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, as well as a 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 (click green arrow to view more):

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.

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.

Artefacts on display at the Ethics in Action exhibition

Ethics in Action

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.


The Mela is a space for friends and family to meet, relax, and share experiences. The Mela space will feature exhibits, live music, and memorabilia and will be the central hub of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration.

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.