In the runup to the global event “Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha Qatar” that will bring together countries, private sector, civil society and public around interactive activations, conferences, workshops and more. The British Council is delivering the 8th Qatar UK Festival, aiming to foster a view of the UK’s engagement with Qatar through an integrated British Embassy and British Council partnership and engaging with local stakeholders.

The festival will run between 20 and 26 November 2023 under the theme of “Sustainability and Communities”  through promoting peace and social inclusion for diverse communities endorsing the devolved nations and supporting diversity. A socially engaged installation project promoting textile recycling and the power of reinvention, artistic sustainable fashion shows, art workshops, comic workshops around sustainability while engaging the youth, women, girls and different communities and schools in Qatar.  

The festival activities will spread across various venues including Horticultural EXPO 2023, M7 and the British Council. 

The festival is created and organised by the British Council in partnership with several partners.

Qatar UK Festival timeline 

Date Time Event Venue
 24 October - 16 November Ongoing See Things Differently: Lens on a sustainable world Photography competition Online
20-25 November Ongoing Installation “Cut from the same cloth” M7 - Msheireb



 23 November



4:30 - 7:00 pm

Family UK Day
  • Live Art workshop
  • Comic Art Workshop by LICAF
  • Photography Award



British Council


 24 November

01:00 pm - 6:00 pm Comic Art Workshop 
by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF)



Expo 2023 Doha, Cultural Zone, Exhibition Hall no.2

5:00 pm Sustainable Fashion show


See Things Differently "Lens on a Sustainable World" photography competition - November 2 to 16

A photography competition will be released on social media platforms where participants are encouraged to capture photos that showcase sustainability and communities. Whether you're a child with a passion for photography or an adult with a seasoned eye, we invite everyone to be a part of See Things Differently: Lens on a Sustainable World photography competition. Together, let's see the world through Great lenses and inspire positive change where we can see a picture of a greener tomorrow. Be creative, think outside the box, and share with us your most exceptional and extraordinary photos. 

British Council and Festival partners will select three winners from each category (children and adults’ categories). 

Installation “Cut from the same cloth” - November 20 to 25

A socially engaged project promoting textile recycling and the power of reinvention. “Cut from the same cloth” will be a collaboration which joins up existing local clothing recycling with a pilot to mechanically recycle clothing into fibre from which new textiles will be produced.  During the festival, the audience will be able to drop off clothes at  M7,Msheireb Downtown and British Council Qatar offices and help themselves to clothing if they commit to using it. Throughout and after the festival, attendees can aid in preparing clothing for mechanical recycling, which will be shipped to a factory in Bangladesh and local charities.

Family UK Day at British Council - November 23

A family UK day will be organised at the British Council and launched by the UK Ambassador and British Council Country Director attended by British Council customers, families, and staff through a cultural family event featuring revealing a mural conducted by a Qatari Artist and students, Live Art workshop, a Comic Art workshop delivered by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival (LICAF),musical show, and concluded by announcing photography competition winners. 

The Lake International Comic Art Festival workshop - November 24

An engaging family day where a Comic/Art workshop will be delivered by Qatari and UK Artists LICAF about Sustainability. Audiences will witness a fashion show around using recycle material which will be environmentally friendly, making it an eco-conscious experience for young audiences. 

Read and download the full report of last year's Qatar - UK Festival.

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