Berlin’s “A New Divan” Goethe’s enduring vision of cultural dialogue — By Grzegorz Szymanowski on Deutsche Welle / Qantara de

In his “West-Eastern Divan” published 200 years ago, Goethe promoted the idea of cultural proximity between Orient and Occident. The festival “A New Divan” in Berlin aimed at revisiting his idea. By Grzegorz Szymanowski Guillem Palomar spent four months working on his piece. Four months, all for just eight minutes, the duration of the 22-year-old…

“Walled City: New GIS developed to aid conservation work” — Tribune com Pakistan article on-Walled City of Lahore Authority and Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project

A view of Masjid Wazir Khan from where encroachments were recently removed. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS LAHORE: The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started testing a new geographical information system (GIS) to help it regulate conservation and development work at the city’s historic quarter. The GIS, developed in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust…

Socio-economic Development through Cultural Revitalization — Pamir Times Net article by Ahmad Nadeem on the Aga Khan Development Network’s initiatives in Pakistan and other countries

The Khaplu Palace & Reside (KP&R) of Gilgit-Baltistan region restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), – the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – won the ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best in poverty reduction’ category of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 and it was the only project from Pakistan…

Kenya: Aga Khan pledges to restore park’s glory – Daily Monitor Uganda

His Highness The Aga Khan (L) with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga after signing an agreement to rehabilitate Nairobi City Park at Nairobi National Museum yesterday. PHOTO BY BILLY MUTAI.  By PETER LEFTIEPosted  Friday, November 30  2012 at  02:00 In Summary His Highness the Aga Khan says the Aga Khan Trust will refurbish Nairobi City Park as…

The Ismaili org: Aga Khan Trust for Culture to revitalise Nairobi City Park

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prime Minister Odinga, Prince Hussain, and other dignitaries discuss the model of the soon to be restored Nairobi City Park. Photo: Samwell Nyakondo Nairobi, 29 November 2012 — “Culture is a trampoline for development and assistance for some of the poorest people in the world,” declared Mawlana Hazar Imam. He was speaking at a signing ceremony marking an…

German language article ‘Ein Paradies – auch für die Armen’ at NZZ online on Cairo’s Al-Azhar-Park

  Der Al-Azhar-Park ist Herz und grüne Lunge für Kairos Altstadt ***** Die zentrale Allee des Al-Azhar-Parks und die Zitadelle mit der Mohammed-Ali-Moschee. (Bild: Keystone / EPA) Der Al-Azhar-Park gilt nicht nur als grösste geschlossene innerstädtische Grünfläche im Nahen Osten. Durch seinen Bau und die Unterhaltsarbeitengelang auf vorbildliche Weise dieWiederbelebung eines darniederliegenden Wohnquartiers am Rand von…

UNESCO gets Qutb Shahi dossier – By Rahul V Pisharody at Express Buzz com India

comprehensive dossier and management plan for the Qutb Shahi monuments in Hyderabad (Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi tombs and Charminar) has been submitted to Unesco through the Archaeological Survey of India for their recognition as World Heritage Sites. “snip”   A delegation from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), which has shown keen interest in…