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Flik Cinema at Lagoona Mall

A new four-screen cinema opened its doors to the public at Lagoona Mall over the weekend.

The launch marks the entrance of the Flik Cinema chain into Qatar.

The theater was originally supposed to open last fall, and it is unclear why this was postponed.

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At the time, Flik Cinemas described the Lagoona location as “the first platinum and gold class theater multiplex in the GCC.”

The seats have leather recliners with small tables, similar to the “seven-star” experience offered at one of the theaters inside Novo Cinemas on the Pearl-Qatar.

Movie goers in platinum class can order snacks and drinks via a personal iPad and have them delivered to their seats.

More cinemas

Flik is also planning to open movie theaters in two other Qatar malls within the next year.

Both are Al Mana Group projects, and the cinema chain is also part of the same group.

One Flik theater will be located at Al Mirqab Mall off of Nasser St., while the other will be in Doha Mall in Abu Hamour.

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Mirqab Mall

Both will have eight screens and seat 1,000 and 1,400 movie-goers, respectively. All will show a combination of Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic-language films.

The malls are expected to open sometime this year, adding even more shopping and viewing options to the Qatar market.

Meanwhile, at least seven other malls are expected to open in the country within the next few years.

Have you tried out the new cinema yet? Thoughts?

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The Qatar-Germany Year of Culture officially kicked off this month, and organizers have released more details about what’s in store.

More than a dozen events will be held in Doha this year, in collaboration with the Germany embassy and the Goethe Institute, among others.

The diverse program includes art and design exhibitions, a football match, poetry slams and a German film fest.

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Still from the film Sophie Scholl

This is the sixth annual year of culture in Qatar, following in the footsteps of other tie-ups with Japan, the UK, Brazil, Turkey and most recently, China.

Here’s what to expect from Qatar-Germany 2017.

Free film screenings

When: Feb. 2-10

Where: The Museum of Islamic Art

What: The Doha Film Institute (DFI) will screen what it called a “compelling showcase” of German films by master filmmakers over the next week.

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Still from Wings of Desire

These include Run Lola Run (1998) by Tom Tykwer, Wings of Desire (1987) by Wim Wenders, Sophie Scholl (2005) by Marc Rothemund, The Murderers Are Among Us (1946) by Wolfgang Staudte, and My Friend Raffi (2015) by Arend Agthe.

All screenings are free and tickets can be reserved online, or in person at the DFI Box Office located at the Museum of Islamic Art.

For dates and times, check the DFI website.

Play football

When: Feb. 14

Where: Al Sadd Sports Club

Goethe Institut

Event flier

What:  On National Sport Day, the German Industry and Commerce Office Qatar (AHK) is inviting German and local companies to compete in a football tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

More details will be available soon on the AHK website.

Poetry slam

When: March 18-23

Where: The Student Center, Education City

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What: The Qatar National Library and the Goethe-Institut are bringing two German poetry slammers and workshop instructors to Doha.

In a three-day workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to work on their ideas together with instructors Julian Heun and Dominique Macri and prepare for a public poetry slam performance.

If you are interested in taking part, you should send an e-mail with information about yourself as well as a short covering letter before Feb. 15 to swilke@qf.org.qa.

Choral concert

When: April 8

Where: Venue to be announced

Doha Youth Choir

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What: The well-known Magdeburger Knabenchor (the Magdeburg Boys’ Choir) will perform in Doha, alongside the Doha Youth and Junior Choirs.

The program and venue have yet to be announced, but ticket prices start from QR50. For tickets and information, contact info@dohayouthchoir.com.

The Magdeburger Knabenchor will also take part in workshops in some of Doha’s schools.

German chamber music

When: April 13, 6pm

Where: Museum of Islamic Art Atrium

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What: Musicians from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will play a  program of Qatari and German chamber music. The program includes pieces by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, A. Matar and Nasser Nasseb.

No tickets or reservations are required. More details can be found here.

Art and design

When: This fall, dates to be confirmed

Where: Qatar Museums’ Al Riwaq and Fire Station galleries.

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The Vitra Design Museum, Germany

What: Two special exhibitions are being hosted by Qatar Museums as part of the Year of Culture.

The first, an exhibition in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum, will showcase German design from 1950 to the present day. Objects on show will include Porsche automobile icons, as well as classic furniture and objects.

The second exhibition will feature masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank collection of German art from the 1960s up to the present day.

Works on show will be by Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke, as well as contemporary artists Neo Rauch, Katharina Grosse and Annette Kelm.

‘Mutual exchange’

According to Qatar Museums, which play a key role in organizing the years’ events, the years of culture program is designed to “deepen understanding between nations and their people” through “mutual exchanges of arts, culture, heritage and sport.”

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Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture logo

You can follow the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture on Facebook and Instagram.

Are you looking forward to the events? Thoughts?

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Graffiti in Qatar

A new dramatic video is urging Qatar residents to keep the country clean by refraining from spray-painting absurd or offensive messages and images in public spaces.

This week, Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) launched an awareness drive about the “uncivilized behavior.”

On Twitter, the ministry said “Writing on walls is prohibited and against our moral and traditional values.”

It showed a brief video of a boy spray-painting a wall, who then finds himself covered in the black paint he was using to deface property.

“You mar your country, you mar yourself,” the video warns.

Legal graffiti

Not all graffiti in Qatar is illegal.

The government appears to be discouraging residents from marking up walls and other property without permission.

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Art installation at Qatar Academy

This is different from sanctioned graffiti projects by artists, such as el Seed’s murals on Salwa Road and artwork painted by students at Qatar Foundation.

Do you think graffiti is a problem in Qatar? Thoughts?