A Lotta Lotta Laughs

The Chuckle Club is bringing more LOL moments to Doha this month with another exciting line-up of hugely talented international comedians taking to the stage at Dunes Bar, Grand Hyatt Doha on November 9 and the Crowne Plaza on November 10. The three funny folk entertaining you with side-splitting jokes are…

UK based Aussie Ro Campbell’s relentlessly entertaining and award winning brand of cheeky, slightly dark humour has wowed audiences everywhere from Adelaide to Bangalore, and Helsinki to Singapore, to name but a few places. He has performed at the last eight Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and made the Scotsman’s pick of Best Joke of the Fringe 2009. In 2010 he was crowned Scottish Comedian of the Year (slightly controversial being Australian and all!). Carmen Lynch recently made her second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. She has also appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and The Good Wife. Carmen has performed for the troops on several tours in Iraq and Kuwait and recently completed a tour doing stand-up in Spanish throughout Spain and Costa Rica.

John Hastings has been performing stand-up since 2006. He has won the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival Homegrown Competition. In 2012 John moved to the UK where he was given the opportunity to perform as part of the Pleasance Comedy Reserve in 2013. Since then he has performed critically acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 and 2015. He is a regular on the comedy circuit in the UK and across Europe and in 2014 was featured on Seann Walsh’s Late Night Spectacular at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

GO: Tickets cost QR120 and can be purchased online at Platinum List, Virgin, Q-Tickets & Ticketmaster. Shows start at 8pm. Food and drink promotions will be on offer at the event. Follow @Chuckle_Club on twitter and @chuckleclub on instagram for more information.

Energy World Qatar

Join in the celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in all aspects of life, as Energy World Qatar 2015 acts as an initiator of interest, understanding, enthusiasm, and engagement, among the young people of Qatar, in a fun way. The national event aims to encourage the young people in Qatar to be part of building a prosperous future for the country, through innovative thought and actions enabled by STEM skills. Energy World Qatar is an edutainment and interactive adventure for families, taking people of all ages on a journey into the future of energy, technology and mobility.

future of energy, technology and mobility. It provides a hands-on experience to create greater awareness of energy and its challenges, and it stimulates creative thinking and innovation amongst the participants to find solutions to meet those challenges. Energy World Qatar includes several interactive exhibits (activity zones) that embrace the proven concept of ‘learn through play’ to inspire curiosity, impart knowledge and inspire action. The activities will help inspire young people in Qatar to Join the Energy Generation and discover their identity as an inventor, designer, engineer, connector, or adventurer.

GO: Energy World Qatar supports the Qatar National Vision 2030. The event takes place from November 19 to 28 at the new Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre. Visit www.energyworldqatar.com for more information.

A Celebration of Film

The third annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival, presented by the Doha Film Institute, will open on November 29 with the Middle East Premiere of The Idol, from Academy Award-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad. Raising the curtain on the Doha Film Institute’s annual celebration of film, The Idol tells the inspirational true story of Mohammad Assaf, an amateur singer from Gaza, who became a worldwide sensation after winning the live-singing competition Arab Idol in 2013. The film enjoyed a successful world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September and more recently at the 59th BFI London Film Festival. Other Middle East premieres announced include this year’s Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear-winner, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, in which the celebrated Iranian director himself drives a cab around Tehran, picking up passengers to great comedic and dramatic effect; and 2015 Cannes ‘Un Certain Regard’ opener An, by Japanese director Naomi Kawase, a gentle tale about a sad cook’s professional relationship with an elderly woman who teaches him to commune with nature.

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Ajyal 2015 marks the Qatar premiere for Tigers, by Academy award-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanović, who was one of the five Masters at the inaugural edition of Qumra in March, the Doha Film Institute’s newly inaugurated industry event for emerging filmmakers. Mia Madre, a drama about a film director’s relationship with her ailing mother, by Italian director Nanni Moretti, will also have its Gulf premiere at Ajyal. Fatma Al Remaihi, CEO of Doha Film Institute, said: “Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol, the powerful true story of a young boy overcoming staggering odds to realise his dream, is an ideal opening for this year’s edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival. “As a co-financer of the film, we are delighted to bring home the story that originally touched the region, and indeed the world, in 2013. We are also honored to present Doha Film Institute grantee Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya’s outstanding debut feature Very Big Shot, a film that embodies our commitment to supporting emerging talent from the region.”

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“We believe this third edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival is set to be our strongest yet, as the Festival’s reputation continues to grow each year. The range of works from internationally renowned auteurs already confirmed will provide a truly memorable experience for our audiences and young jurors.” Ajyal, meaning ‘generations’ in Arabic, invites people of all ages to come together to discuss cinema through events that inspire creative interaction, opening up a fun, collaborative environment where young people can express themselves. Driven with the goal to inspire and create, Ajyal has been designed to empower the region’s youth and to inspire film enthusiasts of all ages in Qatar and the region.


GO: The third annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival will take place from November 29 to December 5, at Katara Cultural Village. Visit www.dohafilminstitute.com for more information.