We can look forward to another action-packed year of events following yesterday’s announcement by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) that 2014 will be the Qatar Brazil Year of Culture. The year-long cultural exchange programme is dedicated to connecting people in the State of Qatar and the Federative Republic of Brazil through culture, community, and sport.

Qatar Brazil 2014 is held under the patronage of Qatar Museums Authority’s (QMA) Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in partnership with Qatar’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. It is the third consecutive Year of Culture launched by QMA, following Qatar Japan 2012 and Qatar UK 2013.

The announcement follows the successful conclusion of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which engaged more than 350,000 people in over 90 activities held in Qatar and the United Kingdom. Qatar’s Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage is a key partner in each Year of Culture, having sent four artists to the launch event in Brasilia.

We are proud of the legacies built and partnerships created by the Years of Culture and eagerly await a year of exploring shared passions, talents and cultural links with our friends in Brazil,’ said His Excellency the Ambassador Mohammed Al Hayki.

Focusing on culture, community and sport, Qatar Brazil 2014 will start with a packed year of events in both nations and continue for generations to come,’ said Qatar Brazil 2014 Project Head Rafah Mouafak Barakat.

The Qatar Museums Authority is committed to consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, fostering ideas and nurturing artistic talent. Through the past Years of Culture the QMA has built lasting legacies between Qatar and the people of Japan and the United Kingdom: launched during Qatar Japan 2012, the US$100 million Qatar Friendship Fund continues to help Japan rebuild after the devastating 2012 tsunami, while an ambitious partnership between the British Library and Qatar Foundation continues to digitise more than 500,000 pages of historical documents following Qatar UK 2013. qma.org.qa

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