International Day of Islamic Art – 18th of November 2020

International Day of Islamic Art – 18th of November 2020

The International Day of Islamic Art was proclaimed at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 2019 and takes place every year on 18 November.

It aims to raise awareness of past and contemporary artistic expressions of Islam, and the contribution of culture through Islamic Art to civilization. 

The worldwide celebration of the International Day of Islamic Art encourages the appreciation of Islamic art, which has inspired other artistic movements. This celebration also contributes to cultural diversity, freedom of expression, protection of cultural heritage and inter-cultural dialogue. Marking the Day is also a way to foster tolerance between peoples and support cultural rapprochement. Both of these are possible through the power of art.

There is much to learn, share and celebrate on International Day of Islamic Art.

UNESCO encourages everyone to join in through various activities such as debates, conferences, workshops, cultural events and exhibitions.


The international day of Islamic Art celebrate one of the most beautiful artistic expression.
Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the seventh century onward by both Muslims and non-Muslims. This people lived within the territory that was inhabited by, or ruled by, culturally Islamic populations. It is thus a very difficult art to define because it spans some 1400 years. This art covering many lands and populations. It’s also not of a specific religion, time, place, or single medium. Instead Islamic art covers a range of artistic fields including architecture, calligraphy, painting, glass, ceramics, and textiles.

Islamic art is not restricted to religious art, but instead includes all of the art of the rich and varied cultures of Islamic societies.

There are repeating elements in Islamic art, such as the use of stylized , geometrical floral or vegetal designs in a repetition known as the arabesque. The arabesque in Islamic art is often used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and infinite nature of God. Some scholars believe that mistakes in repetitions may be intentionally introduced as a show of humility by artists who believe only God can produce perfection.