Art competition for young Syrian plastic artists in Germany

Berlin, (ST)   -The Takla Cultural Establishment in Germany announced a competition for young artists in Syria for the year 2021.

The works which are accepted in the competition will be exhibited in a gallery next September in Germany, with a material prize for the first winning work and two incentive material prizes for two other works.

Regarding the competition, Shaukat Takla, the head of the establishment, said in a statement to SANA that, “we aim through this event to expand our support and encouragement for contemporary Syrian art and to give young Syrian artists the ability to present their works internationally.”

Takla explained that the competition accepts works of oil painting and sculpture in various techniques and methods with the freedom of subjects chosen by young artists.  These chosen works include special conditions related to work content, which can be viewed on the Establishment's website, indicating that the last date for sending painting of works via e-mail is April 30th.

The Syrian identity in plastic art ... A national project and part of the cultural development of society

The dialectic of cultural identity is one of the contemporary problems in every society and addressing this issue in Syria is not new. Since the fifties of the last century, critics, thinkers and intellectuals have tackled it to define its features, connotations and standards.

Today, the confusion is based on questions about the factors of our cultural identity and the role of our heritage and its components in giving it its general characteristics, as well as the extent of our acceptance and integration into world culture. A group of plastic artists tried to answer these questions in an attempt to define the features of the Syrian identity through the ancient Syrian plastic art that dates back thousands of years.

Plastic artist Aktham Abdel Hamid stressed that the most important conditions for forming of the arts' creative identity are, the unified environment and geography of the place, in addition to the cultural heritage of society under one title, "the personal identity of peoples" which stores in our memory the temporal and spatial cultural process.

According to him, the Arab region was subject to  political, cultural and social instability because of the invasions and occupations to its land , which caused its cultural identity to fluctuate and be vague. This affected the true picture of the comprehensive Syrian identity, which in turn identified with the political ideas and ideologies prevailing in the region and affected its general character.

"Let us Revive our Ancestors’ Heritage “ a Cultural Event Aims to Introduce old Syrian Handicrafts to Children

Artizana Syria Hand Made project has recently organized  a cultural activity under the title  “Let us  revive our ancestors’  heritage”  at Sheraton Damascus  Hotel  to introduce a number of Syrian traditional handicrafts to children including those with disabilities. 

The event  , which was held on the occasion of Christmas and New Year,  aimed at encouraging children to search for details about  these Syrian old  handicrafts  to learn about the history and  civilization  of their ancestors as well as  the creativity of  Syrians, according to  Head of the Craftsmen Union Naji Al-Hadwah.  

The Damascus Orchestra celebrates Christmas nights with a concert at the Al-Hamra Theater

 The Damascus Orchestra has presented a distinct lyrical combination of traditional ,patriotic and Christmas songs  to the audience of the Hamra theater.

The evening began with a musical performance by composer Adnan Fathallah, followed by Muwashah Andalusi (I said why), and a sketch of love for the Rahbani brothers.

Muhammad Zaghloul, leader of the Damascus Orchestra, stated that the evening, titled Evening of Love and Birth, comes within the joys of the glorious birthdays and the New Year.

Zaghloul added that the goal of the evening is to deliver a message that Syria, despite sadness pain and siege, lives the joys of the holidays.

Dr. Al-Sayyed: "West's campaigns against our Arabic language target both our culture and religion"

Deputy Director of the Arabic Language Academy in Damascus, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sayyed believes that the "campaigns launched by the West against our language target both our culture and religion, as Arabic is the symbol of Arab-Islamic civilization, and it is an element of unity for Arabs and for all races living on the Arab land, including the Kurds, the Turkmen, the Charax  and the Armenians.

In a statement to SANA, Dr. Al-Sayyed highlighted the position of Arabic language as one of the pillars of the cultural diversity of the entire humanity and one of the most used languages in the world.