Things to do in Doha: Check out the free events at QNL

Space exploration, local architecture and Italian culture will be highlighted

Things to do in Doha: Check out the free events at QNL

There are loads of things to do in Doha this October, especially with the weather getting better. But just in case you still prefer the indoors, Qatar National Library is hosting an exciting programme packed with interested activities this entire month.

The events are themed around the subject of space as QNL takes you beyond the frontiers of Earth. You might even end up solving some mysteries of the universe.

Space exploration themed events
In Qatar and the region, people usually look for the Suhail star to ascertain the beginning and end of the summer season. On October 2, a special talk entitled Suhail Star will be hosted in cooperation with the Qatar Authors’ Forum, the Astronomy Club at Qatar University and the Thuraya Planetarium at Katara.

Sheikh Salman bin Jabr Al-Thani, one of the most distinguished astronomers in Qatar, will present a lecture The Earth is Not Flat on October 19. In the talk, he will share his response to claims that the Earth is not spherical, but flat.

If you visit the library, you can see the challenges and rewards of space exploration with the screening of the award-winning 2017 documentary The Farthest: Voyager in Space on October 26. The movie follows people and events around the Voyager mission, the first human-made object to leave the solar system and enter deep space.

Gulf architecture
For a more local flavour, it’s also Gulf Architecture Month this October, so you can partake in a series of lectures, conference and exhibitions, all held to explore the different dimensions of traditional architecture in the region, both past and present. The public talks will be held in English every Wednesday starting October 9.

The Gulf Architecture Conference and Exhibition organised by QNL will be held from October 10-13. Academics, researchers, architects, historians and students are encouraged to attend.

Cyber crime
In cooperation with the Economic and Cyber Crime Combating Department at the Ministry of Interior, QNL will host an awareness workshop on October 14. Be Conscious: Cybercrimes will focus on Qatar's cybercrime laws and highlight the dangers, the common behaviours and actions that could lead to legal accountability, how to report cybercrimes and the role of the authorities. The event will be presented in Arabic.

A Science Book Forum lecture on October 14 entitled Glaciers, Sea Ice and Ice Shelves: Why the Ice Poles Matter to Qatar will discuss how the Earth's ice caps play an important role in the stability of temperatures and seasons on our planets, and how their changes have had measurable impacts on Qatar throughout its history.

To celebrate the International Open Access Week 2019, QNL will organise the following workshops: Citizen Science Workshop on October 20, Academic Writing and Publishing Workshop on October 23 and Open Access Week 2019: Open for Whom? on October 27.

Classical music
Lovers of classical music can enjoy the dulcet tones of Philharmonic at the Library: String Trios from Bach to Ragtime on October 18 featuring Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performers Benjamin Gould as the narrator, Raluca Gette on violin, Edita Fabek on viola and Harald Georgi on cello.

Italian language and culture
In partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Qatar, QNL will host Italian Language Week starting October 21. The series of events celebrates Italian culture and history while giving you the opportunity to learn basic Italian words and phrases.

The week kicks off with Learn Italian Through Song and Evolution of Italian Opera Between 1800 and 1900: Convergences and Contrasts, both on October 21.

“Learn Italian Through Food” will be presented on October 23 by Cucina chef Claudio Trovato.

Il Caffè Letterario: Novecento on October 24 is a chance for Italian speakers to informally meet over coffee at the Open Lounge Terrace to read Novecento, a theatrical monologue by the contemporary Italian author Alessandro Baricco.

The National Novel Writing Month kickoff on October 26 is designed to motivate and support all writers. If you’re an aspiring novelist, bring your laptop for the warm-up writing exercises. Sessions will continue to be held every Saturday morning in November, too.

Regular events
Other regular programmes include the Chess Club meets on October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Arabic Calligraphy for Young Adults will be held on October 4 for children between 12 and 18.

Fun Robotics for young adults ages 10 to 17 is on October 5.

The Film Club will get together on October 11 and 25.

It looks like a really exciting month for space enthusiasts and Italian language speakers.
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