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Things To Do In Doha: April 8 - April 15, 2018

Khadiza Begum
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With the weekend over, you may be wondering what to do during the week ahead. Good news! In our beautiful city of Doha, there are countless ways to make your week a wonderful one. For music lovers, there are free monthly concerts at the Islamic Museum park (MIA). Or, if you are an art lover, visit the first exhibition in the Gulf by Ai Weiwei, situated at the fire station. These are just a couple of exciting events happening this week and with so many others to choose from, consult our weekly guide to the best ways to wake up your week in Doha!

Our events listings will be out every Sunday so be sure to keep following ILQ for more event updates and information! For more information visit

March 15 - June 1, 2018

First Exhibition by Ai Weiwei in the Gulf opens in Doha

First Exhibition by Ai Weiwei in the Gulf to Open in Doha

Qatar Museums (QM) has brought an exhibition of recent works by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – his first in the Gulf region. The exhibition takes place at the Garage Gallery in the Fire Station from 15 March – 1 June 2018 and features one of Ai Weiwei’s most prominent and poignant projects highlighting the plight of refugees, Laundromat (2016).

His show in Doha highlights Qatar’s development as a creative and artistic hub that encourages dialogue through artistic expression. It also reflects the determination of QM and its Chairperson Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to bring the world's leading contemporary artists to the country to inspire future generations of artistic talent and engage the local community, as well as offer a regional platform to some of the world’s most unique and powerful voices.

The exhibition follows Ai Weiwei’s first visit to Qatar in April 2017, when he discussed his life and work at a packed public event at the Museum of Islamic Art, and met with young artists at the Fire Station.

Reflecting Ai Weiwei’s continuing engagement with the global refugee crisis, this monumental work brings together thousands of articles of clothing collected from a makeshift refugee camp in Idomeni – a small village in northern Greece and official border crossing to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The camp was shut down in May 2016 and the refugees that had been living there were evacuated, leaving their possessions behind. Laundromat displays carefully hung clothes and meticulously arranged shoes, each of which have been washed, hung to dry, steamed, sorted and organised. In all, 2,046 items of clothing are displayed alongside personal mementos and photographs. Laundromat also features the film “Idomeni” (2016) which captures the everyday conditions of the refugees up to the moment when the camp was evacuated; and 17,062 Photos Relating to Refugees 1.12-09.08.2016 – a wallpaper which consists of a selection of images taken by Ai Weiwei on his iPhone during the filming of his documentary feature “Human Flow.”

Alongside Laundromat, other projects by the artist will be exhibited in the Fire Station, including Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar (2016), which represents six themes of the refugee condition — War, Ruins, Journey, Crossing the Sea, Refugee Camps, and Demonstrations, and Tyre (2016), a traditional symbol of safety turned on its head by being crafted from marble and representing the struggle faced by refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Ai Weiwei is renowned for making strong aesthetic statements that resonate with timely phenomena across today’s geopolitical world. From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values.

Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the current Einstein Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), and he is the recipient of the 2015 Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. Ai’s first feature-length documentary Human Flow premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival in competition.

Location: The Fire Station Date: March 15 - June 1 Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed For more info: Click here

Monday, April 9, 2018

Yes it's on 9th April! Introduce Solids to your Baby!

Introduce Solids to your Baby!

Introducing solid foods to babies is an important milestone in their life! Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Doaa Farid from Queen Hospital will share a very useful lecture on April 9, 2018. Hurry up moms!

Location: Villaggio Mall, Al Waab Street, Doha
Date: April 9
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: At the door
For more info: Click here

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Chamber Music at MIA: Music for Woodwinds

Chamber Music at MIA: Music for Woodwinds

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a free monthly concert for public in the atrium of the Museum of Islamic Art on April 12 from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Pieces from Eun-Hye Lee, Germán Díaz Blanco, Simone Zanacchi will be played during the event. No tickets or reservations are required for these monthly free concerts.

Date: April 12
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Decade Party Night Decade Party Night

Visit the InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences on Friday and relive timeless hits with Dynamix. Sing your hearts out to famous hits from the 80s until present as you enjoy tasty bites and cold hops. Happy hour from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Location: InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences
Date: April 13
Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Get in the Ring

Get in the Ring

Get in the Ring Doha Edition is a selection event for the Global Startup Competition of the Get in the Ring Foundation. This yearly pitch competition challenges you to show what you’ve got in an actual ring. Through 1-on-1 battles, you will compete for awards, a flight ticket to the global final in Cascais, Portugal and the attention of potential investors.

So don't forget to register your business idea in order to compete in Doha Edition on April 15, 2018.

Date: 15 April
Ticket purchase: Online
For more info: Click here

April 15 - April 21 , 2018

“Let’s Animate!” Youth Animation Workshop

“Let’s Animate!” Youth Animation Workshop

This animation workshop is a hands-on introduction for young people to the different techniques required for creating and producing stop-motion animated films. Participants will learn the tricks and techniques of animation and gain a deeper appreciation of the art of storytelling.

During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the various stop-motion techniques, and to the classical three-act storytelling formula to help them generate ideas, develop characters and create compelling plots. Using concrete examples and working in groups, all participants will contribute to making a one-minute short animated film by the end of the workshop.

Location: Katara Building 16 Rehearsal Room
Date: April 15 - April 21 (Daily sessions of 2 hours for 6 days)
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ticket Purchase: No tickets needed
Price: QR 750
Age group: 12 to 15 years old
For more info: Click here

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