'Horan's Sanabel' festival proves people in Daraa stand by Syrian army

Around 117 children and youths from Daraa province have taken part in the 'Horan's Sanabel' festival kicked off yesterday in Basir town in the northern countryside of Daraa, south of Syria.

The festival held by the Directorates of Education and Culture in the said province on the occasion of the conclusion of the school summer club aims to tell the whole world that 'Horan's people stand by our armed forces and the people in Daraa are shaking off the dust of terrorism,' Member of the Bath Arab Socialist Party's Regional Leadership Mr. Arkan al-Shoufi stressed.

Charity celebration to support SOS Children's village in Syria

Under the slogan 'Syria the Peace', a charity celebration was held Sunday evening in the Damascus Opera House to support the SOS Children's village in Syria.

The celebration, which was organized by the Ministries of Labour and Social Affairs, Culture and Information, included several films and songs highly praising patriotism and sacrifice for the homeland.

'Peace candles' exhibition in Sweida shows civilized image of Arab people

The second 'Peace Candles' exhibition was opened Sunday in the cultural center in Sweida city- south of the country- where 60 art works by 56 Arab artists were featured.

The art works depicted wishes for the restoration of peace and stability to all Arab countries, according to the official news agency (SANA) which indicated that the artists used white pigeon, candles and beautiful nature to express their wishes.

Seven Awards for “High Voltage” and “The Silence of the Colors” at Samawah Short Film Festival in Iraq

DAMASCUS– The Syrian short films “High Voltage” and “The Silence of the Colors” won seven awards at the fourth edition of Samawah Short Film Festival in Iraq, SANA reported.

“High Voltage”, which is directed by al-Mohannad Kulthoum and written by Samer Mohammad Ismail, won four awards for “Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actress and Best Editing.

Blind Association Holds Charity Festival in Lattakia

 In an attempt to raise the scientific , professional and cultural levels of the blind and finding  a new source to support the association's various activities, the Blind Association in Lattakia in cooperation with a number of civil and economic activities in the province is holding the 1st charity market in al-Orouba Park from 8 up to 10 September.

The 3-day exhibition displays the  blinds handicraft products , accessories, straw and bamboo products  . Several concerts and artistic shows are taking place in this event.

The incomes of festival will  go to the benefit of the Blind Association which provides the emotional, physical,  cultural, scientific and professional support  for the Blind

Talking about the purpose of holding such a festival, Mr. Michel Brephan, representative of the association and he is also an exhibitor, says that the increase of pressure that the society has recently suffered as a result of the large number of arrivals from other provinces in Syria to Latakia which increased the members of beneficiaries from the society's different services causing a severe decrease in funding . So they decide to do  something that provides them  with the money instead of waiting for donations, which often are not enough.

Brephan goes on to say: "Holding such an  event is considered  the first step toward dispensing donations, and if the event has met success we will rely on carrying out  such events throughout the year especially that it strengthens the confidence of blind with himself when his work casts appreciation on the one hand and becomes a way to earn living on the other hand.

The exhibits include dresses, embroideries  handicraft in addition to distinctive accessories made by a group of volunteers for the benefit of society".

As for the his own exhibits, he says : " I am displaying a wide range of handicrafts made of bamboo such as  trays and glass clothed with bamboo. During the past years I tried to I develop my talent and career as a way to earn a living . Dealings with people and customers has played a significant role in developing my work".

Hazar, is a  volunteer from the Mosaic Association for Relief and Development says that  they displays a range of handicrafts that they made from the simple materials. She stressed that  their great products are made to the benefit of the displaced families and needy school dropouts children .

Ayman Kusa, director of Samara LG Company, the official sponsor of the exhibition, says: "Since  the Blind Association is the only side that interests of this group of people in Lattakia , It is inevitable for us to provide more support to the it to be able to provide more services for the blind in Lattakia.

Consequently the idea of holding the 1st  charity exhibition was created  in an attempt to make people more acquainted with the various activities of the society which in turn helps to achieve good profits for the society.  Many cultural and economic activities are characteristically taking  part in this exhibition, which is considered a positive step to improve the level of the blind in all areas".

"We hope that this event will be held permanently every year and we will do our best to develop this experience even more and increase our exhibits and contributions from both within and outside the province."


Amal Farhat from Lattakia to the Syria Times