The weather is perfect right now. Perfect, that is, for enjoying an evening outdoors.
But what to do? A stroll around Aspire Park, or maybe a walk down to the seafront after enjoying a look around the thought-provoking Damien Hurst exhibition Relics at the Al Riwaq gallery?
Both are good options, but wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy some outdoor entertainment? Yes, Jazz at Lincoln Center occasionally put on an excellent free performance in the MIA Park by one of the world-class acts that they invite to perform in Doha, but these are few and far between.
If only there was a magnificent venue on the waterfront somewhere in Doha, purpose-built to hold events? If only Doha had something like, say, an amphitheatre? If such a place existed it would surely be used all the way through winter to put on events – some musical, some theatre performances.
Of course, Doha does boast such a venue. Katara Cultural Village’s amphitheatre is possibly the most under used space in the city.
Whether at Al Riwaq, at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, at a performance by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, or by an event held at one of the smaller but no less important venues across Doha, Qatar is increasingly becoming an artistic force to be reckoned with.
So with that in mind, shouldn’t Katara’s amphitheatre be utilised a lot more? It’s a great performance space – all we now need is for it to host a lot more performances.