The Art of Islam Festival – Visit of the Kuwaiti ambassador!
Richard de Peyer
Around 150 guests thronged the County Museum’s special exhibitions gallery to hear the Kuwaiti Ambassador, Mr Khaled al Duwaisan, formally launch the Art of Islam festival in Bucks.
Mr al Duwaisan who is also Dean of the Diplomatic service and the longest serving of all ambassadors in London, came to the museum in Aylesbury on Friday during a busy week, but stayed for three hours enjoying the museum’s events and refreshments.
In a light-hearted speech, the ambassador challenged guests to the difference between an ambassador and a Camel. The answer, which was met by roars of laughter, was: “A camel can work for days without a drink, whereas a diplomat can drink for days without working!”
The museum mounted traditional Muslim hot food with naan breads and a variety of meat and vegetable dishes. Guests enjoyed a performance, sponsored by the Luton-Based Al Khayaal theatre group, of a 12th century story by Spanish born Ibn Tufail that was the template for the Robinson Crusoe story and for the Enlightenment philosophers such as Hobbes and Rousseau.
An intensive Museum Learning team programme will be able to deliver during term time curriculum materials around Beliefs, Storytelling and Geometry and in May and summer holidays workshops around these themes. You can find the programme clicking here.
Additional programme of talks and workshops focussed on upper teenagers and adults will use contacts within the Islamic community , amongst professional artists and amateur calligrapher, pottery makers, and historians artists with specialisms relating – Music, Art, Poetry, Science, Coinage, Gardens etc