Years of Culture
Building bridges between nations
Every year, we run a cultural exchange programme that aims to convey Qatar to an international audience. Through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, our programmes promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between countries. They invite people to explore their cultural similarities, as well as their differences.
The Years of Culture is a unique initiative by the State of Qatar to deepen its ties with nations and people around the world through mutual cultural collaborations. As the guest country for 2019, India partnered with Qatar to explore and celebrate their cultural similarities and differences, bringing the two nations closer. The selection of programmes were based on 12 pillars that included theatre, music, museums, exhibitions, sports, cinema, photography, sustainability, literature, education, fashion and design.
Both countries facilitated the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences of traditional and contemporary culture, via a host of workshops, performances, exhibitions, talk and events. In the true spirit of fostering cultural exchange, this years’ programme enabled people from both nations to forge long-lasting, collaborative relationships, strengthen their friendships and gain enriching experiences.
The award-winning Igor Moiseyev Ballet marked the beginning of the Qatar Russia 2018 Year of Culture. The performance, directed by Elena Shcherbakova, renowned artistic and executive director of Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance, is part of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Years of Culture initiative.
In partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region and the German Embassy Doha. The broad and varied programme involves a number of high profile organisations in Qatar including the Qatar National Library, Doha Film Institute, Katara, and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
The year-long programme involves exhibitions, competitions and events – all designed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany.
This year, we celebrate the cultural ties between Qatar and China. The Qatar-China 2016 Year of Culture will connect cultures and promote mutual understanding. It will celebrate and explore common values between each of our cultures, breaking down barriers and opening minds.
This is a partnership that will further demonstrate that Qatar is a cultural destination open to the world. We hope that it will bring a taste of China’s culture to Qatar, and take our heritage, art and traditions to the world.
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In 2015, we explored the contemporary and traditional cultures of Turkey, including world class exhibitions, such as the travelling Pearls exhibition, educational programmes and cultural exchanges across both countries.
In 2014, we ran an exciting cultural exchange programme with Brazil. It built on a legacy of artistic exchange between the two nations and celebrated their combined spirit. Although Qatar and Brazil may seem worlds apart, they have enjoyed close ties in recent years.