(MENAFN- Gulf Times)
The second edition of the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival (KIAHF 2022) brought together talented Qatari and expatriate artists, showcasing Qatar’s rich equestrian heritage and vibrant arts scene.
âThe first edition (of the KIAHF) was very successful and the second is more energetic; more people are excited to come and see the show and the best thing is that more art work is involved,â Middle-East Art and Silk Painters (MAPS) founder and chairman Rashmi Agarwal told Gulf Times on the sidelines. of the festival.
She noted that around 15 Doha-based artists from various expatriate communities and five Qatari artists are taking part in this year’s live saddle painting competition.
Agarwal noted that KIAHF – an 11-day festival running until February 12 at Katara Esplanade – provides an ideal platform for artists from Qatar to showcase their creativity and promote their works.
“We are grateful to Katara – the cultural village because they always create something unique and new, providing opportunities for everyone and that’s a very good thing,” she said.
According to Agarwal, the ingenuity of the artists is reflected in each of the horse’s accessories, applying various media (such as oil and acrylic) and techniques.
Apart from the live saddle painting competition, KIAHF is also showcasing the works of Qatari artist Ahmed al-Maadheed, who became popular for his portrait âTamim Al Majdâ, as well as other artists from Qatar and the region. A number of Qatari artists are also participating in a live horse painting event.
Agarwal hailed the latest edition of KIAHF, saying it continues to attract more participants, as well as visitors, in addition to being well organized and complying with the Covid-19 safety protocols imposed by the Ministry of Health. public. âMore people are involved and they are very excited to see this festival,â she said.
Agarwal pointed out that Katara is also an excellent venue for a world-class event like KIAHF, offering the best facilities and atmosphere for attendees, including performers and visitors.
âThe atmosphere is soothing and comforting,â she says, adding that such an atmosphere stimulates the creativity of artists.
Agarwal expressed his optimism that KIAHF will continue to grow bigger every year and attract more participants from different parts of the world.
The festival, which is held under the generous patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, also includes shepherds’ tents and food and drink stalls, which display and offer several products and services, including horse books.
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