Following a meeting between HE Culture Minister Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani and Indonesian Ambassador Ridwan Hassan on May 16, a delegation from the Directorate General of Culture of the Indonesian Ministry of Education, of Culture, Research and Technology visited Qatar from May 28 to June 1.
The delegation met with representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Qatar, Qatar Foundation (QF), Qatar Museums (QM), National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar National Library (QNL), Doha Fire Station and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.
A number of issues and strategies were discussed, especially with regard to the Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture which will begin next year.
One of the themes that will be tackled by the Indonesian team during next year’s Year of Culture is coffee.
The product connects Indonesia and Arab culture for a long time.
“It’s not just about the coffee product itself, but also about the coffee culture that connects the two countries,” said Magdalena, head of the Indonesian delegation. “We are very excited to introduce Indonesian coffee culture to the public in Qatar.”
The delegation also discussed strengthening cultural cooperation between the two countries, especially between museums.
“Qatar is known for its professionalism in museum management, while Indonesia has hundreds of museums across the archipelago with abundant collections,” she said. “So I think it’s good that the two countries are exploring the possibility of having closer cooperation on museums.”
“Topics on literature, sports, fashion and cinema were also covered,” added Magdalena. “In short, we are really keen to collaborate deeply with Qatar, not only during the Qatar-Indonesia Year of Culture in 2023, but also beyond the event. . We must think about the legacy of our Cultural year.
In addition, cultural cooperation between the two countries is expected to have an impact, both on people-to-people relations and on the countries’ creative economic sectors.
“As the Ambassador pointed out during the meeting with HE the Minister of Culture, cultural cooperation between the two countries should have a ripple effect, especially in the economic field,” said Ali Murtado of the Indonesian Embassy. in Doha.