Zelal Center holds Kurdish Cultural Week in Syria’s Qamishli


ARA News

Qamishlo, Syria – After the active participation of several cultural assemblies and organizations, Zelal Center for the Kurdish Culture and Folklore in Qamishli city, northeast of Syria, closed on Wednesday its cultural week’s activities.

Starting on Friday, the week was commenced by a documentary on the Kurdish archeological city of Hesnkif, southeast of Turkey. The documentary was prepared by Sobarto Assembly which is concerned with the Kurdish history and heritage.

On Saturday, the Kurdish Woman Assembly of Avrin held a lecture, given by Hussein Badr, on the public opinion and the influencing factors of written and visual media.

While Mandela House in Qamishli held on Sunday a lecture on the work of civil society organizations and campaigning.

On Monday, Zelal Center organized a poetical evening to Taha Khalil, a prominent Kurdish poet.

The so-called Walking Institute held on Tuesday a lecture on the history of the Kurdish folklore and the different phases it went through to survive until our present day. The lecture was given by the prominent Kurdish activists Em Kido and Saleh Hido.

During the last day of cultural week event, the Syrian Center for Democratic Development held a lecture tackling the issue of drugs. Lecturers talked about the effects, types and treatment of drugs-dealing.

ARA News talked to Dyar Khalaf, Zelal Center’s director, who pointed out the aim behind such activities saying: “We aim to gather civil society institutions so they may work together.”

“All these organizations try to serve society. We will do that again next year hoping to see participation of more organizations,” Khalaf said.

Talking to ARA News, activist Saleh Hido said: “Lectures are very important for the Kurdish society. The cultural week was valuable pertaining to the Kurdish folklore.”

“Folklore is the nations’ unwritten history. Kurdish people preserved their historical heritage and cultural identity by maintaning major aspects of the folklore generation after generation. We need to take care of it, so thanks to Zelal Center,” Hido concluded.


Reporting by: Rodi Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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