Iraqi Cultural Week in Paris, from 12 to 21 November 2007

From 12-11-2007   To   21-11-2007
 (Paris, France) 

    This event features a variety of activities intended to celebrate Iraqi culture.

    The programme of this cultural week, organized by the UNESCO Culture Sector and the UNESCO Office for Iraq in Amman in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Iraq, Ministry of State for Tourism and Antiquities, is as follows:

    Exhibitions (12-21 November) inaugurated by the Director-General on 12 November at 6.30 pm
    Contact: Ramatoulaye Kourouma

    1. Contemporary art exhibition: Homage to Ismail Al-Sheikhli (1924-2004) (9.30 am -5.30, Room Miró 1) Free entry.
    The metaphorical style of Ismail Al-Sheikhli, who studied at Baghdad's Institute of Fine Art in 1945 and at l'École des Beaux-arts in Paris, celebrates the eternal cycle of humankind. This homage to one of the pioneers of modern Iraqi art is made possible thanks to the generous contribution of H. Exc. Muhyi K. Alkateeb, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Iraq to UNESCO.

    2. Homage to Shaker Hassan al Said (1925-2004),
    (UNESCO Headquarters, Salle des Actes)
    Shaker Hassan al Said is one of the pioneers of Iraqi modern art. In 1950 he founded, with Jawad Salim, another pillar of Iraqi modern art, the Bagdad Group for Modern Art. This artistic movement, which is unique in the Arab World, provided the impetus for a new theoretical and aesthetic debate, which spread throughout the region.

    3. Calligraphy exhibition of Ghani Alani,
    (UNESCO Headquarters, Salle des Pas perdus)
    The Master calligrapher, illuminator, and illustrator displays his works

    4. Contemporary art exhibition from the Museum of Fine Arts of Baghdad
    , (UNESCO Headquarters, Miró Room 2)
    In cooperation with the Minister of Culture of Iraq and the Museum of Fine Arts in Baghdad, a selection of 25 works of art by Iraqi’s most famous contemporary artists.

    5. Contemporary art exhibition: "Late 20th Century Iraqi Artists", (UNESCO Headquarters, Miró Room 1) 
    A remarkable collection of works of art created by Iraqi artists over the last 25 years.

    6. Photo exhibition on Iraqi Cultural Heritage, (UNESCO Headquarters, Hall Ségur)
    A series of photographs of Iraqi cultural heritage inscribed on the World Heritage List of Humanity including the cities of Achur, Hatra and the archaeological area of Samarra.

  • 12 November 2007
  • 3rd Expert Group Meeting on Babylon, (2.30 pm, UNESCO Headquarters, Room XIV)
    At the request of the Minister of Culture of Iraq, a specific working group on the archaeological site of Babylon was created in June 2005 to study the damage caused by the installation, in April 2003, on this exceptional site, of a military base covering 150 hectares.
    The group of experts discusses the progress made since the last session held in Berlin in December 2005, in accordance with an evaluation report by the National Council of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the members of the International Committee of Coordination for the Safeguarding of Iraqi Cultural Heritage.
    Contact: Lamine Diagne

    Traditional Iraqi music concert, "A journey through the musical diversity of Iraq" with Oud, Kurdish and Maqam music. (8 pm, UNESCO Headquarters, Room I).
    Contact: Jeannette Tchilinguirian

  • 13 November 2007
  • 3rd Plenary Session of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Iraqi Cultural Heritage (ICC), 13 November (10 am–1 pm, 3 pm–6 pm) and 14 November (9.30 am-12.30 am, UNESCO Headquarters, Room II).
    The Director-General will inaugurate the meeting. Comprising 23 international and Iraqi experts, the Committee will assess the national and multinational assistance required for the preservation of cultural heritage in Iraq and coordinate activities and efforts carried out in this respect. Four themes will be discussed: historic sites and cultural heritage; museums and cultural institutions; intangible cultural heritage; libraries and archives.
    Contact: Lamine Diagne

  • 14 November 2007
  • Round Table on Samarra "Intercultural dialogue: Sāmarrā case study", (3 pm-3.30 pm, UNESCO Headquarters, Room VIII).
    The present round table aims to find ways and means of re-establishing dialogue between Iraqi communities of different denominations. In spite of the dynamiting of the golden dome of the Al-Askarī Mosque on 22 February 2006 and the destruction of its two minarets on 13 June 2007, how can Samarra become the starting point for a process which will lead to reconciliation? Could the reconstruction of the Dome and the two minarets be a symbol?
    Contact: Lamine Diagne

  • 15-16 November 2007
  • Iraqi Film presentations (2 pm, UNESCO Headquarters, Cinema). Free entry, but reservations are strongly advised.
    Contact: Ramatoulaye Kourouma


    • Start date - Local time: 2007-11-12 10:00 am
    • End date - Local time: 2007-11-21 9:00 am
    • Event Location  :  Paris, France
         
    • Country  :  France