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Calligraphy Workshop with Abdullah Al-Anezi

As part of ‘Celebrating Syria' Festival 2018, on 13 October, Syrian calligraphist Abdullah Al-Anezi led a workshop on the art of Arabic calligraphy in Longsight Library. Participants learned the basics of Arabic artistic handwriting and practised used a reed pen (qalam) and ink.

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Zakaria Tamer’s Short Stories

As part of ‘Celebrating Syria' Festival 2018, on 12 October 2018, Dr Alessandro Columbu of Manchester University presented a talk on the life and oeuvre of the Syrian short story writer Zakaria Tamer. Widely considered the father of the modern Syrian short story, Tamer’s works have influenced entire generations of Arab writers and readers.

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Women, Art & Revolution - Panel Discussion

As part of ‘Celebrating Syria' Festival 2018, a thought-provoking discussion took place on 11 October at 'HOME'. Panellists, graphic designer and curator Sana Yazigi and film maker and activist Muzna Al-Naib, explored how Syrian women artists advanced the cause of the revolution and how the Revolution shaped their creative work and gave them a defiant voice.

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A Taste of Syria - Cooking Workshops

As part of ‘Celebrating Syria: A Festival of Arts and Culture 2018', two cooking workshop were delivered on 8th October at RR Society and they offered the attendees a rare opportunity to observe a Syrian cook making delicious food from scratch! The meal cooked was a Syrian vegetarian dish called 'ḥarrāq ʾiṣbaʿo' [burnt fingers].

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