Damascene Days provides a platform for citizens in Aarhus to learn more about Syria’s rich cultural heritage through poetry, film, music and food. The festival will be curated by Det Jysk-Syriske Kulturkollektiv (The Jutlandic-Syrian Culture Collective), a Jutland-based organisation focusing on intercultural exchange between the Syrian and Danish community in Jutland.
Friday - Øst for Paradis - 19:00 - 21:30
- Screening of ‘The War Show’ (2016) co-hosted by Doc Lounge Aarhus
- Talks by Andreas Møl Dalsgaard (co-director of The War Show) and Dr. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen (Chairperson of Det Syriske Kulturinstitut i Danmark) Khaled Ksibe (Winner of the European Language Prize 2016) and Rabih Azad-Ahmad (councilperson for Culture at Aarhus Kommune)
- Syrian snacks and live oud music.
Tickets available here: http://paradisbio.dk/MovieDetails.aspx?movieId=9537
Saturday - Institut for (X), Godsbanen, Aarhus - 12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 14:00
- Chess & Chai
- Face paint and family friendly workshop with Syrian artist Rawan.
13:30 - 15:00
- Screening of the documentary "The Art of Moving" (2016) hosted byMellemfolkeligt Samvirke Aarhus
15:00 - 16:00
- Bakri Hemmami (Vocal & Percussion) og Bilal Irshed (Oud)
- Dabke workshop with Lazkin
18:00 - 19:00
- Syrian banquet by Ildstedet
19:00 - 20:00
- Damascus Disco with Walat Xash
20:00 til whenever
- Eastern beats with DJ Sheikh Djibouti
Sunday - Løves Bog og Vincafe - 15:00 -18:00
- Lecture on Syrian literature and poetry with June Dahy, (Teaching Associate Professor at Copenhagen University)
- Syrian poetry recitation by Naja Bjørnson, cand.mag. in Arabic language and literature
- Poetry readings by local poets Nader al-Kassem, Mustafa Ismail and Kasem Ismail
All proceeds raised during Damascene Days will go to the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defence), a Syrian rescue organization mad up of volunteers in rebel-controlled Syria.