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Weekly Theme: Arts and Identity – By Letizia Binda-Partensky, ICD program coordinator

Artistic practices, as cultural products, make a map through which a culture can be read. Visual arts and oral or written traditions pertaining to a specific cultural group allow people to define themselves according to specific reference points. The same cultural products, uprooted and recast in a different context, take on the role of vessels used to define the culture of origin. Traveling cultural products are displayed or showcased through a different set of cultural practices. Continue reading

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A Lyrical Revolution in Morocco?

by Letizia Binda-Partensky (ACD Program Coordinator)

Chaabi, Gnawa, Malhun, Rai, Sufi, And what about a pinch of slam? 

In the midst of the February 20th protest movement, politically challenging lyrics are infiltrating the Moroccan music scene, increasingly reaching the ears of listeners through alternative music festivals and radio stations. Continue reading

The London Art as Cultural Diplomacy ConferenceAugust 21st, 2013

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