and screens.
With each embassy greeting its artists upon arrival at the Doha airport, all participating embassies have also facilitated the artists and performers’ travels, ensuring their stay holds a deep cultural exchange that will set the foundation for future collaboration between Qatar and Latin America.
AbdulRahman Al Khulaifi, President of Katara said: “The Middle East and Latin America share a deep cultural wealth that is inherent to each region. At Katara, we are dedicated to creating platforms that share this wealth and bridges cultural gaps. It is with immense pride and pleasure that we open our doors to visitors to enjoy the very first Latin American Cultural Festival.”
Within Katara, LACF has brought together a couple member organisations to share their local talents and know-how. Both the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) have taken part in bringing this festival together.
With scores of award-winning films suggested to be screened at LACF, DFI provided their consult to short-list them to a final eight, providing a balanced selection and representation of the participating countries.
QPO on the other hand is set to wow classical music lovers through its most recent collaboration with the Dominican National Symphonic Orchestra under world-acclaimed conductor Jose Molina. The Caribbean Gems classical concert will be held at Katara’s Opera House on October 10.
There will be a total of 15 performances and eight film screenings over the course of the ten-day festival all of which will highlight the Latin America’s history and art through an array of traditional, folkloric and modern art expressions. Fans interested in finding out more about LACF can follow Katara’s twitter (@kataraqatar) and Facebook accounts (https://www.facebook.com/#!/KataraQatar).
Tickets for all performances can be purchased at the Virgin Megastores from 9.30am to 12midnight at both Landmark and Villaggio outlets. They can also be purchased online at www.virginmegastore.me.
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