"We Will Spare No Effort to Bring Brightness Back to Palmyra": Culture Minister

HOMS, (ST)- Minister of Culture Mohammad al-Ahmad, accompanied by Homs Governor Talal al-Barazi, has visited the historical Syrian city of  Palmyra to see the damage caused by Deash terrorists to the archeological sites of the city before the Syrian army, in a major military operation recaptured it.

The minister's tour in Palmyra covered the Palmyra Museum, the Palmyra Theater and The Temple of Bel.

In a statement to reporters during his tour in the city, al-Ahmad said Daesh terrorists wanted through their barbaric acts, particularly the destruction of the façade of the Roman Theater and the Tetrapylon columns to "eradicate the Syrians' memory, identity and humanitarian heritage.

Chinese Cinema Days in Syria to Boost Cultural Exchange

China's Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin has affirmed that the activities of Chinese Cinema Days, kicked off yesterday at the Opera House in Damascus, aim to activate the Syrian-Chinese cultural exchange. He saluted the steadfastness of Syrian people and government in confronting the terror war waged on the country.

He said during the opening ceremony of the Cinema Days that the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Damascus will hold more cultural activities in future, hoping to boost cultural and humanity exchange with Syria in all fields.

Lattakia Hosts 4th Short Film Festival

Dar al-Assad for Culture Theater in Latakia recently hosted the 4th International Short Film Festival "Steps".

The films that participated in the 5-day event represented a number of Arab and foreign countries including Latvia, Belgium, Canada, Algeria, Brazil, Bahrain, Georgia, Russia, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine and Syria.

In a statement to the Syria Times, Mrs. Sarah Saleemeh, director of the Syrian film "the Veil", stressed her  pride to participate in this event as it is the only one in her city, Lattakia, which means that her family and friends will be able to watch her first work.

Turkey Smuggles Syrian Artifacts via Mafias to Zionist Entity and Europe, Says Hammoud

Director of Damascus Countryside Antiquities Dr. Mahmoud Hammoud has underscored that Turkey smuggles Syrian artifacts via mafias to Israel and Europe.

He told ‘Tishreen’ newspaper on Sunday that Turkey sponsors mafias, covers illegal excavations and smuggles the finds to Israel and European markets.

"Turkish businessmen and officers supervised excavation works in Dura-Europos city, located 90 meters above the right bank of the Euphrates river in Syria," Hammoud added, referring to the fact that Turkey had previously occupied Syria and killed millions of peoples and looted artifacts which it had no idea about their values.

Syrian Theater 'Active' in Times of Peace and War

Theater measures the level of cultural and intellectual development of a country. It is a platform for freedom and it reflects the identity of each nation.

The Ministry of Culture in Syria , which has a deep-rooted civilization and history, encourages youths to work with full capabilities to develop theater in order to explain what is going on in the country .

"The Syrian theater has been a milestone in Syrian culture in particular and in Arab culture in general," Minister of Culture Mohammad al-Ahmad told reporters following the end of the performance of a play entitled "Olive" at al-Hamra theater in Damascus.