Arts and culture are important components of any national identity. Syrian communities abroad keep alive this vital link to their beleaguered homeland through several cultural activities.

Organised by Rethink Rebuild Society, ‘Celebrating Syria’ festival brings together Syrian artists, writers, filmmakers and performers, from around the world, and helps them share their rich and varied culture with the people of Manchester and beyond.

Manchester is home to a large Syrian community who arrived here before and after the conflict. Celebrating Syria draws them together to share the art and culture of their homeland with the wider community in Manchester, adding to the diversity of this great multicultural city.

We are delighted to continue this association with the city, and build on the success of the previous two festivals. This year’s festival will include an artwork exhibition, concerts, storytelling, film screenings, interactive arts workshops, talks, books, traditional handicrafts and food, with events for people of all ages.

The theme of this year’s festival will be Mosaic, reflecting the richness and diversity of Syrian heritage and culture. Events will take place in various accessible venues in Manchester and are either free or at affordable prices.

Celebrating Syria Festival is also about the narrative. We as Syrians wish to change the narrative about Syria from one characterised by violence, pain and suffering, into one where Syria’s remarkable contribution to human civilisation is recognised and celebrated.


 

The Mindfulness of Mosaic

This project, a work in progress, is a unique opportunity ...
02 Nov
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Rethink Rebuild Society
Unit 7, Longsight Business Park, Hamilton Rd, Manchester, M13 0PD

Syrian Traditional Music

The eastern Mediterranean region has been a fertile soil for ...
02 Nov
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge, St Manchester, M1 5BY

In Your Own Image: Play with Clay

Would you make your own face or someone else’s? Get ...
03 Nov
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Centre for International Women Artists (CIWA)
St Peter's House, Oxford Road Manchester, M13 9GH

Syrian Mezze: A Platter for Many

Roll up your sleeves and dip, or scoop?! It doesn’t matter ...
04 Nov
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Rethink Rebuild Society
Unit 7, Longsight Business Park, Hamilton Rd, Manchester, M13 0PD

The Day I Lost My Shadow (With Q&A)

Release: 2018 Duration: 94 min Production country: France, Libya, Syria  Suitable for 15+   Syria, ...
05 Nov
6:10 pm - 8:30 pm
HOME Mcr
2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M14 4FN

Sarmada

An original storytelling and music performance based on the novel ...
07 Nov
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
N.I.A.M.O.S Radical Art & Music Cultural Centre
Warwick St, Manchester, M15 5EU

Piece by Piece: Syrian Mosaic Art

Khalda will talk about Syrian mosaic, its history and its ...
08 Nov
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Centre for International Women Artists (CIWA)
St Peter's House, Oxford Road Manchester, M13 9GH

Bi Hevra*! Kurdish Night

*Bi hevra is the Kurdish word for ‘together’.  So come ...
08 Nov
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hallé at St Michael’s
36-38 George Leigh Street Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5DG
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