Msheireb Museums, in partnership with Institut Français du Qatar, recently hosted a ‘Night of Ideas’ under the theme: ‘Power to the Imagination: DOHA 2022 – PARIS 2024’.

Launched by the Institut Français in 2017, the ‘Night of Ideas’ is a global project staged simultaneously around the world where people gather to celebrate ideas. This year, Msheireb Museums brought together design leaders at Bin Jelmood House to join 41 other cities across five continents in the global innovation initiative.

The event welcomed four Arab and European expert panelists who focused on three points of discussion with the audience: the main challenges facing urban areas in Doha and Paris; how major events can help shape cities; and if public spaces can humanise cities.

Msheireb Museums Director Hafiz Ali said they are proud to host the global event in partnership with Institut Français du Qatar.

The ‘Night of Ideas’ helped create a platform to discuss art and design issues and provide creative solutions. The evening was a tremendous success and we would like to thank everyone who took part in the dynamic and engaging debates.’

Olivier Deseez, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the French Embassy and Director of the  Institut Français of Qatar, said that the goal of the Night of Ideas (‘La Nuit des idées’) is to celebrate the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations.

Every year, the Night of Ideas gives the opportunity to discover the latest discoveries in knowledge and arts, to listen to the ones who contribute to bring more ideas to their field, and to take part in the discussion about the main issues of our times. In Doha we are celebrating the imagination displayed by urban planners in the buildup of spectacular urban transformations in two cities, both hosting major global events in the coming years.’

Located within the oldest part of the capital, Msheireb Museums is an important part of Qatar’s national history and Doha’s new Msheireb Downtown Doha. The reconstructed buildings and gallery spaces allow the community to engage in the significant aspects of Qatar’s past and the memories of life before the country’s rapid economic development.

Designed as a safe space to converse and inspire dialogue, the ‘Night of Ideas’ seminar is part of Msheireb Museums efforts to bring the community together to create a positive creative space.

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