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Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World

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Image for Exhibit: Photography: Youssef Nabil: <i>Cinema</i>

Exhibit: Photography: Youssef Nabil: Cinema

This exhibition of Egyptian photographer Youssef Nabil's work, created especially for the festival, celebrates the characters, celebrities, and themes of sex and death that run through the shifting scenes of his life's film.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

North Atrium Foyer

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Image for Exhibit: Jewelry: Azza Fahmy: <i>Inspirations</i>

Exhibit: Jewelry: Azza Fahmy: Inspirations

Created especially for ARABESQUE, this exhibition of Egyptian jeweler Azza Fahmy's work forges together Arab tradition and completely original aesthetic innovation.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

South Atrium Foyer

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Image for Exhibit: Calligraphy: Hassan Massoudy: <i>Desire to Take Wing</i>

Exhibit: Calligraphy: Hassan Massoudy: Desire to Take Wing

In this exclusive exhibition, world-renowned Iraqi artist Hassan Massoudy uses vibrant color and large stylized characters to show how the written language can be both light and weighty, ancient and new.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Nations Gallery

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Exhibit: Multimedia "Exploratorium"

With a 3D film commissioned especially for ARABESQUE, this multimedia exhibition uses cutting-edge technology to explore the Arab contributions to society during the Golden Age of Enlightenment.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Atrium

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Image for Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Lara Baladi: <i>Roba Vecchia</i>

Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Lara Baladi: Roba Vecchia

Lebanese artist Lara Baladi's installation, Roba Vecchia, presents image fragments of the artist's work recomposed with photographs into a shifting array of kaleidoscopic images

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Terrace Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: <i>Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World</i>

Exhibit: Visual Arts Installation: Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World

From the Permanent Collection of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, this exclusive installation crosses mediums, nationalities, and cultural norms to show the growing voice of women artists in the Islamic world.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

States Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: Fashion: Brides of the Arab World

Exhibit: Fashion: Brides of the Arab World

With examples from all 22 countries in the League of Arab States, this collection of more than 40 elaborate and colorful wedding dresses puts the transition from traditional to contemporary style on display.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Hall of Nations

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Image for Exhibit: SoundScape: <i>SOUK</i>

Exhibit: SoundScape: SOUK

Developed especially for the festival by Egyptian Grammy Award–winning sound engineer Alaa El Kashef, SOUK brings the sounds of the bustling streets of Cairo to visitors walking through the exhibitions and the Souk.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

States Gallery

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Image for Exhibit: <i>Souk</i> (Market)

Exhibit: Souk (Market)

This vibrant marketplace showcases an extraordinary representation of the arts and handicrafts from the Arab world.

Feb. 23 - Mar. 15, 2009

Level A Gift Shop

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K'NAAN

Hailing from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, hip hop artist K’NAAN grew up during the Somali civil war. Despite speaking no English, he taught himself hip hop and rap diction. Critics have said K’NAAN has “a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry.”

Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

Artist Page

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"Women Writing Men, Men Writing Women"

Authors on this panel discuss the challenge of writing from the perspective of another gender and how they see literature as a way to create a dialogue between men and women in the region.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"Migration, Exile, and the Search for Identity"

Panelists discuss the physical and existential trauma of migration and exile that is exemplified by the Palestinian experience of diaspora, but also witnessed among other Arab populations.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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"Literature and the 'Real' Arab World"

Some of the Arab world's boldest authors speak about the challenges and opportunities of addressing current political and social concerns.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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"Books and Readers in the Arab World"

Noted authors and cultural critics share their perspective on the situation of books and reading and publishing in the Arab world.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"In Other Words: Expatriate Arab Literature"

Arab authors who have found a home in English and French discuss literature that manages to cover vast tracts of time and space and to address multiple audiences in various languages.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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Shakespeare in the Arab World

This discussion examines Arab-Islamic interpretations of Shakespeare and why the Bard's stories work so well within a cultural context so seemingly far removed.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 5:00 PM

Millennium Stage

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"Arab Literature and the World of the Spirit and the Imagination"

Novelists and poets address the role they assign to fantasy and the magical as a means of creating relevant art.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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"Containing Multitudes: A Conversation with Arab American Writers"

Arab American writers of different generations and national backgrounds discuss their writing process, their relationship with their audiences, and their role as cultural bridge-builders.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 1:30 PM

Family Theater

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"Poetry, the Diwan of the Arabs in its Fourth Millennium: A Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish"

A panel of Arab poets discusses the state of their society's most venerated art form and pay tribute to the legacy of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 4:00 PM

Family Theater

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A Literary Celebration: Ahdaf Soueif

Author Ahdaf Soueif provides insight into how to approach cultural differences and contemporary issues in our world today.

Mon., Mar. 9, 2009, 11:00 AM

Family Theater

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Arab Arts & Culture Forum: "Visions, Inspiration & Big Ideas"

In this public forum, some of the Arab World's leading cultural visionaries examine the forces that are inspiring and shaping contemporary Arab society.

Thu., Mar. 12, 2009, 2:00 PM

Family Theater

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