Friday, 2-12-2005, Damascus
The Syrian gateway to the Discover Islamic Art Virtual Museum that took place at the Damascene Hall of the National Museum Damascus was chaired by Syrians' First Lady, Mrs Asma Al-Assad. The Syrian government was represented by the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Tourism. About 150 persons attended the event including key figures of Syrian's political and business life, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of all major cultural and academic institutions as well as numerous media. To create a suitable atmosphere for the solemn ceremony panels and posters reproducing the visual symbols of the project have been produced by the Ministry of Culture and put on display at the venue. The official launch of the Syrian gateway of the Virtual Museum by Mrs Al-Assad was followed by small concert of traditional Syrian music. After that Mrs Mona Moadin, the director of the Museum accompanied the First Lady through the Islamic Art collection of the museum, whereby the artefacts included in the Virtual Museum have been identified with a label reproducing the logo of the Discover Islamic Art project. A private dinner for the team, hosted by the Directorate of Antiquities and Museums, concluded the successful day.
Venue: National Archaeological Museum
Organiser: Ministry of Culture