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Landscapes of Hope: Opening the Stage for Syrian Art in Germany

Realizing its importance, many parts of the world often celebrate art.  A few days ago in Berlin, an event was held to celebrate Syrian Art. “Landscapes of Hope”, an event hosted by Action for Hope, is a celebration of heartfelt connections, new ideas, beautiful sounds, and memorable images.

The event kicked off on October, 1st and continued on till the 3rd. Several stages opened to display many performances and exhibitions of arts depicting what it means to be Syrian and Arab. Landscapes of Hope provided a platform for presenting and discussing Syrian arts today, within the context of the large scale displacement of Syrians into Europe.

The event was held at Radialsystem V, Berlin. Hosting concerts, dance performances, story-telling, literary readings, cooking shows, film screening and discussions, this event was an important occasion to meet and get to know some of the most exciting Syrian and Arab artists!

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Photo Credit: Landscapes of Hope Facebook page
Syrian Art
Photo Credit: Landscapes of Hope Facebook page
syrian art
Photo Credit: Landscapes of Hope Facebook page
Syrian art
Photo Credit: Landscapes of Hope Facebook page

Fares Heluo, a Syrian artist was one of the keynote speakers opening the event, which was followed by a reception and the opening of the exhibition “No Homes in the Camp” by artist Hamdy Reda.

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Photo Credit: Landscapes of Hope Facebook page

According to their Facebook page, Landscapes for Hope was organized under the patronage of the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs in collaboration with Ettijahat – Independent Culture. The event, and Action for Hope’s programs in Lebanon and Jordan, were supported by  Ford FoundationAllianz KulturstiftungStichting DOENOpen Society FoundationsGoethe-InstitutBritish CouncilAga Khan Music Initiative, ONDA, and Ghiath & Nadia Sukhtian.

Admission was free and language wasn’t a barrier since all events were presented in Arabic and German, with simultaneous translation into both languages.

The event was an amazing way to bring to light the refugee crisis, as well as a portrayal of creative artists who incorporate their experiences into their art.

Don’t forget to leave a smile 🙂 !

For our Arabic version of this article you can click here: مساحات الأمل… احتفال بالفن و التراث و التاريخ و الثقافة السورية  

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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