On 18 January, Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, said mutual cooperation between the Punjab government and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) was expanding day by day with unprecedented steps for the restoration of historical places. The AKTC delegation, led by General Manager Luis Monreal, will provide technical assistance for the conservation, repair and maintenance of Shalamar Garden and Jahangir Tomb. Luis Monreal said that support to the Punjab government regarding the restoration of historical places will continue and expressed the satisfaction that partnership with the provincial government has remained wonderful.
The British embassy in Afghanistan in collaboration with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has launched a $6.7m project called “ACCESS” to improve the delivery of services to Afghan citizens in the country. The project is expected to be implemented in at least six provinces of the country. The project will cover areas such as training, health, power supply, education and water supply. The initiative will help over a million Afghans in six provinces to benefit from the programme.
From 15 to 17 January, a three-day international workshop will be held at Lahore Fort (Pakistan) to highlight the conservation of the 1,450-feet long and 50-feet high Picture Wall – a famous expanse of decorative glazed tile and wall painting. A prototype preservation was carried over a 45-feet high and 30-feet wide panel on the western segment of the Picture Wall by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA). The AKTC and the WCLA are jointly holding this event, which will bring together national and international experts from various disciplines.
Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum launched late last year a cultural initiative in the Gulf and South Asia emphasising the region as an emerging hotbed for global art. Announced at Alserkal Avenue’s Concrete space in Dubai, Friends of the Aga Khan Museum in the Gulf and South Asia aims to build a regional network of individuals with a shared penchant for the diverse historic and contemporary art from the Islamic world.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have begun the conservation work at the double-domed Sabz Burj (a 16th century tomb). Apart from the restoration work, the tomb is expected to be illuminated by Havells India Limited, which has joined hands with AKTC and ASI. AKTC India CEO, Ratish Nanda said this project was significant because the monument was in the middle of the city, at a busy intersection and people will see the restoration work.