The fifth annual Qatar-British Festival which lasted for three weeks, has come to a close. It featured a variety of events for all the family, including public art, films, musical performances, panel discussions, sports festival and showcased the best of British culture.
The festival, which ran from November 27 to December 12, was organised by the British Council in partnership with the British embassy, Katara - Cultural Village as the strategic cultural partner, Qatar National Library as strategic community partner and Souq Waqif as strategic tourism partner.
The 2018 Qatar-British Festival finale featured celebrated UK Prize winner violinist Savitri Grier who performed with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra musicians. The concert was in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Qatar and International Chamber Music Concert series for peace and unity.
More than 450 people attended the closing concert named British Landscapes and enjoyed music pieces performed from Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke amongst other contemporary and classical British composers. Alongside the performance, Savitri delivered a masterclass at Qatar Music Academy where audience gained knowledge benefitting from Savitri’s experience.
Other partners of this year’s Qatar-British Festival included the Supreme Committee for Delivery & legacy, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, UCL Qatar, Qatar University, Qatar Stars League, Msheireb Museums, Qatar Museums, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Music Academy, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited Qatar, Sherborne Qatar, Institute of Civil Engineers, Qatar Airways, DNA Records, Katara Studios, Music Square – Fifty One East, FNAC Qatar, Doha Bank, Alfardan Automobiles, Olympic Stars, and St Regis Hotel.