Mayor of London hosts inaugural Qatar UK 2013

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“London’s relationship with the Arab world goes back to medieval times, and today the cultural links between the capital and this hugely diverse region are stronger than ever.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Qatar UK 2013 is a season of events to celebrate and develop the partnership between Qatar and the UK. Events are being held in both countries, aimed at promoting greater awareness and appreciation of each others culture, through the arts, education, science, and sport.

In April the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited two of Qatar’s leading cultural attractions – the Museum of Islamic Art and Katara Cultural Village – during a three-day trade mission to Doha aiming to build on the already strong cultural ties that exist between London and Doha and other countries across the Arab world.

Forthcoming events include an exhibition at the V&A and an art installation in Kensington Gardens that will go on to be displayed in Doha, in collaboration with Qatar Museums Authority.

Pearls V&A
Victoria and Albert Museum: London, September 21, 2013 – January 19, 2014

A new exhibition at the V&A this autumn explores the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present day. Organised in partnership with the Qatar Museums Authority, the exhibition will display over 200 pieces of jewellery and works of art. A pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his execution in 1649, pearl tiaras worn by European nobility, and a necklace of cultured pearls given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio in 1954 are among the array of jewels and other objects on display.

Open East Festival, July 27–28, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The north section of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be filled with music, art, theatre, and food inspired by East London to mark one year since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games. The festival will feature performances and workshops from Theatre Royal Stratford East, Boy Blue Entertainment, and Ida Barr; a Real Food Festival; a mini travelling art circus from the House of Fairy Tales featuring theatre, magic, music, and games; an Art Car Boot Fair where East London artists will be signing their work; Caught By The River, who will be sharing their passion for literature, angling, and music as they host celebrated authors and musicians; an Eco Design Fair showcasing the best upcycled, vintage, and contemporary design in London, and more.

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