Get Ready for a Feast of Culture in Qatar this Autumn

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and an exhibition by notorious Brit artist Damien Hirst are among the highlights of the Qatar UK 2013 new season
ByDawn GibsonSunday , 15 September 2013
Get Ready for a Feast of Culture in Qatar this Autumn
Damien Hirst's show in Doha will be his biggest exhibition ever

Controversial poster-boy for British contemporary art, Damien Hirst, will be among the biggest drawcards in the new season line-up of events for Qatar UK 2013.

The Relics exhibition, which will open on 10 October at Doha’s  Al Riwaq Exhibition Center, is the largest collection of Hirst’s work ever assembled and includes both well-known and previously unseen works. It is also the first time Hirst – notorious for his artworks featuring dead animals preserved in formaldehyde – has held a solo show in the Middle East. Expected the unexpected – works that will challenge your ideas about art, culture and the materials that can be used to create art.

Also predicted to go like hot cakes are tickets for the first visit to Qatar by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing in the luxurious surrounds of Katara Opera House from 30 September to 1 October.  

There is also plenty on the agenda for fashionistas, following a Fashion Exchange catwalk show in London earlier this month featuring celeb milliner Philip Treacy and upcoming Qatar designers. In December, six emerging British designers will hold shows at The Gate Mall in Doha, while a private show at the Museum of Islamic Art will feature Alice Temperley.

And, if you’re planning a trip to the UK in the next few months, be sure to check out the UK events planned for Qatar UK 2013, a year-long celebration of the relationship between Qatar and the United Kingdom designed to showcase the best of both nations.The landmark Victoria & Albert Museum in London will be the setting for an exhibition exploring the history of pearls around the world, including Qatar’s role in the trade, from 21 September to 19 January, a showcase that is guaranteed to draw history buffs and jewellery fans alike.

Qatar UK 2013 is a joint program between the British Council and the Qatar Museums Authority, supported by Qatargas, Shell and Vodafone.