The atmosphere was diverse, with Ismailis and others sharing happiness and joy on this special occasion. Attendees praised the celebration which was inaugurated by the Jubilee Arts bands on the first day. On the second day, the musician Muhammad Othman — a nominee for the Aga Khan Music Award — presented an enthralling show.
On the final day of the event, Takkaat — a well-known band composed of five Ismaili artists who met through Jubilee Arts, and were part of the Syrian contingent at the International Arts Festival — spread an atmosphere of excitement among the audience. The number of spectators reached 2,500 each day.
The folk arts group highlighted the diversity of the community, presenting cultural dances of different countries including Syria, India, Tajikistan, Egypt, Pakistan, and Iran.
The International Jubilee Arts programme launched in 2017 during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee year, offering a unique platform for the Jamat around the world to showcase and share their artistic talents.
In Syria, Jubilee Arts groups were formed, including folk arts, children’s choir, adult choir, and an orchestra, reflecting the rich history of the region. After the International Arts Festival held in Lisbon in July 2018, the number of Ismaili artists in Syria has increased, with the offering of intensive training and rehearsals organised by the Ismaili Council.
The audience were excited to attend the Jubilee Arts performances in different cities within Syria, and were eager to see the shows, which shine a spotlight on the traditions and cultures of the country. The celebration also called on a whole host of volunteers, artists, trainers and supervisors who worked tirelessly day and night to make the occasion memorable.