A slogan that brings together the Statue of Liberty in the United States and the arcs of Qatari unity, came to express the launch of the activities of the Qatari-American Cultural Year 2021, and give a concept that emphasizes the permanent partnership between the two countries.
The “Qatar-United States 2021” cultural year aims to enhance cultural and artistic exchange, and affirms the two countries’ renewed commitment to promoting mutual understanding and dialogue between cultures, in accordance with an agreement signed between the two countries last September during the strategic dialogue between the two countries in Washington, DC.
The Cultural Year will witness a series of events throughout the year in both countries, as each will participate in a variety of cultural programs – in an initiative launched by Qatar Museums in 2012 – with a different partner country every year, to highlight the richness of Qatari culture and heritage to the international audience. , While simultaneously displaying the diverse culture of the partner country in Qatar.
Within the framework of the “cultural year”, many exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events are organized that enhance mutual understanding and appreciation between the concerned countries, and invite people to explore historical similarities and differences between them.
Qatar Museums launched the Cultural Year program in 2012 to start with the “Qatar-Japan 2012 year of culture, followed by Qatar-UK 2013, Qatar-Brazil 2014, Qatar-Turkey 2015 and Qatar-China 2016 , And “Qatar-Germany 2017, Qatar-Russia 2018, Qatar-India 2019, and Qatar-France 2020.
The start of the Qatari-American Cultural Year came with a special concert by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the US Air Force Central Band, which was held at the Opera House of the Cultural Village Foundation “Katara” in the Qatari capital, Doha.
After the ceremony, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Qatar Museums, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, confirmed that music is a universal language that speaks directly to the heart, stressing the extent of close cooperation between Qatar and the United States of America.
Sheikha Al Mayassa expected that this cultural year would deepen the understanding between the peoples of the two countries through the expression of common humanity, and the strengthening of the already long-standing ties between the two countries.
As for the Chargé d’Affairs of the United States Embassy to Qatar, Greta C. Holtz stated that the Year of Culture program provides an exceptional framework in which “our two countries can meet to celebrate our long-standing relationship and establish new relationships through communication between the two peoples.”
She pointed out that the musical cooperation between the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the US Air Force Central Band symbolizes the spirit of harmony in the framework of the Cultural Year in a better way.
Coexistence between peoples
In turn, the Qatari journalist Ahmed Al Hammadi, in an interview with Al Jazeera Net, valued the idea of the cultural years launched by Qatar Museums with different countries, stressing that culture and cooperation are the key to coexistence between peoples in the world, and this idea strongly supports the identification of different cultures and coexistence with them.
Al-Hammadi added that over the past 9 years, Qatar Museums have created a new framework for culture through cooperation with 9 different countries, every year a country through which the Qatari society knows about these different cultures and civilizations and the most important features that distinguish them, pointing out that the year is an opportunity to hold various events in Both countries.
He explains that the current year with the United States comes as evidence of the strength of Qatari-American relations, not only in the field of political relations, but also in the cultural, educational and other fields, pointing to the great diversity that cultural years have added by meandering from one continent to another and from country to country Others, and the beneficiaries here are the peoples of those countries.
Qatar and the United States signed the Cultural Year agreement between the two countries 2021 on the sidelines of the strategic dialogue between the two countries, which took place in the American capital, Washington, in September of last year.