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Ayman Bitar, artist who excelled in drawing icons locally and internationally

Homs, ST- The Syrian artist Ayman Bitar is considered a creative artist in drawing icons for he has been drawing for about forty years in most churches in the world. He has a collection of wooden icons and murals for Syrian and international churches that reflect the spiritual state of these works.

Bitar is the son of the Syrian school specialized in iconography. The creativity of this school appeared before the seventh century AD . It was the most important of its kind and it presented to the world the most beautiful icons in form, content and artistic value.

Exhibitions, art shows and seminars at "Ugarit Motherland" Festival

Lattakia, (IST) - Inspired by its civilization, the festival “Ugarit Motherland”, organized by the Friends of Ugarit Association in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture at the National Museum, is rich in cultural events such as art exhibitions, theatrical, cinema and musical performances in addition to intellectual seminars.

The festival's supervisor, Saja Korkmaz, explained to SANA that the festival presents Ugarit “as a theatrical, artistic, diverse, mythological and economical situation through which we try to acquire general features of this civilization including culture, art, features and legends to provide good cultural material to our audience.


Ugarit literature depicted the struggle between Ba’al and Yam.

The Canaanites made the Mediterranean an internal lake for their Trade.

Arwad, an artificial island built to increase the area of land.

The Mediterranean played an important role in the life of the peoples that settled on the Syrian coast. It was mentioned in the literature and legends of people as an element of awe, fear, challenge, and generosity .Along its coasts many civilizations prospered. Knowledge, sciences, creative talents, elegant arts and diverse cultures always urged us to discover the relation between man and the sea, and to look for legends and mythologies. In the mythological thought of the old Arab Orient, water was the primary surrounding, that is the main element of creation linked strongly with the underworld. Water, gave life to everything, and the sea was one of its aspects. It was always considered the major threat to “Earth˜and its population.

The Damascene Oud part of the Syrian musical heritage

The Cultural center in Kafar Soussa in Damascus held on Monday a symposium entitled "The heritage of Damascene Oud". The symposium also included an exhibition of models of Oud in addition to a video presenting a historical overview of the industry of the Damascene Oud.

 Oud is an oriental musical instrument. Its uniqueness is expressed in the originality of the handcraft. It is as well considered as one of the most important oriental and Arabic instruments. The Oud is characterized by its small box and long neck.

 Dr. Fouad Tubal, a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, reviewed the history of music in Syria, indicating that Syria was a platform from which music was launched to the region and the world. The music began in Ugarit civilization were the first institute of music training was established, then the of use Oud spread in Spain and Europe during the Umayyad epoch, from its capital Damascus.

"Syria and the Press during a Century"… Documentary exhibition in Sweida

Sweida, (ST)- An exhibition of more than one hundred newspapers documented the  rich history of events in Syria opened in the Arab Cultural Center in the city of Sweida entitled (Syria and the Press during a Century).

The exhibition will last for a week and it is prepared by journalist Riad Naim. It includes old copies of many newspapers that highlight the most important stages in the history of Syria, its national stances and role in supporting the Arab national issues, especially the Palestinian one. In this exhibition Naim also documented the October liberation war and the victories achieved by Syria in the war on terrorism and its supporters.

While attending the opening of the exhibition, Assistant Minister of Information Ahmed Dawa affirmed the ministry's encouragement of this kind of exhibitions because of its importance in documenting the history of the homeland and transmitting it to the future generations.