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5 December 2018 04:19 pm

Top 5 FREE activities happening at the MIA Qatar for its 10th year celebration!

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The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), in celebration of its 10th year anniversary, has organised a whole week of FREE public events that everyone can attend to and enjoy until the 12th of December 2018. Designed by the great Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, MIA showcases Qatar’s world-class collections of Islamic art stretching over 1,400 years to the present day. 

Since its inception, the national institution designed to develop, promote and sustain the cultural sector to the highest global standards. When it opened in 2008, the MIA was the first of the major capital developments and flagship projects initiated by Qatar Museums—the Qatari government entity that overseas the biggest and most well-known public and historic attractions in the country. 

Also, their role has been closely aligned with the Qatar 2030 National Vision, to transfer Qatar from an oil-based economy into a thriving knowledge-based one.  Through the hard work and enthusiasm of all who work for the organisation, they've made significant progress in realising their vision, to show how Qatar is open to the world, to enrich the lives of all those who live in and visit our country, and to inspire an indigenous culture of creativity and innovation within the Qatari community.

The events line-up for the MIA week is consists of movie screenings, curator tours and calligraphy and painting workshops, among other activities. Scroll all the way down to check out the complete list!

1. Movie screening

Museum of Islamic Art 10th year anniversary

I.M. Pei, the mind behind the intricately-detailed architectural design of the MIA, stars in 'Learning from Light,' a full-length documentary film which tells the story of Pei's dedicated 3-year-long work to complete one of Doha's most well-known and historic landmarks. Helmed by award-winning directors Bo Landin and Sterling Van Wagenen, the film is showing everyday until December 12 (except Wednesday) at the MIA Auditorium from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

NOTE: The evening screening for tomorrow (December 6) is cancelled.

2. Museum tours 

Museum of Islamic Art 10th year anniversary

A more in-depth understanding of the MIA won't be complete without a tour of the place, that's for sure. 

Find the schedule below:

December 6 (Thursday)

  • Conservation-led tour—11:00 AM
  • MIA architecture guided tour—2:30pm.

December 7 (Friday)

  • Permanent gallery tours—2:30 PM

December 8 (Saturday)

  • Permanent gallery tours—2:30 PM

December 9 (Sunday)

  • Conservation-led tour—11:00 AM

December 10 (Monday)

  • Conservation-led tour—11:00 AM
  • Guided tour on 'Science in Art' on—2:30 PM

NOTE: All tour participants are urged to meet in the MIA Atrium at least 15 minutes before the schedule. ‏Booking is not necessary, but the group size will be restricted to 20 people on a first come, first serve basis.

3. Workshops

Museum of Islamic Art 10th year anniversary

Another integral commitment of the MIA is their legacy to offer free art workshops to anyone interested. These ventures create interactive opportunities, creating lasting memories and lead to the development of creative, compassionate and engaged individuals.

Check out MIA's FREE workshop schedule below:

December 6 (Thursday)

  • Diwani Workshop for Women—5:00 PM

December 7 (Friday)

  • Acrylic painting workshops—12:00 NN - 6:00 PM

December 8 (Saturday)

  • Ottoman design workshop—11:00 AM till 1 PM
  • Acrylic painting workshops—12:00 NN - 6:00 PM

December 9 (Sunday)

  • Diwani Workshop for Women—5:00 PM

December 10 (Monday)

  • Diwani Workshop for Women—5:00 PM

Note: Debriefing room is located at the Education Wing

4. Celebrations

Museum of Islamic Art 10th year anniversary

To top all the cultural and art-themed activities, MIA's 10th year anniversary celebration is wrapping up at the MIA Library on Saturday (December 8) from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. It's open for the public so make sure to drop by for some refreshments!

5. Syria Matters exhibition

Museum of Islamic Art 10th year anniversary

The exhibition, which will be on display to the public until 30 April 2019, sheds light on Syria’s rich architectural and cultural history. Objects displayed date as far back as the country’s early pre-Islamic period (9th century BCE) up to its contributions to modern history, highlighting QM’s plea to safeguard Syria’s unique cultural legacy.                                                                                                                       

The exhibition sheds light on Syria’s rich architectural and cultural history. Objects displayed date as far back as the country’s early pre-Islamic period (9th century BCE) up to its contributions to modern history, highlighting QM’s plea to safeguard Syria’s unique cultural legacy.

Co-curated by Dr. Julia Gonnella, Director of MIA and Rania Abdellatif, Special Curator, the exhibition features more than 100 artefacts from MIA and other institutions.

The exhibition is held under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, the MIA.

Check out the Syria Matters exhibitions' opening times below:

  • Saturday to Thursday—9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday—1:30 PM to 7:00 PM

NOTE: The MIA will be closed to the public on tomorrow (Thursday) from 5:00 PM onwards and will reopen on Friday (December 7) but the MIA Park will remain open.

To know more about the Museum of lslamic Art, check out their website and social media links below!

About the Museum of Islamic Art

Website: http://www.mia.org.qa/en/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MIAQa...
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miaq...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MIAQatar

How are you planning to celebrate your MIA week? Did this article of ours help you decide on what to attend in the coming days? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!