Obituary ... Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passes away

Syrian playwright and filmmaker Dr. Mohammad Qaresly passed away last Tuesday leaving behind a rich legacy of cinematic and theatrical works in Syria and abroad. Born in Damascus in 1950, he showed an early tendency towards art as he was brought up in an artistic atmosphere. His mother, Iqbal Qaresly, one of the pioneer artists in Syria influenced him and encouraged him to choose the field of art and culture. He travelled to Moscow where he obtained a Ph.D. in cinematic direction.

In 1990, he started an eventful career and his first theatrical performance won four awards. His success in Syria pushed him to travel to several Arab countries including Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco where he was highly acclaimed as an important theatre and cinema director who employed various theatrical and cinematic techniques successfully. In Libya, Dr. Qaresly founded a directing department in the visual arts faculty from which scores of actors and directors graduated. Throughout his long career, Dr. Qaresly directed 96 short and feature films and twelve theatrical performances. His nine minute film "Tomorrow" won the prize of the best film in Asia. 

Talented children overcome creatively the plight of orphans at the Damascus Opera House

 

Damascus, (ST) – a collection of poetry, music and singing presented by talented children in the concert hosted by the Damascus Opera House.

The ceremony held by Dar Al-Rahma for the care of orphans on the occasion of Prophet Mohammed's  Birthday showed the children's creativity which proves that they had surpassed their loss and their difficult circumstances. Some of them performed religious dances and others expressed distinctive talents in poetry with poems praising the Prophet Muhammad and his qualities and merits presented by children in a sound language and beautiful style.

Mawlid celebrations, special flavor and unique style

Syrian people nation-wide celebrate today the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as is the case with the majority of the Arab and Islamic countries. However, celebrations in Syrian cities have a special flavor and unique style that gains the admiration of people all over the world.

Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif "Birth of the Prophet" is celebrated in the form of a carnival. Celebrations in Syrian cities  are held at homes and mosques which are usually well decorated on this occasion. Food, especially sweets, is distributed widely. Stories about the life of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) are narrated and religious poetry is recited. One of the most popular poems recited during Mawlid is Qasida al-Burda Sharif, a poem composed in the 13th century in praise of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

Al-Farah Choir brings joy to inmates at Damascus Central Prison

DAMASCUS, (ST)- In a unique initiative, the Al-Farah Choir held a concert at the Damascus Central Prison to bring happiness and enhance hope among inmates. The concert included presenting several songs some of which were performed and composed by the prisoners themselves.

The concert was held in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the prison and in partnership with al-Amal music band which consists of a number of inmates.

Father Ilias Zahlawi, the founder of al-Farah Choir, said addressing the inmates "we wanted to bring you some happiness, because we sing for the life and the freedom we hope for you when you return to your families and warmly immerse them." 

He called on authorities at the prison to do their best to boost the hope for better life inside the inmates.

In a statement to journalists, Father Zahlawi said that this artistic activities aims at communicating  with the inmates of Damascus prison and help them return to their normal life, stressing that "what we want today is to sow the seeds of amity in the hearts of each other so that this amity will rebuild better Syria that would be an example to follow by other Arab countries which tried to destroy it."

French delegation’s members to tell their friends: “Syria is full of life… Do not believe what western media outlets report about it”

Since they have been involved in the more than 8-year terror war on Syria, the French media outlets do their utmost to prevent the French people from discovering that the reality of events in Syria is not as they have portrayed.

One of these ways is based on their "care "about the lives of the French people.There is a warning that is still being published about the risk of travelling to Syria.

Olive tree symbol of peace, life and fertility

Many legends have been associated with olive trees over ages as it was linked to peace, life, victory and fertility.  Olives are the most ancient agricultural product in Syria, the native homeland of the olive tree. The number of olive trees in Syria has amounted to more than 90 million.

Olive trees spread almost everywhere in Syria. But they are mainly located in the northern and western regions (Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia and Tartous and Western Mountains of Homs). They are also widely spread in the southern region (Dara’a, Sweida and Quneitra). In fact, the blessed tree can be seen everywhere in Syria.

Musician from Berlin remembers how Turkish aggressor displaced her grandparents from Syria in 1915

The Turkish regime army’s ongoing attack on the northeast of Syria reminded my friend Hanin Elias, a musician from Berlin, how her surviving family escaped from Mardin to Ras Al-Ayn area in 1915.

She posted today on her Facebook account 2 photos showing the similarity between the displacement of people from the northeast of Syria in 1915 and 2019 by the same aggressor.