DOHA: Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum has announced the first presentation of its exciting international touring exhibition The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue, which started yesterday till October 28, 2018 at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta, Malta.
Based on the concept of the traditional space of learning, discussion, dialogue and sharing present in every home in the Arabian Gulf, The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue will be presented at various major venues in Valletta, Paris, Vienna and throughout Europe, said a release. The exhibition itself represents the first part of a wider project that seeks to connect people, beliefs and cultures by offering a platform for respectful, yet incisive dialogue.
The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue is organised at the initiative of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, in collaboration with Qatar Museums, Unesco Doha Office and the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science and Qatar Shell.
It is presented for the first time in Malta under the Patronage of Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, and Unesco Malta with the endorsement of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.
A Majlis is the social space present in homes throughout the Arabian Gulf. For hundreds of years and up to the present day, it has been a setting for hospitality and dialogue, where families welcome visitors bearing stories and exotic gifts from their homelands, where children learn from their elders, and where communities gather to make decisions, great and small.
For the first time, The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue will offer European audiences the experience of a real majlis. Visitors will be encouraged to sit, listen to stories and exchange ideas with each other and with scholars on what they see, discover and experience in the displays.
The exhibition The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue will be accompanied by a full-colour, hardcover photo book in English published by Skira Editore.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, said: “We must work together to celebrate diversity in all its forms. To achieve this, it is essential for us to intensify intercultural encounters and interfaith dialogue and to keep reaching out across the borders and beyond the barriers that artificially constrain us – especially by empowering young people and providing safe and welcoming spaces where their voices can be heard.”
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim bin Faisal Al Thani said: “By understanding and embracing heritage, we become aware of the things we have in common, an awareness which in turn inspires a sense of belonging to something much bigger—a sense of identity and unity. It is my hope that by sharing objects which connect peoples with their past, The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue will be both a fitting celebration of this heritage and a catalyst for further dialogue in the future. ”
September 19, 2018 TO September 19, 2018