Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Lisbon today to preside over the inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards ceremony. Taking place from 29-31 March at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Awards will feature three days of concerts and events honouring laureates in the six domains being recognised by the Award.

Hazar Imam was greeted at Lisbon’s Figo Maduro airport by Rahim Firozali, President of the Ismaili Council for Portugal, and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to the Portuguese Republic.

The Aga Khan Music Awards will bring to Portugal many of the world’s leading musical talents from the Muslim world. Later today, the Awards will open with a concert featuring the Gulbenkian Orchestra with Master Musicians of the Aga Khan Music Initiative from Tajikistan, Syria, and Afghanistan. This concert will be webcast live starting at 9 PM (GMT).

On 30 March, the 14 finalists for the Award in Performance will each perform for a live audience in three sessions spread out through the day, with the winner announced that evening.

On Sunday 31 March, each of the Laureates will perform at a special Awards Ceremony after which Mawlana Hazar Imam will present them their awards. This event will also be webcast live starting at 5 PM (GMT+1).

Both webcasts will be available on