He said Katara was seeking to enter Guinness World Records through the painting of Million Dots.
A large number of children, men and women have enjoyed participating in Million Dots.
“This festival is being organised with educational and artistic goals in a bid to make people aware of the fact that calligraphy was first done without dots, prior to getting its current style.” Al Sulaiti explained.
Malika Al Shuraim, director of Katara’s Public Relations and Communication Department, invited people to join events at Katara during the Ramadan and said: “ Katara will conduct a draw of the names of visitors who painted Million Dots by the end of August, in which the winner will get a painting by artist Sabah Arbili.”
Arbili won seven international awards last year. He has a unique style of writing, and sometimes uses the rules of classical calligraphy. Arbili has a distinctive character. He has the ability to improvise in front of the public without inhibitions, giving them a great opportunity to become a part of an extraordinary artistic atmosphere.
Talking about his masterpiece, Arbili said: “Million Dots art work is an illustration of the Cultural Village’s efforts at encouraging interaction with the public, who will be asked to add a dot up to the number of million dots.”
Katara’s Ramadan Festival opened with an exhibition — Arabic Calligraphy and Quran, A Shared Journey — featuring a collection of copies of Quran of prominent Qatari art collector Ibrahim Fakhroo.
Katara’s Ramadan festivities also host a group of Islamic speakers to give 10 public lectures during the holy month.
Katara will also collaborate with Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services to present Sheikh Mohamed Al Uraifi in an Islamic lecture at Katara Grand Mosque on July 20.
Activities include an exhibition of calligraphy paintings from various Muslim countries, reflecting the beauty of calligraphy and how the artists have merged it with plastic arts.
Other expos include Majaz by British-Iraqi calligrapher Sabah Al Arbili; a ceramics expo celebrating the works of Mahir Samara’i; the Wahdania expo in which artist Shaheeda Ahmad will present her handicraft for the first time in Qatar; the Iman expo, which will feature a group of artists who express their religious views; and an expo by Tunisian graffiti artist Vincent Abadie Hafez featuring 99 paintings with the 99 names of Allah.
Other highlights of the festival include an expo on Islamic stamp designs, sand painting, history of the press in Qatar, a currency exhibition, a documentary film competition and shows, a book fair, religious stanzas, children’s workshops, a beach football competition, a Garangao celebration and Ramadan competition.
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