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Yazji’s experiment in wood sculpture simulates giving, hope , fertility and greatness of women

 “Art is an essential issue  in life because every country  is promoted through art and artists. It addresses meaningful messages including  tolerance , love, patience , giving and creativity.  It is necessary to enjoy art because those who are interested in art have a delicate sense. Art is an endless expressive state through which feelings and ideas  of human beings’ are reflected ” the sculptor  Maha Yazji  said in an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper.   

The sculpture, who is from Lattakia province, underlined that she challenged herself through her sculpture works  on wood and stone and ceramic artworks using simple tools as a chisel and a hammer.  

“ Wood is a hard block with  all its  kinds, whether it is olive, lemon or walnut.  Olive is  a gift from God which  gives beauty to the sculpture and the way of  dealing  with it is smooth and it  forms a state of harmony” she added.   

 It is necessary for artists , according to sculptor  Yazji  to convey  feelings of happiness, hope ,  tolerance and a refined spirit  despite the difficult conditions  which we face  through artworks.   

“My sculpture works  belong to different  art schools  mainly the realistic expressionist school and express various ideas in different fields  of life such as strength, courage, dream and heritage as  Syria is rich and famous for its deep-rooted civilizations” she said.  

“I made a  sculpture  representing the  Ugarit gate ,  wheat  spikes, the Ugaritic jar and a board  including Ugaritic letters.  My second sculpture represented  the ancient little sheep  discovered in Ugarit”   Yazji said.  

She said  that the Ministry of Tourism took the two sculpture works  to be displayed in exhibitions.   

The female, according to the sculptor  signifies giving, striving, life, and gentleness so her  French zirconium wood sculptor   represented   the goddess of fertility Ishtar carrying blossom  as it  is a symbol of  germination and a new spirit.

Activites of The Ministry of Culture's national translation project 2021

Under the patronage of Mrs. Lubana Mshouh, Minister of Culture, last Thursday, the Syrian General Book Organization held a press conference to lay down the operational plan for the National Translation Project 2021.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Thaer Zain Al-Din,the Director of  the General  organization of Books, in the presence of number of members of the committee, Professor Hussam Khadour, Director of  the Translation at the Organization, and Dr. Nora Arisian, Director of the Authoring Directorate in the Organization.

In a statement to reporters, Dr. Zain Al-Din stated that since the launch of the national project for translation 5 years ago, it worked on developing a plan with the participation of the best translators, so the committee chose 67 books from different cultures and languages such as English, French and Russian.

Director of Ugarit Antiquities : The Ugaritic language deserves the International Linguistic Medal

The Ugarit excavations presented  important collections of cuneiform tablets which revealed  the usage of cuneiform script to write various different languages . This wide diversity of languages indicates the richness and nobility of Ugarit  among the nations of the old world particularly in terms of communication, commercial interaction and cultural openness.  

Yet, the greatest role of this city was the way its people thought and the development of the first ever phonetically based script.  The people of Ugarit developed their own writing system and changed the cuneiform script to represent the sounds of their spoken tongue. 

They  abbreviated hundreds of cuneiform syllables into the 29 letters representing sounds used in the  spoken language of the people of Ugarit . Thus the first alphabet was created and the history of writing was transformed.    

“The Ugaritic language was the most important language spoken by the people of Ugarit, in addition to other languages including    Acadian,  Hurrian , Hittite , Lofty , Egyptian , Cypriot ,  Sumerian , Babylonian and Aegean” Director of Ugarit Antiquities Dr. Ghassan Al-kayem  said in an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper.  

The alphabet of Ugarit was found transcribed on some small tablets in the royal palace of the city which was discovered in 1948. This tablet is read from left to right and its letters are ordered phonetically in a manner which we later find in the Canaanite, Aramaic and Arabic written letters.  

He underscored that  as for the most important language that Ugarit residents used to speak is the Ugaritic language so it deserved to  get the medal of the international linguistics. 

Dr. Al-Kayem  added this language, which was deciphered after a great effort by scholars and linguists, revealed its alphabetical character  thanks to the  French scientist "Charles de Ferriol  who first  published the first texts  and  Edouard Dorm , who worked on deciphering its scriptures, and nearly twenty letters were known.

“Our Kids Draw Stars That Light Up”in the Fifth Ugarit Festival

Under the title of (Our Kids Draw Our Stars That Light Up) the Fifth Ugarit Festival was held yesterday at The Iraqi Cultural center in Damascus.

The ceremony included drawings, poetry and songs. 

The drawings were made by children from Fairuz Gallery, while poetry was written by a number of Syrian poets and songs were sang by singer Rober Wahid. 

The famous Syrian actors Bassam Lutfi and MazharAl- Hakim besides that intellectual Dr. Ali al-Qaiem and others were honored during the activity. 

Dr. Al-Qaiem told the Syria Times e-newspaper that he is very happy for being honored because it means appreciation for the efforts he exerted during his life, noting that it is very important to honor the creative characterswhile they are still alive. 

For her part, artist Fayza Al- Halabi displayed drawings made by50 kids in this festival. She said: “Wdisplayed the works of the kids to get as many people as possible to see the works of the Syrian kids who are able to develop their talents despite the difficulties they face”.

The second honey festival in Damascus

With the participation of 34 beekeepers from the public and private sectors, the activities of the second Syrian Honey Festival were launched on the grounds of Al-Jalaa Sports City in Damascus. The activities of the festival will continue until the twenty-second of this month,

The festival is held by the Arab Beekeepers Union (Syria Municipality) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform under the title “Honey ... Food, Medicine and Cure”. It includes the products of the Syrian beekeepers that are quality-assured in addition to production requirements, wooden beehives, medical and food industries from the materials produced by bees.

Ahmad Qaso, who participated in the exhibition, told Syria Times e – news paper that his second participation in this event is to acquaint people with honey and its benefits in our country.