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Mahmoud El - Ajan Institute for Music in Focus

Mahmoud El - Ajan Institute is one of the cultural landmarks that was created in the time of crisis in defiance of terrorism which is trying to obliterate our ancient civilization. It aims to prove to the whole world that our culture is stronger than their bullets ­­­­­and our music is stronger than their ignorance.

The Syria Times visited the Institute in Lattakia and met Mrs. Kauthar Hermelani, the institute director, who said:" The opening of the Institute in 2014, in the midst of the crisis in which the country was living, is a great challenge by the Ministry of Culture to prove that Syria is still the cradle of culture and art. In parallel, two new institutes were opened, namely Abdul Kareem Deeb Institute in Homs and Najeeb Al-Sarraj Institute in Hama. Thus, no injustice, no terrorism, whatever it is, will be able to obliterate Syria's culture and civilization as it is as old as history itself".

Mrs. Hermelani went on to say :" Although it is newly established, the institute has proved a highly and an outstanding professional presence. We started with 122 students within specific classes for learning piano, violin and some Oriental instruments, including lute and zither.

Later, the number of students increased to 450 and  the number of the teachers has also increased leading to a diversity in the musical disciplines that have been taught at the Institute. Over the past three years, we have opened new classes to teach trumpet and dramas.

During 2017, we held a special celebration marking the foundation of the Institute. This was the first professional ceremony of the institute's students.

In parallel with our institute, the Directorate of Musical Institutes and Ballet opened last year a project called "Together for Music". This project is a one-time summer activity.

Al-Saleh to ST: Big Turnout for 29th Book Fair in Damascus Proves Syrian's Eagerness to Restore Active Cultural Life

Director of the al-Assad National Library Saleh al-Saleh has said the increase in the number of participants in the 29th Book Fair being held in Damascus and the remarkably big turnout distinguish this session from the previous one held last year after a four-year hiatus.

"More than 150 publishing houses are showing 100.000 book titles this year, and this number of titles is very good in book fairs," he told the Syriatimes e-newspaper's reporter Wednesday, asserting that there were a lot of pavilion reservations by many publishing houses in several countries, but they were cancelled because of political pressure practiced on them by the government of these countries.

Al-Attar Opens 29th Book Fair in Damascus

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad, Vice-President Dr. Najah al-Attar opened Wednesday the 29th Book Fair at al-Assad Library in Damascus, the Syria Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

The opening ceremony of the fair, which will last till August 12th , was  attended by several officials and ambassadors.

It was followed by a statement given by Dr. Attar to journalists.

"In your names and in my own name, I salute President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian Arab army and the martyrs' souls. It is a great event to celebrate the foundation of our army under the leadership of its brave commander," she said, asserting that holding the book fair would not have been possible without the sacrifices of Syrian Arb army which is fighting terrorists nationwide.

Giant Advertising Newspaper Lit up on Semiramis Hotel’s Facades in Damascus

DAMASCUS- Nizha Logistic Company, in cooperation with the Arab Advertising Organization, on Saturday lit up a giant advertising “newspaper” billboard on the facades of Semiramis Hotel in Damascus, according to SANA.

Director of al-Maktab (Office) Newspaper Project Muhannaed Hayek told SANA in a statement that the newspaper represents a public means for advertising and raising awareness, giving wider space for advertising and services in various vocational, cultural and information domains.

Syria Brings Artists Together

Over the past few years, scores of Arab artists have participated in art exhibitions held in Syria to say that they wish the restoration of peace and stability to the country and to show the beauty of the cradle of civilization [Syria] in their works.

One of these exhibitions kicked off Sunday in the cultural center of Homs city under the slogan 'Syria Brings Us Together'.

About 46 Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian artists are taking part in the exhibition organized by the cultural 'Mada' project and the Directorate of Culture in Homs city , which had been cleared of terrorists last May.