(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha: The artists participating in the Qatar International Arts Festival (QIAF) expressed their delight in showcasing their artworks to a wider audience. QIAF, they said, is a platform to interact with different artists from all over the world.
Over 300 artists from 65 countries have joined together for the festival which is running until tomorrow. Works of different medium of arts are being displayed including painting and sculpture. The event is being hosted by Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, and organiser is MAPS International. There are 600 paintings installed at Katara.
Artist Majd Ramadan described the participation of Lebanese artists in the festival as a rich experience. She expressed her happiness for the international artistic vision of a global creative visual scene reflected by the participation of a group of fine artists from different countries.
Ramadan said the festival coincides with the intensive preparations of Qatar as the host country of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The artist explained that the festival allows artists in general and Arabs in particular to learn about different experiences from countries such as Japan and Russia.
Artist, Dr. Ismat Hariri, a first-time participant, said the festival brings together different artistic cultures under one roof. Her works are paintings mixed with a remarkable spirituality; the picturesque elements of nature that are famous in Lebanon. She praised the exhibition and said it provides a valuable opportunity to learn about the experiences of other artists.
Zainab Dandash, who is also participating for the first time, is exhibiting her paintings that embody the intimate character and the concept of family harmony and cohesion. Among them are“The Baalbek Lady” using the collage technique that embodies the Lebanese civilisation in the Baalbek region.
The festival also has 12 international galleries, including Qatar, the UK, Spain, India, Iran, UAE, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Russia and China.
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