India chosen as Partner Nation for Qatar’s 2019 Year of Culture

By QLNews

Qatar is a nation that has always been interested in building cultural ties with countries around the world.

As part of the initiatives, Qatar Museums (QM) had begun celebrating ‘Year of Culture’ way back in 2012.

After Japan (2012), United Kingdom (’13), Brazil (’14), Turkey (’15), China (’16), Germany (’17) and Russia (’18), QM announced India as the Official Partner Nation for the 2019 Year of Culture, reported Gulf Times.

The event will kickstart an exciting array of programme comprising exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events set to take place in both countries over the next 12 months.

The programme, which is carefully curated, is specially designed to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between both nations. The Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture will invite audiences in both countries to explore their cultural similarities, as well as celebrate their differences. 

“We’re happy to partner with QM for the ‘Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture’ and look forward to organising some cultural events during the period,” India’s Ambassador to Qatar P Kumaran was quoted as saying by The Peninsula.

“These events will cover a wide range of activities including dance performances, musical presentations, film festivals, painting and photography exhibitions, food festivals, fashion shows, calligraphy exhibitions, textiles exhibitions and yoga,” he added.

The Qatar-India 2019 logo reflects how festivals are at the heart of people’s lives in India. The numerous Indian festivals held throughout the year offer a unique way to see Indian culture at its best.

The Devanagari font, one of the most popular fonts for writing Hindi, is combined with Arabic to create a harmonious blend of the two scripts, reported Qatar Tribune.

Some of the key events to look forward to in India include ‘The Monsoon Wedding The Musical,’ scheduled to take place this month in New Delhi, and a contemporary Art Qatar Exhibition — a landmark exhibition showcasing Qatar’s rapid social and urban transformation through the eyes of talented emerging artists from the country.

In Qatar, people will be able to enjoy the Year of Culture experience at the Doha International Book Fair 2019, where India will be the Guest of Honour.

Other highlights include an exhibition by Raqs Media Collective, and a ‘Festival of India’ event that will feature a range of visual arts and performances such as classical dance and music as well as cinema and theatre.

Qatar-India 2019, sponsored by Qatar Airways, was planned in collaboration with leading institutions in the two countries, including their embassies, Qatar's Ministry of Culture and Sport, Qatar Foundation, the National Tourism Council, the Doha Film Institute and others.

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