Each year, Qatar runs a cultural exchange with a different country, which involves a variety of exhibitions, festivals, performances, educational programmes and other events throughout the year. The aim of the programme is to promote and celebrate both cultures.
This year’s events for Qatar Turkey are expected to include an open-air Turkish bazaar at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park and an exhibition curated by the MIA called ‘The Hunt’, which will display images from Qatari and Ottoman Royal collections. Musical performances will also be held throughout both countries, showcasing both Turkish and Arab traditional music and dance, and a Turkish film week will be taking place in collaboration with the Doha Film Institute.
The idea is for both countries to hold events that allow people to explore their cultural similarities, as well as their difference, to foster the exchange of ideas and encourage debate and collaboration.
Its inaugural year featured exhibitions from Japanese artists such as Takashi Murakami, followed by a year of collaborations with the UK for 2013, and a calendar of events with Brazil – including a food festival – last year.
History and Identity: Literary Majlis with Iskender Pala
Join renowned Turkish author Iskender Pala and explore the intricate world of Turkish Divan literature. The author will be reading excerpts from his work and leading a discussion about the relationship between history and literature, the significance of historical narratives and the responsibility of non-fiction novelists in contributing to society’s memory and understand of history.
April 28. Check with the website for latest times. MIA Atrium, www.mia.org.qa/en