Posted on April 26, 2019

The third edition of Katara Oud Festival continues to grab international attention as it witnesses participants and music lovers from around the world who are impressed of the festival concept and organisation.

From Germany, musician and composer Lucas flew in for the first time to Qatar specially to attend the festival. “The scene here seems beautiful; everything is well organized and the setting of the festival is awesome. I think the festival is really important. The Oud is a very unique and traditional kind of musical instrument and I am a fan of this musical instrument in addition to being a fan of other kinds of music in Europe,” he said.

Lucas said he was inspired by the festival to establish an institution in Germany to teach the Oud instrument while he praised the idea of having such a concept for a festival. “I think that traditional music is gradually being forgotten in some countries and this festival focuses on one valuable instrument from the heart of Arabian traditional music which revives culture and art,” he added. Michaelis from Cyprus said that the festival Is so special as it combines the Mediterranean culture and the Arabian, European culture. He added that despite the fact that the Oud is an Eastern musical instrument, it has become a key element in the European concerts. “I am fascinated by the festival and the concept of gathering all these musicians from all around the world in one place,” he added.

The festival, which concludes today, features performances, seminars and an exhibition of Oud manufacturers.

source: The Peninsula