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Posted On: 18 February 2023 06:14 am
Updated On: 20 February 2023 11:59 am

Iraqi Week at MIA

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Location: Museum of Islamic Art
Date: 17 February 2023 - 23 February 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 07:00 pm
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As part of the ongoing Baghdad: Eye’s Delight exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), the museum is hosting a series of Iraqi-influenced events such as Iraqi film screenings, curator-led tours, calligraphy workshops, and panel discussions for the wider community to mark ‘Iraqi Week’ from 17 to 23 February 2023.

This historic ‘Iraqi Week’ also marks the last week of the spectacular Baghdad Eye Delight exhibition, featuring objects on loan from 22 world-renowned institutions, including the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Benaki Museum, andthe Vatican, and the Barjeel Foundation. Visitors are recommended to not miss experiencing this exhibition that promises to take them on an imaginary tour across centuries, highlighting Baghdad’s role as a powerful, scholarship, and riches city.

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Lectures & Tours

  • A Personal Journey of Modern Architecture of Baghdad with prolific architect Hisham A. Munir, Friday 17 February, 6 pm
  • Curator-led tours, register HERE!:
    • February 19, 12 pm - 1 pm led by Reem Aboughazala in Arabic
    • February 23, 12 pm - 1 pm led by Sheikha Aljohara Al-Thani in Arabic
  • Discussion Panel: The Abbasids in Baghdad and their links with Qatar, Monday 20 February, 5 pm
  • A tour of Baghdad: Eye’s Delight exhibition, Wednesday 22 February

Join an art workshop

  • Kufic calligraphy workshop, 22–23 February 3 - 4 pm
  • Walk-in creative sessions drawing inspiration from Kufah city in Iraq

Watch a film

  • A film about the life of ‘the father of Iraqi photography’ Latif Al Ani, Monday 22 February, 3 pm
  • Marshes screened every Saturday & Tuesday in February, 3 pm

Activities by MIA Library

  • Storytime in the MIA Atrium
  • Colouring sheet related to Baghdad, daily throughout Iraqi week from 9 am - 7 pm

Explore the children’s activities during Iraqi Week activities (Daily, from 12 - 4 pm)

  • Round City Lego
  • Playing Card Inspired by El Malwiya
  • Baghdad Café Worksheet
  • Arabic letters Soft play (Arabic calligraphy and translation that took place in Abbasid Iraq)

Source and image credit: Museum of Islamic Art