On Remembering and Forgetting: Panel Discussion

On 20 March 2022, and as part of Celebrating Syria Festival, RR hosted a panel discussion on Remembering & Forgetting with Rasha Yousef and Bassel Hariri and chaired by Julia Rampen. With mass destruction of built environment, and radical transformation of people’s way of living as a result of the conflict in Syria, how can we reconstruct a vanishing past? This was the main theme of the discussion that resonated a lot with the audience varied experience of displacement and migration and how it shaped their thinking and connection with the past & present.

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

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.