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The Aga Khan Music Initiative works to promote the revitalisation of cultural heritage as a source of livelihood, and as a means to strengthen pluralism.

Often referred to as a universal language, music provides a common theme to bring people together. Intended to entertain, educate, and inspire thought; music also has the ability to inform listeners about the diversity of artistic expression, and by extension, the diversity of peoples and cultures.

Prince Amyn delivers remarks upon accepting the 31st annual Hadrian Award.

On 23 October, Prince Amyn was presented with the 2018 Hadrian Award by World Monuments Fund (WMF) Chair Lorna B. Goodman, who paid tribute to his “generous, thoughtful, responsible, and engaged” contribution to WMF. In his acceptance remarks, Prince Amyn emphasised the importance of monuments, and ensuring that they are self-sustaining and accepted by local communities.

Lorna B. Goodman, Chair of the World Monuments Fund, presents the 2018 Hadrian Award to Prince Amyn.

The World Monuments Fund honoured Prince Amyn at the 31st annual Hadrian Gala on 23 October at the Rockefeller Center Plaza in New York City, in recognition of his lifelong support for cultural heritage.

Salim Rahimi, Hon. Sec of the Council for the Central US, welcoming the artists, speakers, and guests to the dinner at Plano Jamatkhana.

“Diversity is not a burden to be endured, but an opportunity to be welcomed,” said Melia Belli, Associate Professor of South Asian art history at the University of Victoria, in her opening remarks. The occasion was the Islamic Art Symposium entitled “Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism,” held at the Dallas Museum of Art between May 4-5. It was cosponsored with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History, Islamic Art Revival Series, and the Aga Khan Council for the Central United States.

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.