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On the occasion of Europe Day, the European Union Member-State Embassies based in Qatar have decided to work together with Qatari authorities to organize an event linked to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. This event will be a panel discussion on the preservation of cultural heritage. The event, which will be co-sponsored by EU Member-State Embassies in Qatar, with the support of EUNIC (the European cultural cluster in Doha), will take place in partnership with the Qatar National Library (QNL) during the current Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will be accompanied by an exhibition of GIFs drawn from European libraries collections.


From 1 – 31 October 2017, all GIF-­makers, cultural heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the internet were invited, through a competition launched by Europeana (the EU digital platform for cultural heritage https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en), to re-use digitized cultural heritage material and create brand new GIFs by remixing copyright-free and openly licensed material from international digital libraries. Videos showcasing the competition winning GIFs will be displayed on digital touch screens at QNL.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Sohair Westawy, Executive Director of Qatar National Library

Musical interlude by Sonja Park (piano)

Panel discussion: Where the Past Meets the Future: Working Together to preserve our Cultural Heritage”

Panel members:

  • Mr Kees Wieringa, Director of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
  • Anna Paolini, Director, UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of Gulf & Yemen
  • Mr Stephane Ipert, Acting Director of the Heritage Library & Manager of Conservation & Preservation, Qatar National Library
  • Dr Farhan Sakal, Head of Archaeological Operations, Qatar Museums

Moderator: Mrs. Mona Hamed Hussain, Director of Legal Affairs, Qatar Museums



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