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2008 Arab Capital of Culture

2008 Arab Capital of Culture
Dates 2008
Location(s) Damascus, Syria

The 2008 Arab Capital of Culture was chosen to be Damascus, Syria. The Arab Capital of Culture is an initiative undertaken by UNESCO,[1] under the Cultural Capitals Program, to promote and celebrate Arab culture and encourage cooperation in the Arab region. The preparation for the festivity began in February 2007 with the establishing of the Administrative Committee for “Damascus Arab Capital of Culture" by a presidential decree.


  • Events 1
    • January 1.1
    • February 1.2
    • March 1.3
    • April 1.4
    • May 1.5
    • June 1.6
    • July 1.7
    • August 1.8
    • September 1.9
    • October 1.10
    • November 1.11
    • December 1.12
  • References 2
  • External links 3


The festival's events included:



  • Sah al-Nom, a musical by the Lebanese legendary diva Fairouz.[3]
  • Doxbox: Festival of Documentary Film, the first Documentary film festival in the middle east.[4]
  • Opera of [5]
  • An oud concert by Anouar Brahem.[6]


  • A musical concert by the Orchestra of Mari.[7]
  • Bahok, a dance performance by Akram Khan.[8]
  • House of Cinema, a celebration of Arab cinema.[9]
  • World Poetry Day, a series of poetry workshops in celebration of the World Poetry Day.[10]



  • Women Sing... Their Voices Converse, a music performance by Arab female musicians at Azm Palace.[12]




  • A series of concerts by the Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani at the Citadel of Damascus. It was the first time Rahbani performs in Syria.[19]
  • The Festival of Oak of Mallajeh, the 12th edition of this annual cultural festival was held under the patronage of Arab Capital of Culture festival.[20]


  • Spiritual Music Days, a series of concerts by a number of traditional and spiritual musical groups.[21]
  • Memory Club hosts Colette Khoury, an event and talk by the Syrian writer.[22]





  1. ^ Herbert, Ian; Nicole Leclercq; International Theatre Institute (2003). The World of Theatre: An Account of the World's Theatre Seasons 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. Routledge. p. 225.  
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External links

  • Official Website of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008
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