Celebrating Syria: A Festival of Arts and Culture

From Monday 10 till Sunday 23, July 2017.
Manchester, United Kingdom.

A fortnight of exhibition, films, theatre, live music, talks by writers, panel discussions and interactive art workshops exploring Syrian arts and culture before and after 2011.

The first of its kind in the UK, this festival is a celebration of a hopeful, inspiring and imaginative face of Syria and the Syrian people and their rich contribution to the collective history of human expression.

Program:

  • Monday 10 July to Sunday 23 July

Parallel Republic Exhibition (in collaboration with Fuse Art).

  • Monday 10 July, from 7h30 pm till 8h30 pm.

Duo Zamaan: A Concert with Rihab Azar (oud) & Jamal Alsakka (percussion).

  • Tuesday 11 July, from 7pm till 8h45 pm.

Syria’s arts and culture before and after 2011: Insights from contributors to “Syria Speaks”
Panel discussion: Rasha Abbas, Zaher Omareen and Malu Halasa chaired by Alessandro Columbu.

  • Wednesday 12 July, from 7pm till 8h30 pm.

Miriam Cooke: Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience and the Syrian Revolution – A talk by the writer followed by a book signing.

  • Thu 13 July, from 7pm till 8h30 pm.

My Films, My Freedom, My humanity: Independent Cinema Under Dictatorship – An evening with Ossama Mohammed – In conversation with Dalia Mostafa.

  • Friday 14 July, from 7pm till 9h30 pm.

Silvered Water: Syria Self-Portrait – Film Screening and Q&A with director Ossama Mohammed.

  • Sat 15 July, from 3h30 pm till 5h30 pm.

Time for Creativity – A Sculpturing and Drawing Workshop With Manya Alkhmri and Khalda Alkhmri.

  • Saturday 15 July, from 7h30 pm till 9pm.

Syrian Notes: A Concert with Noma Omran.

  • Sunday 16 July, from 7pm till 9pm.

La dolce Syria: A Short Film Trilogy – Film Screening and Q&A with director Ammar al-Beik via Skype.

  • Monday 17 July, from 7pm till 8h30 pm.

Damascus Stories: An evening of magical storytelling and music with the Diwan Foundation.

  • Tuesday 18 July, from 7pm till 9h30 pm.

Tadmor: Film Screening and Q&A with directors Monika Borgmann & Lokman Slimvia via Skype.

  • Wednesday 19 July, from 7h30 pm till 8h30 pm.

A Syrian Guitar: A Concert with Ayman Jarjour.

  • Thursday 20 July, from 7pm till 8h45 pm.

Does art create change or react to it? Panel discussion: Ben Power and Ruth Daniel, chaired by Charlotte Keatly.

  • Friday 21 July, from 7pm till 8h30 pm.

Diana Darke: My House in Damascus – An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis. A talk by the writer followed by a book signing.

  • Saturday 22 July, from 3h30 pm till 5h30 pm.

The Art of Lettering: An Afternoon of Calligraphy with Abdullah al-Anezi.

  • Saturday 22 July, from 7h30 pm till 9pm.

London Syrian Ensemble – Concert.

  • Sunday 23 July, from 2pm till 6pm.

Make Maté, Not War: a Taste of Syria.

  • Sunday 23 July, from 7pm till 8h30 pm.

Khaled Khalifa Talks From Damascus – via Skype.

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Festival, From Monday 10 till Sunday 23, July 2017
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