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Cultural diversity festival marks Katara


Qatar: Events of the Cultural Diversity festival, held jointly by the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) and the UNESCO office in Doha, continued with a dazzling performance staged by the Austrian group Wachauer Folkstanzgruppe at Katara esplanade.

A significant turnout of visitors watched the traditional folk performance and experienced live music using traditional Austrian music instruments like accordions, flutes, guitar and horn.

Speaking on the occasion, Austrian Charge d'Affaires to Doha Sieglinde Fedele expressed her delight to have Austria presenting at such a "great initiative" between UNESCO and Katara.

"It is [an] opportunity to bring the world to Qatar."

Wachauer Folkstanzgruppe has been performing and joining parades at many international folk dance festivals in Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, China, Australia, Mexico, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, the United States, Canada and Macedonia.

The group came from the Austrian region of Wachau, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2001.

Their home town, Kerms-Stein, is more than 1,000 years old.

The old lanes, houses, churches, abbeys, and especially the river Danube and the vineyard Terraces make this region very picturesque.

Kerms-Stein is located about 880 km west of Austria's capital city Vienna. 

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