Made with Magic: Music Concert

Friday 18 Mar 2022 was the highlight of Celebrating Syria Festival with a music concert: Made with Magic at Contact Theatre in Manchester. Fawaz Baker and his colleagues took us on a magical music journey incorporating different areas of Syria celebrating the richness and diversity of various musical modes (maqams). It was a night to remember as hundreds of people came to enjoy the beauty of Syrian music reminiscing the joyous memories they had in Syria.

This event is part of the 5th Celebrating Syria: a Festival of Arts and Culture. For the full festival programme, please visit

Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.