Damascus, SANA- The Syrian Culture Days festivity started activities on Tuesday, under the title “Culture, Authenticity and Renewal,” were launched at Dar al-Assad for Culture and Arts.
The festivity includes nearly 170 diverse cultural activities in the cinematic, theatrical, intellectual and heritage fields and it will continue until next Monday in several provinces.
The opening ceremony began with the screening a documentary that talked about the achievements of the Ministry of Culture through all of its directorates and affiliated institutions during a whole year, according to a strategic plan and a comprehensive vision whose objectives are summed up in building the Syrian human being by consolidating moral values and promoting a culture of belonging and citizenship.
“We celebrate today the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of this ministry, which was accompanied by hard work and sincere efforts to show the nobility of our identity, the richness of its components, the harmony of its colors, the beauty of its inconsistency, and to show what the man of this land has given to all humanity, and to preserve this great heritage,” Minister of Culture, Lubanah Mshaweh said in an opening speech.
The Minister shed light on the ancient Syrian archaeological heritage, which has embraced dozens of civilizations and has been distinguished by its diversity and uniqueness, and the archaeological exhibitions prepared by the Ministry outside Syria in China, Japan and the Sultanate of Oman.
Minister of Tourism, Eng. Mohamed Martini, Minister of Culture Lubanah Mshaweh and Minister of Information, Dr. Boutros Hallaq, and Member of the Central Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party, Dr. Mahdi Dakhlallah, honored a number of the elite Syrian artists.
The ceremony also included dance and artistic shows. The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra played a classical piece of music conducted by Maestro Misak Bagbudrian, and it was accompanied by a dance show.