Katara European Jazz Festival kicks off Wednesday
Katara – The Cultural Village Foundation has announced the launch of the seventh edition of the Katara European Jazz Festival, which will take place from Tuesday to November 6 in cooperation with the embassies of 11 European countries.
In his speech at a press conference on Tuesday, Katara’s chief executive, Professor Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, welcomed the return of the festival in light of the precautionary measures taken by the government.
“The festival is experiencing remarkable development in its current version, because it is sponsored by the European Union, while in its previous editions, it was only based on the participation and sponsorship of embassies. It hosts an orchestra from France in this version. “
He noted that the festival managed to confirm its name as a global arts event, based on the successes achieved in the previous version. He praised the existing cooperation between Katara and the embassies of European countries in Qatar, which has resulted in the opening of important cultural and civilizational windows to introduce European musical creativity. He also expressed his gratitude to the sponsors of the festival.
In turn, the ambassadors thanked Katara for the organization of the festival, as well as the sponsors. They also spoke about their country’s participation.
Spanish Ambassador Maria Belen Alfaro Hernandez said: “Since our first participation in the festival, we have welcomed groups from Catalonia, Galicia, Madrid and the Basque Country. We look forward to welcoming Sergio de Lope, an Andalusian artist this year.
Edgar Dörig, Ambassador of Switzerland, thanked Katara and the sponsors and invited the audience to attend the event and enjoy Swiss folklore and live electronic music.
Hungarian Ambassador Ferenc Korom said: “Having grown up in different countries, musicians come from diverse backgrounds; however, they play together in a perfect symphony. We have to find this symphony in our lives to achieve our goals and live a life. happy. ”
Polish envoy Janusz Janke said: “Poland will be represented by one of the most talented jazz artists of the young generation, the phenomenal duo of Monika Borzym and Krzysztof Dys. They will present their joint project, ‘Monika Borzym Sings Old Songs’, which is inspired by songs written by Polish composers and literary authors before 1939. “
Portuguese Ambassador Dr António Alves de Carvalho said he was “looking forward to sharing some Portuguese jazz with the Qatari audience. After a year without the Katara European Jazz Festival, we are all very excited to the idea of seeing everyone together again. ”
Italian envoy Alessandro Prunas said: “I am proud that for the very first time Ferra and Casarano will present themselves as a unique duo here in Doha, combining their instruments in a moving and intense concert for our audience in Qatar.”
Eleni Michalopoulou, Ambassador of Greece, said: “The universality of music as a means of communication and understanding will allow Qatari society to come together and celebrate the return to live cultural events after a long period of restrictions pandemic. ”
German Envoy Dr Claudius Fischbach said: “I am pleased to present a German jazz band to participate in the 7th European Katara Jazz Festival. I have no doubts that Jin Jim will delight audiences in Doha with his innovative blend of Latin, jazz and rock. “
French Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Faivre declared: “The festival is a precious opportunity to welcome the talented National Jazz Orchestra. It is our greatest honor to have the 19 musicians of the ensemble on stage.
William Asselborn, Belgian envoy, said: “Belgium has played a key role in the history of jazz … and this tradition is carried on by the current generation of artists. MEQ is one of the most talented groups in contemporary Belgian jazz and without a doubt one of the most beautiful European jazz experiences of the moment. “
Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, Ambassador of Austria, added: “Proud that we are once again able to present the various European expressions of jazz. I consider Doha and Katara to be a great place for the jazz festival. “
The sponsors of the event are Qatar Airways, Qatar Music Academy, FNAC, Fifty-One East, EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), Delegation of the European Union to the State of Qatar, Delegation of the Union European Union in Kuwait.