Art events in Doha this October

15 top art exhibitions, film screenings and more

Art events in Doha this October

‘Confusism And Other Works’
This solo exhibition of objects by Doha-based Iraqi artist, Mahmoud Obaidi, presents pieces with his signature sharp style and underlying political statements.
Oct 1-Nov 9, Katara Art Center, bldg 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Athwaq film appreciation workshop
Doha Film Institute invites us to explore cinematic history through the greatest films ever made. Screenings are followed by discussions and aim to inspire first and second-time filmmakers. It’s free of charge and they run from 6pm-9pm.
Oct 2 and Nov 4, HBKU Student Centre, Education City (

Metro Manila screening
This crime-drama tells us the tale of Oscar Ramirez and his family who flee from their lives in the rice fields of the northern Philippines to megacity Manila in search of a brighter future. But is it worth it?
Oct 4-8, Katara Drama Theatre (building 16), West Bay Lagoon (

Paganini Rhapsody
With brand new music director, Han-Na Chang, at the helm, and Cristina Oritz on piano, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mikhail Glinka, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Dmitri Shostakovich from 7.30pm.
Oct 5, Katara Cultural Village Opera House, West Bay Lagoon (

Museum of Crying Women by Francesco Vezzoli
This exhibition is a comment on the way the female image has been constructed over the last century, looking at how it is has inspired creativity and influenced the public’s imagination.
Oct 7-Nov 30, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

Hajj – The Journey Through Art
The Museum of Islamic Art have curated this exhibition which allows visitors to explore the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj through artworks from the MIA and Qatari collections, many of which have never been seen before.
Oct 9-Jan 5, Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (

Zade Dirani piano concert
Notable pianist Zade Dirani will pop into Doha for a performance. Tickets cost QR100-QR250.
Oct 10, Al Rayyan Theatre, Souq Waqif (7013 0701).

Damien Hirst: Relics
Spanning over twenty-five years of notable British artist Damien Hirst’s artistic career, Relics will present the largest collection of Hirst’s works ever assembled and will include previously unseen works.
Oct 10-Jan 22, Al Riwaq Exhibition Space, MIA Park, Corniche (

Hekayat Khaleejiya (Khaleeji Stories)
This comes as part of a quarterly screening series that is dedicated to showcasing cinematic voices from the Gulf region. Tickets are QR35 (QR25 for students).
Oct 11 and 12, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium, Corniche (

Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto
With Dmitrij Kitajenko as conductor and Lilya Zilberstein on piano, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Rodion Shchedrin, Sergei Prokofiev and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky from 7.30pm.
Oct 12, Katara Cultural Village Opera House, West Bay Lagoon (

Ballet Scheherazade
Katara will present, for the first time in the Middle East, Ballet Scheherazade performed by the first private Bulgarian classical ballet company, Sofia National Ballet.
October 23-25, Katara Drama Theatre, bldg 16, Katara Cultural Village (

Man on Wire screening
As a continuation of the Doha Film Institute UK Cinema Showcase Series, the 2008 Oscar-winning classic Man on Wire will be screened for QR35 (QR25 for students). It tells the story of Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire routine in 1974.
October 24 and 25, MIA Auditorium, Corniche (

Creative Time Summit
Watch highlights of this conference on art and society streamed live from New York City alongside a locally presented programme of speakers. It starts at 7pm.
Oct 25, Katara Art Center, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

Akkas cinematography workshop
This is a four-day introduction to the art and craft of cinematography where participants will gain knowledge of camerawork and lighting via interactive exercises. It’s free of charge and runs from 6pm-9pm.
October 27-30, HBKU Student Centre, Education City (

“Standalone Tools”
Doha-based artist Rhys Himsworth presents his solo exhibition, featuring a number of forward-thinking installations. On October 22 at 7pm, get the chance to speak with the artist on his practice, as he guides you through the works.
Until Oct 28, Katara Art Center, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244)

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