Lisbon, Portugal, 31 March 2019 – The Aga Khan Music Awards concluded with the announcement of the Award in the performance category, the awarding of US$ 500,000 in prizes and a final concert that brought together ten laureates, six categories and 13 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America in a showcase for diversity and pluralism through music. A Patron’s Award was also conferred.
The Awards were presented by His Highness the Aga Khan, President of the Portuguese Republic Professor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Prince Amyn Aga Khan.
“The technological forces that are reshaping our world now mean that neighbours who live on the other side of the planet are as close to us as our neighbours who live across the street,” said His Highness the Aga Khan in his remarks. “In such a world, peace and progress require that we promote a pluralist agenda, that we invest in a cosmopolitan ethic. These Music Awards aim to be an investment in that promotion.”
“This prize is a start of a long journey together. You and us, thinking of peace in the world, multilateralism, dialogue, a common fight against intolerance, and music is a great way of doing this,” said the President.
“At a time when strengthening tolerance and pluralism has become an acute worldwide priority, music is one of the arts which offers a medium for reaching, involving and uniting global audiences by engendering emotions which we all share as human beings,” said Prince Amyn addressing the audience at the concert. “It is our hope and aspiration that the Aga Khan Music Awards should serve as a catalyst for many future projects that draw on the rich tapestry of Muslim musical heritage while reaching across boundaries of time, place, and culture.”
Source: AKDN Press Release
Pictures source: AKMI Facebook Page
Full biographies of laureates and finalists of inaugural Aga Khan Music Awards are available here: https://www.akdn.org/akma/projects
Prior to the concert held on 29 March for the Aga Khan Music Awards, the CEO of CTT (Portugal Postal Services) Francisco Lacerda unveiled a special commemorative stamp in honour of the Awards. His Highness the Aga Khan, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, and Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), and Raul Moreira, Head of Philately at CTT, signed first day covers of the commemorative stamp.
Following are select few pictures from prize giving gala event that took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 31 March 2019. Click here to view all pictures.