As part of the ongoing initiative to breathe life into urban spaces across Doha, Qatar Museums is hosting the international mural festival, POW! WOW! from 25 November until 1 December.

POW!WOW! DohaThe festival, hosted for the first time in the MENA region, will see 12 local, regional and international artists add striking artworks to walls around the Al Sadd Metro Station.

Members of the community are invited to join Qatar Museums for the official launch of the Doha edition of POW! WOW! this Wednesday, 24 November from 5 pm to 7 pm at the National Museum of Qatar Auditorium. Representatives from Qatar Museums will introduce the festival followed by talks with participating artists and street art collectives. Register here to participate.

POW! WOW! was founded in 2009 by artist, illustrator, curator and art director Jasper Wong, in Hong Kong, with the first edition of the week-long mural festival held in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2010. The festival has since been exhibited in 17 cities worldwide to aid city beautification and community building.

Participating artists

Participating artists include Mubarak Al-Malik (Qatar), Huda Basahal (Qatar), Alanoud Al-Ghamdi (Qatar), Myneandyours (Iraq), Bufifty (Kuwait), RexChouk (Saudi Arabia), Said Dokins (Mexico), Nardstar (South Africa), Said Kinos (Netherlands), Max Sansing (USA), Douglas de Castro (Brazil), and Kim Sielbeck (USA).

Two regional street art collectives were each invited to nominate an artist for the festival line-up. Street artist Bufifty is part of Jedareyat, a Kuwaiti street art collective established in 2016. Jedareyat provides an outlet for the youth to express their creativity on urban walls. Participating artist RexChouk represents Dhad, a street art collective founded in 2013 when the street art scene was first emerging in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

According to Qatar Museums Director of Public Art Architect Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Ishaq, Qatar’s street art scene has gained momentum in recent years through several ongoing Qatar Museums initiatives that aim to take art beyond four walls and make it accessible to everyone.

We are excited to be the exclusive regional host of the international POW! WOW! festival and to support a global network of artists whose artworks will add vibrancy to the urban walls of Al Sadd Metro Station – a busy area in Doha and heavy with pedestrian traffic.

The community is invited to visit POW! WOW! for a chance to experience local and international artists adorning Doha’s urban walls with colourful and thought-provoking murals.

POW! WOW!

POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists, hosting exhibitions, lecture series, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The Doha edition of POW! WOW! is sponsored by Qatar Airways, the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places, Qatar Rail, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha and Jotun.

Alongside the festival, participating POW! WOW! artists will also add murals to the poolside wall at the JW Marriot Hotel and the basketball court at Lusail Crescent Park.

In celebration of Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture and in partnership with the US Embassy in Doha, Katara and Qatar Museums, artist Jason Keam is also painting Katara Building 47.

Members of the Qatar Museums Culture Pass Plus and Culture Pass Family are invited to attend an exclusive walking tour of POW! WOW! on 27 November, from 4 pm to 5 pm at Al Sadd Metro Station.

Digital art competition

Coinciding with the street art festival, Qatar Museums is also running a digital art competition from 25 November to 1 December, inviting artists in Qatar to submit a digital mural or intervention for one of the walls at Al Sadd Metro Station. Two winners will each receive QAR1,000 in gift vouchers to be redeemed at In-Q Gift Shop.

To enter, artists should sign up to become a Culture Pass Member before posting their digital artworks on Instagram tagging @qatar_museums and using the hashtags #PowwowDoha and #Powwowdigital. Entries can also be submitted to @powwowdoha via direct message on Instagram. The deadline for entry submissions is before midnight on 1 December. Winning gift vouchers should be redeemed before 31 December.

Qatar Museums hosts a number of public art initiatives annually to activate urban areas with murals and art installations, including Jedariart, the 5/6 initiative, and the Public Art Annual Student Competition.

POW! WOW! is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm from 25 November to 1 December. For more information, visit qm.org.qa.


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