As part of its family programme offerings, the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is presenting a series of workshops across Doha in collaboration with a number of cultural and educational institutions on 20 to 22 February 2014.

The workshops will include puppet-making and storytelling sessions where families will be able to choose from many opportunities to create, make, and tell stories. This will also give parents and children the chance to work with local artists and storytellers.

Head of Families at QMA, Jessica Ludwig, said:

Puppets are a creative and hands-on way to tell stories…the Makers Event will offer families the chance to show their skills and imagination, crafting puppets and telling stories inspired by Qatar’s mangroves, museum collections, Qatari artists, their own lives and more.’

The “Makers Event” will be held in partnership with the Children’s Literature Center, the Childhood Cultural Center, the QMA Public Art Department, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), the Msheireb Museums, the Qatar National Library (QNL),  the Qatar Foundation Community Services, the Hyatt Plaza Mall and QMA Family Programmes.

Head of Children’s Services at Qatar National Library, Carol Mitchell, said:

Creativity and storytelling are important in developing and encouraging a love of reading in children, and QNL and Qatar Foundation Community Services are excited to be providing a unique Makers Event in the Education City at the QF Recreation Center…giving children the opportunity to make their own puppets, and then create puppet shows is not only fun, but also builds their narrative skills.’

The event is aimed towards families with children aged 3-11 years old, and will provide opportunities for inter-generational learning and engagement.