Asean Festival at Katara concludes today

The three-day Asean Festival at Katara, aimed to provide a window to the vibrant and diverse cultures of 600 million-strong Asean population, will conclude today.

The first ever Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Festival has been a huge hit with thousands of visitors flocking to Katara.

The festival features cultural performances, handicraft and tourism promotions of seven Asean-member countries in Doha including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei.

The opening show had performances by prominent musicians and dance troupes, who flew all the way from the Asean-member countries. Range of events and activities include musical and folkloric performances, art exhibitions and traditional dishes.

Several stalls set up at the venue are selling handicrafts, jewelry and traditional clothing. The food kiosks provide an opportunity for visitors to taste the authentic dishes of these countries.

While the cultural shows are being staged at the Katara Drama Theatre, stalls are put up at the Katara Corniche for the various exhibits showcasing the unique aspects of the culture of each Asean-member country. The programme runs from 6pm to 10pm.

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