Every year, the American Chamber of Commerce teams up with the US Embassy Doha for a week-long celebration of all things American.
The annual Discover America week aims to highlight US business, innovation, travel, food, music, fashion, art and culture, beginning with an “American Beauty Breakfast” on President’s Day (think beauty tips, waffles and potluck).
Other events are set to include an informative forum on doing business and investing across the Atlantic, a golf tournament and the chance to test-drive a Chevy.
Thinking of planning a holiday stateside? Pass by the Qatar Airways booth in Gate Mall to find out about deals and promotions. And in addtition to the screening of Alive Inside at the MIA, Novo Cinemas at The Pearl will be holding free screenings of The Revenant (Mon Feb 15) and Selma (Mon Feb 22). Here’s our pick of the events we suggest you mark in your diaries.
American Film Showcase
See Michael Rossato-Bennett’s moving, heartbreaking and inspiring documentary, Alive Inside, an exploration of the power of music and the life-changing effects it can have. It follows Dan Cohen, social worker and founder of non-profit organisation Music & Memory, as he attempts to demonstrate how music can combat memory loss and restore a sense of self in a broken elderly health-care system. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director and a master class with producer Alix Madigan.
Phone for ticket prices. Feb 18, 7.30pm. Museum of Islamic Art, www.dohafilminstitute.com (4420 0505).
“Me and a guy named Elvis”
Hear all about life inside Graceland from Jerry Schilling, music industry veteran and pal of The King. Price includes a buffet dinner and selected beverages.
QR350. Wed Feb 17, 7pm. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).
American sports and family fun day
Big sports fan? Head to a dedicated sports and family fun day to try your hand at basketball, American football, baseball and cheerleading.
Free. Fri Feb 19, 1pm-4pm. Lulu’s Barwa City Shopping Village.
Live American jazz
Every night of the week the New York Sound will be playing the best of American music at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Also try New Orleans inspired food à la carte.
Free. Mon Feb 15 - Mon 22, from 9pm. The St. Regis Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0000).