Cultural Events

The SP aims to support Syrian academics affected by the ongoing crisis as a vital part of Syria’s intellectual and cultural capital. Despite the wealth and diversity of Syria’s historical, creative and cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, a decade of conflict has seen the arts all but disappear from Syria’s primary and secondary school curricula, a reality that is equally evident in the emerging HE sector in NW Syria, driven by a narrowly defined local labour market that undervalues the arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences, relative to the hard sciences.

The following cultural visits and events showcase, promote and inspire, reminding us all of Syria’s diverse cultural heritage, and the importance of the arts, humanities and social sciences as disciplines that enrich, as well as helping to explain the events of the past decade. They also create important communities and promote interdisciplinarity, for example, consideration of the impact of traditional food practices on food security.

Halfeti: The Sunken City

9 November, 2023

Halfeti was an ancient Greek city on Türkiye’s northern coast. Established around the 6th century BCE,…

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Zeugma Mosaic Museum: Place-based Creative Writing.

1 October, 2022

As part of a Syria Programme academic writing workshop in Gaziantep, Dr Bahriye Kemal led and…

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Syrian Humming Project

9 December, 2021

The Syrian Humming Project, a sound art project, was part of a 2019, University of Edinburgh/Syria…

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‘Documenting Syria: Health, Space, Activism’ A conversation with pioneering documentary film director Waad Al-Kateab on her multi award-winning documentary, ‘For Sama’.

8 December, 2021

‘For Sama’ captures an epic and intimate journey filmed through five years of the uprising in…

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Syrian Cultural Heritage: Global North/South Collaboration

7 December, 2021

Led by Prof Jen Baird, Professor of Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London and Dr Kristen Hopper,…

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Women Writing Syria: Resilience, Solidarity, Movement

6 December, 2021

Led by Dr Bahriye Kemal An extraordinary evening with award-winning and emerging displaced Syrian female writers…

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