Despite its known tragic facets, the Syrian society has witnessed an unprecedented explosion in cultural and artistic expression since the beginning of the revolution in 2011. The burgeoning of Syrian cultural and artistic practices as ways to resist dictatorship has been a marked aspect of the Syrian uprising. Syrian cultural production has been almost totally consumed with trying to respond to, debate and participate in the continuing struggle in Syria. The Syrian Peace Action Center (SPACE) bring some of this creative resistance to the Norwegian public through the Syrian Cultural Caravan.
A cultural caravan called “Freedom for the Syrian People” set off from Paris on July 12th 2014 for a tour that passed through France, Italy, Germany and came to an end in Brussels, Belgium on September 28th. Artists of all disciplines (visual artists, actors, musicians, filmmakers, writers etc.) participated in this tour producing at each stage exhibitions, musical performances, street theatre performances, debates, film screenings and poetry readings.
The organizer SPACE is a non-profit, independent association based in Norway that focuses on providing room for Syrians and Syria with the aim of combating the violent fragmentation the people of Syria are undergoing.
Participating artists: Akram Al Halabi, Ali Kaaf, Ammar Al Beik, Ammar Abed Rabbo, Dino Ahmad Ali, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Iman Hazasbani, Jaber Al Azmeh, Mohamad Al Roumi, Muzaffar Salman, Sulafa Hijazi, Tammam Azzam, Walaa Dakak, Yaser Safi, Walid El Masri
On 20 – 22 May, you can meet the Syrian Cultural Caravan in Oslo!