Doha 01st August 2013 : A new exhibition illustrating Arab women’s love of sports, ‘Hey’Ya: Arab Women in Sport’ has opened at the National Football Museum in Manchester, the UK, as part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. Hey’Ya is the Arabic for Let’s Go. The exhibition was conceived by QMA to encourage more Arab girls to participate in sports and comes to Manchester as part of the Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture celebrations.
Commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), Hey’Ya opens on 26 July running until October 13 and features Brigitte Lacombe’s series of large photographs of Arab sportswomen from 20 different countries shown alongside videos by Marian Lacombe
The project was shot over seven months starting in December 2011 when the Arab Games were held in Doha. Brigitte and Marian Lacombe were able to set up their outdoor studio, working side by side, capturing athletes practising sports ranging from taekwondo to swimming and equestrian with the support of the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.
“I am proud to be featured in this amazing exhibition. I enjoyed learning about the UK’s culture last year when I competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I am excited that the exhibition is travelling to Manchester as part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture. I hope people of the UK enjoy learning about my country’s culture as much as I did learning about theirs,” said Nada, the first Qatari female swimmer to compete in the Olympic Games.
“We wanted to bring something different to Manchester, a truly global sports city.
The NFM is committed to raising awareness of the role women play in developing football and other sports, now and historically, and is committed to breaking down cultural and gender stereotypes,” said Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum (NFM).