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EUNIC Qatar invites you to the first edition of The European Film Festival in Doha

18 – 23 October 2018, MIA Auditorium

NOTICE: Due to the rainfall, the screening of Portuguese and Spanish films were postponed on Wednesday 24th at 5 pm and 8 pm.

Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

5PM: Atras das Nuvens (2007) Jorge Queiroga Portugal

8PM: La Isla Minima (2014) Alberto Rodriguez, Spain

The European Cultural Cluster (EUNIC) is pleased to invite you to the first edition of the European Film Festival in Doha, in partnership with the Museum of Islamic Art.  This festival is an excellent opportunity to present the EU cultural diversity with screenings of outstanding films contributed by EU Member States, reflecting the official motto of the EU: “United in Diversity”.

This year, 10 countries are participating in this unique event: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden.

The screenings will take place from Friday, October 18th 2018 to Tuesday, 23th October 2018 at the auditorium of the Museum of Islamic Art. There will be 2 screenings per day (5 pm and 8 pm) with the exception of the Opening on 18/10 with the Austrian film and on 21/10 with the Romanian film (8 pm).

Click here to view the Film Programme.

Cinema lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy the screenings of the best European films.

No reserved seating

All films are screened in original language with English Subtitles

All films are rated 15 +

No food or drinks allowed

Please turn off mobile phones

About EUNIC:

European Union National Institutes for Culture is Europe’s network of national cultural institutes, with 35 members composed of the national cultural institutes and other main cultural organizations from the 28 EU member states, established in over 150 countries. EUNIC members work in the arts, languages, youth, education, science, society, intercultural dialogue and development.

The EUNIC cluster in Qatar is the first of its kind to be established in the GCC. It gathers EU countries represented in Qatar with the aim to promote cultural and linguistic diversity and develop exchanges between European and Qatari youth and foster European and Qatari artists exchanges. The EUNIC cluster in Qatar contributes to enhancing the cultural relationships between EU member States and Qatar and promoting the cultural diversity of Europe.

Each night for the first two weeks of Ramadan, MIA will be offering a wide selection of activities for the whole family – from lectures and poetry recitals for adults, to the MIA Bazaar and walk-in craft activities for children and families.

Talks & Lectures


All our lectures will be in Arabic and English so why not take the opportunity to come and learn more about Ramadan from a wide variety of speakers including MIA Curators, QU and QFIS professors and members of Qatar institutions and communities.  Translation will be provided for lectures only.  

9:00pm, Thursday 17 May - Dr. Mounia Chekab Abudaya

Representations of Mecca and Medina in the collection of MIA

10:00pm, Friday 18 May - Dr. Fethi Ahmed

Ramadan and Community Excellence

9:00pm, Saturday 19 May - Nasser Al Hajri

The History of Marriage in the Islamic World

9:00pm, Sunday 20 May - Khalifa Al Said

Ramadan in the Past

10:00pm, Monday 21 May - Dr. Fethi Ahmed

The Mosque as an Institution in Qatar Knowledge Society

9:00pm, Saturday 26 May  - Dr. Moain Sadeq

The City of Cordoba and its Great Mosque: Islamic history, Architecture and Art

9:00pm, Sunday 27 May - Dr. Tara Desjardins

Feasting in Islamic Art

9:00pm, Monday 28 May

Poetry Evening with the Mauritanian Community

Family Activities & Garangao


We aim to make your visit to MIA during the holy month as special as possible  Why not come and participate in one of the following activities:

Make Ramadan-themed crafts with your family such as mosque lamps, moon and stars

Listen to storytelling sessions with our library team

Take one of our special Ramadan tehemed guided tours

Borrow one of our new Ramadan Family Backpacks and explore the galleries together? 

There’s something going on every night from 8:30 – 10:30.  

Our Ramadan celebrations will finish with our Garangao event on Monday 28 May 2018.  Join us for an evening of activities, storytelling and of course, traditional gift giving all in the beautiful setting on the MIA. 

MIA Bazaar


Join us for a magical Iftar in the MIA Park.  During Ramadan, MIA Bazaar will open from 7:00pm – Midnight selling foods and handicrafts for all the family from over 100 different stalls.

Find this object in the Iran & Central Asia 14th To 16th century Gallery on Floor 3

This Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) dish makes an interesting comparison piece with the Iranian dish on display to its right. For centuries Islamic ceramics were greatly influenced by wares from China, and the Iranian, celadon-glazed dish is one such example. This Chinese piece is incised with floral motifs, is dated, and bears the name of the owner, ‘Jan Bayg’.

China, dated 1051 AH / 1642 CE
Incised Porcelain


Find this object in the Turkey 16th-19th century Gallery on Floor 3

These Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) wares would have been made for the Middle Eastern market due to their clear incorporation of Islamic-inspired motifs and forms. These include the additional silver covers and mounts, the scrolling floral motifs set within cartouches, and, in particular, the form and function of the rosewater sprinkler.

China, 17th century
Porcelain, Underglaze Paint, Silver
PO.936.2009, PO.937.2009, PO.938.2009

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Find this object in the Iran & Central Asia 12th To 14th century Gallery on Floor 3

This Tang Dynasty (618–907) bowl was clearly made for the Islamic market due to the inclusion of an Arabic inscription which likely reads: abduhu (His [God's] servant). This style of bowl with the green splashes and tin-opacified glaze is a direct imitation of the types of wares being produced in Iran and Iraq at the time, which in turn had originally been inspired by Chinese porcelain wares.

China (Gongxian), 9th -10th century
Porcelain, Copper-Green and Opacified Tin Glazed