Held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Qatar Brazil 2014 is the third consecutive Year of Culture, organised by Qatar Museums, following Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Japan 2012.

Sponsored by Qatar Petroleum International, Shell, Qatar Airways and Hilton, the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture is hosting the first Brazil Festival in Qatar from 6 to 8 November 2014 at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park with various Brazilian cultural events including, music, dance, art, cuisine and more. Expressing her delight at the launch of the Brazil Festival, Safiya Al Hajari, Director of the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations, said:

As we edge closer towards the closing of the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, the Brazil Festival is a great representation of our objectives: to bring people together and exchange cultures with the world. Our Brazilian guests will be able to experience Qatari culture, and our Qatari residents will be able to experience Brazilian culture. We are confident this event will be a huge success and we are very proud to have been a part of the Brazil Festival.’

Commenting on the importance of this event, Qatar Airways SVP Commercial Qatar, Ehab Amin, said:

Qatar Airways is committed to enriching the experiences of all those that live here in our wonderful State of Qatar, which is why we are so pleased to be able to partner with Qatar Brazil 2014 for this spectacular event. The organisers have done a wonderful job of recreating the sights and sounds of Brazil in Qatar. We look forward to seeing everyone come out to enjoy this lively and colourful Brazilian-themed event.’

Speaking on behalf of Qatar Petroleum International, Ahmed Al-Ahmed, Executive Director of Upstream, said:

As Platinum sponsors of the Qatar Brazil Year of Culture, QPI is pleased to endorse the Brazil Festival, which celebrates the country through music, story-telling, football and the finest Brazilian cuisine. This weekend promises to be full of excitement, as culture enthusiasts will get a true taste of the Brazilian way of life. QPI is proud to play a role in promoting Qatar’s economic, diplomatic, and cultural ties to Brazil, following our investment in an oil producing asset in offshore Brazil, called BC-10…QPI extends its support and gratitude to Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums and HE Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari for the Year of Culture initiative as part of Qatar’s journey towards achieving its National Vision 2030.’

Commenting on their contribution to this Year of Culture, Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell, said:

We are very proud to sponsor the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, which brings us and other key organisations in Qatar together to celebrate the richness of Qatari and Brazilian cultures and to appreciate their distinctive contributions to the world. Therefore, we are delighted to be part of this exchange both culturally and economically through our support of events, such as the ‘Brazil Festival’, which I am sure will be a memorable experience for the local community; families and children alike…we are honoured, through our long standing partnership with Qatar Petroleum International and other prestigious Qatari institutions such as the Qatar Museums headed by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, to support Qatar on its journey towards a sustainable knowledge economy and to achieving its National Vision 2030.’

Qatar Brazil 2014 launches Brazil Festival

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Brazil Festival activities:

Samba Chula de Sao Braz

From 6 to 8 November, there will be three special performances where Doha residents will be able to see Samba Chula de Sao Braz form as part of the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture! Samba Chula de Sao Braz is a music and dance group of genuine oral tradition known as Samba de Roda from Bahia that have stormed Brazilian stages with their creativity and refined artistic talent. This group manages to respect traditional culture with professional standards of artistic quality, whilst embodying the roots of Brazil’s national music: samba. The Samba Chula de São Braz is part of the history of the Bahian Samba de Roda (dance circle), listed as intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO from 2005.The group attracts attention in Brazil and abroad demonstrating the creative potential of popular culture through dance and music.

SAMBA CHULA BAND

Samba Chula de Sao Braz is a music and dance group of genuine oral tradition known as Samba de Roda from Bahia that have stormed Brazilian stages with their creativity and refined artistic talent. This group manages to respect traditional culture with professional standards of artistic quality, whilst embodying the roots of Brazil’s national music: samba.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 7 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 5 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 5 pm

GRAFITTI WORKSHOP WITH SPETO

Acclaimed Brazilian street artist Speto will share his skills in a series of unique workshops for adults and children throughout the festival. Speto’s original graffiti blends lines of traditional Brazilian northeastern woodcarving styles with sophisticated textures and figurative imagery. Working in variety of mediums, including murals, illustration, and graphics, he fuses modern techniques with Brazilian cultural heritage to create a distinctive form of street art.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 2 pm – 5 pm

SAMBA DRUMMING WORKSHOPS

Using authentic Brazilian instruments participants will experience some of the passion, energy and rhythms associated with Brazil. After a simple process of learning the rhythms, very quickly the group will have an understanding of the beats they will need to all play and will soon be playing a coherent Samba Reggae piece complete with musical calls and breaks!

Thursday 6 November 2014: 2:45 pm, 9:15 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 3 pm, 10 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 10 am, 1 pm

SAMBA DANCE WORKSHOP

Brazilian Samba is a lively rhythmical dance style danced to samba music. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Learning the traditional samba moves with our samba instructor you will be also working on building up your fitness levels and stamina, strengthening the core, understanding the rhythm and styling of Brazilian Samba.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 3:45 pm

Saturday 8November 2014: 9 pm

CAPOEIRA DEMONSTRATIONS

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art where fighting techniques are combined with acrobatics, dance and music. There are many differing views about the origins of capoeira, however it is definitely a “dance-fight” that developed in North-Eastern Brazil during the years of colonialism and slavery and is known today for combining strong and fluid movement, dynamic use of space, rhythm, and a spirit of “trickiness” and play.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 2 pm, 7:30 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 2 pm, 6:30 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm

CAPOEIRA WORKSHOPS

Workshop training always starts with a good warm-up and special stretching. The workshop will present basic elements of capoeira, attack and defense techniques, as well as the principle aesthetic movements through which the fight was disguised as a dance. Students will work within the various rhythmic and movement traditions of the art form.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 2:15 pm

Friday November 2014: 2:45 pm, 6:45 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 2:45 pm, 6:45 pm

SANTOS

From the arms of Guanabara, the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Santos is a “cool-jazz” singer and guitar player, combines different influences based on blues, rock and Latin-jazz in an intimate “Cool-Jazz” performance. His music has visited different countries and cultures and proves that even though skin colours and flags may be different, we all share the same heartbeat.

Friday 7 November 2014: 9 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 11:30 am

DOHA JAZZ

Doha Jazz’s ‘Sabores do Brazil’ will play many of the country’s most famous songs including Carlos Jobim and other recognisable favourites such as Mas Que Nada and Aquarela do Bzrail. The group is led by long time Brazilian resident and musical expert, Enrick Adam.

Thursday 6 November 2014: 5 pm, 10:15 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 4 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 3:15 pm

BRAZILIAN STORY-TELLING SESSIONS WITH MAKATABA

Story telling will commence every hour on the half hour between 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Craft activities will run from 3 pm to 7:30 pm daily.

The rich and magical folklore and fairy tales of Brazil are shared in Arabic and English reading sessions, inspiring and engaging children and family audiences.

CARNIVAL MASK-MAKING AND FACE-PAINTING

Ongoing: The fun and festivity of Brazil’s carnivals is celebrated in these family workshops. Children can have their face painted in the colours and images of Brazil’s wildlife and will be guided in making masks inspired by carnival costumes of Rio de Janeiro.

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Festival opening times:

Thursday 6 November 2014: 2 pm – 11 pm

Friday 7 November 2014: 2 pm – 11 pm

Saturday 8 November 2014: 11 am – 10 pm

Note: Free admissions

Parking:

  • The Park n Ride Scheme will start at the Old Airport Departures Car Park. There will be buses to and from MIA Park and back.
  • There will be a small charge of QR5 per hour for people to park at the airport departures car park and there is ample space.
  • The buses are complimentary.