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May 12, 2021

The Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture

The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the State of Qatar signed a Statement of Intent, designating 2021 the Qatar-USA Year of Culture. The Year of Culture builds upon our strong bilateral relationship by promoting cultural exchanges and people-to-people connections between the United States and the State of Qatar. In 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Qatar and Qatar Museums will encourage shared ideals of tolerance and diversity through a robust calendar of events.

To learn more about the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture and upcoming events, visit yearsofculture.qa or the U.S. Embassy’s Facebook page.



Upcoming Events

November 16 – “Voices of Art: Qatar-U.S. Fok Art Exchange” Webinar with Qatari Master Al Sadu weaver and American Master Quiltmaker. Register here

November 24-29 – Qatar-USA Festival at Katara Cultural Village

  • November 25-27 – “Cinema Under the Stars” with the Doha Film Institute at the Katara Hills – South at 7:00 PM.
  • November 29 – Sweet Fusion: A Dessert Masterclass with American Chef William S. Dissen at Qatar National Library. Register  here 

October 4 – February 15 – “American Muscle Cars in Qatar” Exhibition at Mawater Gallery, NMoQ. Details.



Ongoing Events

Fulbright Scholars: Two American scholars are in Qatar to teach and conduct research at HBKU on Alzheimer’s disease treatments and hydrology, and the application of Artificial Intelligence in civil and environmental engineering.

International Visitor’s Leadership Program: The U.S. Embassy in Doha invites current and emerging Qatari professional leaders in a variety of fields to cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts



Past Events

October 26 – “Green Talks” on Sustainable Fashion and Upcycling with U.S. Fashion Designer Noor Bchara at Barahat Msheireb

October 27 – Qatar International Art Festival’s “Artistic Fashion Show” with Noor Bchara at Katara

October 28 – Workshop: “Upcycling Preloved Clothes” with Noor Bchara at the Fire Station.

October 26-31 – U.S. “Years of Culture” Film Series with Doha Film Institute at the Katara Drama Theater.

October 21-23 – U.S. Indie Hits with Doha Film Institute at the Katara Drama Theater

October 8-9 – AstroCon21 with Shelli Brunswick, COO of the Space Foundation.

Sep 22, 2021: “Fostering Food Security in the Drylands” webinar 

September 15: Swalif Virtual Program on Innovation and Intelectual Property with Yasir Diab – Live on Facebook – Live on Instagram 

September 1: Seagrass Tales, Dugong Trails exhibition at the National Museum of Qatar

Aug 28-Sep 18, 2021: “Cultural Fusion” Exhibition  by VCUarts Qatar at the W hotel

August 18: Swalif Virtual Program on Youth Activism with Wendy Lesko – Live on Facebook  – Live on Instagram 

August 22: “Melodies Between the Past and the Present” A concert with the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the AFCENT Band – Register at QNL

August 5: “A Night with AFCENT Band” A virtual concert at Qatar National Library – Live on @QNL_Engage

July 14: Swalif Virtual Program on Democracy and Rule of Law with Brian MacHarg – Live on Facebook – Live on Instagram

June 8: The Art of Songwriting workshop at Qatar National Library

June 16: Swalif Virtual Program on Paralympian Day and Sports Inclusion with Tucker Dupree

June 17: AFCENT Band Concert at Mall of Qatar – Live on Facebook

March 24 – May 30: The New Black Vanguard Virtual Discussions as part of the Tasweer Photo Festival

March 24 – May 30: Experimental Photography Virtual Discussions as part of the Tasweer Photo Festival

May 26: Swalif Virtual Program on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy with Ahmad Ashkar 

April 21: Swalif Virtual Program on Running for Office and Arab-American Month with Rima Nashashibi

April 6-7: EducationUSA-Qatar 2021 Virtual University Fair

April 6: U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Qatar Business Culture Series with Qatar Airways CEO

March 17: Swalif Virtual Program on Water Conservation 

March 8: Women’s Empowerment Virtual Discussion

February 17: Swalif Virtual Program on Mental Health

January 31 – February 13: “What If?” Art Exhibition

January 17: Swalif Virtual Program on Social Media Entrepreneurship

January 14 – 15: Qatar-USA Opening Concert with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

December 15: The Football Match with the Washington Spirit and the Qatar Women’s National Football Team


For volunteer opportunities, please email usaqataryoc2021@state.gov.