The Dash Arabic Series Café has been a series of talks and events exploring different aspects of the cultural Arab world. April’s event, entitled ‘Art & Conflict: The Case Of Syria’ invited guest panelists to discuss how art and culture had affected protesting in Syria and the Arab Spring…
The event was held at Rich Mix, Shoreditch on 04/04/2012.
#DashCafe puts the Syrian issue on the table tonight for panel discussion Art & Conflict – the Case of Syria. bit.ly/HbrV9f
First up was panelist Dan Gorman. Dan is a cultural activist and director of Reel Festivals – a group who create events and videos for areas of conflict. He has previously visited Syria for Reel Festivals projects, and spoke of how important the uplifting nature of the arts was towards their protests.
Next to speak was Syrian journalist Leila Adnan. Leila has witnessed the protests in Syria first-hand and offered a glimpse into how frightening the protests can be. However, alongside that, she spoke of how the spirit amongst protestors was one of the biggest defences against the regime.
Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of The Road from Damascus, told of how an increase of art in Syria was a sign that people no longer feared the government. He also stated that art appears in all forms of the protests, even within the actions of the regime.
The discussion was chaired by Independent columnist, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Yasmin not only questioned the role of art in situations of conflict, but told that it is equally important that this art and culture is not then oppressed by any new governments.