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Damascus Keeps Inspiring Syrian Artists

Damascus, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, has been a source of inspiration to many Syrian artists whose paintbrushes continue to depict the city’s beauty and matchless glorious history.

 Syrian plastic artists Asem Zakarayya, Mohammad Nazeer al-Baroudi and Hisham al-Khayyat, who represent different schools of art, expressed their love to Damascus by depicting the intimate details of the Damascene life in more than thirty paintings which are currently on show at the Abu Rummaneh Cultural Center in Damascus.

Works displayed at the exhibition, which was held under the patronage of the Culture Ministry, showed the way each one of the artists sees Damascus.

Artist al-Baroudi's fourteen paintings embodied the Damascene environment, its traditional vocations even the barber and the hakawati. The artist also pictured Damascus gates with great passion using red and green oil colours which, according to him, suggest optimism, hope and vividness.

Artist and Architect Hisham Khayyat depicted in his ten panels the wonderful Damascene houses, alleys, districts and khans. He tried to employ his architectural skills in his works using shade and light beautifully to make the painted material looks normal.

In a statement to SANA, al-Khayyat said that being an architect, he used degrees of black and white colours to make his works different from those of other artists.

In his paintings, artist Asem Zakarayya lets the simple life of people in Damascus old alleys and the natural scenes in the old city speak about the peaceful nature of the Damascenes.

Haidar Yazeji, Head of the Plastic Artists Union, said the paintings participating in the exhibition are very distinguished as they have deep themes and document the intimate atmosphere of people's life in Damascus.

"We have to preserve these documentary panels either through encouraging artists or asking them to work on such subjects as most artists are living in the old but historically rich city," Yazegi said.

Critic Marwan Murad said that the Syrian plastic art movement  has witnessed notable development, pointing out that each one of the artists participating in the exhibition has a special technique, but they share love to Damascus, the beloved of all Syrians.

Murad added that artist Khayyat was so creative in using his pencil to draw beautiful miniatures and decorations usually found at Damascene houses.

H. Mustafa    

Golan Apple, a Story of Glory

Not like any other kind of fruits grown in Syria, the occupied Syrian Golan’s apple is so dear to the hearts of all the Syrians who have a strong belief that Golan, the usurped part of our beloved country, will be restored soon to its motherland, Syria.

The Syrians, look at the Golan apple with great love and buy it not only because it is delicious, but because they smell in it the fragrance of the fertile soil of occupied Golan.

Every year, the Syrian government welcomes tens of tones of the Golan farmers’ apple production and sends them to the local markets. For both the government and the farmers this is not just an ordinary marketing operation, it is but a humanitarian and national duty through which  the link between the Syrian farmers in occupied Golan and their motherland is enhanced, and farmers revenue is increased.

Smelling the Golan apple, one can feel how much effort, the Golan farmers have exerted to grow such kind of delicious fruit, and by doing this they send a message of challenge to the Zionist occupation stressing that they are adherent to every inch of their land and that they will keep working hard till they are able to drive their truckloads of apples directly to the fruit markets of Damascus without a permission from occupation authorities.  

The Syrians in the occupied Golan strongly believe that confronting the enemy needs sacrifices and necessitates mobilizing all potentials to win the battle against occupation and to maintain the Syrian people’s right which says in all languages of the world that “the land of Golan is and will continue to be a Syrian Arab land whether the enemy accepts it or not.”

We, as Syrian citizens, are looking forward, with great nostalgia and love,  to seeing the sun of liberation rising over the Syrian Golan heights.

Firas al-Taleb  

Syria Takes Part in Baghdad 's Arab Culture Capital Festival

BAGHDAD,(ST)_ Iraq 's Acting  Culture Minister Taher al-Hammoud  said that "Syria 's  participation in the activities of Baghdad, the capital of Arab culture  festival, is a source of pride for Iraq" , thanks to  the long history of fraternal relations between  the two countries.

During his meeting with Syria's Minister of Culture Dr. Lubana Mushaweh on Sunday in Baghdad, al-Hammoud  indicated that  Baghdad and Damascus are  the two  major symbols who presided over Arab  civilization and culture being the Arab state and Islamic capitals  for centuries .

Hamoud welcomed the visit of the Syrian delegation and expressed hope that Syria will participate in all the cultural events that will take place over the course of 2013 in celebration of Baghdad as  the capital of Arab culture.

The Syrian minister expressed   keenness to participate in the activities of Baghdad festival as the capital of Arab culture.

" Damascus and Baghdad are the  heart of Arabism and two sisters in blood and spirit,  and history shows that", the Syrian Minister  stressed,  pointing out that Syria is keen maintain  relations with Iraq.

She commended Iraq's  political  and economic support for Syria.

The Minister of Culture arrived in Baghdad on Sunday in a visit to the Iraqi capital leading  a delegation to participate in the activities of Baghdad as  the capital of Arab culture for 2013.

T. Fateh

"For Bright Childhood …We Play" a Musical Evening at Damascus Opera House

DAMASCUS – (ST): Al-A saad Opera House for Culture and Art holds on Monday a classic musical evening entitled "for Bright Childhood  ...We Play".

 The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra will perform the concert to be led by Misak Bagboderian and Ghazwan Zerkly who will play the piano.

The event aims at securing clothes for displaced Syrian children in temporary shelters.

Nada Haj khider

Arab Writers Union: Parties Rejecting National Dialogue Serve Foreign Agendas

LATTAKIA, (ST) –  Those who are rejecting  national dialogue serve foreign agendas and aim to fragment the Syrian unified state, underscored  Head of the Arab Writers Union, Hussein Jum'a.

During a dialogue forum held on Tuesday  in the Union's Lattakia branch under the title "Philosophy of Dialogue", Jum'a said dialogue doesn't only mean to produce and exchange ideas, rather it stresses the Syrian people's unified stance on confronting the global conspiracy hatched against their homeland.

"Dialogue must be based on accepting and listening to others not excluding them," Jum'a added.

He pointed out that identifying citizenship should be based on how much citizens commit themselves to the sovereignty of the homeland and  law, stressing that dialogue must be based on integration and cooperation so as to be fruitful in the political solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Jum'a referred to the role educated Syrian youths can play to solve the crisis if they are keenly provided with national ideas and enabled to implement their views in building better future for Syria.

He stressed that the charter of honor is based on the sovereignty of the state and the law, on the unity of the Syrian land and on the rejection of foreign interference.

For their part, intellectuals and writers participating in the forum affirmed that  openness and reconciliation are an urgent need during dialogue. They also stressed the necessity of adhering to national principles and laws, protecting  the state's institutions and unifying  efforts to defend Syria against foreign schemes.

H. Mustafa