Posted on May 08, 2018

On the occasion of Europe Day, the European Union Member-State Embassies based in Qatar have decided to work together with Qatari authorities to organize an event linked to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. This event will be a panel discussion on the preservation of cultural heritage. The event, which will be co-sponsored by EU Member-State Embassies in Qatar, with the support of EUNIC (the European cultural cluster in Doha), will take place in partnership with the Qatar National Library (QNL) during the current Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will be accompanied by an exhibition of GIFs drawn from European libraries collections.


From 1 – 31 October 2017, all GIF-­makers, cultural heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the internet were invited, through a competition launched by Europeana (the EU digital platform for cultural heritage, to re-use digitized cultural heritage material and create brand new GIFs by remixing copyright-free and openly licensed material from international digital libraries. Videos showcasing the competition winning GIFs will be displayed on digital touch screens at QNL.

Day of Europe celebrated 2 [].jpgPANEL DISCUSSION

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sohair Westawy, Executive Director of Qatar National Library

Musical interlude by Sonja Park (piano)

Panel discussion: Where the Past Meets the Future: Working Together to preserve our Cultural Heritage”

Panel members:

  • Mr Kees Wieringa, Director of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
  • Dr. Anna Paolini, Director, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of Gulf & Yemen
  • Mr Stephane Ipert, Acting Director of the Heritage Library & Manager of Conservation & Preservation, Qatar National Library
  • Dr Farhan Sakal, Head of Archaeological Operations, Qatar Museums
  • Dr.Mounia Chekhab, Curator, Museum of Islamic Art

Moderator: Mrs. Mona Hamed Hussain, Director of Legal Affairs, Qatar Museums

Exhibition: Arab and German Tales – Transcending Cultures

The Embassy of Germany has the pleasure to invite you to an ongoing exhibition at QNL, Arab and German Tales – Transcending Cultures. It features original artifacts and historic documents of storytelling from ancient to modern times. It includes a papyrus collection, fragments from 1001 Nights, illustrated handwritings, manuscripts and early prints of travel reports and fairytales.

The Exhibition documents oral narrations prevalent in the Arab world and Germany starting from antiquity up to the modern days  with well-known examples like the Arabian Nights and the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. The exhibition will also showcase the so far unexplored wealth of local Qatari tales. Both in the Arab world and Germany, these tales are nowadays perceived as fictional literature for children and figure prominently in modern adaptations including film. The exhibition intends to show the transcultural value of narrative traditions as a shared intangible cultural heritage.