Make Maté, Not War: a Taste of Syria

Join us for the perfect finish of our two-week long festival.  Drop in and enjoy this lively afternoon of Syrian tradition and culture.  Children and families are welcome!


This open event will include:

  • Delicious homemade Syrian food… Irresistible. You might even be let into some of the secret recipes of Syrian cuisine.
  • Syrian coffee…It is NOT the same as Turkish coffee.
  • Syrian quiz – what do you know about Syria? A prize for the winner.
  • Quran recital – Syria has one of the best Quran lectors of all time. Come and listen to a recording of his readings and enjoy the serenity and the sense of spiritual calm.
  • Arabic poetry, read in Arabic by experienced Syrian orators, with English subtitles.
  • Maté Tea – a much more sophisticated drink than green tea. Syria is the biggest importer of maté outside Latin America. Maté is enjoyed by Syrians of all religions and sects. It is a unifying force!
  • Mawlid – Syrian traditional singing, with religious and spiritual connotations, famous in Damascus and Aleppo.
  • A traditional Syrian dance form – just like the one that Anthony Quinn teaches Alan Bates in the film Zorba the Greek (1964), but Syrian dabkeh is the best!
  • Derbakeh (Darbukah/Goblet Drum); it goes with Dabkeh, one of the oldest drumming instruments in the world. You might even want to have a go yourself.

And much more…

This is also an opportunity for you to visit Rethink Rebuild Society (RR) and to meet our fantastic team who can tell you about the work that RR has been doing for the last few years and can answer all your questions about Syria and Syrians.

Everyone is welcome.



Sun 23/07/2017

14:00 – 18:00

Rethink Rebuild Society

Unit 7, Longsight Business Park

Hamilton Rd, Manchester

M13 0PD

United Kingdom

£2 / Free for refugees and asylum seekers

Or get you season ticket for £60 to attend all festival events

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