Manama, Oct. 11 (BNA): The Executive Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today adopted Bahrain’s initiative to name November 18 as the International Islamic Art Day, which was presented in September 2017.
35 countries, including Arab States and Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries members of the UNESCO have supported Bahrain’s initiative that will be submitted to the UNESCO General Conference for adoption at its next year’s meeting.
Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), on September 18, 2017, staged an evening at the UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, where it called on the UN organization to approve the initiative and to declare November 18 to be the International Day of Islamic Art.
The BACA move coincides with Bahrain's celebrations of Muharraq as Capital of Islamic Culture 2018. It aims to introduce the Islamic art to the world as it has been presented to various aspects of public life, such as mosques, houses and schools. Bahrain's initiative is also meant to act as a bridge of communication among nations and civilizations.
The BACA said the high interest in promoting the Islamic art would contribute to boosting sustainable development process at the economic and social levels.
BNA 2048 GMT 2018/10/11