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MENAFN - Gulf Times - 12/01/2017
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(MENAFN - Gulf Times) If you find yourself buried under the avalanche of unheeded New Year resolutions and them draining you off of your creative juices, the big-ticket fifth gathering of DohaCreatives their first of the year might just be the power booster your grey cells need.
The gathering will be held on Saturday at The Ritz-Carlton Doha, at the Al-Mukhtasar Ballroom at 7pm for more details, you can check out the DohaCreatives page on Facebook. Ushering in a fresh wave of good energies, DohaCreatives is a group of creative individuals: designers, art and creative directors, photographers, filmmakers, calligraphers, copywriters, social media experts, as well as marketing & communication professionals, established 'to spread awareness about various arts and raise the ceiling of creativity among creatives in Doha. From monthly gatherings to casual outings to insightful workshops, there's a lot on offer from this growing force of various talents.
Three guest speakers will star in this latest instalment. The multi-talented Ahmed Hussam is CEO, social media consultant, designer, developer, and photographer, among other things. In his talk, Hussam will share a few clever secrets to getting your design/pitch approved by clients quickly and easily.
Egyptian multidisciplinary designer Hadeer Omar, who represents her identity through her work, enjoys manipulating mediums to emphasise the story behind each piece of her work. 'How do you know it's time to quit your job? Risking your job security and upheaving your life and daily routine for a greater cause could be a huge turning point! To do this successfully, quitting requires strategic thinking and customised tools. Hadeer Omar will tell us about that, DohaCreatives say.
Hamad al-Ammari aka The Qatari Guy, who is arguably the undisputed poster boy of the rising comedy scene in #Qatar and rather inescapable on the local social media, is a keen ambassador for various charities, MC of conferences and film festivals, and host of his online show Kilmatraas and QTips in collaboration with Mr Q. His talk will focus on effective communication.
Nabil al-Nashar, who is part of DohaCreatives, told Community, 'DohaCreatives was started about three years ago by Ahmed Alabady. For two years, he tried to recruit pople who would believe in this same idea. After a lot of effort and asking many people, he found five or six people who share his beliefs on the need to create a platform and a community here in Doha for all kinds of creative people to come together, collaborate, get to know each other, do cool projects, and learn from each other. It took some time but he was very perseverant and persistent, and eventually managed to pull it off.

The idea started with having a gathering, comprising speakers from the community talking about their experiences and things everybody could learn from. 'We have a gathering every two months, al-Nashar said, 'We have had Ahmed Habib, talking about accessible design, or Yaseen Hasnain, talking about cyber security and how to be safe online; people who have lived and worked here in Doha, who have cool ideas and have done cool things. On an average, we have an audience of 200 to 300 people attending our gatherings as the speakers teach us something new and share something from their fields or expertise and from their experience.
You could be anyone designer, poet, calligrapher, musician, architect, or even an engineer or a doctor you are welcome to be part of DohaCreatives, as long as you are a creative person, points out al-Nashar. 'Anyone who likes to use and employ creativity in their lives are welcome. It doesn't matter what your day job is, he said.
In fact, everybody who works at DohaCreatives have different day jobs. 'But we all volunteer our time to put this gathering together, get a venue as a sponsor, find the speakers who are also volunteering, and play games during our gathering as a bonding exercise to break the ice. The gathering acts like an anchor. Everything revolves around this monthly gathering, which is where we get to meet the creative community face to face. Other times, the interaction with the community is over social media, mainly via Facebook, al-Nashar said.
Between the gatherings, there are also interesting have workshops, such as Hussam's workshop on design and how to communicate your design to your client, for instance. 'Our community is ever-growing, and to see people appreciate it and benefiting from it, is really satisfying, al-Nashar said.


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