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Among Those Beautiful I Chose You: Suleiman Harfoush and Issa Najjar

Damascus, (ST)- Under the motto “Between the Past and Present” the Syrian artist Suleiman Harfoush revived a traditional musical concert hosted recently by the multi-functional hall at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Art, under the conduct of Maestro Kamal Skikker leading the orchestra.
By his erudite voice Syrian artist Suleiman Harfoush took the audience in a Journey through time, presenting some works of grand Syrian and Egyptian composers including: Adnan Abu Shammat, Sayed Darwish, Karem Mahmoud, Mohammed Abdul Wahab, Issa Najjar, Sheikh Imam, Mohammed Sultan, Sayed Makkawi and Amin Al-Jundi.
The opening song was entitled Safa’ (serinity) composed and distributed by Maestro Skikker. Then, Harfoush with his tenor voice made his audience float over the clouds of traditional songs like HatihaYa Sahi by Adnan Abu Shammat, Khafif Elrooh by Sayed Darwish, The Night of Farewell by Mohamed Abdel Wahab.
The musical traditional concert was intervened by two amazing songs that have been performed by Hasfoush for the first time in public; which lyrics and musical composition is attributed to the great contemporary Syrian composer Issa Najjar. The first called Min beyn halhelwin nayatak (Among those beauties I chose you). In addition to Tir ya hamam (Fly You Pigeon) lyrics writer and composer Issa Najjar too.The song which witnessed the greatest attention in the middle of the concert, where the audience interacted with it by chant or applause, because of its melodious tone talking about the separation of beloved ones during the years of war.
It is to be noticed that Sulaiman Harfoush, is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Music, who has been an envoy to Greece to pursue specialization in vocal studies and singing techniques for two years. Mr. Harfoush has participated in many traditional musical festivals with the national Syrian Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Lama Alhassanieh


Syria Calls for Interaction among Civilizations to Serve Humanity

BEIJING, (ST)- The Syrian delegation participating in the dialogue forums held within the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, currently held in China, presented work papers dealing with the civilizational and humanitarian dimension of Syrian Arab culture and with the importance of interaction among civilizations to serve humanity.

In a speech, member of the Syrian delegation, Director of Al-Assad National Library, Eyad Murshed, talked about the Asian civilization, which since the down of history, has presented a leading example to mankind in elevating the value of human beings and in laying the bases for cooperation among peoples as to face the forces of nature and exchange knowledge and trade. He pointed out that Syria has granted the civilization in Asia and the world the first alphabet, the first musical note as well as the oldest libraries in Tel Mardiekh.  

Syria Takes Part in Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing

BEIJING, (ST)- Syria is taking part in the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations which was opened Wednesday evening in Beijing with the participation of 48 countries.

The conference aims, according to the Chinese President Xi Jinping, who opened the event, at providing a platform to consolidate the "cultural foundation" of jointly building a community with a shared future for Asia and humanity. This can be done, according to Jinping, through treating each other with respect and as equals; appreciating the beauty of all civilizations; adhering to openness, inclusiveness, mutual learning; and keeping pace with the times.

The week-long event includes an opening ceremony, panel discussions, an Asian culture carnival and Asian Civilization Week involving more than 110 activities to showcase the diversity and charm of Asian civilizations.  

The Syrian delegation to the conference is led by Assistant Culture Minister Tawfik al-Imam and it comprises the Syrian Female Oriental Band, Raqqa Folklore Band, violin player Nisreen Hamdan, who will be a member of the Asian orchestra in addition to opera singer Aoun Ma'rouf.

In a statement to reporters, al-Imam said that the historic relations between the Syrian and the Chinese peoples are the biggest incentive to enhance bilateral ties, particularly in the cultural domain.

He added that Syria's participation in the conference aims at laying bridges of communication among peoples, boost openness on others' cultures, exchange knowledge and expertise and consolidate the quality of relations between countries.

The Old Homs Festival

Homs, (ST) - Marking the five-year anniversary of the liberation of the old city from terrorist gangs, a message to the whole world that we will never abandon our history and civilization and we will counter vandalism with reconstruction,Homs Governorate today hosts the Old Homs Festival which will last until  May 11th

The three-day festival includes sporting events, concerts and entertainment events for children of martyrs, orphans and sons of Homs.

The festival will also include several cultural activities, the most important of which is holding poetry and musical evenings, as well as  the opening of a photographs exhibition of paintings representing  the ancient city of Homs.

Participants in the Festival stressed that  they are peace-seeking people, and they will rebuild the Syrian country on the basis of coexistence and amity, both Muslims and Christians.”

Documentary Exhibition of Painting and Mosaics in Hama

(ST) - As part of Hama Spring Festival, Al- Azem Palace in the city hosted the Documentary Exhibition of Painting and Mosaics with the participation of three artists who exhibited more than 150 paintings that varied between oil paintings and mosaic paintings showing  Hama environment, old neighborhoods and heritage professions in the city.

Abdul Qader Farzat, director of Hama Department of Antiquities, said that the event which was held in cooperation with the city council, highlighted works that dealt with different historical stages that mimic the Syrian civilization, ancient heritage and natural paintings, pointing out that the city council has presented 65 documentary photos of the old neighborhoods of Hama.