By Raynald C. Rivera
A show of Moldovan folk dance and music captivated the audience at the Katara Opera House on Friday. Dressed in colorful costumes, the students of the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau, a leading Moldovan cultural institution, entertained the crowd with their impressive performance of a number of dance elements illustrating the rich cultural heritage of Moldova. It was the second time in less than a year that a Moldavian show was organized in Katara.

The event brought together Salman Al Naimi, Director of the Coordination and Monitoring Unit in Katara, Moldovan Ambassador Valeriu Tihonov, ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions as well as the Moldovan community and members of other expatriate communities . Speaking at the event on behalf of Katara, Al Naimi expressed his joy at hosting the event for the second time in less than a year. This follows the success of the first Moldovan music event which showcased Moldova’s beauty and rich cultural heritage, he said.
In a statement, Katara’s Managing Director, Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said Katara is always eager to host cultural events from different parts of the world. He expressed the hope that this event will be followed by other Moldovan cultural and artistic events, as culture is a means of bringing people together as well as promoting peace in all cultures.
Ambassador Tihonov expressed his appreciation for Katara’s excellent efforts in hosting the event. He thanked the performers for presenting an important aspect of the culture of the Moldovan people, noting that Moldova is rich in cultural heritage and creative people.
The mix of colorful costumes, beautiful music and engaging dance elements was greeted with massive applause from a grateful audience from diverse communities. The peninsula