Prince Hussain Aga Khan at the Hay Festival; Also Purchase Signed Copies of the Prince’s Diving Into Wildlife and Exclusive Scarves Made for His Organization – Available in Toronto

Introduced by MALIK MERCHANT
Publisher/editor BarakahSimerg and Simergphotos

Diving into Wildlife – a work of beautiful sea animal photos by Prince Hussain Aga Khan

For almost 30 years, the Hay Festival has celebrated great writing by sharing stories and debating contemporary issues through the words of writers, comedians, novelists, environmentalists, from all over the world. IE (or Instituto de Empresa) University houses part of this event in its 800 year-old campus at Segovia, Spain.

This year, renowned personalities of areas such as arts, science, economics, architecture, design and brought their ideas and voices to the campus. Among the participants were conservationist Prince Hussain Aga Khan, who is presenting his photographic exploration of the world underwater in his exhibition The Living Sea, which is part of the visual arts programme during the Hay festival that continues until September 27, 2020. It is being held at the church of San Juan de los Caballeros.

Hussain Aga Khan, His Highness the Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Living Sea, Barakah
Prince Hussain presents a photograph to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at The Living Sea photo exhibition in Lisbon. Photo: The Ismaili/Jorge Simão.

Prince Hussain’s underwater photographs inspire dialogue about the fragility and beauty of life in the oceans and the danger that climate change poses to species. Specializing in photographing nature, from the Amazon rain forest of Brazil to the oceans of the entire planet, the Prince has exhibited in the US, France, Switzerland, Kenya and his images have appeared on National Geographic blogs. An important part of Prince Hussain’s activity is channeled through projects and foundations whose mission is to improve the management of natural resources. In 2004, he founded Focused on Nature (FON), which channels funds for the protection of endangered species. On Saturday, September 19, 2020, the Prince’s interview (in French) by Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici – author of historical novels and thrillers who has taken part in several television programmes about his distinguished family — was streamed live. Prince Hussain spoke about the motivation behind the exhibition, how it came about and his organization FON.


Prince Hussain Aga Khan Focused on Nature Scarves Barakah
One of several selections/sizes of scarves produced exclusively for Prince Hussain’s organization Focused on Nature. They may be viewed, tried and purchased in Toronto from Simerg. Photo: Focused in Nature.

Prince Hussain’s signed and unsigned copies of “Diving Into Wildlife” may be purchased through our sister website Simerg. We are also offering for sale Italian made scarves produced by the Stennela Brand. The beautiful scarves were conceived by Valérie Maurice and designed by Kirsten Synge, exclusively for the Prince’s organization Focused on Nature. The scarves were inspired by the Prince Hussain’s photography, and we have the entire collection to show you and available for purchase in person in Toronto. Please contact Malik Merchant at All social distancing rules will be adhered to. Please view the exclusive scarf collection HERE. The books and scarves were provided to us by Focused on Nature. As in the past, the entire proceeds from the sales of scarves and books will be submitted to FON.

Date posted: September 24, 2020.


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Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat.

This website, Barakah, is a special project by and is dedicated to the textual and visual celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan and members of his family, as well as the Ismaili Imamat.


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