Five February destinations for Qatar’s arts fans.
Arguably February is the best time of year to be in Doha. The climate is perfect, and major events are happening across the city. With this in mind, we’ve picked out five highlights of the month that may be the year’s shortest, but is in no way short on things to do.
Enjoy a night of ballet at the Opera House
For a night out with a difference, head to Katara Cultural Village between 5 and 8 February for a performance of Prokofiev’s Cinderella – a mid-20th Century classic.
Beautiful deliveries have been performed around the world since the premiere at the Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1945, with this latest version taking its choreographic cues from the 1946 version created by Konstantin Sergeyev and performed by the Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre.
See Sarah Brightman in concert
The popular English operatic singer, who’s performed at Olympic ceremonies, starred in West End musicals, and was once married to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, comes to Qatar National Convention Centre on Sunday 9 February as part of her current world tour, timed to coincide with the release with her latest album Dreamcatcher and featuring a pared-down ensemble of four musicians, plus two dancers.
Expect soaring vocal flourishes from the popular light lyric soprano, best known for her lead role in the musical Phantom of the Opera and her collaboration with Andrea Bocelli on ‘Time to Say Goodbye’.
Explore Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Felrath, who last year brought together works of art for Mathaf’s major Tea With Nefertiti exhibition, ‘Turbulence’ gives visitors the chance to explore the work created by Mona Hatoum over the last three decades.
More than 70 works will be displayed from 7 February until 18 May, marking the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date in the Arab world. At the center of the retrospective is ‘Turbulence’ itself, a 4 metre by 4 metre instillation composed of thousands of small glass marbles.
Take a pictorial journey around the world
Qatar Photographic Society hosts a free exhibition at their gallery (Building 18) in Katara Cultural Village, showing exquisite works from the archive of National Geographic, entitled ‘Simply Beautiful’.
More than 50 large photographic prints detail the people and landscapes of our richly varied world, with subjects ranging from the predictable to the frequently overlooked.
Also showing throughout February at Qatar Photographic Society’s other gallery behind Al Arabi Sports Club, take a look at the diversity of work produced by the recent winners of the global Al Thani Awards – the top prize for which is the richest currently on offer in any photographic competition.
Journey to Brazil, by way of the Pearl
Last year it was the UK who collaborated with Qatar for a series of cross-cultural events across a range of venues in the two countries. This year, it’s the turn of Brazil, with the Anima Gallery on Qatar’s Pearl hosting Dusk to Dawn… Threads of Infinity, an exhibition featuring the vibrantly colorful paintings of Brazilians Pedro Varela and Carolina Ponte.
The exhibition runs from 9 February to 9 May.