Celebrating 30 years of The Barakat Trust
Celebrating 30 years of support for the study, preservation and appreciation of Islamic art, heritage and culture, The Barakat Trust hosted its grand 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at The British Museum last week, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The evening was compered by BBC journalist and newsreader Asad Ahmad, and was attended by 270 guests, with a number of VIP guests.
Guest speakers included Venetia Porter of The British Museum, about the reasons for the Museum’s support for Barakat Trust followed by Professor Jeremy Johns, Chairman of Barakat’s Academic Advisory Committee based at the University of Oxford, who spoke passionately about the history, inception and evolution of The Barakat Trust over the years.
The keynote speaker, His Excellency Omar Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, delivered a speech on the importance of preserving heritage and culture for future generations, and concluded with book signing of 300 donated copies of his latest publication, “Letters to a Young Muslim.”
A Middle-Eastern style three course gourmet dinner was served against a backdrop of Arab fusion jazz, courtesy of renowned Egyptian jazz band, Harfoush.
The dinner was followed by a live auction led by Sotheby’s main auctioneer, Lord Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe and Chairman of Sotheby’s Russia & Scandinavia. Alongside the live auction, a silent auction and project pledges ran throughout the evening.
The Barakat Trust and Barakat Culture CIC would like to thank its guests, donors, sponsors and supporters for playing a part in its heritage preservation efforts.
The event was sponsored by prominent businesses from the world of law, finance, banking, lifestyle & art: The British Museum, Mishcon de Reya, Sotheby’s, Citi Private, Ploutos International, Ozoza Lifestyle, and NYLA Consults. Other partners and auction donors were: DN Design, LX Travel, Turkish airlines, Mathaf Gallery, NYLA Gallery, Azza Fahmy, Athr Gallery, artists Dana Awartani, Ali Omar Ermes, Nasser Al Salem, Daniah Alsaleh and Halima Casell.
To view the highlights of the Gala from start to finish visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/barakat-trust/
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