Posted on May 21, 2011

Children as young as eight showcased their talents in music and dance during the World Environment Day (WED) 2011 Group Performance Talent Contest held yesterday at the Education City Student Center.

Fifteen groups competed in the talent show which kicked off the celebration of WED in Qatar this year under the global theme ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’. This is the fifth year events have been organised to commemorate the WED and cooperate with over 100 countries around the world to send the message of taking good care of the environment.

The number of participants in the Group competition reached over a hundred, coming from International and Independent schools, who were adjudged by a panel representing different organisations including Qatar Music Academy, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Friends of the Environment Centre among others.

Under the auspices of Dr Saif Ali Al Hajari, Vice Chairman of the Qatar Foundation, in his capacity as Chairman of Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC), the competitions are being organised by the International Academy for Intercultural Development (IAID). World Environment Day which was initiated by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972, is celebrated annually on June 5. The day has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

Each year World Environment Day highlights in its theme one important environmental issue and this year WED focuses on the importance of the world’s forests for the integrity of creation and the survival of humankind. For Qatar, WED is a special opportunity to bring the whole community together in support of a cause that affects everyone - the planet Earth.

The WED 2011 Talent Contest – Individual Category will be held at the Education City Student Center today at 4pm wherein close to 50 exciting individual music and dance performances will be witnessed by the audience.

On May 27, a painting contest which is open to all ages will be held at the International Academy for Intercultural Development (IAID). With the theme ‘I Love Planet Earth’, the painting contest is expected to generate more than 1,500 entries. On the World Environment Day itself on June 5, a painting exhibition will be held at the Qatar National Theatre where the prize-awarding ceremony will be held in the evening featuring music and dance performances.

source: The Peninsula