It’s Time For a Right Old British Knees Up in Qatar!

Celebrate everything Great about Great Britain during the British Festival this March and April
ByDawn GibsonMonday , 10 March 2014
It’s Time For a Right Old British Knees Up in Qatar!
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Street dance, concerts and shopping sprees are on the agenda during the month-long British Festival 2014, which is being held from 9 March to 12 April in Qatar.

Building on the success of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which included 80 events across both countries, the new festival is an opportunity for Brits and British companies in Qatar to help showcase the best their nation has to offer.

Spearheaded by the British Embassy in Doha, the festival highlights include: 

  • Study in the UK Exhibition, 11-12 March, Radisson Blu
    Anyone interested in studying in the UK will have the opportunity to explore the wide range of courses available and meet representatives of 22 British universities. There is also a chance to win a free trip to experience student life at the University of Central Lancashire or the University of St Andrews.
  • Circle of Sound Concert, 30 March, Al Rayyan Theatre
    London-based musician and composer Soumik Datta, who has previously collaborated with Beyoncé, will perform a live concert with Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger, English singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan and well-known Qatari artists.  
  • The Urban Playground, 10-12 April, Souq Waqif
    Leading UK urban and contemporary dance group The Urban Playground will give a performance and showcase their unique skills.
  • The Annual Queen’s Birthday Celebrations, 9 April, British Embassy
    This VIP invite-only affair is a highlight of the social calendar. Make sure your invite is in the post!

There will also be in-store events and promotions at British shops in Qatar, including Debenhams, Jo Malone and Molton Brown.

Speaking at the festival launch on 9 March, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Nicholas Hopton urged British companies, schools, community groups and individuals to get behind the idea by organising events or theme days of their own, which would be supported by the Embassy.

You can share your ideas and find out the latest news on the festival through the Embassy’s social media channels – and – using the hashtag #BritFestQA.