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Magic of Persia's Beneficiaries


Omid Foundations


Founded in 2004, the Omid Foundations provide emotional and practical support for severely disadvantaged young Iranian women. These women are faced with relentless emotional and financial deprivation. The Charity enables them to achieve 

self-determination and self-sufficiency in modern Iranian society. Magic of Persia will be exhibiting photographs taken by some of the young women who recently took part in a photography workshop led by Shadi Ghadirian in 2011. The workshop was part of Omid’s holistic program that strengthens the social, emotional and economic competencies of disadvantaged young women, by visually expressing their thoughts about womanhood and femininity. Magic of Persia is presenting the exhibition in parallel with the Auction Highlights at the Salsali Private Museum. The photographs in the exhibition are for sale with all sales proceeds benefiting Omid Foundations. 



Future Centre for Special Needs


The Future Centre for Special Needs is a non-profit organisation based in Abu Dhabi. It specialises in the education and habilitation of individuals with disabilities, who may stay at the centre between ages of 3 and 20 years of age. 

Its multi-national team of specialists consists of special education teachers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and administration staff. 

The Future Centre has been an on-going beneficiary of Magical Nights in Dubai. The president of this commendable organisation is the long standing patron and tireless supporter of Magic of Persia, His Excellency Skeikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan.



Kids Company


Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996. It provides practical, emotional and

educational support to vulnerable inner-city children in the greater London area. Their services reach 16,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk, whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. 

In 2007, Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and Justice Human Rights Award. In 2010, they were selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty project for their success in enabling children to achieve their full potential. 



Gray Matters


Founded by Vajihe Soleymani, Gray Matters, supported by the Mehran David foundation, is an organisation dealing with young people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Their aim is to support research into the causes and treatement of schizophrenia so that the disease recededs into the background of a suferer's life. Gray Matters has been an on-going beneficiary of Magical Nights in Dubai.




MFA Grants at the Royal College of Art

Magic of Persia Family Weekends

The Magic of Persia MA Filmmaking Scholarship at the London Film School

Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP)

The Delfina Foundation Residencies

Storytelling Family Workshop

Talks at the British Museum

MOP / Parasol unit Research Residency

Magic of Persia's Beneficiaries

Art, Film & Design Grants

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