Meet Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah

most of you must have already heard about dar alathar alislamiyyah, but for those who haven't, here's a quick preview.

dai is a cultural organization based on a kuwaiti private art collection owned by sheikh nasser sabah al-shmed al-sabah, founder of the al-abah collection and his wife, dai director general and co-founder sheikha hussah sabah al-salem al-sabah.

established in 1983, dai was created to manage the al-sabah collection, an esteemed collection of islamic art on permanent loan to the state of kuwait under the auspices of the national council for culture, arts and letters - the collection preserves and presents all aspects of islamic art and includes more than 20,000 pieces extending from spain to china, from the 1st – 13th centuries ah/7th – 19th centuries ad.

the cultural season at dai is an integral part of the organization’s contribution to the enrichment of the local community - from the very beginning dai was involved within the community in promoting dialogue by hosting cultural and scholarly events - the annual cultural season typically begins end of september and ends in may of every year.

with nearly two decades of cultural activities, the annual cultural season has grown into a comprehensive hub for scholars and enthusiasts alike in many different fields.

the cultural season is comprised of several activities:

• forums
• lectures
• concerts
• theatre
• educational Programs
• international Trips
• exhibitions
• and much more…

you can download the brochure for the 18th cultural season that will highlight all the activities, events, lectures, theatre, workshops, educational programs, and discussion forums that we will organize throughout the cultural season from the following page.

as for the most recent event, it is set for today - dai will host a workshop with the al-sabah collection’s senior conservator sophie budden, who will teach you how to take care for your jewelry and other metal objects, starting from 7pm at the amricani cultural centre - those interested in the workshop should sign-up by emailing and should also bring their own object to be discussed during the workshop.

i'm so looking forward to visit one of dai's events, i love islamic art and would love to participate - i guess the next one is on november 5th, held by dr. venetia porter - will do my utmost to attend.

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