DAI Cultural Outreach
After the Iraqi invasion and the destruction of the Kuwait National Museum, Sheikha Hussa Sabah Salem al-Sabah faced many challenges, not the least of which was what to do with a museum-based organisation that no longer had a museum. Having established the DAI as a means of sharing the history and culture of the Islamic world with communities both within Kuwait and out, she decided to continue organising traveling exhibitions to reach people abroad and to host an annual culture season that would feature the world’s leading scholars of Islamic art and culture here in Kuwait.
The current season, September 2014 – May 2015, will mark the 20th year of the Monday night lecture series. Over time, the list of participating scholars has grown and is a veritable who’s who of Islamic arts and culture. The one hour lectures attract an audience of interested individuals, many of whom stay after for snacks and good conversation.
The DMC, the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah Music Circle, is a community-based programme that brings music to the community almost every Wednesday evening during the cultural season. Twice a month, on Tuesday evenings, special activities are offered for adults; these include ‘just for fun’ art workshops and the occasional lecture by a local scholar. Season 20 has also expanded to include a comprehensive programme of classic film nights.
Finally, the DAI offers two types of cultural trips: local and international. During CS 20, local tours will include visits to the Arab Fund building and Failaka Island and, international cultural expeditions are also being organised.