Qatar Airways has been named the Official Airline Partner for the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019.
This development marks the beginning of a year-long collaboration that will see both nations jointly celebrate their unique cultural legacies.
Developed by Qatar Museums, the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 will invite audiences in both Qatar and India to explore their cultural heritage through an exciting array of programmes, including a variety of Qatari-Indian exhibitions, musical performances, fashion, film and artistic events.
The Year of Culture programme, developed under the patronage of chairperson, Qatar Museums, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has continued to grow each passing year, with the Qatar-Russia Year of Culture 2018 programme being the largest cultural collaboration to date.
“We are delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019, taking place in both Qatar and India,” chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker remarked. “As an airline, we believe that culture is a universal connector that brings people together, and this year-long event will enable both societies to share a mutual path of understanding and appreciation of each other.”
In Qatar, residents and visitors 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, which makes contemporary art, edits books and curates exhibitions, and a ‘Festival of India’ event that will feature a range of visual arts and performances, such as classical dance and music (both Indian and Western), as well as cinema and theatre.
Key events to look forward to in India include ‘The Monsoon Wedding’ musical 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.
Acting CEO, Qatar Museums, Ahmad Al Namla said: “Since its conception, 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. 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,” he concluded.