In anticipation of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Lisbon, Portugal this July, here are some fun facts about Portugal. Visit this page often as we will continue to add fun facts about Portugal!

Volunteers line up to collect special-edition Mulaqat uniforms

As anticipation builds for the upcoming Diamond Jubilee Mulaqat with Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Jamats of France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Côte d’Ivoire have set up special programmes to prepare for and celebrate the auspicious occasion. 

Prince Aly Muhammad speaks at the World Partnership Walk Toronto of the devastating impact of climate change.

Prince Aly Muhammad, the youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, joined a crowd of thousands on 17 June to launch the 34th annual World Partnership Walk in Toronto, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC). 

There is so much to see and do this July at the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival (IAF). Start planning for your time in Lisbon by reading through these five suggestions.

Presented to honour the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, a concert entitled Jubilee, hosted at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, will celebrate the diversity, richness, and vitality of Muslim musical heritage and its expression in contemporary music making. Musical innovators from the Aga Khan Music Initiative, Kronos Quartet, and the Bassekou Kouyate Trio will perform pieces inspired by diverse traditions, developed from the meeting of different cultures.

Join us at for the webcast.

Join us on Wednesday 20 June, at 8 PM UK time for a live webcast from the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London.

An afternoon performance of Sufi Voyage has been added to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration schedule, for which tickets are now available to purchase.

Evening view of the Aga Khan Centre at King's Cross, London.

Next week, the Aga Khan Centre will be opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam. Situated at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter, the Aga Khan Centre — home to the UK institutions founded by Mawlana Hazar Imam — will be a place for education, cultural exchange, and insight into Muslim civilisations.

This July, Lisbon will play host to some of the finest musical and artistic talent representing a diversity of art forms and cultures from around the world.

The eTicketing Platform for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration – Lisboa 2018 is now open. From this centralised platform you can purchase tickets and reserve places for the various concerts, shows, events, and exhibitions taking place in Lisbon from 6-10 July 2018.

The International Film Festival will launch with a red carpet showcase

As part of the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival, Lisbon will play host to the International Film Festival this July, presenting the diversity and talented work of filmmakers from around the world.

Jubilee Arts has uncovered some of the finest performing arts talent within the Jamat and is ready to host them on the global stage.

The inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival to be held in Lisbon this July will feature the International Talent Showcase, presenting musical renditions, dance pieces, and stage talent from across the world.

The exhibited artwork to be displayed in Lisbon has been selected from thousands of submissions through National Arts Festivals around the world.

The Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Lisboa 2018 will host the inaugural Jubilee Arts International Arts Festival this July. The International Art Gallery will feature art pieces from all over the world, and provides an opportunity for budding artists to get involved through workshops and panels.

Mawlana Hazar Imam shares a light moment with the Jamat at the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Mumbai.

If you missed the screenings in Jamatkhana, the film of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to India is now available online. This 50-minute film recounts the history of the Ismaili Imamat in India, preparations by the Jamat, and the programme undertaken by Mawlana Hazar Imam during his 10-day visit to the country.

Minister Hunter from the Government of Ontario and Amyn Merchant from the Aga Khan Academies renewed the partnership on mutually beneficial education initiatives.

On 29 April 2018, the Province of Ontario and the Aga Khan Academies network of schools formally extended their partnership on mutually beneficial education projects, as part of the renewal of initiatives under an agreement between the Province and the Ismaili Imamat.

The Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum (LIF) has announced that Mawlana Hazar Imam will grant Diamond Jubilee visits to France and the United Kingdom in the latter part of June 2018.

Old Fanous Ramadan, also known as Ramadan lantern is a famous Egyptian folklore associated with Ramadan.

In Muslim tradition, Ramadan is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification through special observances such as fasting, the performance of good deeds – including charitable giving and voluntary service – and through personal sacrifices of material comforts. These observances lead to spiritual fulfilment and a sense of renewal.

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves goodbye to Jamati leaders assembled at the Calgary airport at the conclusion of his Diamond Jubilee visit to Canada.

After granting Diamond Jubilee Mulaqats in Calgary, Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Canada, concluding his 12-day Diamond Jubilee visit to the country.

Volunteers clean parks as part of the Ismaili CIVIC 150 initiative in Mississauga.

While commemorating Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee, the Canadian Jamat also celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary. To honour these milestones, the Jamat participated in Ismaili CIVIC 150, an initiative that pledged one million hours of service to improving quality of life for communities across Canada.