By Darya Yepiphanova
Qatari artists performed at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, while a Qatari cultural village set up in the square near the Philharmonic. Guests found pleasant surprises in each national pavilion, tasting national cuisine, sweets and drinks from this Eastern country, while being entertained by Qatari national music and perusing folk crafts.
Belarus’ Culture Minister, Pavel Latushko, noted at the solemn opening ceremony, “Qatar’s Days of Culture in Belarus is a significant event in our two countries’ cultural life, showing our desire to strengthen mutual cultural ties.” He emphasised that the event provides a good opportunity for Belarusians to learn more about Qatar’s unique cultural traditions. “Belarus’ Days of Culture, held in Qatar in March 2012, made it clear that the Qatari people are interested in our culture. I think that Belarusians will feel the same.”
Mr. Latushko joined Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, in signing an executive programme of cultural co-operation between the governments of Belarus and Qatar for 2011-2013. The ministers expressed hope for fruitful collaboration in cultural and educational areas.