Qatar Museums launched the "Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture" during a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art. Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture will be the fourth consecutive Year of Culture, following Qatar Japan 2012, Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Brazil 2014. It will celebrate the relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey through cultural partnerships between Qatari and Turkish organisations, institutions and individuals.
Qatari Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, the Turkish Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Professor Ahmet Haluk Dursun, His Excellency the Qatari Ambassador in Turkey Mr. Salem Al Shafi, and the Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar His Excellency Mr Ahmet Demirok attended the VIP reception held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
"Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture" is held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, the Chairperson of Qatar Museums. HE Sheikha Al Mayassa expressed pride and excitement to celebrate the rich heritage between Qatar and Turkey during this cultural year, which will promote mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the two countries, and will also inspire the next generation of audiences and cultural ideas. "I am looking forward to a promising and exceptional cultural year," HE Sheikha Al Mayassa said.
An ensemble of traditional Turkish instruments set the mood for the year and entertained the one hundred VIP guests from both Turkey and Qatar as they celebrated the start of a promising year of cultural events. The delicate notes of the Turkish Tambur, Ney and violin delightfully echoed around the museum, captivating guests and bringing the sounds of Turkey to the heart of Doha.
Commenting on the event, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari expressed exceptional pleasure for joining Turkey this year for two reasons: the depth of Arab and Turkish cultural ties that are deeply rooted in history, and the importance of the Turkish culture which is one of the richest cultures in the world.
Many activities will be held this year, and they will not be limited to the cultural areas, but there will be also many activities between the two sides in sport, trade and other areas that will open up long-term relationships between individuals and institutions in the two countries, the Minister added.
Professor Ahmet Haluk Dursun, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said, “It is a great pleasure for me to be here at this unique museum in Doha on the occasion of the opening ceremony of 2015 Turkey-Qatar Year of Culture. Doha is the glittering pearl of the Gulf, with which we have been enjoying friendly relations for 500 years.”
In an exciting programme, Qatar Turkey Year of Culture events will be grouped under four main categories: Art & Culture, Community & Education, Sports and Business and Trade.