A talk on contemporary heritage practice and creative civic responses.
The risk of losing Syria’s rich and diverse heritage, whether through conflict, loss or natural disasters, has mobilised individuals to take action to recover and protect it.
Syrians both inside and outside Syria have taken it upon themselves to research, document and preserve threatened historical and cultural narratives, opening up opportunities for reflection, exchange and learning. Such civic responses have resulted in the creation of a burgeoning number of inspirational projects and initiatives on which the global community can draw.
At present, contemporary practitioners engaged in heritage preservation have not only been redefining the meaning of heritage, but also instigating innovative ways in which heritage, both tangible and intangible, can be protected and made widely accessible.
Importantly such initiatives confront processes of deliberate erasure. They also contribute towards re-thinking what it means to be Syrian today, by bringing about new possibilities for a contemporary collective identity.
Creative responses that recognise and celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions of both ancient and present-day Syria, as well as highlight their contribution to world heritage, not only work towards safeguarding them in the present, but also secure access in the future for generations to come.
This panel event brings together four leading creative producers all of whom have an interest in preserving Syria’s cultural heritage: author and journalist Lina Sinjab, architect and artist Dr. Ammar Azzouz, co-founder of Qisetna Dima Mekdad, and leader of the London Syrian Ensemble, Louai Alhenawi. The evening will also feature a pre-recorded contribution from Damascus-based project, Sandouk Al Hakaya.
The panel will be moderated by Alia Alzougbi.
Part of the London Syrian Arts and Culture Festival (SACF).
This event is presented in partnership with Shubbak, Ettijahat and Zamakan. Part of the Against Disappearance series, supported by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund which is led by the British Council in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.