A festival to celebrate Islamic art and culture was launched in Abu Dhabi.
The event is an offshoot of the Al Burda awards, which honour contributions to Islamic art and design and have been running for 15 years.
“The goal ... is to look at the future of Islamic art and culture internationally and to have a global conversation on what is the future of Islamic art and what are the priorities of Islamic culture,” said Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, assistant undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the festival organisers.
This year, Al Burda has expanded to include a full-day programme of talks and performances at Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi's Mina Zayed, culminating in an awards ceremony held in conjunction with NYU Abu Dhabi. The festival, yesterday inaugurated by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, will become a regular event, held in Abu Dhabi every two years, while the awards will continue on an annual basis.