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Sultan Pasha al-Atrash Festival kicks off in Sweida

The second Festival of Sultan Pasha al-Atrash kicked off Tuesday in al-Qarya town in the southern Sweida province to shed light on the role of culture and creativity in building a human being.

The festival also aims to show appreciation for Sultan Pasha al-Atrash, the Commander of the great Syrian Revolution in 1925, and to focus on the Syrian people's ability to go ahead with offering sacrifices despite the attempts of the forces of evil to undermine Syrians' cultural values, according to the Deputy Minister of Culture Tawfiq al-Imam.

Al-Imam described the festival, which will last until April 21, as a 'national cultural activity'.

Hama book fair attracts large number of visitors

The book fair held by Directorate of Culture in Hama has attracted large number of visitors as there are discounts on the 4000 books' prices being exposed there.

The discounts (60-70%) aim to encourage people to read books, according to the Director of Culture Directorate in Hama Issa Hammoud, who indicated that people prefer reading through internet.

Five-day festival on Syrian heritage begins

The 3rd Syrian heritage days festival kicked off Monday in the Khan As'ad Pasha in the old city of Damascus to mark the World Heritage Day, which also known as the International Day for monuments and sites.

The five-day festival includes art exhibitions featuring traditional crafts that reflect Syria's deep-rooted civilization, according to the official news agency (SANA), which quoted Deputy Minister of Culture Bassam Abo Ghannam as saying that a group of Damascene craftsmen are taking part in the festival.

Syrian children make part of mosaic portrait to be completed in London

Syrian children have gathered in the National Museum of Damascus to make part of a mosaic portrait within a project being carried out by the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and the Oxford University to disseminate awareness about the importance of the Syrian cultural heritage.

The mosaic portrait will be moved to London to be completed by children studying in British schools, Director of the project in London Rasha Haqqi declared, clarifying that the project aims to disseminate awareness about the importance of the Syrian cultural heritage in Europe and all over the world and about the necessity of offering help to restore the damaged heritage.

Cultural activities within Spring Festival in Lattakia

The Syrian Social Nationalist Party has held several activities to celebrate the Syrian New Year within the 2ndCultural Spring Festival kicked off last Thursday in Lattakia.

The activities focused on the Syrian legend, local environment, immigration and self-reliance to gain livelihood, according to the official news agency (SANA).

The agency clarified the Syrian legend was featured in art works and sculptures shown in an exhibition, while immigration topic was raised during a stage show.