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Iranian Handicrafts in spotlight at the Iranian Art Exhibition in Lattakia

With the aim of introducing Iran’s culture,  ancient civilization and archaeological sites , the cultural counselor of Iran has recently  held the Iranian Art Exhibition in cooperation with Tishreen University in Lattakia province.

Iran boasts in having the richest artistic heritage in the world history. It encompasses many traditional disciplines including painting, pottery, calligraphy, metal work and stonemasonry.

The three-day exhibition, held at the central library in Tishreen university,  featured  60 paintings of the most important monuments and tourist attractions in the Islamic Republic of Iran and 100 handicrafts including ceramic utensils, vases, decorative paintings , copper artworks as well as paintings depicting silent nature as well as humanitarian topics.

Artist Elham Suleiman's Exhibition Depicts "Post-Retirement Experience"

The Arab Cultural Center in Kfar Soussah in Damascus is currently hosting a painting exhibition for the Syrian artist Dr. Elham Sulieman Shadoud entitled “Post-Retirement".

In her first solo exhibition, the artist showcases 62 oil, water and acrylic paintings of different sizes depicting nature, love and women and reflecting the artist's optimistic vision toward life and society.  She also wants to tell people that there is no retirement in art.

"Man is able to give to the last day of his life," according to Dr. Elham.

Dr. Elham Sulieman Shadoud, who has PhD in Arabic Literature, started drawing in late age after she had retired. She spends her free time in drawing to escape from the troubles of life into beautiful world of colors.

Spanish documentary highlighting Syrian women's sacrifices

The Syrian embassy in Spain in cooperation with the International Platform against Wars recently held a special celebration on the occasion of the first showing of the Spanish documentary "Out of Love to Syria, Stories of Resistance" by director Susana Oviedo in Madrid. The documentary casts light on the role played by Syrian women and their steadfastness along with the Syrian Arab soldiers in confrontation of the global terrorist war launched against Syria. The film also sheds light on the Syrian women's great pride in the martyrdom of their children for the sake of their people and homeland.

Oviedo, who visited Syria several times, talked about the greatness of Syrian people and the steadfastness of Syrians in confrontation of the takfiri terrorist war which targeted the infrastructure, especially hospitals, schools and electricity networks.

Veteran and Young Artists Showcase their Artworks in “Syria Gathers Us” exhibition at Dar al-Assad in Lattakia

Within its plan to revive cultural movement in Syria, reactivate the role of culture in society and mobilize youths’ capacities, the “Mada” cultural project in cooperation with “Al-Salamyya” cultural forum recently held an art exhibition at “Dar Al-Assad” for Culture in Lattakia showcasing 75 artworks by 55 artists from several provinces.

The three-day cultural event, entitled “Syria gathers us2" exhibited 63 paintings and 12 sculptures.  The art pieces depicted diverse personal, national and humanitarian issues, joy, sadness, hope, and nature besides the impact of the crisis in Syria.

The Supreme Need of Mankind… Culture

 “The Ministry of Culture believes that culture is the supreme need of mankind” assistant Head of Directorate of Culture in Damascus, Ms. Manal Nassar, initiated her interview with Syriatimes with the previous statement.

“It is our duty as Directorate of Culture to spread serious and purposeful culture to address social, psychological and cultural consequences of the Syrian crisis. We seek to spread knowledge and provide means of cultural activities through the cultural centers in Damascus.” She added.

In regards of the number of cultural centers in Damascus, and if new centers are being opened; Ms. Nassar clarified: “We have a number of Cultural centers in Damascus and its neighborhoods like: Abu Rummaneh Center located in the center of the capital,  Mezze Center, Kfar Soussa Center, Midan Center and Jobar Center; in addition to cultural stations in Masaken Al Areen and Adra Central Prison in Damascus. The Directorate of Culture in Damascus is also affiliated with the Adham Ismail Center for Arts and Solhi Elwadi Institute, which offers courses for children and adolescents in music.”

Ms. Nassar added “Whereas the cultural center in Yarmouk has been modified to become a Cultural Palace in Yarmouk according to a resolution issued by the Ministry of Culture, in concordance with the ministry standards and vision to enhance the spirit of citizenship and belonging to the homeland, and to fight against Wahabi ideology.”

 As for the establishment of new cultural centers, Ms. Nassar clarified “Within the classifications of the cultural centers on the cultural map of Damascus, we seek to create new cultural stations and points, within the availability of a suitable location and objective conditions.”

Concerning the cultural activities presented in 2019, Ms. Nassar, explained “Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Damascus Directorate of Culture and its cultural centers, annually hold joint activities such as Damascus Cultural Festival and various cultural forums, launched with Faris Zarzar Poetry Forum.”

Damascus Directorate of Culture, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, seeks to develop and activate cultural activities in cultural centers through the following procedures:

-        Attentive focus on cultural activities intended for children, as reading and drawing workshops, literary and artistic evenings with the participation of children; in addition to activating the role of summer clubs.

 

-        Holding cultural activity for people with special needs by utilizing those cultural programs and activities to develop their capabilities, like poetry, plays, art exhibition.

 

-        Special attention to women and their role in the advancement of society through activities targeting women e.g. lectures, seminars and workshops.

 

-        In addition to poetry, literary and artistic evenings and various exhibitions for all ages and cultural and social backgrounds.

“Counting all cultural activities of all cultural centers is a long list; so a brochure is available which encompasses all activities of the cultural centers and it is issued monthly.” Detailed Ms. Nassar.

In regards of the scarcity of cinematic showrooms in most cultural centers in Damascus, despite the importance of the cinema in raising public cultural awareness, Ms. Nassar declared that “The Ministry of Culture through the General Organization for Cinema, has established cinemas and halls distributed over the whole country territories. However, this does not prevent displaying films on cultural centers screens, with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and the General Organization for Cinema.

Concerning the directorate of Culture plans and means e.g. awareness programs; to rehabilitate those who have been subject to intellectual deformation by terroristic Takfiri ideology that has been on the rise during the war on Syria, Ms. Nassar declared “The cultural centers are determined to take a positive role in enhancing the spirit of citizenship and overcoming the repercussions of the crisis by highlighting national and youth issues, consolidating the concept of coexistence and activating dialogue.”  In addition, to the directorate activities in enhancing the role of citizens in the development process through social service and volunteering. Not forgetting the importance of empowering the Arabic language to preserve a Syrian national identity through presenting constant lectures and seminars on Arabic language.

Finally, cultural activities are vital to promote the spirit of resistance and victory in the Syrian community through holding historical seminars, cinematic shows, exhibitions and festivals to commemorate our glorious history, and present victories against Takfiri terrorism that has failed to spread its dark plan to distort the Syrian reader mind.

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