Celebrating Syria 2019

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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Exhibition: To See or Not to See: That is the Question. Ignorance is Bliss

The highlight of Celebrating Syria Festival 2019 was Saad Hajo’s special exhibition “ To See or Not to See: That is the Question... Ignorance is Bliss”, which took place at NIAMOS Manchester between 2 and 9 November. The exhibition was a cry against violence, and oppression and against the world’s indifference.

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