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Acclaimed singer and author Ali Sethi performs at Misaq e Ishq, at the Ismaili Centre London.
On a cold and crisp winter evening, a buzz of anticipation filled the air as crowds filtered into the social hall at the Ismaili Centre on 16 January for Misaq e Ishq — an evening of poetry, music, and storytelling on the theme of love.
The ensemble weaved together a selection of well-known qawwali, original compositions, poems, and stories from a variety of cultural traditions.

The songs and stories of the Middle East and South Asia are infused with sensations, fragrances, tastes, and colours; the depth of which were conveyed by Harvard Professor Ali Asani, and Pakistani singer and author Ali Sethi, in a unique format at the Ismaili Centre London.

Participating entrants were invited to an exclusive red carpet opening event to mark the launch of the International Film Festival.

As part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Film Festival was held in Lisbon last month. NOS Cinemas at the Vasco da Gama mall in Portugal’s capital hosted over 20,000 visitors, who watched film submissions screened in six movie theatres over the course of four days. 

During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Lisbon, tours were arranged for members of the Jamat to visit the Ismaili Centre and its gardens.

Two decades ago, on 11 July 1998, Mawlana Hazar Imam and then-President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio officially opened the Ismaili Centre Lisbon. The Centre’s 20th anniversary coincided with the Diamond Jubilee Celebration held in Lisbon earlier this month, during which thousands of visitors attended the building and its gardens for guided tours.

An International Art Gallery attendee snaps a photo of one of the pieces of art on display.

During the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, the Jubilee Arts International Art Gallery (IAG) displayed 129 works of art, selected from thousands of submissions from around the world. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, installations, digital art, and mixed media, artists showcased the talent and rich diversity within the global Jamat. Artist spotlights, guest panels, workshops, and the exhibition itself engaged, educated, and awed visitors and artists.

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