Cultural relations between Qatar and France to get further boost

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As 2020 nears, cultural ties between Qatar and France are expected to get a further boost with a slew of events and activities to be organised in both countries in line with the Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture.

The upcoming 2020 Year of Culture initiative of Qatar Museums to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between both sovereign nations reaffirms the deep bond that exists between Qatar and France.

Already, Qatar and France’s relations are strong as evident in the French events and activities that have been hosted in Qatar, among which is the Francophonie Festival held every year.

The annual Francophonie Festival organised by the French Embassy in Doha and the French Institute of Qatar serves as an important link between French language loving people in Qatar. It is estimated that around 200,000 of Qatar’s population speak French.

As language is a chief means to convey and preserve culture, the festival has played a vital role in the promotion of cultural nexus among peoples in Qatar and this year, the 11-day festival witnessed activities and events which delved into various areas including performing arts, gastronomy, sport and speech competitions which made its debut at this year’s festival.

With the participation of many restaurants in Qatar ‘Goût de France/Good France,’ one of the key elements of the festival, has successfully brought the finesse and flavour of French cuisine, which it has been globally known for, to the palate of Doha foodies.

A plethora of concerts and dance shows featuring talented French artistes have also been organised in Qatar in the past years, the most recent of which was the unique show by the musical quintet called Cinq de Coeur who entertained the audience with their humor and vocal skills.

Just last year, acclaimed all-female hip hop dance company Swaggers mesmerized Doha with their uniquely crafted artistic dance show at Katara Drama Theatre.

In 2017, another French hip hop group of international renown, Pockemon Crew heated up the Katara Drama Theatre stage showcasing their originality blending cinema and dance in a spectacular show.

French musicians have also featured in the annual Katara European Jazz Festival which in the past five years has celebrated jazz music through a series of concerts representing the various European embassies in Qatar.

In the field of art, the exhibition of more than 120 works of Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti-two of the most important artists of the 20th century-was arguably one of the most important retrospectives in Doha in recent times, a first in the Middle East.

While these art and culture events have helped in strengthening the cultural bond of France with Qatar, they also promote people to people relations and a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures.