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APAP's Cultural Exchange Lab

Support provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.


The Cultural Exchange Lab (CXL) is a unique online initiative for sharing and supporting innovative work in the performing arts created by international artists, especially those with roots in Muslim-majority countries and cultures.

Growing out of APAP's Building Bridges grant program, CXL is the place to explore, share and get context and resources about innovative programming and educational activities by international artists and outstanding presenters. It is a timely hub of information and ideas that foster understanding and help change perceptions about Muslim societies and other cultures with roots outside of the United States.

CXL is also a pilot initiative to make it easier for presenters to identify, book and tour international artists in their communities.

Save the Date for the Cultural Exchange Lab Virtual Festival

The CXL Virtual Festival will be a one hour, one-time-only, live-streamed celebration of performing arts with roots in Muslim-majority countries and cultures.

On Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. (EST), this free webcast will feature live performances by artists selected by leading U.S. presenters of Muslim art forms. This virtual showcase is your chance to see artists who rarely travel to the U.S. to perform. RSVP for the festival today!

Appearances by:

  • Mo Amer (host)
  • The Reminders (music)
  • Beyond Sacred (theater)
  • Heather Raffo, Fallujah (opera)
  • Amir El Saffar (music)
  • Hind Benali (dance)
  • Omar Offendum (music)

Enter the Cultural Exchange Lab

Photo: Aida Shahghasemi performing at the University of South Florida by James Geiger