Ethiopian Cultural Heritage Celebrated in Qatar

Artists performing at the Katara Drama theatre (Photo credit: The Peninsula)

The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara in collaboration with the Ethiopian embassy celebrated the rich culture and heritage of Ethiopia through performances held at Katara Drama theatre over the last two days. 

The programmes were held in presence of Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Ethiopian Ambassador Meganu Arga, Ethiopian Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr Hirut Woldermariam and representatives of diplomatic missions and media.

The Ethiopian cultural event showcased wide array of events including Ethiopian traditional musical performances and an exhibition on the African country’s Islamic heritage.  The exhibition showcased contemporary artworks of internationally renowned Ethiopian artists. On display were photographs depicting UNESCO sites in Ethiopia, sites related to the country’s Islamic heritage, and other photographs that portray the day-to-day existence and rituals in a typical Ethiopian household. 

Following the inauguration of the exhibition, dancers dressed in traditional costumes and musicians enthralled the audience at Katara Drama theatre, in a warm ambiance full of Ethiopian hospitality presenting Ethiopia’s unique coffee and traditional bread. 

Al Sulaiti warmly welcomed the crowd, stressing that Katara is keen on enhancing the relationship with the embassies in Doha, and ensuring that it hosts events that shed light on different cultures, with an aim to connect people from all walks of life. In addition, Katara’s chief said that Ethiopia has a rich history that shares common features with other countries in the Arab region, due to the deep influence of Islam in the country.

The Ethiopian envoy expressed his gratitude to Katara for supporting and hosting Ethiopia-themed nights for the third consecutive year, noting that the programme has turned out to be a much-anticipated event amongst the residents of Qatar. 

The exhibition is open until the April 15.

Source: The Peninsula