Dynamic leaders and rising stars from creative industries in Qatar and around the world converge in Doha for the second annual #QatarCreates: two weeks of cultural exchange, dialogue, and collaboration at the forefront of art, architecture, fashion, design, and digital culture.
Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, said, “The cultural innovation economy is one of the world’s greatest job providers for young people, ages 18 to 25, generating more than $2.25 trillion US annually and growing rapidly. It is the key to a sustainable future—which is why we are so thrilled this year to welcome so many cutting-edge figures in fashion, design, and the arts to #QatarCreates, to enjoy the wide array of experiences we offer and meet with outstanding creative peers from Qatar.”
A global summit for the cultural innovation economy, #QatarCreates brings together a range of exciting events and programmes throughout Doha. Center stage this year is M7, Qatar’s new 312,000-square-foot hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in fashion and design, built in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha.
#QatarCreates includes the showcase and judging for the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards and presentation of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at M7. Fashion Trust Arabia will also host events at Culture Pass Club, Qatar’s first members-only arts club, located in a suite of 14 townhouses designed by international artists and designers including Diane von Furstenberg, India Mahdavi, Rossana Orlandi, and Qatari designers Aisha Al-Sowaidi and Wahda Al Hajri.
Other highlights of the 2021 #QatarCreates include major exhibitions dedicated to the work of Jeff Koons, the artist’s first major survey in the Middle East, and artist and designer Virgil Abloh, the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to his pioneering artistic practice. A compelling set of public programmes—the #QatarCreates Programming series and the Art for Tomorrow Talks, in association with The New York Times—presents thought-provoking dialogue and expert analysis. The schedule is complemented by opportunities to experience recently installed works of public art, including major pieces by Tom Claassen, Bruce Nauman and Isa Genzken.
To celebrate the launch of #QatarCreates, an opening reception took place on 2 November, with Maison Valentino at the Museum of Islamic Art. Twelve artworks featured in the Valentino Des Ateliers Haute Couture Collection, will be exhibited during the reception, and British musician Cosima, who performed at the Valentino Show in Venice in July, will offer a special live performance.
Source: Press Release
Cover image: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Qatar Museums (L-R: Naomi Campbell, Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Pierpaolo Piccioli
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