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London Syrian Ensemble

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.

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The Art of Lettering

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.

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Damascus Stories

We had an amazing evening of magical storytelling and music on Monday 17th July with a performance of Damascus Stories. The Diwan Foundation have adapted for performance the stories of award-winning Syrian novelist Ulfat Al-Idlibi.

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Time For Creativity Workshop

On Saturday 15th July we joined two of the finest Syrian artists, Manya and Khalda, based in Manchester to get our hands dirty in a creative arts workshop. One of the themes of the Celebrating Syria festival is the importance of creativity. In this workshop, everyone was welcome to come and have a go at making their own inspired sculpture or drawing.

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