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Czech traveller: Syria will remain the homeland of beauty and prosperity

Al-Assad National Library, is not only an architectural landmark, but a research venue

Al-Assad National Library, with its symbolic structural design, overlooking the Omayyad square in the middle of the Syrian capital,  is a Syrian architectural landmark that is unlikely to be passed  by  and not noticed. Al-Assad National Library is one of the largest and most important libraries in Syrian and the Arab region.

It was established in 1984 to collect and preserve and sort transcripts, books, magazines, in addition to all kinds of written items connected to Syrian culture and civilizations. As it is open to researchers and scholars from over the world especially those interested in the Syrian culture, but not restricted to those, as the library welcomes common visitors, as well as school and university tours. The library receives daily visitors and can approximately host 750 readers at one time in all reading halls. All citizens and visitors can benefit from the library services through a free annual subscription card.

The Syrian National Band for Arabic Music … Documenting heritage and presenting contemporary composers' products

Out of its belief in the importance of enriching the Syrian music library with original works, the Syrian National band for Arabic Music took upon itself to document the Syrian musical heritage in particular and the Arabic in general in a scientific and professional manner.

The band was founded along with the creation of the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus in 1990, however, it was restructured as it is today to become a professional body in 2003 by the musician Issam Rafie, who was its maestro  during that period.

The band is currently led by the Maestro Adnan Fathallah, the founder and leader of the Arab Music Orchestra of the Solhi Al-Wadi Institute and dean of the Higher Institute of Music, where the band presented its first concert with him in 2014.

The Syrian National Band for Arabic Music consists of seventy academic musicians and singers, it presents creative Arabic, oriental, classical and experimental music styles.

The group performs various forms and templates of instrumental and lyrical Arabic music and seeks to develop it despite its rarity, due to the Arab interest for a long time in lyric templates, as it serves poetry that occupies a distinctive position in Arab culture.

Ugarit civilization is the source of inspiration of plastic artist Hassan Halabi

Ugarit  occupies a significant position on the map of the ancient civilizations in the middle east and its discovery in the first quarter of the 20thcentury is considered as one of the most important events of archeological studies.

Inspired by the  civilization of Ugarit the artist Hassan Halabi  has reflected through   drawing and carving on wood and  pressing copper   the deep-rooted civilization as Syria embraces  the first culture which dates back to thousands of years ago.

Halabi,  who is a member  of the  Fine Artists’ Union made it clear to SANA  that through his artistic paintings , in which he  uses  the trunk of more than  a 12 thousand year old tree , the artist Halabi  tries to embody his love for his country  Syria and its  deep-rooted cultural civilization guided by its Ugarit civilization, which is  the first alphabet and musical notes in history..

Halabi stressed  that  the artist’s duty  is  to embody and document history through artistic works that remain a beacon for generations, noting that he has completed an artistic work entitled (Syrian birth) displaying a sailor’s cry calling for stopping the brutal aggression against Syria.

Czech musical magazine highlights the artistic value of the musical notes discovered in Syria's Ugarit

PRAGUE, (ST)- Highlighting the historical musical heritage in Syria, the Czech "Musikos" magazine has stressed that the musical notes, discovered in Syria's Ugarit since the fifties of last century, carry very important historical artistic value.

The importance of these notes lies in refuting what some historians and musical experts had said about the lack of musical harmony in the ancient centuries, according to the magazine.

The magazine said that the discovered musical notes date back to the 14th century  BC; that is to almost 3500 years, and they represent the oldest musical notation in the world. It clarified that the clay tablets on which these notes and their interpretation were written are compatible with the number of musical symbols and this provides a clear evidence that there was a true and purposeful musical distribution in these notes.