Workshop: Piece by Piece - Syrian Mosaic Art

Piece by Piece - Syrian Mosaic Art is a workshop by the artist Khalda Alkhmri took place on Friday 8 November 2019. During the workshop Khalda talked about Syrian mosaic, its history and its significance as one of the oldest and most authentic crafts still known and practiced in Damascus. She also traced the history of the manual crafts industry that goes back 300 hundred years ago. Some of the best landmarks in Damascus are the authentic Damascene houses, Al Azim Palace, House of Nizam and Anbar Bureau.

Participants also learned the basics of making mosaic and each of them had the chance to make their first piece of mosaic by shaping stones of different sizes and colours in their Own patterns.

This event is part of the third annual Celebrating Syria Festival that took place between 2 and 9 November 2019 and included 20 activities in different venues across Manchester. Considered one of the biggest if not the biggest of its kind in Europe, Celebrating Syria Festival aims to reflect the richness and diversity of Syrian heritage and culture.

It is the Syrians narrative about Syria! Where we as Syrians wish to change the narrative from that depicted in the media as one characterised by violence, pain and suffering, into one where Syria is seen as a country that, throughout history, has contributed immeasurably to human civilisation and world culture.