Top 13 art events in Doha this month

Film appreciation, poetry, installations and more

Top 13 art events in Doha this month

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, as well as offer a great networking opportunity. It’s free of charge and they run from 6pm-9pm.
Nov 4, HBKU Student Centre, Education City (

Poetry and storytelling international
A monthly literary get together returns from 7pm with a close and informal gathering of writers and readers. You’re encouraged to take something to share and read. All languages are welcome.
Nov 5, Katara Art Centre, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Thread installation art
London-based artist Kate Terry, who teaches at Camberwell College of Arts and CCW, creates thread installation art that is nearly invisible at first. Using colourful thread she creates a subtle yet significant presence in an empty space. The exhibition will be open to the public from 6pm on November 6.
Nov 6-Dec 24, The Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (4402 0555).

‘Confusism And Other Works’
This solo exhibition of objects by the well-known Doha-based Iraqi artist, Mahmoud Obaidi, presents pieces with his signature sharp style and underlying political statements. The public opening is on October 1 at 7pm.
Nov 9, Katara Art Center, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Storytelling and crafts with Maktaba Children’s Library
The popular gathering for young ones is back with a storytelling session followed by hands-on creative fun for kids aged four to seven. It starts at 4pm.
Nov 10, Katara Art Center, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Scotland Day
As part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, The British Council and the Scottish Government are hosting a ‘Scotland Day’ from 6.30pm. This Scottish cultural celebration will include all things Celtic: music (Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson band), dance, culinary treats and plenty of kilts!
Nov 14, Various locations, Katara Cultural Village (

Photography workshop
Respected photographer and artist Jaber Alazmeh is back with a new photography workshop that demonstrates the man’s approach to building story and emotion with the camera. It’s QR175 per session from 7pm.
Nov 15, Katara Art Center, building 5, Katara Cultural Village (4408 0244).

Crossing boundaries lecture
VCUQatar will present a talk on ‘cementing relations at home and developing relations abroad’ by Myles Pepper at 6pm in association with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Myles Pepper has over 40 years of experience in the field of arts and culture to share with listeners. Tickets are free but you need to register beforehand.
Nov 20, The atrium at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (4402 0555).

Jack and the Beanstalk
Amateur drama group The Doha Players will be putting on their 40th annual pantomime. This year it will be the heroic fairy tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, directed by Brit Samantha McGill.
Nov 27-30, The Doha Players, Qatar National Theatre (

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. It will reference the most iconic female figures of the last century.
Until Nov 30, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

L’âge d’or
Algerian-French artist Adel Abdessemed will host his first solo exhibition at Mathaf with major works that have been newly commissioned and produced in Doha. Inspirations are personal, social, historical and political.
Until Jan 5, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Education City (

Hajj – The Journey Through Art
In collaboration with the British Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art have curated this exhibition which allows visitors to explore the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj through artworks from theirs and Qatari collections, many of which have never been seen before.
Unitl Jan 5, Museum of Islamic Art, Corniche (

Damien Hirst: Relics
Spanning over 25 years of notable British artist Damien Hirst’s lengthy career, QMA’s exhibition Relics presents the largest collection of Hirst’s works ever assembled and includes both iconic and previously unseen works.
Until Jan 22, Al Riwaq Exhibition Space, MIA Park, Corniche (

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