Looking East: Paris's Arab World Institute celebrates 30 years of culture
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Perched on the banks of the River Seine, Jean Nouvel’s glinting structure is an apt metaphor for a building that bridges many cultures and displays them proudly in Paris. The Arab World Institute has been home to exhibitions, performances, debates and a world-class library since its conception 30 years ago.
Olivia Salazar-Winspear takes a look at its iconic architecture, its cutting-edge contemporary offerings and sits down with award-winning author Tahar Ben Jelloun to talk about the centre’s diplomatic and cultural significance.