In Syria, culture has become a critical line of defence against tyranny. A new anthology Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline showcases the new writing which documents and interprets the momentous changes that have shifted the frame of reality so drastically in that country. Join Syrian poet Golan Haji and authors Robin Yassin Kassab and Zaher Omareen for readings from a selection of the book’s poetry, fast-fiction, reportage, oral testimony and memoir. The evening also features evocative song and music by the Raast Collective from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. The sights, sounds and words reveal the continuing aspirations of the Syrian and Palestinian people, despite a brutal conflict, now entering its fourth year with no apparent end in sight. The event is followed by a reception with Middle Eastern food.
Creative dramaturgy by Alia Alzougbi
Produced by Malu Halasa in partnership with Highlight Arts and the British Council.
Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline is published by Saqi Books.
Tuesday, 18 November
19:00 (Doors) | 19:30 (Performances)
Full £10 | Concession £8 | Proceeds from ticket sales go to SAWA Development and Aid Charity