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The Syrian Book Month exhibition is kicks off in Sweida

On March 10th, the Syrian Book Month exhibition was opened at the Culture Palace in the city of Sweida.

The 600-title exhibition witnessed a remarkable turnout for the big number of books with new and varied titles, in addition to benefiting from 60%- discounts on them.

Models of ancient Syrian crafts made by women in an exhibition at Mezzeh Cultural Centre

Damascus (ST):  Examples of ancient Syrian crafts made by women and displayed at the Arab Cultural Center in Mezzeh have  reflected the harmony of Syrian women with the heritage of their country and their ability to preserve it and present it to the public.

Regarding the exhibition held on the occasion of Women's World Day, titled “The Syrian Woman, Leader and Attitude,” artist Najwa Al-Sharif, the organizer of the event, said that she relied on the participation of a group of women with different heritage crafts in order to protect these crafts from extinction and revive them by relying on recycling old things.

Al-Sharif pointed out that, through her profession of "glass mosaic," she is trying to introduce Arabic thread in different colors into works of art that can be used as artifacts or in domestic use such as vases, trays and various utensils, referring to the importance of reviving artistic activities on Women's World Day because women in our country have an active presence in the society.

Hasna' Saeed, a member of the needle and thread group, indicated that the group participated in the product of the beehives project, which was established by dentist, Sahar Al-Basir, through bed covers, curtains, and table linens that show the heritage and artistic side, pointing out that the aim of the needle and thread is to provide additional income for housewives and revive the heritage with simple capital  that doesn't go beyond needle, thread and some old fabric.


Fire and Burning, different visions about fire in Badie' Jahjah's exhibition

Damascus (ST): Artist Badie' Jahjah has captured the events of the fires that affected different regions of Syria several months ago to reproduce these painful scenes with different artistic visions that carry many philosophical and spiritual ideas and call for contemplation and hope through his exhibition entitled "Fire and Burning".

The exhibition, hosted by the Alef  Noon Gallery for Arts and Spirituality included 17 paintings in the oil technique of various sizes and styles, which varied between expressive and expressive realism that approached pure abstraction with emotional states that call for meditation at times and pain at other times.

Regarding the exhibition, Jahjah said, "I embodied in some paintings the post-fire stage, the fire extinguished and turned into ashes, and at the same time green shoots were stored representing the phoenix that emerged from the ashes in an expressive manner."

Jahjah explained that art is able to record and document the tragedy and to be a witness over time to what is happening as an ethical duty of the artist towards his people, his community and his country, indicating that the Alef Noon Gallery seeks to present art bearing an ethical dimension to raise the responsibility towards society.

For his part, artist and critic Ammar Hassan said, "The  displayed paintings reflected the feelings that we experienced during the occurrence of the fires and began to light an art of pain despite the presence of the crows that lit that fire. He added that this event  presents Jahjah's renewed plastic technique and added to his artistic experience."

Hassan pointed out that the artist dropped his brush on that fire and concluded his exhibition with a trio representing the retreat and extinction of fire with the emergence of the colors of blue, turquoise and cyan to foretell a new birth and tell us that despite the fire and ashes, life will continue, indicating that the contents of the paintings varied between heartburn and birth.


Sculpture Munzer Mustafa’s artistic experience inspired by the history of art and mythology

Art, particularly sculpture, is a humanitarian message that should be disseminated to create hope and happiness inside the souls of human beings and it is a means to revive heritage, as sculpture has a long-standing presence in the Syrian civilization as evidenced by the unique monuments made by the old Syrians, according Syrian sculptor Munzer Mustafa. 

In a statement to SANA cultural bulletin, Mustafa said that he learned sculpture by instinct since childhood.He used to choose a stone and start sculpting various forms inspired by his imagination, using a knife as a simple tool to present wonderful pieces of art. 

The first Syrian Music Incubator Project will support musical movement

With the aim of encouraging and reviving arts, discovering talents and providing means for the advancement of its professionals, the “Musical Incubator” project was launched at the Ministry of Culture. This project is considered a strategic project directed to musicians to form bands and support the  inactive bands with the aim of transforming them into permanent musical bands that bolster the Syrian artistic movement.

A special organizing committee was formed for the project that included a selected group of experienced and specialized musicians to implement the objectives of this incubator, which are manifested in securing the technical environment and appropriate logistical support to form teams based on a specific project.