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Damascene wooden Mosaic ... Art of Creativity

The Damascene wood mosaic is one of the oldest , most distinguished traditional handicrafts in Damascus, giving its houses a unique beauty and earning  popularity among Syrians and tourists alike.  

Syrian craftsmen have excelled in this craft , and a lot of palaces and the old Damascene houses prove their creativity . The word “mosaic” is originally Greek , it means the gods of art and beauty.

Professional reconstruction of Al-Sroujieh historical Souk to preserve its heritage features

Souk Al-Sroujieh is one of the oldest and the most important markets in Damascus. It was the only market of the old city of Damascus, which was built outside the wall near Al-Hamidiyeh market in the center of Damascus and close to the walls of its castle. It still preserves its Mamluk architectural style without any modifications in terms of the arches above the shops, the high windows and semicircular balconies. The roof of the market was made of zinc, which protected merchants and customers from the summer heat and from the winter cold and rain. The market enjoys  architectural harmony that draws the visitor and indicates to the ancient heritage of the city of Damascus and the role of its people and industrialists  in construction and development.

Symposium on attempts of neo liberalism to control Arab art and culture

Neo liberal attempts to control Arab art and culture and abolish the culture of resistance and confront Zionism in the region were the axes of the symposium held by the Arab Cultural Center in Mezza on Wednesday 3rd of March.

During his participation in the symposium, researcher Fadil Abdullah highlighted the importance of resistance writers and their impact on Arab culture, especially those who were assassinated by Zionism such as Kamal Khair Bek, Ghassan Kanafani, Majid Abu Sharar and Kamal Nasser after they posed a danger in educating the Arab generation and promoting militant ideology in them.

Plastic Artist Al-Hajali’s Paintings Embody Syrian visual identity in a universal human language

Plastic artist Bassam Al-Hajali seeks to penetrate into the secrets of the universe through his paintings with  which he wants to  convey  the Syrian visual identity in a universal human language.  

Regarding his relationship with his painting,  Artist Al-Hajali  told SANA  that “ the painting resembles life in its journey and  I try  to reach through it to the spiritual visual dimension by relying on experience, color  direct interaction with it and through dialogue until we both reach a balance”. 

Childhood and the environment had their positive and negative effects on the formation of the personality of the artist Al-Hajli.The stage of  youth   formed his intellectual and artistic personality through the analysis of life and the human being and he began expressing his observations and ideas in color.

He considered  that life is a journey in which a person must be a fighter in order to be able to achieve his ambitions and dreams and to convey his message to the universe. 

Al-Hajali, who chose an artistic name for himself, Serialo, within his  artistic expressive  approach  which is something  between dream and illogical realism in the new digital world,  expressed  that this artistic trend came as a result of years of contemplation, work and daily diligence to reach what he calls the cosmic dimension, whose first manifestation was in his exhibition “Cosmic Messages”  which he held  in Dubai and included  a developed , visual and  human dialogue.

The artist  considered  that the visual language of people has developed today and  is now able to decode color codes through sensation. 

Al-Hajali deals with each of his works as a unique case .He    addresses  his paintings to  human beings , to the universe  and free from outdated traditions and restrictions imposed by society.

 “ We will continue to paint and beautify life and present it  to our homeland  which we have been able to do despite all difficulties. Syria  is  our mother  and without it there is no value and no life for us” artist Al-Hajali concluded.

Rawaa Ghanam

From Syria to India ... a Concert by the Jazz Band at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts

Within the framework of reviving the musical heritage of Syria and India, a musical evening was  performed  by the jazz band led by musician Doulama Shihab on the opera stage of Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus.

The concert , which was held in cooperation with “Sada” Cultural Association, was performed by a number of musician including Shihab  Ali who played  the Trumpet, Narik Abjian and Tariq Skiker  were   the  piano player  , Basem  Al Jaber played the  Contrabass, Abeer Al Batal is the singer , Hannibal Saad  was  the guitarist  and Faris Al Dahan  played the Drums.

During the evening, the band presented a variety of 11 musical pieces   that varied between Syrian heritage and Indian classical and the flirtation heritage. 

The concert attracted a large audience of young people, who liked jazz songs because of the vitality and enthusiasm that Western opera songs lack as well as providing an opportunity for communication between musicians and a Syrian audience with a taste for this type of music.