Qatar Museums honoured the Platinum Sponsors of the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, Qatar Petroleum International and Qatar Shell, during a VIP private gala dinner held at the Museum of Islamic Art featuring Brazilian-inspired cuisine and entertainment. The Years of Culture is an annual initiative by Qatar Museums and co-organised by the Ministry of Culture that aims to forge new partnerships between Qatar and the world through cultural exchange in the areas of community, culture, and sport. As Platinum Sponsors of Qatar Brazil 2014, Qatar Petroleum International and Qatar Shell have provided long term support to Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture in presenting cultural programming that brings the people of Qatar and Brazil together to create mutual understanding that will last generations.
Mr. Nasser Al Jaidah, CEO of QPI said “Qatar Petroleum International is proud to be sponsoring the Qatar Brazil Year of Culture, an important initiative that aims to expand knowledge, develop creative leaders, and drive progress in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Following QPI’s investment in Brazil’s oil producing project called BC-10, the Year of Culture initiative provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate our strong commitment to building global partnerships and creating a positive impact in the international communities where we operate. We are pleased to have a platform to contribute to strengthening Qatar’s cultural, educational, and diplomatic ties to Brazil.”
Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies said “Qatar Shell, in partnership with Qatar Petroleum International, is honoured to be the Platinum Sponsor of the Qatar-Brazil Year of Culture, which brings us and other key organisations in Qatar together to celebrate the richness of Qatari and Brazilian cultures and to appreciate their distinctive contributions to the world. This initiative not only allows us to celebrate the cultural ties between the two countries, it also provides Qatar with a valuable platform to strengthen its global business and research and development connections, which are vital for Qatar’s pursuit of continued and sustainable growth.”
Guests at the event had the opportunity to explore the BC-10 exhibition which showcases the strategic partnership with Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) and Shell. In this new agreement QPI has acquired ownership in an oil production project, called Parque das Conchas (BC-10), located in offshore Brazil. QPI shipped the first internationally acquired oil cargo for the State of Qatar from the BC-10 project earlier this month, a historical achievement in Qatar’s energy supply.
This year’s Qatar Brazil 2014 events to date have been remarkably successful. Early in the year, for example, Qatar Brazil 2014 and the National Museum of Qatar hosted Kheit, an international fashion design competition, for students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar and the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo in Brazil. The top four designers from each university travelled to the other country to be part of the opening of the winning designs exhibitions. Brazil was also well-represented during the Qatar International Food Festival in March 2014 in the MIA Park. The Qatar Brazil zone attracted thousands of visitors to take part in Brazilian dance, music and food over the course of the three-day festival. During each month this year, the Doha Film Institute and QM have screen Brazilian movies in the Brazil Cinema Showcase.
The summer months also saw significant milestones in the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture. In June, the photographic exhibit Qatar Brazil: A Journey from the Amazon to the Desert opened at Katara, featuring the works of two Qatari photographers from the Qatar Photographic Society as they journeyed across Brazil with Qatar Museums and the works of two Brazilian photographers’ exchange trip across Qatar. In July, QM’s iconic exhibit Pearls opened to great acclaim at the renowned Museu de Arte Brasileira (Brazilian Museum of Art) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Over 200 pieces of jewellery are on display alongside the story of Qatar’s historical significance in the international pearl trade.
Qatar Museums and the Ministry of Culture also hosted Qatar Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where numerous Qatari artisans travelled to perform traditional Qatari cultural traditions: music, coffee, henna, and ardha among them. As part of this week-long event, The 1001 Inventions Science from Muslim Civilisations Education Programme launched across schools in Brazil.
Qatar Museums and Qatar Fine Arts Association collaborated with Brazilian artist and curator Luiz Dolino to host a contemporary art exhibition with works by Qatari and Brazilian artists. On October 30th, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performed a concert featuring Brazilian conductor Claudio Cohen as part of the Year of Culture. Finally, Qatar had the opportunity to experience the tastes, sounds and excitement of Brazil during the Brazil Festival in MIA Park on November 6, 7, and 8, 2014 which was a huge success.