The third issue of Culture, a quarterly magazine published by Katara Publishing, has arrived at the stands.
As with the previous two editions, the third edition contains a wealth of information on a wide range of cultural activities and trends in Qatar and includes interviews with famous people who have made an impact on the cultural and social arena, a press statement said.
The magazine has gained tremendous popularity in a short period of time due to its rich and diverse content curated by a dedicated editorial team. It will be distributed free of charge in Qatar and abroad through diplomatic missions and to leading institutions and offices in all sectors, the statement said.
Culture was conceived by Katara Publishing, which falls under Katara – the Cultural Village Foundation, as a forum to highlight the diversity of Qatar’s culture and to serve as an interactive platform between different stakeholders and readers to promote the cultural sector and the local and local population to inform international readers about the latest trends and activities in the industry.
“As the leading cultural institution in Qatar, we felt it was our duty to bring out a publication that gives a voice to the people and institutions in the cultural sector. As in so many other areas, Qatar is also at the forefront of culture, with several major events we have organized, generating regional and global interest and participation,” said Prof. Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara.
The latest 400-page issue of the magazine has its cover story on falconry, with a particular focus on Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital, which has state-of-the-art falcon care facilities.
It also includes features of other important parts of Qatari culture such as abaya, gahwa (Arabic coffee tradition), batoola (traditional face covering worn by Qatari women), souvenirs from Qatar and interviews with famous figures from art, media, literature and film like the late Virgil Abloh, Khalid Jassem, Dr. Ahmad Abdul Malik, Khalifa al-Marri and Anas Abu Qamar and some other features.
“The first two issues were well received and we are delighted with the enthusiastic response. We have launched this magazine at a time when global attention is focused on Qatar for a number of reasons. We believe that culture is an important part of a country’s reach in the world and Qatar understands the importance and power of culture in creating a positive image and influencing the world. This magazine seeks to add value to these efforts and expand our communication with the world,” said Khalid al-Sayed, Editor-in-Chief of Culture.
Shaikha Hamad Ahmad al-Thani, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, commented: “As the first magazine of its kind in Qatar, ‘Culture’ fills a long-standing gap. A key reason for its success is that it has given players in this field a platform to communicate and be seen with a larger audience, and readers are given a rare glimpse into the country’s vibrant cultural scene.”
In addition to heritage themes, the issue looks at Arabic coffee, the method of its production and presentation, and the traditions of Ramadan in Qatar, what has been updated and what the society has preserved from its ancient heritage. This was reported by the official Qatar news agency.
The magazine highlighted the role of Al-Jasra Club as one of the oldest sources of cultural activity in Qatar. It also covered the 31st edition of the Doha Book Fair and its contributions to making reading a social habit in Qatar and the emergence of creative people in various fields of writing, particularly creative literary writing.
On the artistic side, the third issue of Culture looks at the experiences of Khalifa al-Marri, the promising director, and the echoes of his film Alayan, in addition to the magazine’s discussions of a series of art exhibitions.
In terms of events and initiatives, the edition refers to the second edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival. It also touches on the Qatar Foundation’s sustainability initiatives, such as Car Free Day, as well as Qatar’s landmarks, with the magazine highlighting the most prominent parks to visit in the country.
In the dedicated interviews section, the magazine ran an interview with sportswriter Khaled Jassim, in which he spoke about his program, The Majlis, which blends Qatari and Arab heritage and culture. It also has an interview with writer Dr. Ahmad Abdul Malik, in which he spoke about his recent writings and many subjects related to culture and literature.
Future issues of the magazine will continue the tradition of providing readers with quality content, the press release added.
Those interested in obtaining copies of the magazine can contact Katara Publishing.