Eid Mubarakرمضان كريمStart of the 20th Cultural SeasonRamadan KareemDAI Visiting CuratorRecent EventsMuseum Collections Make ConnectionsArchaeology & Junior DocentsJunior Docent ProgramCelebrating CarpetsMaidan ClosingVolume 38 of Hadeeth PublishedFamily Days @ Amricani

Eid Mubarak

Dar al athar al Islamiyyah wishes
everyone a very happy Eid 2014

رمضان كريم

مبارك عليكم الشهر 
وكل عام وأنتم بخير

Start of the 20th Cultural Season

The twentieth Cultural Season begins on Sunday the 28th of September with a concert from the United States Army Field Band Quartet. We look forward to another busy year of encouraging and fostering cultural activities in Kuwait. We also look forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the forthcoming season.

Ramadan Kareem

Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah send their sincere wishes for a blessed Ramadan

DAI Visiting Curator

DAI’s visiting curator Dr Giovanni Curatola will be giving classes this summer at the American University of Kuwait on the history of Architecture in Iran and an introduction to Islamic Pottery. Click on the link below to access the AUK teaching schedule and search the course catalogues.

Recent Events

Click on the link below to see a roundup of recent events including lectures, diplomatic visits, children’s art workshop news, concerts and visiting scholars who have come to Kuwait to participate in our cultural programmes.

Museum Collections Make Connections

The celebration of International Museums Day was a huge success with a wonderfully vibrant mix of theatre and musical performance along with creative activities.

Archaeology & Junior Docents

The Junior Docents have been working with visiting UNDP conservator Maria Mertzani to understand the ethics and practicalities of archaeological conservation. For more information on the docent programme click on the button below.

Junior Docent Program

Members of our Junior Docents recently visited the collection offices to learn first hand of the rigours of working with objects. They were introduced to the basics of curatorial work by our curator Salam Kaoukji.

Celebrating Carpets

Christie’s auction house in St. James’s, London hosted a book launch for the recent DAI publication “Pre-Islamic Carpets and Textiles from Eastern Lands” which was published earlier this year by Thames & Hudson Ltd. The author Dr Friedrich Spuhler who has lectured many times in Kuwait gave an illustrated lecture entitled “Sasanian Heritage: Pre-Islamic Carpets from The al-Sabah Collection”. The event was attended by a large number of Christie’s clients and was one of the events surrounding the Islamic art and carpet sales that took place in London.

Maidan Closing

Dear Friends, After 19 wonderful years of Cultural Seasons lectures, music, theatre and workshops at the al-Maidan Cultural Centre, it is with some sadness that we announce its closing. As we did with the Abdullah al-Salem School in 1994, our new location will involve turning a standard grade-school into another of Kuwait’s most technologically sophisticated theatres. All events remaining in the 19th CS will be hosted at the Amricani Cultural Centre.
لى أصدقاء الدار الأعزاء! بعد تسعة عشر عاماً رائعة قضيناها في “مركز الميدان الثقافي”, نقدم فيه المحاضرات و الأمسيات الموسيقية, والعروض المسرحية, والورش الفنية, يؤسفنا إبلاغكم بأنه قد تقرر إغلاق هذا “المركز” نهائيا. وكما حدث في العام 1994م, حينما قمنا بتحويل “مدرسة عبدالله السالم الثانوية” الى مركز إشعاع ثقافي, فإننا نكرر المشروع ذاته اليوم, إذ نقوم – حالياً- بتحويل مدرسة أخرى (سنوافيكم بها لاحقا) إلى مسرح من أكثر مسارح الكويت تقدماً في تطبيق التقنيات الحديثة للندوات والمحاضرات. وعليه, ستكون أمسية العزف على القانون لــ “محمد الرويشد” في 16 ابريل 2014م, هي آخر الفعاليات التي سيشهدها “مركز الميدان الثقافي”, اذ سيتولى بعد ذلك “مركز الامريكاني الثقافي” استضافة كافة البرامج المتبقية من الموسم الثقافي التاسع عشر ( الحالي ) . شاكرين تفهمكم وتعاونكم ودعمكم لنا . دار الآثار الإسلامية.

Volume 38 of Hadeeth Published

DAI is proud to announce the publication of Volume 38 of Hadeeth ad-Dar. This bi-lingual volume features articles written by the lecturers from the eighteenth cultural season. Click on the link below to view the Hadeeth section of the website and download the latest volumes.

Family Days @ Amricani

Join us for Family Days @ Amricani

The Collections

The al-Sabah Collection is regarded by international authorities as one of a small handful of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world. It has continued to grow since its inception increasing its strengths in all categories.

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Travelling exhibitions and object loans to museums are part of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah’s strategy for sharing the arts and culture of the Islamic world. To find out more about our current exhibitions programme.

Latest Exhibitions

Cultural Season

The Cultural Season at DAI is an integral part of the organisation’s contribution to the enrichment of the local community. The Annual Cultural Season typically begins end of September and ends in May of every year.

19th Cultural Season