Katara Art Cen­ter's swan song event at­tracted a record num­ber of sup­port­ers who turned up to rem­i­nis­cence about their ex­pe­ri­ences at the KAC and share their hopes for its fu­ture.

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It was a bit­ter­sweet cer­e­mony, full of mem­o­ries and hope, that brought the KAC chap­ter to a close. At­tended by a sup­port­ers and the me­dia, the evening fea­tured short talks by some of the peo­ple be­hind the or­gan­i­sa­tion, the artists, de­sign­ers and part­ners it has col­lab­o­rated with and a unique mu­sic per­for­mance at the end by Karim Sul­tan, who per­formed a piece pro­duced us­ing the sounds cre­ated in and around KAC. “The emails we re­ceived ex­press­ing sym­pa­thy and sup­port af­ter the an­nounce­ment of clo­sure leaves no ques­tion that we will be able to con­tinue in another form. We will be set­ting up a new strat­egy and find a way to move for­ward,” said KAC founder Tariq Al Jaidah. Artis­tic Direc­tor Mayssa Fat­touh said they were in the process of work­ing on a new brand iden­tity be­fore the shock clos­ing and she ex­pressed hope that they will be able to re­veal it soon. “One can­not un­der­es­ti­mate the value of an or­gan­i­sa­tion like KAC. Be­cause we were small, we were able to in­ter­act di­rectly with the com­mu­nity and be­cause we were small we were vul­ner­a­ble to a lot of ex­ter­nal fac­tors,” she said. Other speak­ers who took to the stage were po­lit­i­cal car­toon­ist Khalid Al Baih, VCUQ's Direc­tor of Paint­ing and Print­mak­ing Rhys Himsworth, Mak­taba's Sarah Champa and UCL lec­turer Dr Karen Ex­cell and more.

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