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Omar Berakdar is a Syrian photographer and initiator of Arthere

THIS IS NOT A GALLERY: Arthere Gives Voice to Syrian Artists in Istanbul

As the civil war in Syrian dragged on and continued to devastate the country’s cultural landscape, and European institutions fretted about how to save the country’s archaeological treasures such as Palmyra and the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, some Syrians were preoccupied with an altogether different dilemma: how to save…[…]

Ferhad Feyssal (left) and Hozan Peyal (right) at their home studio in Istanbul.

Syrian Kurdish Musicians Ferhad Feyssal and Hozan Peyal are Preserving Joy

As more than half of the Syrian population remains displaced, it is natural to think of their traditional music as heritage that needs to be saved before it disappears. But for Ferhad Feyssal and Hozan Peyal, two extraordinary Kurdish musicians who fled from al-Hasakah and currently live in Istanbul, joy…[…]

A'zad Nabo and Naguib Nassib are two third generation pastry chefs working at Salloura, an Aleppo pastry shop now in Istanbul.

The Flavors of Damascus and Aleppo, in the Heart of Istanbul

Istanbul has absorbed some 450,000 Syrian refugees out of more than three million in the country. On a recent visit, I looked at how two Syrian restaurants now operating in Istanbul are keeping the food culture of Aleppo and Damascus alive in exile. A Taste of Souk Saruja You could almost…[…]

Ahmad Mohammad Ghazaq, Mohammad Rustum and Rustum Ziad Rustum pose in their traditional costumes.

The Abu Rustom Dance Troupe Keeps the Tradition of Homs Alive in the Heart of Zaatari

A simple coffee shop on the main street of the Zaatari camp holds a secret. In a room in the back, a sword-dancing, chanting, brilliantly clothed group of Syrian men and boys practice the Aradah shabiya, a traditional Syrian folk dance, preparing for their performances in weddings and special occasions…[…]