We had a workshop at our centre on Monday 31st July. The workshop was delivered by Made in Syria, in partnership with RR. The workshop covered how to sell on Ebay, the advantages of using PayPal and options for delivery. A useful, practical workshop for new Syrian arrivals to the UK. Many thanks to Mr Mohammad Agha from Made In Syria for delivering this workshop.
As our final 'Celebrating Syria' event on Sunday 23rd July we had Syria's most celebrated contemporary novelist, Khaled Khalifa, address the audience in Manchester, telling them about his experience of writing under oppression, his perspective on the Syrian Revolution and his projections for the future of Syria.
We had the perfect finish to our two week long 'Celebrating Syria' festival, on Sunday 23rd July, with a lively afternoon of Syrian tradition and culture. We had delicious Syrian home made food, Syrian coffee, Syrian quiz, Quran recital, Arabic poetry, Maté tea, Mawlid singing, Dabkeh dancing and much more! A very enjoyable, happy afternoon.
On Saturday 22nd July, we hosted the London Syrian Ensemble, who are a collective of some of Syria’s finest musicians. The Ensemble includes both newly arrived and long-term UK residents who either studied or taught in the eminent Damascus Conservatoire. They bring the sounds of Syria through a diverse repertoire of classical and traditional music.
We hosted a calligraphy workshop on Saturday 22nd July with the wonderful Abdullah Al-Anezi. Abdullah is a self-taught calligrapher practising Arabic and Western calligraphy. In this hands-on workshop, we learnt to write basic letters and forms of classic Arabic calligraphy using traditional tools such as bamboo pens, coated paper, and ink.
We held a panel discussion on Thursday 20th July with four creatives with experience on both sides of this, who discussed their experiences of writing about social and political change and the effectiveness of this. Afterwards there was an interesting Q&A and discussion session with the audience.