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The Day I Lost My Shadow: Film Screening and Discussion

On Tuesday 5 November 2019, we had the 1st screening of the award-winning film: The Day I lost My Shadow at Home Cinema in Manchester. The film highlights the story of a Syrian mother (Sana) whose dream was to find a cooking gas to prepare a meal for her son. She takes a day off from her job to search for a gas cylinder.

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Cooking Workshop: Syrian Mezze: a Platter for Many

On Monday 4 November 2019 we had our first cooking workshop as part of Celebrating Syria Festival 2019. At this hands-on workshop, attendees learnt how to make a platter of mixed mezze so they can impress their guest. It was homely, calm & relaxed atmosphere and participants truly enjoyed this fantastic experience.

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Film Screening: Still Recording (With Q&A on Skype)

On Sunday 3 November, we had our first film-screening: Still Recording as part of Celebrating Syria Festival 2019 at NIAMOS Manchester. The screening highlights the experience of Saeed, who teaches young people the rules of filmmaking amidst reality that is far too harsh to respect any rule.

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Workshop: Urbanism as Culture: What Do Destruction and Reconstruction Mean in Syria?

On Sunday 3 November 2019 we held a fascinating & highly informative discussion on destruction and reconstruction in the Syrian context at our centre. The event explored the multi-dimensional nature of Syria’s built environment from a community perspective and attempted to re-frame or re-construct the urban sphere as a cultural phenomenon.

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Workshop: In Your Own Image: Play with Clay

On Sunday 3 November 2019, the Centre for International Women Artists (CIWA) hosted the workshop entitled: “In your Own Image: Play with Clay” as part of Celebrating Syria Festival 2019. People were truly entertained as they get their hand dirty and joined experts to make a 3D self-portrait and other sculptures from clay.

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Aleppo - Brest, in Manchester: Fawaz Baker Ensemble

A truly unique evening and the perfect opening to our Celebrating Syria Festival 2019 took place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation on Saturday 2 November 2019. Fawaz Baker Ensemble took us to a special place as they performed Arabic, Syriac, Armenian Turkish and Kurdish tunes that have been passed from one generation to the next.

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Syrian Traditional Music: a Talk by Prof Hassan Abbas

We had the first talk: “Syrian Traditional Music” as part of Celebrating Syria Festival at the Anthony Burgess Foundation on Saturday 2 November 2019. Professor Hassan Abbas, who travelled from Lebanon to the UK to deliver his talk, shed light of the abundance of the intangible cultural heritage displayed through different forms of Syrian traditional music.

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The Mindfulness of Mosaic, Part of Celebrating Syria Festival 2019

On Saturday 2 November 2019 audience had the opportunity to bring their curiosity and playfulness and open their heart to what comes up and accept what is, using Mosaic Boards to facilitate the presence of mind and exploration of the senses. It was a thought-provoking workshop that exemplified the theme of this year’s festival: Mosaic.

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