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Cultural Exchange Rate at the Galway International Arts Festival

July 16, 11:00 am - July 28, 9:30 pm

Cultural Exchange Rate is an interactive live art project in which El Khoury shares her family memoirs of life in border villages between Lebanon and Syria. El Khoury examines the universal never-ending story of migration through a family diary of the physical borders crossed and the recognition that the cruelest of borders are invisible to the eye and present in everyday life.

Cultural Exchange Rate is based on recorded interviews with El Khoury’s late grandmother, oral histories collected from her village in Lebanon, the discovery of lost relatives in Mexico City, and the family’s attempt to secure dual citizenship. The audience is invited to immerse their heads into one family’s secret boxes to explore sounds, images, and textures that trace more than a century of border crossings.

Accessibility Note: Please contact the Box Office for accessible seating reservations upon booking tickets.


July 16, 11:00 am
July 28, 9:30 pm


Aula Maxima, University of Galway
Bailey Allen Hall, Unnamed Road,
Galway, Ireland
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