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Dates and locations

Events

January

Location: Doha, DECC

Doha International Book Fair: France guest of honor. French pavilion in partnership with FNAC, Qatar National Library and the Center for National Monuments (CMN). 

– Exhibitions (Enlightenment Age, rare books from Qatar National Library,  virtual visit of La Conciergerie, first palace of kings of France)

– Books: coffee table books on French historical monuments and classics from the 18th century (Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot…)

– Workshops for the children

– Evening lectures

 January

Location : Doha, Katara Opera house

Opening ceremony concert: Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, French conductor Marc Piollet and pianist Lise de la Salle. Program: French and Qatari composers
January

Location: Doha, QNL

Concert of French chamber music by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (Fauré, Debussy)
January

Location: Doha, Msheireb museums

The Night of Ideas: a multidisciplinary debate mixing Culture and Science (theme: “Being Alive”) in cooperation with Msheireb Museums, Sidra Hospital, Hamad bin Khalifa University and Qatar Foundation. Panelists:

– Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki, Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University

– Guillian Graves, designer and teacher at French national superior school of industrial creation

– Dr. Khalid Fakhro, Director- Precision Medicine Program, Laboratory of Genomic medicine, Sidra Hospital Doha

– Marc Jones, Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies and Digital Humanities, College of Humanities and Social Science

– Patrick Walsh, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

 February

Location : Paris, Palais de Tokyo  

Exhibition: “Our world is Burning” (group show including two Qatari artists: Bouthayna Al Muftah and Faraj Daham)
February

Location : Clermont-Ferrand film festival 

Screenings of short films made in Qatar and supported by Doha Film institute at Clermont-Ferrand film festival
February

Location: Doha, Katara Opera House

Concert by Qatar Philharmonic orchestra (Ravel, “Daphnis et Chloé”)
March

Location: Doha, Katara Opera House

“Paris cultural magnet extraordinaire” mixed conference and concert in partnership with Qatar Music Academy. The musicians will give glimpses of major musical events that took place in Paris from the 1830 through to the middle of the 20th century
 March

Location: Doha, Fire Station 

Exhibition: “Picasso’s studios” with dozens of artworks coming from the Musée National Picasso-Paris collection
March-April

Location: Doha, Fire Station (auditorium)

Screenings of “Parade”. A film of the 1917 ballet imagined by Diaguilev and the Ballets Russes with music by Eric Satie, argument by Jean Cocteau and decors and costumes by Pablo Picasso. Reinterpreted by Europa Danse company.
March

Location : Doha, Mathaf

Exhibition of the Franco-Moroccan artist Yto Barrada
March

Location: Doha, Al Thuraya Planetarium, Katara Cultural Village

Special program: films and workshops on astronomy in partnership with Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse
April

Location: Doha, Museum of Islamic arts 

Concert of French chamber music by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra : “April in Paris” (Debussy & Ravel)
April

Location : Doha, IDAM restaurant and Museum of Islamic arts’ Library

Goût de France, a gastronomy event and exhibition. IDAM’s chef will recreate ancient recipes inspired by famous French chefs and the masterpieces of the Museum of Islamic arts’ collection. A series of French gastronomy books will also be displayed at the library.
April

Location: Doha, QNL

Concert of French chamber music by Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra : “Nuit française, beau soir” (Ravel & Debussy)
Spring

Location: Paris

“Women empowerment: the case of Qatar” panel discussion in partnership with HBKU and Sciences Po Paris
June

Location: Institut du monde arabe, Paris

Selection of films co-produced by Doha Film Institute and France at Institut du monde arabe
September-December

Location : Doha, QNL

“French illuminations”, exhibition in partnership between QNL and BNF-French National Library
October  

Location: Doha, Qatar Green Building Council

 

“Cities and climate change”: conference during Qatar Sustainability Week, in partnership with Qatar Green Buildings Council
October-December

Location : Doha, QNL

Tribute to the photography: “A discovery put to the service of all: Louis Lumière”, exhibition on photography and orientalism
October

Location: Doha, National museum of Qatar

French Modern art exhibition curated by renowned art historian Catherine Grenier
October

Location: Doha, Museum of Islamic arts

French cinema: Tribute to Agnès Varda (Doha Film Institute)
October – January

Location: Doha, Al Riwaq gallery

 

Exhibition of acclaimed contemporary French artist Philippe Parreno
November

Location: Doha, Katara 

Concert: the French National Jazz Orchestra at the opening of Katara European Jazz Festival (15 musicians on stage)
November

Location: Doha, Katara 

Ajyal festival: a selection of French short films co-curated by Clermont-Ferrand festival and Doha Film Institute
December

Location: Doha, QNCC (Education city)

Final concert of the year of culture, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and French conductor Christophe Rousset.