12th International Cartoon Contest-Syria 2016 Kicks off under Slogan Art against Terrorism

DAMASCUS, (ST)-  Under the slogan "Art against terrorism", the 12th International Cartoon Contest -Syria 2016 kicks off today evening at Al-Assad House for Culture and Arts in Damascus with the participation of 63 Arab and foreign countries.

 Cartoonists from Russia, China, Iran, Ukraine, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, France, Finland, Iraq, Italy and others will exhibit their artistic works in the week-long cultural event.

Folk dance shows in Homs and Daraa

On Monday, a dance show entitled the 'gates of glory' and operetta lyrics entitled the 'seasons of joy' were performed by youths in the cities of Homs and Daraa.

The first show entitled the 'gates of glory’ was performed by 25 young men and women from the 'Ajial' team [generation team] on the theater of Homs.

It included several Damascene folk dances, Mawlawiyah and the Samah dances, according to the official news agency (SANA), which clarified that the 45minutes show comes within the activities of the 'victory road' festival organized by the Ministry of Culture in many provinces.

Palmyra Amphitheater Hosts "Gate of the Sun"

Homs– Under the auspices of President Bashar Al-Assad and as a tribute to martyrs, a cultural event titled “Gate of the Sun” was held on Friday evening at the Palmyra Amphitheater, with the participation of the Syrian National Symphony, the National Ensemble for Arabic Music, Mari Orchestra, and al-Farah Choir, SANA reported.

600 artworks by 435 students featured in Damascus

The exhibition held yesterday by the 'Yoshe'a Mansour' Institute of visual art featured more than 600 art works made by 435 students.   

Some works depicted sacrifices of the Syrian woman during the current circumstances and the Syrian youths' immigration, according to the official news agency (SANA), which interviewed several participants in the exhibition.

A second-year student at the institute said that she made a painting on Syrian youths' risky immigration. "Syria needs all its people to rebuild it," she added.

240 photos document major events between 1800-1956 in Syria

The major events happened between 1800 and 1956 in Syria have been documented by the artist Taiser al-Abbas in an exhibition held in the Shahba Cultural center in Sweida city.

The exhibition entitled ' history…sites…dignitaries' included 240 photos depicting battles against the Ottoman and French colonists, martyrs of the Great Syrian Revolutions, traditions and historic sites in Sweida.

Abbas told the official news agency (SANA) that he spent 10 years collecting the photos in order to revive the national memory and to call for adherence to the noble values.