Halal Hal Qatar fest from March 22

March 02, 2014 - 5:35:39 am
DOHA: Katara is organising for the third consecutive year the Halal Hal Qatar Festival as one of the highlights of the rich line-up of events this month.

To take place from March 22 to 31, the festival is aimed at reviving the animal trade as an integral part of Qatari culture and heritage.  It will include auctions of goats and sheep, competitions, handicraft, traditional cuisine, popular games, old songs and children’s games.

The 10-day festival will bring to life a rare insight into the sheep and goat industry allowing the public to interact with shepherds and journey into this essential aspect of Qatari tradition. This event also gives the opportunity to promote cultural heritage whilst sharing legacy with the younger Qatari generation, reminding them of the importance of history. 

For the first time in Qatar, Japanese dance troupe Enra will wow Doha audiences with their performances which combine dance, performance art, music, technology and light. They will stage shows from March 13 to 15 in Katara. 

There will also be a number of art exhibitions including photography exhibition “Behind the Veil” from March 9 to 12. The expo is a visual study of the women of Arabia, a seminal photographic oeuvre by the “grande dame” of photography, Eve Arnold, who was the first woman to join the Magnum Photos agency.

“In Search of History in the Present” by Aisha Al Suwaidi and another expo by Mohamed Abou El Naga will open on March 11.

The monthly film screenings will be held on March 12 featuring films by directors from the Gulf and the Arab world as well as internationally. In addition a storytelling program and creative activities for children aged four to seven years will be held on March 16.

Singers Hussain Al Jasmi and Fahad Al Kubaisi will feature in a concert on March 21.

“Katara is continuously updating and increasing its programs to attract the more visitors. Some of these programs are being held for the first time. 

“It is part of Katara’s strategy to introduce our history and identity through these cultural festivals,” said Katara General Manager Dr Khaild bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti.

The Peninsula