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Concerts, Shakespeare and more planned for BritFest 2015 in Qatar

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UK and Qatar flags
UK and Qatar flags

The annual month-long British Festival has officially kicked off in Qatar, with several dozen events, including exhibitions, musical performances and other activities planned through April 3.

Organizers said the festival builds on the ties fostered during the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which focused on collaborations in the areas of art, commerce, culture, education and science.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The festival comes at a time when Qatar and UK officials are working to smooth over the strain caused by British media coverage of the 2022 World Cup bid, as well as alleged human rights abuses.

Last summer, Britain’s Ambassador to Qatar, Nicholas Hopton, responded to complaints from Qataris about the negative press by issuing a statement to all Arabic language newspapers in Doha.

In it, he stressed the independence of the UK media, and made clear that the British government has no influence over what it publishes.

He added that the UK would continue to support Qatar in the future, as it always has.

Highlights

Last year, one of the most popular features of the British Festival was a performance from UK parkour company Urban Playground.

This year, highlights of the festival include:

  • A concert from the Baroque Choral Society on March 10;
  • Macbeth performed by the Doha Players from March 12 to 19;
  • An international debating competition on March 16; and
  • A Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra rendition of Night of the Proms, directed by Scottish-born conductor Bob Ross on April 3.

The festival will close with a concert by award-winning traditional Scottish band, Breabach, who will perform with Qatari musician Mohamed Al Saigh on April 5 at the Al Rayyan Theater in Souq Waqif.

Also as part of the month’s festivities, Lulu Hypermarkets are selling a number of UK imports, including various teas, chocolates and other foodstuffs.

See the full schedule here.

Do you plan to check out any events? Thoughts?

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Coco
Coco
6 years ago

*Watches tumbleweeds passing through*

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Coco

Doesn’t have the key words, NOC, Qataris in landcrusiers and Indians whining about a cartoon….

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Deleting for irrelevance.

Expat
Expat
6 years ago

I’ll go if there is a course about modern colonization and how to ruin societies…

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Expat

You’ve got it wrong, everything evil comes out of the west and their societies are decaying.

Expat
Expat
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

That is what I meant.

Turkish
Turkish
6 years ago

What is your purpose visit? :))))) I am the Tourist sir…

Stockport1987
Stockport1987
6 years ago

So the brit fest is for people over the age of 70!!!!

Bo
Bo
6 years ago
Reply to  Stockport1987

I agree – all sounds rather boring – is this really catering for their target audience, or is this just a few people putting on what they want to do/see under the “BritFest” banner?

I should see if my Grandma wants to come and visit…. although it sounds like she’s already head of the BritFest comittee ?!?!

Baldrick
Baldrick
6 years ago
Reply to  Stockport1987

It’s for people with culture, which is sadly lacking in many people.

Mac N Beth
Mac N Beth
6 years ago
Reply to  Stockport1987

To be fair (and contrary to my snide comment earlier) there is a football match this Saturday, the 14th. If you visit the Facebook page the variety is broader than mentioned here.
https://www.facebook.com/britfestqa/photos/pcb.1634562863445396/1634562680112081/?type=1&theater

Marco Polo
Marco Polo
6 years ago

There’s a Brit Fest? [yawn]…seriously….

BritPat
BritPat
6 years ago

Why do people moan that there’s nothing to do in Doha, then moan when someone has organised an event? One or the other, people!

Mac N Beth
Mac N Beth
6 years ago

Where are the football hooligans? Are they part of the “and more?” We certainly can’t have a Britfest without them, can we!

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