Syria Speaks

An evening of screenings, stories and art from the frontline

To launch the book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline, the Prince Claus Fund brings together Syrian filmmakers, artists, writers and intellectuals, for an unprecedented evening of short films, readings and discussions on Wednesday, 25 March at 19.00 in Theater aan het Spui 2. The programme is in English.

Entrance is free. Go here to make reservations.

Screenings of short films from Syria’s first Mobile Phone Film Festival offer an alternative to the narrative of terrorism pervasive online, introduced by festival organiser and co-editor of Syria Speaks Zaher Omareen. He is then joined by contributors to the book Syria Speaks including: a member of the world-renown anonymous Syrian poster collective Alshaab alsori aref tarekh, noted Syrian writer, public intellectual, and 2012 Prince Claus Laureate Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, and journalist and writer Rasha Abbas and A Matter of ACT guest 2015. The event is moderated by Syria Speaks editor Malu Halasa. Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline is available for purchase and there will be an opportunity for a signing after the programme.

Why Syria Speaks? 
As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year with no solution in sight, culture has acted as a critical line of defense. In 2012 the Prince Claus Fund organised the exhibition Culture in Defiance with Syrian artists at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery to show the important role the arts have played. To chronical and expand on these incredible works, the book Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline was published with Prince Claus Fund support.

The exhibition also inspired the Cultural Defiance Fund, through which the Prince Claus Fund supports cultural initiatives and events that strive for positive change in areas of conflict and extremely difficult circumstances. The Cultural Defiance Fund and its events are made possible through the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery. 

About the Book The publication Syria Speaks, which features over fifty Syrian contributors, has received attention and praise internationally. Syrian literature, political posters and artwork document and interpret the momentous changes that have shifted the frame of reality so drastically in their country. Syria Speaks is testament to the courage, creativity and imagination of the Syrian people.