Syrian Cultural Caravan
About Syrian Cultural CaravanIn 2011, after 40 years of dictatorship imposed by the Assad gang, the Syrian people took to the streets to demand freedom and dignity. The army’s response was a military one. Yet the hard cover is beginning to fall apart and people are beginning to speak out, with pens, paintbrushes, film cameras or gravers. In order to promote their people’s aspirations, in 2014, intellectuals and artists launched a Syrian cultural caravan. They started touring in the Gard in summer 2014. They also visited Lussan and neighbouring villages with outdoor exhibitions, video shows, concerts, readings of poems and texts in Arabic and in French, which enhanced discussions. These activities were met with such unprecedented public success that the caravan went on that same year to Avignon, Marseilles, Milan, Berlin, Metz, Strasbourg, Brussels… Ever since 2015, the caravan has been invited throughout France (Alès, Uzès, Aix en Provence, Angers, Arles, Paris) and Europe, in particular in Norway, Germany, Spain, Italy and has attracted a growing and interested audience. The Caravan sides with the Syrian people in its struggle for freedom and democracy. It also aims at revealing the Syrian civil society and promoting its contemporay art and culture.