When the heat drops by, Don’t despair! Qatar Summer Festival is back for another year of amazing city-wide celebrations, exciting concerts and live shows, spectacular shopping, innovative cultural activities and promotions all throughout summer…

ENTERTAINMENT CITY

The QSF centerpiece and family favourite returns this year at Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre. e City’s key features include the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course, Timba Cars, Bricklyn Lego, skill games, virtual reality and arcade games, a paintball shooting range and live entertainment shows. The City will also have a food court and pop-up shops. On until September 5 from 2pm to 11pm!

SPECTACULAR SHOPPING

Participating Malls include Al Khor Mall, Doha Festival City, e Mall, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, Lagoona Mall and Landmark Mall. Retailers at participating malls will o er discounts of up to 50% and other exciting promotions as well as live entertainment shows. For every QR200 spent at any of the participating outlets in these malls, shoppers will be entered into the Mega Ra e Draw being held on the final day of QSF (September 5). Lucky shoppers have the chance to win one of 10 exciting cash prizes and a luxury car.

SPECIAL HOSPITALITY PACKAGES

77 hotels are participating in this year’s Festival, offering exciting accommodation packages, including: Pay for 2 nights, and stay for 3; Pay for 5 nights, and stay for 6; Free daily breakfast for guests; Late check-out until 5pm; Free round trip transfer from/to Hamad International Airport; 10% discount on all spa treatments and food and beverage outlets, plus so much more. On top of all this, you’ve got the return of the Doha Comedy Festival in August and a host of music concerts too! ✤

GO: Visit www.visitqatar.qa/calendar for more information.


Exciting Art at Mathaf

QATAR MUSEUMS (QM) WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF CAPTIVATING EXHIBITIONS, TAKING PLACE IN THE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER. THE WIDE-RANGING CHOICE OF SHOWS COMES AS PART OF QM’S COMMITMENT TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE RESIDENTS AND VISITORS, SPARK CREATIVITY AMONGST ARTISTS AND ENTHUSIASTS, AND ULTIMATELY, DEVELOP AN ENGAGED CULTURAL AUDIENCE.

WHAT: MATHAF STUDENT ART COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION
WHERE: MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

WHEN: UNTIL JULY 10
FREE ENTRY

The annual Mathaf Student Art Competition and Exhibition has returned for the fourth time this year. e exhibition showcases the works of students from various schools. is time following the theme “what is your imagined future city?” e competition is an original Mathaf educational programme that supports QM’s commitment for art education and creativity. SAC&E celebrates the creative minds of students aged between six and 18, and encourages students, teachers and parents to explore modern and contemporary art by experiencing Mathaf ’s permanent collection.

WHAT: MATHAF COLLECTION, SUMMARY, PART 2
WHERE: MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
WHEN: THROUGHOUT SUMMER
FREE ENTRY

Mathaf houses the largest and most extensive permanent collection of modern and contemporary Arab art in the world, featuring over 9,000 works. e collection covers artworks from the 19th century to the present day, reflecting a number of defining moments in Arab history and artistic innovations in the region.

This summer, Mathaf presents a rehang of the entire Permanent Collection galleries, offering a glimpse of its most iconic works and highlighting groundbreaking modern and contemporary artists from the Arab world. The new display includes historical artists such as Farid Belkahia (Morocco), Saloua Raouda Choucair (Lebanon), Faraj Daham (Qatar), Inji Efflatoun (Egypt), Abdulhalim Radwi (Saudi Arabia) and Hassan Sharif (Dubai), and a younger generation of artists such as Manal AlDowayan (Saudi Arabia), Wael Shawky (Egypt) and Hayv Kahraman (Iraq-USA).
In addition, Mathaf continues to increase its investments in education and audience engagement around the collection that includes making the collection accessible online. ✤

GO: Visit www.mathaf.org.qa for more information.


Top Three: Summer Exhibitions

WHAT: SKATE GIRLS OF KABUL
WHERE: QM GALLERY, BUILDING 10, KATARA
WHEN: UNTIL OCTOBER 21, FREE ENTRY

Award-winning photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson will present her series of striking portraits,Skate Girls of Kabul. e exhibition tells the extraordinary story of Afghan girls who took up skateboarding, thanks to Skateistan, an Afghan charity that builds skate parks as a way of getting children from disadvantaged families back to school. The series, viewed by more than 74,000 visitors during its two-week run at London’s Saatchi Gallery, will bring to life the colourful, and free owing spirit of these young girls, offering a new perspective on the skateboarding culture.

WHAT: POWDER AND DAMASK: ISLAMIC ARMS AND ARMOUR FROM THE COLLECTION OF FADEL AL MANSOORI
WHERE: MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART
WHEN: UNTIL MAY 12, 2018, FREE ENTRY

This exhibition presents Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori. Including both edged weapons and rearms, the objects on display range from the 17th to the 19th century, and were produced primarily in Turkey, Iran and India. Powder and Damask explores the art of craftsmanship, which reached unprecedented levels in these regions under the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires, where these objects were considered not only as weapons but as works of art.

WHAT: ‘ARTIST IN RESIDENCE’ EXHIBITION, “UNFOLDING CREATIVE METHODS
WHERE: GARAGE GALLERY, FIRE STATION DOHA
WHEN: UNTIL AUGUST 19, FREE ENTRY

After nine successful months, the current Artist in Residence programme at the
Fire Station drew to a close in June. e occasion is celebrated with the annual end of residency exhibition at the Garage Gallery, with the accomplishments of the 20 artists showcased through selected works demonstrating a variety of techniques and styles, pushing the boundaries of creativity and raising the bar in contemporary art in the region. ✤

GO: Visit www.qm.org.qa for more information.