The fifth annual Qatar British Festival 2018 is a celebration of the long-standing relationship between Qatar and the UK. The Festival includes cultural events, panel discussions, public activities which give audiences the opportunity to experience a series of fun, educational and creative events in culture, sports, education, business and more.

27 November - 12 December 2018. 


The partners of this year’s Qatar British Festival are Katara Cultural Village Foundation as strategic cultural partner, Qatar National Library as strategic community partner, Souq Waqif as strategic tourism partner, 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, Travelex, 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, St Regis Hotel as hospitality partner and as social media partner. 

Twitter: #BritFestQA #BritQA #ConnectingCultures


Instagram: @BritFestQA @qabritishcouncil @ukinqatar


View more information about the series of events below:

Qatar's Little Builders "Bridging Communities" 28 November - 06 January 2019 ©

Qatar National Library

3D Sonic Installation (105+dB) ©

Ed Waring - Invisible Flock

A lecture by British author James Barr on his new book "Lords of the Desert".
Discovery of the Black Gold Panel discussion and Company House Tour ©

Msheireb Museums 

UK Violinist Savitri Grier to perform with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra during the Qatar British Festival closing concert "British Landscapes". ©

Kaupo Kikkas

Qatar's Little Builders: "Bridging Communities"


Children and adults come together from all backgrounds and abilities to witness the build of the Guinness Book of world record for the longest bridge built by LEGO® Bricks.

 When: From 28 November 2018 till 06 January 2019

 Where: Qatar National Library 


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Qatar National UK Alumni Awards Ceremony and Networking Dinner

Sponsored by HSBC bank, the 5th annual Qatar-UK Alumni Networking dinner is taking place this year under the theme of “Qatar’s first National UK Alumni Awards Ceremony”. Winners will be announced under the categories of Professional Achievement Award, Entrepreneurial Award and Social Impact Award. In addition to celebrating the achievements of UK alumni in Qatar, the event acts as a platform for networking providing network members with an opportunity to exchange experiences and expand their professional expertise. 

 If you are Qatari or resident in Qatar, have studied in the UK and would like to connect with your peers in Qatar, you can join our Qatar-UK Alumni network!

Please complete the registration form to receive all our events’ invitations here

When: 01 December 2018

3D Sonic Installation (105+dB)


105+dB, is a sonic artwork made unique for Qatar, about identity, place and participation.  A large-scale sound installation, transplanting the awesome wall of noise and energy captured between Al Rayan and Al Arabi football clubs at The Grand Hamad Stadium.

Come and experience the illusion of being in the middle of a football pitch and live your experience!

When: Showtimes of the sound installation

02 – 05 December 2018 (Sunday to Wednesday)

10:30 – 11:00; 13:30 – 14:00; 17:30 – 18:00; 19:30 – 20:00; 20:30 –   21:00

06 – 07 December 2018 (Thursday and Friday)

13:30 – 14:00; 17:30 – 18:00 ; 20:00 – 20:30; 21:00 –   21:30; 22:00 – 22:30 

 Where: Souq Waqif - Al Ahmed square, in front of Old Gold Souq. 


Architecture, Arts and Design; (Re)Inventing the Public Space


Speakers will explore ideas, concepts and theories in unfolding hidden thoughts about the role of Architecture, Arts, and Design in re-inventing the public space and creating a dynamic, engaging and healthy environment for the community.


Dr. Fodil Fadli – Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University

Bronwyn Rigney, Principle Urban and Regional Planner, Arcadis

Victoria Pratt, Creative Director, Invisible Flock 

Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urban Theories, Capacity Building., Development and Training Coordinator – Urban Planning Dept - Ministry of Municipality and Environment 

When: 05 December 2018, 18:00

Where: Museum of Islamic Art - Auditorium 

Please complete the registration form to book your space here.

Anglo-American Rivalry in the Middle East: Book Talk




British Author, James Barr is a leading historian of the modern Middle East and author of ‘A Line in the Sand’. His new book, ‘Lords of the Desert’, tells the forgotten story of the struggle between Britain and America to dominate the post-war Middle East. James read modern history at Oxford and is a visiting fellow at King’s College London.

**Arabic translation is available.**


When: 10 December 2018, 18:00

Where: Qatar National Library, Theatre


Discovery of the Black Gold 'People's Lives, Economy and History': Panel Discussion and Company House Tour


Come and join experts’ exploring the discovery of oil in Qatar and its impact on people’s life, economy and culture. Private tour in the “Company House” Museum will be an opportunity to get inspired by objects that belong to workers from that time! 


Chair: Prof. Robert Carter, Professor of Arabian & Middle Eastern Archaeology, UCL Qatar

Speaker: Mohammed Ali Abdullah, Private Engineering Office of the Amiri Diwan

Speaker: Aisha Al-Asiri Al Maadeed, PHD Candidate, Qatar University

 When: 11 December 2018, 18:00

Where: Bin Jelmood House at Msheireb Museums 

Music Masterclass


Musicians are invited to attend a Masterclass by the UK renowned Violinist Savitri Grier. 

When: 11 December 2018, 18:00 

Where: Ziriab Hall, Qatar Music Academy - Building 08 Katara Cultural Village

To book your space, please contact us at:  

**Please note spaces are limited, registration is on a first come, first served basis.**

Qatar British Festival Closing Concert "British Landscapes"


UK Violinist Savitri Grier will be performing with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra musicians supported by Qatar Chamber Music Society. Come and experience a unique chamber music concert promoting classical British composers such as Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, and Edward Elgar amongst others.

When: 12 December 2018, 19:00

Where: Magnolia Cafe, Mondrian Hotel Doha

Please complete the registration form here before 9 December to receive your free ticket. 


Ajyal Film Festival

When: 28 November - 03 December 2018 

Where: Katara Cultural Village

Doha Film Institute hosts its annual Ajyal Film Festival at Katara with the support of key partners, including the British Council. The schedule consists of the Ajyal competition films as well as public screenings of family-friendly short and feature-length movies, including fiction, documentaries, animated films, as well a series of works made right here in Qatar. Around 550 young film judges from the UK and around the world descend on Doha to sit on the festival jury and vote on the best films.

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Doha singers

When: 07 December 2018, 16:00 and 19:30

Where: Ritz Carlton Hotel

The Doha Singers will be performing a seasonal selection of songs at their concert “Glitz at the Ritz” under their Musical Director Steph Gomaa (Director of Music at Doha College). This will take place on Friday 7 December 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. There will be 2 performances - 4pm and 7.30pm. They will also be joined for part of the performance by singers from Doha College. Please come along to enjoy a variety of seasonal songs both old and new - something for all the family!

Tickets are QR120 for adults (age 12 plus)

QR80 for children (aged 3-11). 

0-2 years are free.

Tickets are available at FNAC stores in Festival City and Lagoona Mall. For more information, please contact: