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16/04/2017 - 07:00hs

Qatar to hold Latin and Caribbean culture festival

Brazil and 11 other Latin American and Caribbean countries will be represented at the ‘Roots’ festival, scheduled from April 18 to 22 in Doha. There will be exhibitions and dance and music presentations.

São Paulo – Latin America and the Caribbean will be in the spotlight in Qatar during the Roots: Festival of the Latin American and the Caribbean countries, scheduled from April 18 to 22 at the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara, in Doha. Brazil is one of the 12 participating countries.

The festival will include exhibitions and dance and music presentations from the region’s countries. Brazilian photographer Thomas Napoleão will hold an exhibit with his images portraying the new life of Syrian refugees in Brazil. His pictures tell the stories of men, women and children that have left the Arab nation in search of a more safe and peaceful life.

In addition to Brazil, the festival also includes Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Cuba, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama and Uruguay. “We are confident that this lively and colorful festival will contribute in achieving the desired goals and enhancing the channels of communication between people from all walks of life, while developing in each person a deeper understanding and appreciation of the different art forms related to Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Khalid bin Ibrahuim Al-Sulaiti, Katara general manager, in a press conference held for the launch of the festival.

“This cultural edifice has consistently provided full assistance and support to all the diplomatic missions accredited in the State of Qatar,” praised Kabalan Abi Saab, Ecuador’s ambassador and dean of the ambassadors from the Latin American countries. Brazil’s representative in the event was João Belloc, minister-counsellor of the Brazilian embassy in Doha.

The festival opens on April 18 at 7 pm with a concert and dance presentation by Ecuadorian artists. During the week, the event will also have dance and music presentations by artists from Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Cuba.

The exhibitions will be open from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and cultural presentations begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is free, but tickets must be ordered via Katara’s website (www.katara.net/en/whats-on/events/Festivals/Roots/2274).

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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