The second edition of Islamic Culture Week takes place in Rome from 19-28 May and is designed to highlight Islamic culture as well as promote dialogue between people of different religious and cultural backgrounds living in the capital.
This year's festival focuses on the Gulf countries of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, all of which celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations with Italy. The programme features discussions, exhibitions and book presentations, and is organised by the city of Rome in collaboration with the capital's mosque, with the support of the Islamic Educational Cultural Organisation (ISESCO).
On 21 May the mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno welcomes a Muslim delegation to the Campidoglio, while other highlights of the week include the inauguration of the Islamic Art Fund at the Museo Barracco on 24 May and a round table discussion on "Young Muslims and Italy" at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere on 25 May.
All events are free, subject to availability, and take place at various venues such as the Capitoline Museums, the Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the city's Mosque, the Islamic Cultural Institute in Ostia, and Rome