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Arrivals and Encounters

The yurt returns to the Museum at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018
Photo: Connie Tsang, 2017

Aga Khan Museum and Park and Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Javid Jah - Toronto, Canada
Simin Keramati - Toronto, Canada

A place in constant movement, the city and the Aga Khan Museum are sites of arrivals and encounters between people from all over the world —Indigenous peoples, settlers, refugees, and new immigrants.

Drawing on that diversity, Arrivals and Encounters  features more than 80 artists in 30 performances set in ten unique and intimate spaces — from a Mongolian yurt to an all-American Airstream. Programming across our site (the Aga Khan Museum and Park and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto) encourages an all-night cultural exploration of art, music, storytelling, comedy, and dance.

Visitors can choose their own adventure from dusk to dawn—wandering the Museum's Permanent Collection until midnight; exploring street artist/designer Javid JAH’s installation in the reflecting pools; participating in a midnight Sufi sama; and experiencing a variety of contemporary and traditional performances from avant-rock to classical Indian sunrise raags. Visitors will experience the many cross-cultural interactions that continuously take place between artists and communities across the city.

The Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to connecting cultures through the arts. A centre for innovation and creativity, the Museum offers unique insights and new perspectives into the potential of art and culture to act as a catalyst for intercultural dialogue and social change.

The Ismaili Centre, Toronto offers events that stimulate the intellect, celebrate cultural diversity, and enhance relationships among communities, governments and civil society. The Aga Khan Park, a multi-sensory urban oasis, unites the centre and the Museum.

Installation, Video, and Performance


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Aga Khan Museum

77 Wynford Drive

Suitable for all ages

This project is both indoors and outdoors.