Islamic gallery to debut in Honolulu on Oct. 27

HONOLULU -- The Honolulu Academy of Arts will open a gallery called Arts of the Islamic World on Oct. 27.

To celebrate the opening, the academy will host a free Islamic Cultural Festival the afternoon of Oct. 27 and a Persian classical music concert featuring Iranian vocalist Parisa the evening of Oct. 5.

Funding for the gallery will be provided by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Duke, an American tobacco heiress and philanthropist, died in 1993.

In her will, she created the foundation to promote the study and understanding of Middle Eastern culture and to manage her Honolulu estate, Shangri La.

On Nov. 6, the academy will begin public tours of Shangri La by reservation.

Duke built the Islamic-style residence overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head in 1939, following trips to Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and India.

Call (808) 532-8700 or visit www.honoluluacademy.org for additional information.

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