Japan was the talk of Doha in the 2012 Year of Culture and last year we were all celebrating the UK in a year of cooperation and collaboration. This year, Qatar Museums is marketing the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture 2014 with a host of events throughout the countries to foster understanding and learning opportunities between the two cultures.
We’ve already seen a range of art exhibitions, activities, film screenings and a fashion competition spread through Doha and the rest of the year is set to be just as exciting.
DFI Cinema Showcase
Doha Film Institute is currently hosting a regular cinema showcase taking place on the last weekend of each month and presented in partnership with Qatar Museums to celebrate the Year of Culture Qatar-Brazil 2014.
DFI is presenting, at their base in Katara Cultural Village and at the Museum of Islamic Art, a selection of exceptional classic and contemporary films that highlight the rich diversity of Brazil’s cinematic history, bringing Doha audiences unforgettable works from internationally renowned directors. Check www.dohafilminstitute.com for screening details and ticket prices.
Qatar-Brazil: A Photographic Journey
A group from Qatar, including two Qatari photographers – Aref Hussain and Abdulla Al Tamimi – went on an expedition to four cities throughout Brazil to document the country through their eyes. Meanwhile, a couple of Brazilian photographers also visited Qatar to show us what they see when they explored the country and captured their memories through the lens. The photographs they each emerged with are being shown in a group exhibition at the Qatar Photographic Society gallery this month and will demonstrate how the perception of a country differs depending on who's looking.
June 4-30, 10am-10pm. Building 18, Katara Cultural Village (4408 1812).
Create & Inspire is one of the region’s most popular art competitions and this year it’s offering 12 talented young artists in the UK and the Gulf, aged 16 to 25, the chance to travel to Brazil in September 2014 to experience one of the most colourful cultures in the world. The theme is ‘The World is not Black and White’, inspired by Qatar-Brazil 2014 Year of Culture and they’re still accepting online submissions until June 12.
Speaking with Brasilia-born Qatar Museums employee Eduardo Barbosa Martorelli
Where are you from in Brazil?
I am from Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. Brasilia is a relatively new city, only 54 years old, that was built with the purpose of replacing Rio de Janeiro as the country's capital and attracting people and development to the interior as everything used to be concentrated in the coastal areas. Brasilia is the only city in the world that was constructed in the 20th century to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for architectural feats.
What do you do in Doha?
I am a consultant for the Qatar-Brazil 2014 Year of Culture. My job description includes work on programme and partnership development, admin, monitoring and evaluation, communications, diplomatic relations, event coordination and management.
Most importantly, I am responsible for the institutional relations with the partners in Brazil. I research, initiate contact and coordinate all projects to make sure that the Brazilian element is being well represented. I also assist our communications team in editing and translating content to Portuguese.
Where do you like to go to get a taste of home in Doha?
I play football at Aspire every Tuesday night with a group of friends. I always participate in festivities like National Day and National Sports Day as the passion and unity of the people greatly remind me of home. Lastly and most importantly, here, like in Brazil, family remains the pillar of society and I love going to the malls and parks to see it in first hand and remember the warmth of home.
How was the move from Brazil?
I did not find the move from Brazil to Doha hard at all. The hospitality here is amazing and the focus of my life at the moment is on work.
At only 24 years old, I am simply eager to work, learn and gain experience. Of course I miss my family and friends but, professionally speaking, there is no better place I could be right now.