Posted on March 07, 2015

A large number of distinguished invitees from Qatar and Turkey took part on Thursday evening in a gala to celebrate Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture in the presence of HE Mr. Ömer Çelik, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatari Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, and Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, the Qatari Minister of Education and Higher Education.The event was aimed at highlighting the strong relationship between Turkey and Qatar.

Held under the patronage in Qatar of QM’s Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Turkey 2015 Year of Culture is the fourth consecutive Year of Culture, following Qatar Japan 2012, Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Brazil 2014. It celebrates the relations between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey through cultural partnerships between Qatari and Turkish organizations, institutions and individuals.

Turkish and Qatari Ministers of Culture 2 [].jpgThe gala was a delve into the heart of Turkish music. The various singers, musicians, and dancers brought the audience back to Istanbul, its palaces and mosques as well as Anatolian villages where moments of life were celebrated with joy and music. Joy and sadness, myths and legends expressed themselves in the Turkish culture through music and dances. They are fully part of a collective memory that builds on musical heritage to make future generations understand the depth and the richness of their culture. The evening was a reflection of the cultural diversity of Turkey, shaped by people, geography and history. Festive folk dances alternated with reflective and spiritual opuses played with Ney, a traditional flute, as well as more upbeat popular music.

While an orchestra delighted the audience with traditional classical and popular music, artists Garip Ay and Ahmet Sula offereda feast for their eyes with Ebru art (marble painting) and calligraphy demonstrations on stage. Reflecting on the Years of Culture in general and Qatar Turkey 2015 in particular, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said “I’m excited and proud to celebrate the strong artistic heritage and links between Qatar and Turkey this year. Doing so will promote mutual understanding and strengthen our existing ties. It will also support and inspire the next generation of cultural audiences and ideas. I look forward to what promises to be an incredible year.”

Turkish and Qatari Ministers of Culture 3[].jpgHE Mr. ÖmerÇelik, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey said: “As the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, I am confident that these strong and powerful relations will also further strengthen in the field of culture and arts. The Republic of Turkey and the State of Qatar are keen to strengthen their fraternal and brotherly relations by reticulating cultural nets. 2015 will improve the recent political and economic relations in cultural dimension, and will be recalled as an important year for mutual recognition of our countries’ cultural and artistic values.”

ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar Museums share a long-term relationship based on mutual respect and understanding. The company is proudly supporting Qatar Turkey Year of Culture as its Platinum Sponsor as an important initiative, which will fundamentally lead to a deeper international understanding of Qatar and its rich culture, and highlight it as a world-class center for business and cultural activities. Qatar- Turkey 2015 year of culture is also supported by Qatar Airways as official Airline, and W- Hotel as hospitality Sponsor.