UK Festival 2022 in Qatar
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Date
Wednesday 23 November 2022 to Tuesday 29 November 2022

The British Council is yet again co-organising the UK Festival in Qatar, to celebrate the strong UK-Qatar relationship and the cultural exchange between the two countries.This year’s UK Festival, the 7th edition, will explore the theme of Sport for Good and the strong and ongoing relationship between the UK and Qatar through a range of cultural events and activities.

The 2022 UK Festival will run from 23 - 29 November, most of the activities will take place in the Katara Cultural Village Foundation and some activities will also take place in the Museum of Islamic Park.This year theme’s Sport for Good will encourage and promote social inclusion of all - and especially of diverse communities - through sport and arts. The programme engages youth, the British communities and schools in Qatar and will explore the UK culture and values around diversity. The Festival also aims to strengthen Qatari awareness of UK expertise in key sectors connected to Qatar’s national vision and development priorities.

The UK Festival will run alongside the International Football Tournament and some of the activities will directly link to and engage with the tournament.This is the programme which will see collaboration between UK and Qatari artists and have on display a wide range of arts forms, such as photography, illustration, parkours and DJ performances.

Date Event Venue
23 - 25 November 2022 Selector DJ shows – ‘Shining star of British radio’ DJ Jamz Supernova will take listeners on a virtual tour of the UK and showcase the best emerging talents across all musical genres.  Musuem of Islamic Art Park
23 - 29 November 2022 Photography Exhibition - using the power of sport and art to amplify the voices of street connected young people Katara Cultural Village
Illustration project – Tim Vyner will be drawing live illustrations of everything around him; he will be collaborating with the Qatari artist Kholood Al-Ali.
Mural Creation - young people and communities around the world in collaboration with UK and local Qatari artists will work on murals with a message of inclusion and diversity. 
Shooting Stars – 10 young people will be trained with two photographers, John Gully Cole and David William Logan Westhead, to take photos of live events at the World Cup, their top picks will be on display in an exhibition. Various
27 - 29 November 2022 For the Game, Parkour Shows – live shows to motivate people to spend less time indoor. Musuem of Islamic Art Park
DJ performance by super talent, Welsh DJ and football fanatic Katie Owen - get ready to jump!

The UK Festival is funded by the UK Government and supported by the British Council amongst many partner organisations and initiatives, who we thank for their support: 

  • British Embassy Qatar
  • I Love Qatar
  • Katara Cultural Village
  • Education Above All
  • QBS Radio
  • Street Child United
  • Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
  • Wales Government

UK and Qatari artists involved with the UK Festival:

DJs:

• Jamz Supernova (UK)
• Katie Owen (Welsh)

Parkour:

• The Urban Playground Team

Mural artists:

• Bryce Owain Davies (Peaceful Progress-UK)
• Anya Welch (UK)
• Beatrice Garcia (UK)
• Hannah McGree (UK)
• Muna Al-Bader (Qatar)

Photographers:

• Vicky Roy (UK)

Illustrations:

• Tim Vyner (UK)
• Kholoud Al-Ali (Qatar)

Artists

Tim Vyner

Tim Vyner

Tim Vyner graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1988 and continues to work in education as Professor of Illustration at Bath Spa University. He travels the world drawing life as he experiences it on the vibrant streets of our cities. He records global sporting events, documents diverse communities and tours public museums. He works for galleries, publishers, newspapers and private collectors and has covered World Cups, Olympic Games and busy national events.

Kholood Al-Ali

Kholoud Al-Ali

Kholoud is one of Qatar’s most recognizable artists. She graduated from Qatar University with a BA in Art Education and continued this passion on to her job, where she has been working for Jeem TV and Baraem, for 10 years. During her time there, Kholoud managed to expand her artistic skills and implement them into script writing and directing the animated series created locally in Doha. The series has successfully been on air, since 2015 covering 2 seasons with a total of 26 episodes.

 

 

Muna Al Bader

Muna Al Bader

Inspired by her home in Doha, Qatar, artist Muna Al-Bader remembers the sea and sky as she turns to art to express the numerous ways she uses the shades of blue in her artwork with their own meanings. Despite having a background in IT engineering and business analysis, Muna found her passion in art and has become known as the “Artist of Blue.”

Hannah McGree

Hannah McGree

Welsh artist VOZIE has been specialising in portraits and commissioned artworks for the last ten years, most recently concentrating on larger scale aerosol murals. Focusing mainly on bold monochrome pattern or colourful graphic pieces, VOZIE thrives off creating bold artworks that uplift and inspire the public. 

 

 

Beatrice Garcia

Beatrice Garcia

Beatrice Garcia (b.1994) is a Gibraltar born, Amsterdam based fine artist and illustrator. She has a first class degree in Finance and combines her artistic skills with her finance mindset. She has created artworks for a variety of personal and corporate clients and her work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions in Gibraltar, Madrid and London.

Anya Welch

Anya Welch

Anya is in her final year as a Politics and International Relations student at the University of Bath. She uses her attentiveness for politics to use art as a form of visual activism and political campaign, creating works on the Civil Rights Movement and the Suffragettes.

Bryce Davies

Bryce Davies

Welsh artist Bryce Davies, AKA Peaceful Progress, has been painting Graffiti and Aerosol Art murals for over 20 years. Bryce’s work focuses on creating large-scale murals of exceptional quality, and is one of the finest in his field.