Summer is soon upon us and Qatar has plenty going on this season. Whether you’re an art and culture lover, nature fan, car aficionado, or looking to seal some business deals before everyone heads off for a break in July, there’s something in store for everyone. Here’s a roundup of what’s on, when, and where, according to Qatar Calendar (qatarcalendar.com):
Katara Opera House
9, 18 & 21 June (Thursday, Saturday & Tuesday)
Classical music lovers are in for a treat this month with an evening performance every week by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera House. Buy your tickets to enjoy the Classics of the Arabic Golden Age; the Best of Johannes Brahms and a violin concerto of classical hits by Max Bruch. Tickets range from QAR 75-200 and are available at www.q-tickets.com
Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC)
6 – 9 June (Monday – Thursday)
Hospitality Qatar and Project Qatar are two of Qatar’s long-standing exhibitions and this year, they will both run under the same roof at the same time. Head to DECC to see the latest showcase in the world of construction and hospitality and meet some of the biggest players who’ve helped make this country ready to host the world’s most anticipated football tournament!
Katara Cultural Village
Ending 10 June (Friday)
For a change from mall shopping, keen shoppers are invited to explore the first Summer Trade Fair. There they’ll find 220 exhibitors spread over an area of 6,400 m2 showcasing their products from around the world. Explore the endless array of traditional clothing, accessories, fragrances, cosmetics, homeware, and handicrafts.
Also on in Doha…
11 – 13 June (Saturday – Monday)
Students and staff from across QF schools and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra are putting on a show featuring a selection of songs from Broadway and the West End’s most loved musicals.
SHOWTIME!’s programme features extracts and medleys from over 20 musicals including Wicked, Oliver, Annie, Hairspray, Mary Poppins, and Matilda. Performances will run at Education City’s PUE theatre starting from 2:30 pm. This is a free seating event on a first-come first-served basis.
Doha’s many museums offer inspiration to young and old alike. Here are some new exhibitions we’re looking forward to this month:
“Doha Dreams” Inspired by the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition
8 June – 31 August
Head to M7 Msheireb to see the work of seven local contemporary designers who have reimagined the aesthetics and luxury of Dior’s work which was exhibited at the same venue earlier this year.
Paint Palette: Abstract Art for Children
15 June – 23 November
Take your little tots to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art for a series of three workshops starting in the middle of this month and running up until November. Sessions are for children aged 3-7 and are free to attend; registration is required.
There are some other exhibitions still on at the National Museum of Qatar. Here are some worth popping on your must-see list!
High fashion lovers are invited to travel back and forth between past and present discovering the history, know-how, and design of Hermes’ iconic accessories. The Once upon a Bag exhibition has been on tour in three countries and is in Doha up until Saturday, 11 June.
Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You is an invitation for people of all ages to go on an immersive journey of self-discovery through a multisensory experience that inspires introspection and awe. The large-scale site-specific installation by internationally-renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is the artist’s first in the Middle East. Admission is free; a ticket reservation is required.
Head to the Mawater Gallery for an exhibition in honour of the museum to come. A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum celebrates the mission to drive culture forward and to inspire the next generation of innovators, designers, engineers, collectors, and policymakers through a shared passion.
16 June – 12 July (Thursday - Tuesday)
Families are invited to witness a natural phenomenon with Turtle Encounters along Qatar’s coastline this summer with Dadu, Children’s Museum of Qatar. Head out on exclusive evening visits to Fuwairit Beach to learn more about the annual hatching phase of the hawksbill turtle which has been classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 1982.
Registration for Turtle Encounters will open on 9 June to Qatar Museums’ Culture Pass members of the Family category. Visit this page to learn more about membership or sign up to become a Culture Pass Family member.
Qatar Museums run exclusive Mathafek tours for its members. Join for a nominal annual fee and enjoy a bespoke tour of Mathaf and the four houses Msheireb Museums all of which end this month.
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