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Kingdom of Morocco Named as Qatar’s 2024 Years of Culture Partner

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Yearlong Cultural Initiative to Strengthen the Relationship between the Nations and their People with Program of Major Art Exhibitions, Festivals, Educational Partnerships, and More

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Years of Culture, which spearheads long-term cultural exchanges between Qatar and other nations, named the Kingdom of Morocco as its 2024 partner. A full lineup of more than 80 events is set to unfold across Qatar and Morocco throughout the year. Tailored to encompass various cultural components such as social development, cultural heritage, creative industries, and innovation, these dynamic programs aim to spark exploration and connection between the people of both nations and create lasting legacies of cooperation.

Qatar and Morocco first launched diplomatic ties in 1972 and have since successfully collaborated in a wide range of sectors including security, judiciary, and tourism leading to shared economic growth. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ also showcased the robust diplomatic rapport between the two nations, marking a significant milestone in the long-standing bilateral relationship between Qatar and Morocco.

Years of Culture Chairperson Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said, “Our partnership in 2024 with the Kingdom of Morocco will be the first Year of Culture that Qatar celebrates one-on-one with a North African country, bringing together two nations that share profound ties. The initiative will give the people of our countries dozens of exciting opportunities to learn deeply about one another and forge new connections, with a special emphasis this time on cultural heritage and its continuing influence on contemporary life. We look forward to a vibrant and wide-ranging program that will resonate far into the future for both the Qatari and Moroccan communities.”

Adel El Fakir, QatarMorocco 2024 Year of Culture General Commissioner, said: “QatarMorocco 2024 is a unique event that reinforces the privileged relations between our two countries. It is also an exceptional opportunity to introduce to Qatar and to the whole world the rich cultural heritage of Morocco in all its diversity and its particularities which make our country a unique secular country, anchored in its roots, and at the same time open to the world.”

Sheikha Al Mayassa launched Years of Culture in 2012 based on Qatar’s steadfast belief that cultural interactions are powerful tools for finding common ground between diverse societies. Programming includes art exhibitions, cultural festivals, educational partnerships, and exchanges, organized in collaboration with local and international participants. 

Many of the initiative’s long-running programs will return for QatarMorocco 2024. The Photography Journey, the longest-running Years of Culture exchange, will see photographers from Qatar and Morocco explore each other’s landscapes, capturing their perspectives on cultural diversity through their lenses. Additionally, shared traditions of arts and craftsmanship will be explored through artisan residencies and public workshops in both countries. Major exhibitions, culinary experiences, and sporting events will also take place throughout the year.

The previously announced Design Doha biennial will include collaborations with Moroccan designers as part of the QatarMorocco 2024 Year of Culture. The biennial showcase for excellence and innovation in the design community in Qatar and the MENA region is a new platform for practitioners from across the Arab world, helping to build professional pathways and engage with acclaimed design professionals from around the world.

About Years of Culture

The Years of Culture initiative, chaired by Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, spearheads long-lasting cultural partnerships between Qatar and other nations. It exists to promote respect and understanding among diverse cultures and serves as a catalyst for bringing people together, nurturing connections, encouraging dialogue, and deepening understanding. Though formal programming spans one year, the lasting impact continues through legacy projects. 

The QatarMorocco 2024 Year of Culture is developed in collaboration with leading organizations in Qatar with counterparts in Morocco and with assistance from the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication, Qatar’s Embassy in Morocco, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Qatar.

Previous Years of Culture have included: QatarJapan 2012, Qatar-UK 2013, QatarBrazil 2014, Qatar-Türkiye 2015, QatarChina 2016, QatarGermany 2017, QatarRussia 2018, QatarIndia 2019, QatarFrance 2020, QatarUSA 2021, Qatar-MENASA 2022, and QatarIndonesia 2023. 

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