His Highness the Aga Khan announced a global prize for music through the Aga Khan Music Awards, the first ceremony of which is scheduled to take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 29 to 31 March 2019 and will be co-hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Lisbon Municipality. The awards will recognise creativity and enterprise in music across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence.
On 21 March, the Aga Khan University organised a three-day workshop in Dar-es-Salaam entitled "curriculum, culture and development in transitional societies". About 100 teachers and education stakeholders converged to discuss and make deliberations on various issues pertaining to curriculum, culture and development in context that will positively impact the region.
On 18 March in Houston, during a lunch hosted in honour of His Highness, Texas Governor Greg Abbott paid tribute to His Highness' leadership and the achievements of his organisation in improving healthcare and education for people in developing countries. His Highness said: "Civil society is a key resource for development. Everything we do together to invest and enhance the capacity of civil society is a blessing that you give to the populations in those countries."
The World of the Fatimids, an exhibition at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, presents a selection of rare artefacts never before seen together. The 87 objects were created between the 10th and 12th Centuries, when the Fatimids, an Islamic dynasty that founded Cairo and made the city its capital, exerted huge influence over craft and design.
On 14 March, "Qyrq Qyz" performed at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Auditorium. According to Elise Ryan, journalist at the Brown Daily Herald, the blend of layered voices and instruments created a hypnotic effect, luring the audience, which ranged from young children to adults, into its story. The project was presented by the Rhode Island nonprofit FirstWorks, the Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Provost’s Office at RISD.