Qatar is first MENA country to host POW! WOW! Festival

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The scene of mural art in Qatar has gained momentum in recent years.
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  • This weeklong event featuring 12 international and Qatari artists will be located right outside the Al Saad metro station
  • In 2010, the first edition of POW! WOW! was held in Honolulu, Hawaii

Qatar Museums on Thursday, November 25, started hosting the POW! WOW! international mural festival in Doha, local reports have said.

This made it the first country in the MENA region to host the festival, said the local reports.

Free and open to the public, this weeklong event featuring 12 international and Qatari artists will reportedly see its exhibition right outside the Al Saad metro station.

The international mural arts festival was ideated by Jasper Wong in Hong Kong in 2009.

In 2010, the first edition of POW! WOW! was held in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The festival has since traveled to 17 cities worldwide with the purpose of city beautification and community building.

The Director of Public Art at Qatar Museums, Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Ishaq, was quoted by local reports as saying that Qatar was pleased to host the festival hosted by Qatar Museums under the umbrella of the JEDARIART initiative.

The JEDARIART initiative is concerned with the works of local artists throughout the year, explained Ishaq, while the POW WOW festival sees a group of international artists participate, enhances the exchange of experiences.

He said murals are one of the most prominent and simple ways of expression in the beautification of the city, as they are is closer to the audience.

The scene of mural art in Qatar has gained momentum in recent years through several existing initiatives of Qatar Museums that aim to transfer art outside the walls of the exhibition halls, said the local reports.

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