2021 to be celebrated as Qatar-US Year of Culture: QM

2021 to be celebrated as Qatar-US Year of Culture: QM

By QLNews

Qatar Museums (QM) has announced that next year will be marked as Qatar-US 2021 Year of Culture.

The announcement builds on the commitment of the two countries to further solidify relations and increase cooperation across different domains as highlighted during the 3rd Qatar-US Strategic Dialogue held in Washington, DC, this week.

Under this ambition, top officials from Qatar and US inked a cooperative agreement during the high-level dialogue.

QM, under the leadership of its chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani had announced on Monday that the US will be the official partner nation for the 2021 Year of Culture.

The decision seeks to enhance cultural and artistic exchange between the two countries and nurture mutual understanding as well as encourage intercultural dialogue.

In a statement yesterday, Sheikha Al Mayassa said that the 2021 Year of Culture has been specifically tailored to present a diverse program featuring exhibitions, festivals, bilateral exchanges, and events to be held in both countries.

On the occasion, Sheikha Mayassa said, “We inaugurated the Year of Culture program in celebrating Qatar’s successful bid to host the World Cup in 2022. We started our program in 2012 celebrating Qatar - Japan’s 40 years of bilateral relations. We continued to celebrate cities hosting the World Cup, with Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018.”

“The year-long program celebrates two nations and the diversity of its people and cultures. Qatar will host the next World Cup in 2022 and the US will bring the next version to its grounds in 2026,” she added.

Culture goes beyond the arts, it’s a measure of lifestyle that extends to all areas of life, HE said.

“We celebrate culture, sports, business, education, music and much more. I look forward to working on building on the existing strong relationship between our nations, and explore new opportunities together,” the QM Chairperson added.

Starting in 2012, Qatar began marking the Year of Culture annually as a way to highlight and strengthen its cultural ties with different countries. Qatar Museums (QM) leads this initiative for the country.

So far the countries have included: Japan in 2012, the United Kingdom in 2013, Brazil in 2014, Turkey in 2015), China in 2016, Germany in 2017, Russia in 2018, India in 2019 and France in 2020.

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