Under the sponsorship of the Association of Syrian Kurdish Youth Abroad (ASKYA), an unprecedented Spring Festival was organized in Qamishli city, north-east Syria.
Amid the violence and bloody crackdown being practices over more than two years across the country, resulting in thousands of casualties and millions of displaced civilians, activists of civil society organizations try to send an artistic message of peace to the region and world, challenging war through art and literature. The Spring Festival is deemed an initiative towards the enhancement of civil society among the Syrian people, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation, in order to rebuild the country on the basis of unity and freedom.
In the framework of the festival, Kurdish, Assyrian and Arabic folk music was performed by Arta Musical Band, beside poetry readings, theatrical and musical drama shows, solo music, short movies display, and fine art exhibitions. All the activities took place between 7-13th of April and were carried out under the banner: “Freedom of Art for the Pro-liberty Revolution”.
Among the organizers of the Spring Festival were Sawa Youth Coalition and Assyrian Youth Coordination Committee in Qamishli city, beside the participation of Arab activists from different Syrian cities. Thus, the festival included different components of the Syrian society, emphasizing a unity between these components and calling for the activation of the role of civil society in Syria.
Ferhad Ahma, coordinator of ASKYA association, told ARA News that sponsoring such a festival provides a good opportunity to the civil activists to emphasize the role of the Syrian civil society that they were deprived of over decades of dictatorship and persecution.
“The ethnic and religious diversity in Qamishli city and the coexistence of these groups together reflect a genuine image for the Syrian society as a whole,” Ahma said. “An effective participation was conducted by Kurds, Assyrians and Arabs during this festival.”
He added that this unprecedented event explicitly revealed the great capabilities of the new generation and the remarkable determination of the society to participate in such peaceful and civil activities.
“ASKYA will always back the organization of such kind of events since it contributes to return the legitimate social and political rights to people and help them to perform their public role,” Ahma added to ARA News. “This is the real reason why the Syrians carried out this revolution against the current tyrannical régime. We need to revive a lively civil society and enhance the civil values in Syria.”
Over seven days of conducting distinctive activities, hundreds of residents of Qamishli headed to the location where the Spring Festival’s events took place, in al-Wista neighborhood western the city.
Source: ARA News
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