The Ismaili Centre, Lisbon
The Ismaili Centre in Lisbon established, for the first time in continental Europe, a permanent place where spaces for gathering for Ismaili Muslims complemented premises for an international network of social, cultural and economic development institutions serving people of all faiths, backgrounds and origins.
Access to the Ismaili Centre is through a landscaped park that surrounds buildings interspersed with courtyards and open patios. The complex combines multipurpose halls, open and enclosed areas for social functions, exhibitions and cultural presentations with offices and spaces for more contemplative gatherings of members of the Ismaili community.
What defines being old? Is it reaching a particular age? Retiring from the workplace? And what meaningful roles can the elderly play in society today? These and other matters were put forward at a recent gathering of seniors in Lisbon.
International Women’s Day is celebrated by individuals, organisations and governments every year. This year a special recognition event was held for women at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon, while the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan hosted an event in Kabul that drew some 900 participants.
In November, the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon was the venue of the 2009 Lisbon Forum, an annual event of the North-South Centre. Focused on the “creation of a culture of human rights through education,” the gathering was organised in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Aga Khan Development Network.
The Ismaili Centre in Lisbon recently hosted the launch of three new publications from the Institute of Ismaili Studies. The event featured special keynote addresses by Professor Azim Nanji and Dr. Omar Ali-de-Unzaga.