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Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World
February 23-March 15, 2009

Unwrap the cultural treasures of the Arab world in this Kennedy Center international festival showcasing the varied cultures of the 22 Arab nations that represent the Arabic-speaking world. From the Arabian Gulf to the Levant to North Africa-this region of the world is the birthplace of human civilization and features extraordinary diversity in geography, traditions, landscape, religion, and contemporary aesthetics. In cooperation with the League of Arab States, the three-week festival brings together artists, many of whom are making their U.S. debut, in performances of music, dance, and theater, as well as exhibitions featuring art installations, fashion, a soundscape, cuisine, a marketplace, and much more. Discover the evolution of art forms born from the cradle of human civilization. Experience an amazing breadth of culture that spans both eons and continents.

Arabesque: Arts of the  Arab World. February  23-March 15, 2009. Unwrap  the cultural treasures of the Arab world in this Kennedy Center international festival  showcasing the varied cultures of the 22 Arab nations that represent the  Arabic-speaking world. From the Arabian Gulf to the Levant to North Africa-this  region of the world is the birthplace of human civilization and features  extraordinary diversity in geography, traditions, landscape, religion, and  contemporary aesthetics. In cooperation with the League of Arab States, the  three-week festival brings together artists, many of whom are making their U.S.  debut, in performances of music, dance, and theater, as well as exhibitions  featuring art installations, fashion, a soundscape, cuisine, a marketplace, and  much more. Discover the evolution of art forms born from the cradle of human  civilization. Experience an amazing breadth of culture that spans both eons and  continents.