From 1 October until 14 November 2021, under the patronage of HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue moves to its sixth stop at Palacio de Carlos V-Conjunto Monumental de la Alhambra y Generalife in Granada, Spain.
This, after a successful journey that started in 2018 in the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, Malta, then at the UNESCO headquarters and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France, the Weltmuseum in Vienna, Austria and the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, Spain.
The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue
The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue features a selection of over seventy objects that brings together the long tradition of exchange and dialogue in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond its borders. The artefacts tell stories that one might hear in a majlis, the social space found in every Arab home.
They are stories born of an ambitious project started by the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum in 2018, aimed to become a multi-faceted forum for inclusive dialogue that connects people, beliefs and cultures. Enriched by an open space for discussions, the exhibition aims to expand the horizons of our understanding of other people and places.
The highly esteemed Palacio de Carlos V-Conjunto Monumental de la Alhambra y Generalife in Granada represents the perfect spot for the exhibition as it was designed to create a strong and durable cultural tie while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab World and Europe.
This cross-disciplinary space is enhanced by six emblematic pieces from the Alhambra Museum, becoming the ideal place for the development of cultural projects, creators and thinkers from the Arab world intended to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape.
According to HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Bin Faisal Al Thani, the intent of the travelling cross-cultural exhibition is to spread the message of peace, prosperity, understanding of each other’s cultures, belief in co-existence and tolerance.
This message is embodied in the artefacts, which were selected especially to be displayed in Granada, a place that historically has represented the crossroad of cultures and faith. The exhibition will serve as a forum to keep alive the history, culture and traditions for the next generations to learn and draw from.
The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue is organised as an initiative of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, in collaboration with the UNESCO Doha Office.
Check out Marhaba’s FREE e-Guides for everything you need to know about Qatar.