All you need to know about the free events at Doha's QNL in September

3D modelling workshops, Mozart and Beethoven concert, NASA astronaut visit and much more

All you need to know about the free events at Doha's QNL in September

We’ve always been curious about Qatari heritage and culture. What are the famous legends? What tales are told in school? What stories did Qatari grandmothers tell their children?

All those questions are about to be answered as Qatar National Library is hosting a series of events and activities in September, aimed at reviving some of the famous legends and traditional fairytales.

A series of talks and workshops will highlight the significance of local folklore in Qatari society.Visitors can also join in a host of other events and be a part of global celebrations to mark International Literacy Day and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

On September 5 and 19, creative artist Mariana Mohsen will host a fun workshop where participants will be inspired to draw and paint their own rendition of scenes from classic fairytales.

Qatari fairytales or Hazawi Al’Awalyeen will be the focus of a unique event for adults entitled Qatari Stories: Between Reality and Legend on September 14.

Amena Al-Bader will narrate the stories often told by grandparents and passed on from one generation to the next.

Author Asmaa Al-Kuwari will explore which of these fairytales are based on real events and which are myths and will also share the way they have affected Qatari society.

On September 18, in cooperation with the Qatari Authors’ Forum, Saleh Gharib will present Qatar’s Old Tales.

The talk will highlight the dialogue between important traditions, proverbs and legends to explain their meaning and when to use them, with a focus on those quoted most often in Qatari society, to restore memories and the past.

The Legend of Gilgamesh on September 25 will discuss the myth of the great flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh, a Sumerian poem from ancient Mesopotamia.

For those who want to dig a little deeper, the lecture by Dr Haya Al-Thani, director of Museum Affairs at the Qatar National Museum will highlight how the Arabian Gulf forms an important part of the mythology of Mesopotamia, and is described in the legend as the pure, sacred land of immortality.

Art and film
The Young Adults Film Club will meet on September 5 and 19, an opportunity for movie buffs to learn how to watch films from a filmmaker’s perspective.

For Arabic speakers, the Arabic creative writing workshop series concludes on September 7.

Draw a Photo from Qatar's History on September 7 is an opportunity for artists (or anyone with basic drawing skills) to draw one of the QNL’s History of Qatar photos under the guidance of Qatari artist, Fahad Almaadheed.

The drawing class will be preceded by an introduction to the Qatar Photographic Collection at the Heritage Library.

September also marks International Literacy Day. QNL will host a relevant event on September 7 for parents, educators and those interested in child development.

A team of librarians will provide simple, effective ideas on how to build a home library and encourage reading throughout daily life. This event will be held in Arabic.

In collaboration with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, QNL will present a lecture entitled Literacy and Multilingualism: Future Prospects for adults on September 8.

Dr Hassan Ali Diba will speak about Qatar's efforts to combat illiteracy and highlight the importance of learning languages throughout history. The lecture will be followed by an introduction to the Mango languages database.

Space talks
To commemorate one of mankind’s most significant achievements, the moon landing, former NASA astronaut who flew on two space shuttle flights including one to the International Space Station, Dr Mary Ellen Weber, will speak at an event in QNL – The Moon and Beyond: The Experience of Space and the Future of Exploration.

Music lovers have a real treat planned at QNL. The library’s concerts resume September 19 with Philharmonic at the Library: Music for Wind Ensemble.

Featuring works for wind instruments, members of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Johann Christian Bach: Sinfonia No. 4 in B-Flat Major, W. B10, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Arias for Woodwinds from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni and Ludwig van Beethoven: Sextet in E-Flat Major, Op. 71.

For members who can’t make the concert, the experience can be recaptured for free online at

Designing and printing
Jewellery lovers are invited to attend the lecture, A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, presented by jewellery designer Einas Mohammad on September 21.

The talk will focus on how diamonds are extracted from the ground as well as countries most famous for diamonds.

The lecture will also include tips from designers on how to buy or choose diamonds and discussions with specialists in this field.

Several hands-on workshops including Introduction to 3D Modelling will take place on September 12. The workshops will introduce the basic techniques and concepts of 3D modelling and 3D modelling software.

Participants will learn how to create 3D models using a specialised software (Fusion 360) and how to prepare files for 3D printing.

QNL’s Science Book Forum will host Evolution: Between Science and Myth on September 30.

The forum will shed light on the principles of evolution in nature, the founding evidence as well as scientific questions. The discussions will also focus on the public perceptions and misconceptions of evolution.

Sounds like September will be a busy and exciting month at QNL.
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