Syrien n’est fait is a cross-disciplinary art festival dedicated to the Syrian contemporary art scene. Held in Paris each summer since 2016, it is unique in France. For almost a week, the festival showcases the finest of Syria’s artists and intellectuals and latest film and music. Its perspective on the events in Syria sends a distinctive message: there is a need to collectively question our shared assumptions and misrepresentations; to honor the artistic contributions of Syrians as so much of their culture is under threat.
Visual art, photography, archives, collective works are mobilized to reconstitute and celebrate Syrian memory.
Electro, hip-hop, tarab, chaabi, revolutionary chants, sufi music… a selection of the vibrant musical scene in and around Syria. Traditional tunes meet contemporary explorations.
Experts, journalists and writers analyze the situation for Syrians and the country in its regional and global context, in an effort to challenge common assumptions and deconstruct shared beliefs.
Ancient storytelling, poetry, live performances, and bilingual readings create space for untold experiences and original narratives.
Traditional dance, screen-printed creations, Syrian cooking workshops… explore alternative avenues for communication and art, transcending languages.
Virtual reality movies, short and feature films bring to Paris the manifold realities of the war in Syria from the eyes of its filmmakers and videographers.
With contemporary theatre and dance performances, the festival is a stage where works in progress can debut, as well as a moment of visibility for Syrian artists.
Every year, the associations partnering with the festival personally welcome the visitors. An occasion to explain their mission, meet new volunteers, and publicize their actions of support for the Syrian people.
Kebbe, ojji, mtabbal… Names of traditional Syrian dishes that make your mouth water. Throughout the festival, a variety of oriental flavours and Syrian snacks are available.