Dash Café – Art & Conflict: The Case Of Syria

  1. 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.
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    #DashCafe puts the Syrian issue on the table tonight for panel discussion Art & Conflict – the Case of Syria. bit.ly/HbrV9f
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 06:00:01
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    Tue, Apr 03 2012 20:00:00
  4. Middle East London was on hand to live tweet the debate!
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    #dashcafe debate is underway. Discussing ‘art in conflict – the case of syria’
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:22:37
  6. 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.
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    Tue, Apr 03 2012 20:00:00
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    Dan Gorman of ‘reel festivals’ praises the “resilience of the arts” in the face of difficult circumstances
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:24:11
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    Dan Gorman describes how “culture was used as a weapon” against the regime in syria. Gathering poets and artists last May. #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:27:09
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    We are played a screening of ‘road to damascus’ a video of a faceless poet in syria describing the events like an unnatural dream #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:31:17
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    Road to Damascus a short film by Roxana Vilk
    Tue, Apr 03 2012 14:39:58
  12. 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.
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    Tue, Apr 03 2012 20:00:00
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    Syrian journalist, Leila Adnan describes the protests in Syria as terrifying. But also with a great sense of cultural festivity. #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:34:18
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    Leila Adnan tells a story of protestors in Damascus dancing with their shoes in the air. With a carnival spirit. #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:37:05
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    Leila Adnan – “people were undermining the narrative of the government with fun and dancing” #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:42:04
  17. 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.
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    Tue, Apr 03 2012 20:00:00
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    Author Robin Yassin-Kassab says that if you cant invest in property, people tend to invest in education and the arts #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:47:06
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    Robin Yassin-Kassab describes the “explosion of art” in Syria once people gained the confidence to stand up to the government #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:49:24
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    Robin Yassin-Kassab describes the ‘Regime Art’ – painted on the bodies of the Syrian people in violence against them. #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 15:52:54
  22. 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.
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    Tue, Apr 03 2012 20:00:00
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    Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says it’s important to know if new governments are opposed to art and culture or not #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 16:00:12
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    Dan Gorman says that there is a need for art whether a country is in revolution or not. It must transcend. #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 16:06:43
  26. For more information about this talk and other projects from Dash Arts, visit www.dasharts.org.uk
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    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown thanks the panel. As do we! #dashcafe
    Wed, Apr 04 2012 16:10:54

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