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BAYANIHAN, The National Dance Company, looks back at its triumphs as it moves onward with each new presentation. From Folkdance translated into the modern stage, Bayanihan carefully advances into Folklore, and beyond, with Filipino History and national identity as its guide. After all Bayanihan literally means patriotism or love of country, its root word being bayani (hero), - a kind of hero that renders personal service to his community which during Spanish times was known as polo and, or, falla. In this regard, we dare say that each one of those involved in Bayanihan are literally national heroes and artist who reiterate through dance, music, percussion, dress and action what is Filipino.

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Our Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the entire Filipino Community to support our very own Philippine PRIDE, THE BAYANIHAN DANCE TROUPE, who who shall be performing at the Esplanade in front of the Katara Cultural Village Amphitheater this 11th and 12th January 2016 at 7:30pm

The festival is organised as part of the Intercultural Dialogue and Cultural Diversity Programme of UNESCO in Qatar and funded by Katara Cultural Village in order to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding and awareness.

Bayanihan, the National Dance Company of the Philippines takes its name from an ancient Filipino tradition called Bayanihan, which means working together for a common good. In 1956 Dr. Helena Z Benitez founded the Bayanihan Folk Dance Group of the Philippine Women’s University. The following year, 1957, it was formally organized as the Bayanihan Folk Arts Center with the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company as its performing arm. Both the center and the dance company were tasked to research on and preserve indigenous Philippine art forms in music, dance, costumes and folklore; to restructure and enhance these research findings to evolve repertoires suited to the demands of contemporary theater; and to promote international goodwill through performances at home and abroad.

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At The Katara, The festival will bring performing groups from the total of 20 countries representative of all continents (Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal, India, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Georgia, Russia, Turkey, Tajikistan, Italy, Serbia, Spain, Czech Republic, Argentina, and Cuba) to Katara Cultural Village to perform 3 days each. The performances will be organised every week until the 25 May 2016 to mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on 21 May. The launching event on 10 January will be opened by the Deputy Minister of Education of Qatar, the General Manager of Katara Cultural Village, and the Director of the UNESCO Office in Doha.

The opening of the Festival will take place on 10 January 2016 at 11AM at Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16.

Under the same programme, two regional conferences on cultural diversity and social inclusion and two national training workshops on intercultural dialogue and UNESCO Conventions and declarations targeted will also be organised during this year.

The festival, conferences and workshops will play an important role in promoting intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in Qatar within the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), which is a commitment to addressing the need for actions against violence and intolerance, and such principles as human dignity, conviviality and solidarity which are the corner stones of human coexistence.

 

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