Omani Cultural Days at UNESCO focus on Intercultural dialogueIntercultural dialogue is the main theme of a series of events at UNESCO Headquarter from 6 to 9 June. Three seminars, an exhibition of Omani books and visual arts, a concert of Andalusian Music and the screening of the film “The Seven voyages in Oman” will take place on the occasion of the Proclamation of Muscat as Arab Cultural Capital 2006. The events are organized by the ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman joined with UNESCO, ISESCO and the permanent delegation of Oman.
Who does the talking when civilizations enter into dialogue? Can civilizations and cultures still speak in a single voice? Are some voices more legitimate than others? These are some of the questions that will be raised during the seminar on “Intercultural dialogue and its new stakes,” through 6 June and the morning of 7 June (Room IV). During three sessions, the seminar will examine intercultural dialogue and the challenge of the new international landscape focusing first on “the state of the arts”, “the experience of the Arab world”, and “the city, as a daily space for dialogue.”
The role of Oman in cultural dialogue will be examined in another seminar, on the afternoon of 7 June and all day on 8 June (Room IV). At the crossroad of sea lanes between east and west, Oman was receptive to influences of the world’s ancient civilizations, including the Mesopotamian, Indian and Chinese, as well Persian and Phoenician. A seminar will be dedicated to the Omani philologist and lexicographer Al Khalil Bir Ahmad Al Farahidi on 9 June, celebrating the 1,300th anniversary of his birth.
Cultural events are also planned: an exhibition of Omani books and visual arts (7 to 16 June, opening on 7 June at 6 p.m., Miro Hall); a concert of Andalusian music presented by Algerian singer Bheija Raha (8 June, 7 p.m., Room IV); and a screening of Lionel Tardif’s film “The Seven Voyages in Oman” (9 June, 6 p.m., Cinema Hall).
The opening ceremony for the Omani Cultural Days will be held on 6 June at 10 a.m. in the presence of Al Sayed Abdalla Bin Hamad Al Busaidi, President of the Financial Control Service of the Sultanate of Oman, which is sponsoring the event, Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO, President of the General Conference; Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); a representative of Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.
The closing ceremony of the celebration, organized by UNESCO with the Omani government and ISESCO, on 9 June (5 p.m., Room IV), will take place in the presence of Mr Matsuura, Al Sayed Jaifar Bin Salem Al Saiid, Ambassador of Oman to France, and Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan.