Activities include lectures and poetry recitals for adults, the MIA Bazaar and walk-in craft activities for children and families.
Lectures on Ramadhan will be in Arabic and English. Events begin at 9pm. Speakers include:
19 May - Nasser Al Hajri
The History of Marriage in the Islamic World
20 May - Khalifa Al Said
Ramadan in the Past
21 May - Dr Fetih Ahmed
Ramadan and Community Development
(Note: this lecture will begin at 10 pm)
Poetry Evening with the Mauritanian Community
26 May - Dr Moein Sadek
Title to be confirmed - check MIA's Ramadhan page online for updates
27 May - Dr Tara Desjardins
Feasting in Islamic Art
Family activities will take place every night from 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm:
- Make Ramadhan-themed crafts such as mosque lamps, moon and stars
- Listen to storytelling sessions with MIA's library team
- Take a special Ramadhan-themed guided tour
- Borrow a Ramadan Family Backpack and explore the galleries as a family
The finale for MIA's Ramadhan celebrations will be Garangao on 28 May 2018. Garangao marks the mid-point of Ramadhan and is an occasion where children celebrate with sweets after sunset.
The evening will include activities, storytelling and traditional gift-giving.
During Ramadhan, the MIA Bazaar in MIA Park will open from 7 pm to midnight, selling foods and handicrafts for all the family from over 100 different stalls.
The museum itself has also announced Ramadhan hours:
Morning sessions Saturday - Thursday 9 am to 2 pm
Evening sessions Saturday - Friday 8 pm to 12 am
Friday mornings closed