Summertime Fun

We have a wonderful programme of events for all age-groups lined up this summer in celebration of Lapis and Gold: The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur’an 15 April – 28 August 2016.


Music Performance with Issa Murad: Oud Solo, Sunday 8 May 2pm

Issa Murad_concert 08 05 2016

Issa Murad is a Palestinian composer and oud player, who currently lives in France, and his music reflects his Arab-Levantine heritage as well as his interest in jazz, Balkan, and Indian traditional music. His performance will feature compositions and improvisations of these multicultural influences. Free, no booking required.

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Silk Worm Summer Club 11-15 July 2016

Why not join us for a week of creative workshops inspired by Persian art. These include botanical impressions in clay; ceramic tile painting; make your own Persian palace; Persian miniature painting and mini garden. Free, booking essential. Suitable for ages 6-11 years. Book here

Chester Beatty’s Creative Lab for Teens 18-22 July 2016

Join Roxana Manoucheri and discover some traditional Persian art techniques. Over the course of the week, participants will have an opportunity to create original manuscript designs inspired by Lapis and Gold: The Story of the Ruzbihan Qur’an. Free, booking essential. Suitable for ages 12-14 & 15-17 years. Book here

Art Workshops for Adults

We have a series of workshops including two events to celebrate the Bealtaine Festival for older people in May.  Ida Mitrani will introduce stylised botanical drawing 26 June followed by a public art demonstration in Arabic calligraphy with Mustafa Ja’far on the 16 July and a 1-day workshop on the 17 July. Booking is essential. Book here

Arabic Calligraphy Demo_©M.Ja'far

Other events

We have lots of other events lined up including Persian and Irish music 19 June; an afternoon of traditional Turkish music in July as well as free lunchtime talks, tours and film screenings. See  What’s On for more details.