“With Eid al-Adha expected to fall between July 10 and 13, there are some special celebrations to look out for across the country. Building on the excitement, family-friendly shows will kick off from July 14 and continue until the end of the month,” Qatar Tourism said in a statement.
Following a roundup of what’s on:
* Family-friendly shows free of charge
1. Summer Festival at Doha Festival City, ending on July 16
Doha Festival City is hosting a number of exciting performances that all members of the family can enjoy, from shadow acts, to football freestylers, juggling to hula dances. The shows are free to enjoy and take place multiple times throughout the day at the center court located on the ground floor.
2. African Circus at Mall of Qatar, July 7 to 15
A daily act repeated at regular timing intervals, shoppers can stop for a break to watch the world-renowned African acrobatic circus show set to energizing beats and infused with traditional dance. The shows are free and will take place at the Oasis stage.
3. Katara celebration of Eid al-Adha, July 8 to 19
Look out for Eid celebrations due to take place at Katara – the Cultural Village, fit for the whole family. Celebrations and activations will extend well beyond Eid.
* Ticketed events
Organized by Alchemy Project Entertainment
1. Alice in Wonderland – Cirque Show
From July 14 to 17, audiences can watch the tale of Alice as she tumbles into a land of unexpected adventure and fairytale. The spectacular performance sees a whirling mix of musical theatre, ballet and acrobatics and will take place at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall. Tickets can be purchased at Tixbox.com, Virgin Megastore and Q-Tickets.com
2. Aladdin and the Magic Lamp – Cirque Show
The well-loved tale of Aladdin plays out from July 21 to 24 at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall as a grandiose circus and musical performance, complete with extravagant costumes. Tickets can be purchased at Tixbox.com, Virgin Megastore and Q-Tickets.com
3. Smurfs Musical – Live on Stage
Smurf characters are larger than life in this show where the Smurfs are determined to have their annual Spring parade and put a stop to Gargamel’s wicked plans to thwart their festive occasion. Held from July 28 to 31 at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, audiences can buy tickets for the show at Tixbox.com, Virgin Megastore and Q-Tickets.com.
* Arts and Culture
1. The Elegance of Glassin Color by Zahreddine Zarour, ending on July 9
Head to Building 18, Gallery 2 at Katara to see the solo exhibition by Algerian artist Zahreddine Zarour. His collection explores Islamic calligraphy, design and iconic symbols of Qatari culture – all painted on glass.
2. Solo exhibitions by Qatari artists, ending on July 16
Held at Fire Station, Earth Metal by Yousef Bahzad (Gallery 3) depicts the interplay between land and people, exploring the themes of erosion and manifestation in his oil paintings. Over at Gallery 4, Espresso 4 on the Road by Mubarak Nasser al-Thani highlights the rise of the metropole, urbanism and global culture over a collection of works.
3. ‘Doha Dreams’ Inspired by the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition, ending on August 31
Launched in June and continuing right through the summer, the exhibition at M7 Msheireb showcases 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.
4. Paint Palette: Abstract Art for Children, ending on November 23
Hosted by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, children can attend art workshops that encourage exploration of color and abstract work on canvas. Workshops dates and timings are categorized by age groups and attendance is free, with registration required.
5. Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You by Pipilotti Rist, ending on December 20
The large-scale, site-specific installation by internationally renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist is the artist’s first in the Middle East. The exhibit invites an immersive journey of self-discovery through a multisensory experience. Admission is free; ticket reservation is required.
6. A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum, ending on December 20
Head to the Mawater Gallery for an exhibition in honor of the museum to come. The exhibit celebrates the mission to drive culture forward and to inspire the next generation of innovators, designers, engineers, collectors and policymakers through a shared passion.
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