Programme Information

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration will mark the conclusion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee year. The celebration in Lisbon is a global event, and will include the International Jubilee Arts Festival, Jubilee Concerts, the Rays of Light and Ethics in Action exhibitions, Pátio Mela, as well as a Darbar open to members of the global Jamat.

Jubilee Arts

Jubilee Arts is a new international programme established in the Diamond Jubilee year to celebrate the global Jamat’s vast artistic skills and cultural traditions, and aims to encourage a deeper appreciation for the arts within the Jamat. The Jubilee Arts International Festival will take place 06-09 July, during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon in July 2018. During the multi-day festival, three anchor events will be held:

Film Festival

Featured short films that express filmmakers’ ideas through narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and other forms of visual storytelling.

Talent Showcase

An entertaining display of performing arts talent on a grand stage. Performances will include dance, musical, theatrical, literary, vocal categories, and more.

Art Gallery

A showcase of visual art in forms including paint, paper art, sculpture, three-dimensional art, graphic design, installation art, and more.


Jubilee Concerts

Jubilee Concerts is an international Diamond Jubilee initiative launched to provide a global platform for the Jamat to celebrate this historic occasion through music, and to encourage a greater appreciation for music among the Jamat and wider community. Jubilee Concerts is pleased to announce that two concerts have been organised as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon.

Kings of Rhythm

The week-long celebrations will commence with the first Jubilee Concert on 5 July 2018, featuring internationally renowned artists Cheb Khaled and the dynamic duo of Vishal-Shekhar.

Sufi Voyage

On 10 July 2018, the closing Jubilee Concert will feature Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and the musical talents of Salim-Sulaiman, coming together in a must-see performance that will include Bollywood, folk, popular songs, and qawwali.


Rays of Light

Rays of Light is an exhibition depicting Mawlana Hazar Imam’s commitment through the past 60 years to uphold the Ismaili Imamat’s mandate of improving the human condition. His humanitarian work has benefitted all, regardless of gender, race, religion, or nationality. This exhibition offers a glimpse of that work. A Rays of Light exhibition will take place in Lisbon during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

Ethics in Action

Artefacts on display at the Ethics in Action exhibition

Ethics in Action provides an insight into the human dimension of the Aga Khan Development Network’s efforts to improve quality of life. As a Diamond Jubilee initiative, the exhibition aims to engage and enlighten visitors through a thoughtful and immersive experience, and illustrates how AKDN’s ethical underpinnings can positively influence development work around the world.

Pátio Mela

Pátio Mela will act as the central hub of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, and will be open from 5-11 July 2018. Enjoy various entertainment items including live music, performances and interactive activities, and indulge in the many cuisine options available. Feel the excitement of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration with family and friends and be part of One Jamat.

Diamond Jubilee Darbar

Mawlana Hazar Imam has graciously agreed to grant a Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Lisbon, which will also be open to members from external Jamats who wish to join. All Jamati members attending the Darbar ceremony will require an entry card.