What to expect from the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019

2019-01-15 14:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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In a world where countries can be at each other's throats, two nations are instead celebrating their differences together.

Every year Qatar Museums host a year-long cultural exchange programme to foster mutual understanding and beneficial relations between Qatar and the world through exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events. They've hosted the programme with Russia, Germany, China, Turkey, Brazil, the UK and Japan, which was the first country to take part in the project.

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In 2019, Qatar will be partnering with India for their Year of Culture, showing off each other's history, art and performances. Key events to look forward to in India include The Monsoon Wedding musical in January in New Delhi, and a contemporary Art Qatar Exhibition – showcasing Qatar’s rapid, social and urban transformation through the eyes of talented emerging artists from the country. 

The first initiative launched is a photography competition where Qatar-based photographers can submit photos and videos about cricket, one of India's favourite sports.

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“Since its launch with the Qatar-Japan Year of Culture 2012, the Years of Culture programme has been building bridges between Qatar and the world, celebrating both our similarities as well as our differences. After several successful editions, we are pleased to launch Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019," comments Qatar Museums' acting CEO Ahmad Al Namla. 

"Our two countries have long enjoyed a close partnership, one that extends beyond economic ties. Our aspiration is that the Year of Culture programme will further strengthen our existing ties, encourage new encounters, and spur creativity and curiosity among the new generations of both countries, so that they may feel inspired to achieve great things together.

Qatar Airways announced that they would be the official airline partner for this year-long joint celebration of two countries' cultural legacy. Currently the airline flies 102 weekly flights between Doha and 13 destinations in India. 

“As the Official Airline Partner, Qatar Airways also looks forward to being the bridge between both countries by bringing more travellers from India to Doha, so that they can experience Qatar’s incredible hospitality and cultural heritage throughout the year,” says Qatar's CEO Akbar Al Baker.

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