Years of Culture

Every year, Qatar Museums runs a cultural exchange programme ‘Years of Culture’. This year the partner nation is The People's Republic of China.

Previous Years of Culture were Qatar Japan 2012, Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Brazil 2014 and Qatar Turkey 2015.

Qatar and the partner nation work to deepen understanding between the two countries and their people through mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport.

Committed to promoting cultural dialogue and programmes that build bridges between nations, Years of Culture explores cultural similarities, as well as differences. In the spirit of openness and innovation, the Years of Culture fosters the exchange of ideas, to spark debate with other parts of the world, to create lasting, collaborative relationships between nations, partners and sponsors.

Through a variety of exhibitions, festivals, competitions and events, the programmes promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation.

Under the initiative of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Museums spearheads the series of bilateral, cultural exchange programmes through the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations in close partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, with the active support of partnering nations, and in collaboration with numerous partnering institutions in Qatar and abroad.


Qatar China 2016

The Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture is held under the patronage of Qatar Museums’ (QM) Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in partnership with Qatar’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Qatar.

This Year of Culture is dedicated to connecting people in the State of Qatar and the People’s Republic of China through exploring the contemporary and traditional cultures of both countries, through innovative cultural exchange activities, exhibitions, festivals and educational programmes. These activities will showcase the unique aspects of each nation and will allow for citizens and institutions in both countries to create long lasting partnerships.

Qatar Airways is the Official Airline sponsor for this Year of Culture. It is the fifth consecutive Year of Culture launched by Qatar Museums, following the successes of Qatar Japan 2012, Qatar UK 2013, Qatar Brazil 2014 and Qatar Turkey 2015.