Doha begins to tease us in October, the sun loses some of it's fierceness and we begin choose to sit alfresco in the evenings. It's amazing what a few "moderate" days of weather can do, suddenly the scorching summer is forgotten and we begin to talk about the spectacular weather that lay ahead.
Last October may have been my best October yet. There was a lot going on, an approach from a book publisher, a bit of Twitter action with John Cusack, but perhaps the most exciting experience was writing about the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
Doha was buzzing. And Katara (home of the Doha Film Institute and the Festival) was just such a cool place to be. The program was cutting edge, the talent arriving in town was huge, names like DeNiro, Spacey and Hayek, all available and ready to teach and talk. There were Family Days, open air screenings in world class venues, TED events, I only saw about 25% of what I was hoping to (I thought about leaving The Little Travelers home with a tin of beans and a can opener) but even then, there was just too much to see.
The really annoying thing though.
Some of you missed it. "I didn't realize it was on" and "I wasn't sure where to get tickets".
Those of you from out of town- you're excused (although you really should think about hopping on a plane. I'll pick you up at the airport).
Those of you that are here.
Don't do it again.
This year. It's better.
How do I know?
I've just had a cheeky look at the program. And this time, it's not just the Films, it's not just the talent coming to town, it's not just the breathtaking documentaries, this time there's more.
This year there's music, REALLY good music - but I'll tell you more about that soon.
In the meantime, have a look at the clip below, it tells you how to get your tickets both online and in person and gives you a quick run down on some of your options.
If you're new in town or not sure who else to go with let me know, maybe we could get a group together? We might even be able to find a few free passes. Leave a comment on the blog and let me know if you're planning to come along.
You can't miss it this year.