Prof Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, general manager of Katara - the Cultural Village Foundation, has inaugurated the third edition of the Qatar International Arts Festival (QIAF).
The event, being organised by Katara in co-operation with Maps International from October 25 to 28, is witnessing the participation of more than 300 artists from 65 countries.
On this occasion, Prof al-Sulaiti stressed that Katara is keen to support all cultural and artistic initiatives that are consistent with its cultural mission based on building relations between cultures and nations.
He noted that organising the third edition of QIAF confirms the success of this festival and the confidence of artists of different nationalities, as it records greater participation every year. He added that the importance of this festival not only lies in being an exhibition of art and creativity, but also represents a forum for artists from Qatar and various countries of the world to exchange experiences through their participation in several events and activities that will enhance opportunities for dialogue, communication and exchange of ideas.
The festival includes eight diverse artistic activities: four fine art exhibitions, a painting and sculpture exhibition, a live painting symposium, a fashion show, masterclass, cultural talks, a discussion session, a Qatari cultural tour and cultural dinner night, according to a press statement.
The festival also records a distinguished Qatari participation: Moudhi al-Hajri, Haifa al-Khuzaie, Duha al-Kuwari, Sarah al-Sayed, Sheikha al-Thani, Lina al-Aali, Sarah al-Dosari and Ghada al-Mahamid.
The festival timing is from 10am to 10pm, with the participation of more than 300 artists from over 65 countries. The event will see the presence of many ambassadors and the participation of the US embassy, for the first time, in a fashion show represented by American fashion designer Nour Bishara as well as presentations by several participating artists in relation to their paintings, which will take place in the courtyard located between buildings 16, 18 and 19 at Katara.
The audience will have a date with artists participating in a free drawing session from 10am until 1pm. In addition, there will be prominent folkloric musical performances, while 15 cultural sessions featuring several artists will also be hosted.
The festival seeks to introduce the participating artists and promote their work through interactions with invited collectors, art investors and potential buyers