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Exhibition: 'Arab and German Tales – Transcending Cultures'

The Arab and German Tales exhibition at Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), which opened to the public on 17 April 2018, traced how some of the best known tales from both Arab and German – and wider Western – cultures developed from common roots, splitting over the centuries to reflect the societies that adopted them. In 2019, the exhibition traveled to Germany and was displayed under the title ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe: Arab-German Storytelling Traditions’ at the Neues Museum Berlin.

Exhibition ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe‘ in Berlin: A Story of Success

More than 300.000 visitors came to visit the exhibition ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe: Arab-German Storytelling Traditions’ in Berlin. A diverse accompanying program turned the exhibition for young and old into an experience for all senses.

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Exhibition Opening in Berlin ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe: Arab-German Storytelling Traditions’

The festive opening of the joint AGYA and Neues Museum exhibition ‘Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe: Arab-German Storytelling Traditions’, exploring narrative commonalities between Ancient Egypt, the Arab World and Germany, was the cultural highlight of the AGYA Annual Conference 2019 in Berlin.

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'Arab and German Tales' Exhibition Opens at Qatar National Library

H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, the vice chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and chairperson of Qatar National Library's (QNL) board of trustees, opened together with H.E. Dr. Hamad Al-Kawari, Minister of State and vice-prime minister the ‘Arab and German Tales - Transcending Cultures’ exhibition on 17 April 2018 in celebration of the official inauguration of the Qatar National Library.

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About the Exhibition

Storytelling is as old as humanity and at the foundations of civilizations worldwide. Just as cultural practices, religious beliefs, and other aspects of society change through interaction with others, so too do stories. Tales weave between cultures, with each adapting a common story to fit their own unique context. The results are stories that are distinct, yet familiar.

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Member in Charge

Verena Lepper

Egyptology, Oriental Studies
Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection

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