QF D’reesha Performing Arts Festival opens in Education City

The opening ceremony of the inaugural Qatar Foundation (QF) performing arts festival, D’reesha – organized in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Qatar National Day and the Daam Fund – brought together members of the Qatari community to celebrate local music, theater, culture and the Arabic language.

Vice President and CEO of QF HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, HE Minister of Sports and Youth Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali, HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali al-Jabr al-Nuaimi, and HE the Minister of State and President of the Qatar National Library, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari, attended the ceremony at the Ceremonial Court of Education City as the festival of six days began.
The opening event saw a performance by the QF Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by famous Qatari singer Fahad al-Kubaisi.
Hadeer Omar, Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts at Commonwealth University of Virginia, QF Partner in Qatar and Freelance New Media Artist, presented a bright and visual experience.
Other performances include that of the group Al Kufiya dabke, a bicycle painting show by Fatima al-Naimi and an interactive percussion experience.
Qatari actor Ghanim al-Sulaiti spoke at the opening ceremony of D’reesha, saying, “Art is a very natural skill that is innate in humans, and a human will improve this skill with practice, experience and study.
“As we are here at the Qatar Foundation Education City, we take this opportunity to re-emphasize the importance of education,” he said. “We look forward to the Qatar Foundation continuing to play an active role in supporting the performing arts, through its projects and initiatives. “
“This inaugural edition of the D’reesha Performing Arts Festival also reflects the connection between art and science, which is important for building the artistic community, but also for shaping communities based on beauty and justice,” al-Sulaiti added.
Qatari researcher and entrepreneur Rooda al-Qebaisi, a former QF * Stars of Science student, also spoke at the ceremony: “Science and art have always been linked, and this relationship is very integrated.
“Passion is something that scientists and researchers have in common with artists,” she said. “This is what motivated me to participate in * Stars of Science and to live this experience by creating a smart application related to event management.
“With this innovation, I have sought to make life easier for people when they want to attend artistic performances and to give them the opportunity to enjoy these performances in a creative way,” al-Qebaisi added. “Science, research and the arts have one mission: to support the growth and happiness of societies. “
D’reesha runs until December 17, 5-8 p.m. daily.
As part of the weekly program of shows and cultural performances, visitors will be able to enjoy * Showtime! musical today, a Latin Fuego show on Wednesday and Dana Alfardan’s Indigo concert on Thursday.
During the festival, performances will cover different areas of interest – such as research, education, technology and science – and will take place at Green Spine, Ceremonial Court and Chef’s Garden in Education City, respecting the local physical distancing. guidelines.
D’reesha takes place during the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Education City’s vibrant community ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

James C. Tibbs