British Council Qatar and the British Embassy, in partnership with Cultural Village Foundation – Katara,  announced the final programme for the 7th UK Festival, under the theme, Sport for Good. The festival will showcase the strong and ongoing relationship between the UK and Qatar through a range of cultural events and activities.

The 2022 UK Festival will run from 23-29 November, with activities taking place at Katara Cultural Village and at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park.

British Ambassador to Qatar HMA Jonathan Wilks, Katara General Manager HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti and British Council Qatar Country Director Dr Waseem Kotoub welcomed the inauguration of the UK Festival.

Sport for Good

This year’s theme, Sport for Good, will encourage and promote social inclusion of all communities – through sports and arts. The programme engages youth, the British communities and schools in Qatar and will explore UK culture and values around diversity. The festival also aims to strengthen Qatari awareness of UK expertise in key sectors connected to Qatar’s national vision and development priorities.

The UK Festival will run alongside the FIFA World Cup™ and some of the activities will engage with the tournament.

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British Ambassador to Qatar Jon Wilks said he is delighted to support the 7th edition of the UK Festival.

It’s an exciting programme for an exciting time in Qatar, a special way of bringing people together to celebrate our diverse cultures and strengthen the human bridge between our two countries.

He said that with Sport for Good as a theme, the festival will promote social inclusion, create opportunities for young people and give audiences a chance to share in the strength of cultural exchange between Qatar and the UK.

HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, meanwhile, shared that this year marks the 7th time that Katara is a strategic partner to the UK Festival. He said that they are yet again delighted to host this important cultural event and play part in showcasing how art can bring communities closer.

We invite all people, young and old, to come and explore how sport can be a force for good and enjoy all the great forms of art that will be on display.

Dr Waseem Kotoub said that the UK Festival is truly one of the most important events on the British Council Qatar’s calendar. The festival celebrates the UK-Qatar relationship, highlights the UK’s culture, and creates new opportunities for cultural exchange.

This year’s theme Sport for Good embodies the British Council’s vision of peace and social inclusion for diverse communities through culture and sport. Dr Kotoub said that equality, diversity and inclusion run through much of their work around the world, whether in the arts, education or sports.

He said that all the activities during this year’s festival will showcase, each in its own unique and vibrant way, the role that sport can play in achieving that.

I gladly invite all families, residents, and general sports and culture fans to join us at the events.

The UK festival is a partnership between the British Council, supported by many partner organisations and initiatives.

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