Years of Culture



Our purpose

Years of Culture are years of greater understanding and friendship

Years of Culture connects people from all over the world, enhancing our lives by starting conversations and building lasting friendships through sport, the arts, education, innovation, and much more.

Katara Cultural village in Doha on a bright sunny day, with canopies for shade and several palm trees.
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Katara Cultural village in Doha on a bright sunny day, with canopies for shade and several palm trees.

About Years of Culture

Culture is one of the most effective tools to bring people closer together, encourage dialogue, and deepen understanding between nations.

Under the leadership of its Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museums (QM) developed the annual “Years of Culture” initiative — an international cultural exchange that deepens understanding between nations and their people. Though formal programming lasts only one year, the ties of friendship that are strengthened and formed are long-lasting.

Now in its twelfth edition, the 2023 Year of Culture will offer programming from across Indonesia, with exhibitions, experiences and events in Qatar and abroad.

The Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture 2023 has been developed in collaboration with leading organisations in Qatar, including Doha Film Institute, Education Above All, Katara Cultural Village, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar Charity, Qatar Football Association, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Museums, Qatar National Library, Qatar National Tourism Council, Qatar Olympic Committee, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, with assistance from Doha-based embassies of participating countries. 

Previous Years of Culture have included: Qatar-Japan 2012, Qatar-UK 2013, Qatar-Brazil 2014, Qatar-Turkey 2015, Qatar-China 2016, Qatar-Germany 2017, Qatar-Russia 2018, Qatar-India 2019, Qatar-France 2020, Qatar-USA 2021 and Qatar-MENASA 2022. Past sponsors include Vodafone, Qatar Gas, Shell, Ooredoo, Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts, Lulu Group International, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Petroleum, and ExxonMobil.

Qatar-Indonesia 2023

Discover Qatar-Indonesia

The Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture celebrates the friendship and collaboration between our countries, sharing our heritage, values, traditions and contemporary innovations. When Qatar and Indonesia’s cultures come together, a rich past meets a bright future.

See What’s On
Volcanic landscape in Indonesia, rocky volcanoes surrounded by misty clouds against a sunset sky.

Our partnerships

Years of Culture couldn't happen without the support of our trusted partners

Years of Culture is made possible through close collaboration between many different organisations and corporations across Qatar, under the guidance of Qatar Museums. Whether from film and literature or cultural heritage and sport, they come together to make the programme happen each and every year.


Thanks to our sponsors Years of Culture is a reality

Current Year Sponsors

10th Anniversary

A decade goes by quickly when you’re greeting the world.

2022 was the 10th anniversary of Years of Culture. So many new ideas and collaborations have been created over the past decade from Qatar-Japan in 2012 until now. During the year of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, for the first time, we partnered with an entire region - MENASA. Here’s to many more years of connecting with old friends and friends to be.

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