Qatar Germany 2017

Pinakothek der Moderne © Panthermedia/Ignacio Brosa

For realizing Qatar Germany 2017 the German Embassy Qatar and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region cooperate with various Qatari and international partner institutions.

The German Industry and Commerce Office Qatar (AHK) is a representative office of the German-Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK) based in the United Arab Emirates. Together with a representative office in Oman and experts for the market in Kuwait we offer services for four countries of the GCC region. AHKs are the key players of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they inform and promote Germany as a business location. 
The mission of the German Archaeological Institute is to conduct and facilitate research worldwide in the archaeological sciences and classical studies. Through its research projects the DAI creates an important foundation for dialogue between cultures, for international scientific collaboration and for the preservation of cultural heritage. The DAI is active on five continents in over 350 projects. So the remains of ancient civilizations can be successfully safeguarded in the long term, careful work is needed in the prevention, monitoring and documentation of archaeological sites. Against the background of a growing historical consciousness such sites are key to the formation of cultural identity in the host and partner countries of the DAI. As such the Institute's work makes a substantial contribution to stable political and cultural ties.
The German Football Ambassador award, ideated from Roland Bischof, honors German football players and trainers acting abroad, who engage themselves in sporting and social ways, representing a positive image of their home country. As role-models they have an influence on the image of Germany abroad. The initiative rewards exemplary work as an ambassador in the international football range with the GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR award.
The prize for the German Football Ambassador is given away once a year in the following categories: "Coach", "Player", Honorary Award. The winner in category "Coach", as well as the recipient of the Honorary Award are being chosen by the jury. The winner in category "Player" is determined threw an online-voting. All the awardees as well as the nominees for the main award promote public-spirited projects with their prize money that can be to be donated to socio-cultural projects of their choice in the countries where they are active. Since mid of 2013 more than 20 projects had been supported.
The Main Award ("Coach" category) has been given to professional trainers such as Horst Kriete, Jürgen Klinsmann or Monika Staab. A list of past Audience Award winners ("Player" category) includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil or Sami Khedira. Furthermore, the Honorary Award has been granted to personalities, such as Miroslav Klose, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger and Thomas Hitzlsperger. 

The German Football Ambassador
Doha Film Institute is an independent, not-for-profit cultural organisation. It supports the growth of the local film community through cultivating film appreciation, enhancing industry knowledge and contributing to the development of sustainable creative industries in Qatar. The Institute’s platforms include funding and production of local, regional and international films; skills-sharing and mentorship programmes; film screenings; the Ajyal Youth Film Festival; and Qumra. With culture, community, learning and entertainment at its foundation, the Institute is committed to supporting Qatar’s 2030 vision for the development of a knowledge-based economy.
The ambitious Doha Youth Choir comprises of 30 singers aged 13-17 with mixed pitches of the voice.  Now in its fourth year, this choir is being booked regularly for events and concerts.  They perform at corporate events on various themes and they enjoy exploring and expressing new music. The Doha Youth Choir was awarded a distinction in a board examination in 2016. International soprano Felicitas Fuchs has become the choir´s honorary patron, which is startling for such a fresh inexperienced choir.  Yet when you hear the Doha Choir singers, they sound like they have been singing together a lot longer.  
Founded in 1991, the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg is one of the most renowned international film schools. The curriculum fosters learning by doing during all the stages of a film and media production. 350 freelance experts instruct the 450 students and take care of their projects. Proof of the Filmakademie´s success are, among many other awards, four Student Oscars.
250 films of all genres and formats are produced every year by teams of students enroled in the subject areas advertising film, animation, cinematography, documentary film, editing, fiction film, film music, film sound, interactive media, motion design, production, production design, screenwriting, and TV journalism.
In 2000, the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris was introduced. During this one-year training program, 18 European graduates from film schools or colleges with sufficient practical experience will gain comprehensive insight into financing, production, and distribution. They acquire the skills to initiate co-productions and to distribute their films in the European film market.
The Filmakademie’s own Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital
Postproduction is responsible for the students´ education in the subject areas animation and interactive media. The institute is also in charge of online-editing, grading and mastering of all digital film formats produced at the Filmakademie. Moreover, it organizes the annual FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (short HBKU Press) launched its publishing program in 2010 as a world-class publishing house founded on international best practices, excellence and innovation. HBKU Press strives to be a cornerstone of Qatar's knowledge-based economy by providing a unique local and international platform for literature, literacy, scholarship, discovery and learning. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, HBKU Press publishes peer reviewed journals, monographs, reference books, fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children. Aiming to promote the love of reading and writing, HBKU Press is helping to establish a vibrant scholarly and literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East.
Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition is Qatar’s biggest platform for contemporary Arabian fashion creations. Launched in 2007, it has grown to attract exhibitors from across the GCC and beyond to showcase the very best Gulf-designed clothes and accessories.  There are a host of events and initiatives to support and promote established and up-and-coming local and Khaliji designers, female entrepreneurs and fashion enthusiasts including daily fashion shows, hands-on workshops and fashion forums led by industry experts. Organized by Qatar Tourism Authority and delivered by Design Creationz Heya forms part of Qatar’s business and tourism plans while developing the country’s growing exhibition and conference sector. 
The “Magdeburg Knabenchor” can be considered a German Institution. It has been founded 32 years ago and has always been under the direction of their brilliant conductor Frank Satzky. The choir has performed all over Europe such as in Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and France. It has recorded many CDs and DVDs. The visit to Qatar is the first time the choir travels to the Middle East.
Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a multicultural festival that celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings. Held over a course of several days during spring, the Festival invites residents and visitors to enjoy special culinary experiences in scenic outdoor spaces. QIFF forms a part of the Qatar Tourism Authority’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners in both the public and private sector, it has grown since its first edition in 2010 to become one of the most-anticipated events in Qatar’s growing calendar of annual festivals and events. 
Qatar Museums connects the museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites in Qatar and creates the conditions for them to thrive and flourish. It centralises resources and provides a comprehensive organisation for the development of museums and cultural projects, with a long term ambition of creating a strong and sustainable cultural infrastructure for Qatar. Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and led by its Chairperson, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, QM is consolidating Qatar’s efforts to become a vibrant centre for the arts, culture and education, in the Middle East and beyond.
Since its foundation in 2005, QM has overseen the development of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and the Al Zubarah World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. QM also manages the QM Gallery at Katara Cultural Village, the ALRIWAQ DOHA Exhibition Space and the Fire Station: Artists in Residence. Future projects include the launch of the highly anticipated National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
QM is committed to instigating Qatar’s future generation of arts, heritage and museum professionals. At its core is a commitment to nurturing artistic talent, creating opportunities and developing the skills to service Qatar’s emerging art economy. By means of a multi-faceted program and public art initiatives, QM seeks to push the boundaries of the traditional museum model, and create cultural experiences that spill out onto the streets and seek to involve a wide audience. Through a strong emphasis on originating art and culture from within and fostering a spirit of national participation, QM is helping Qatar find its own distinctive voice in today’s global cultural debates.
Qatar National Library (short QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. QNL is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.  
QNL carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.
The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra promotes and performs western and Arabic music in order to inspire the children and adults of Qatar and the Arab world to create and enjoy music. In blending these cultures the Qatar Philharmonic extends a message of peace to the world. The Philharmonic was founded in 2007 as a center in the Qatar Foundation, chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It is composed of 101 professional musicians chosen in international auditions from 30 countries. As a member of the Qatar Foundation, the Philharmonic assists Qatar in its journey from carbon economy to knowledge economy by unlocking human potential.
Long-recognised by the country’s leadership as an avenue to further Qatar’s development, tourism has been designated a priority sector by the government. Qatar Tourism Authority’s (QTA) mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a world-class tourism destination with deep cultural roots. In 2014, QTA launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy, which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. QTA works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to achieve this mission by planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable and diverse tourism industry.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. 
Tasmeem Doha, launched in 2004 and hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, is a biennial international art and design conference that attracts prominent speakers and artists from all over the world. Tasmeem is the Arabic word for ‘Design’. Tasmeem addresses contemporary topics on art and design, and brings together international designers, artists, academics, students and industry professionals.
Tasmeem Doha 2017: Analogue Living in a Digital World aims to dialog with art and design’s leading thinkers, educators and practitioners whose ideas transcend media and speak to our human existence in a technological society. The intent of this conference is to explore the intersection between the analogue and digital within the context of our lived experience, and to examine where the two modes differ, intertwine, and coexist. 
VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. Located in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, VCUQatar is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The current student body represents a diverse range of nationalities with students coming from more than 40 different nationalities. VCUQatar has substantial involvement with the emerging design industries in Qatar and is a significant catalyst for that growth.