Launched in 2010, the Cultural Village Katara is considered as Doha’s cultural hub, encompassing an open-air amphitheatre, an opera house, a drama theatre and a series of well-frequented international restaurants. Katara presents a varied range of regular performances and exhibitions by international and local artists, orchestras, and opera and theatre companies. Katara is home to DFI’s year-round offices and many Qatari associations; as well, several important visual and performing arts organizations have their offices in Katara.
In 1995, towards the end of the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo, the Obala Art Centre initiated the Sarajevo Film Festival with the aim of helping to reconstruct civil society and retain the cosmopolitan spirit of its city. Today, over two decades later, it is a trailblazing film festival with a special focus on the region of Southeast Europe that shines an international spotlight on the region’s talent, their current films and future projects. High-quality programming, a strong industry segment, and an educational and networking platform for young filmmakers attract the international film industry, film authors and media representatives to the event, along with a public audience of more than 100,000. Together, this makes it a leading film festival in Southeast Europe.
The Giffoni Experience is one of the most relevant international cultural events for youth. The Giffoni Film Festival, named after the town in the south of Italy where it originated, was launched in 1971 by 18-year-old Claudio Gubitosi, and has made its mark internationally thanks to its unique ability to select and present the best in films for young people. Giffoni’s main focus is making children and young adults, who attend from 50 countries worldwide, the protagonists of the event by providing them with the opportunity to sit on the juries that decide the festival’s winners. The event has developed over the years, becoming a true global experience for children, youth and their families. Capable of attracting celebrities and industry professionals from around the world, Giffoni is now a comprehensive, year-long cultural event that is exported worldwide.