MAKE MATÉ, NOT WAR: A TASTE OF SYRIA

The perfect finish of our two-week long festival!

We had the perfect finish to our two week long 'Celebrating Syria' Festival, on Sunday 23rd July 2017, with a lively afternoon of Syrian tradition and culture.


This open event included:

  • Delicious homemade Syrian food… Irresistible.

  • Syrian coffee…It is NOT the same as Turkish coffee.

  • Syrian quiz – what do you know about Syria? A prize for the winner.

  • Quran recital – Syria has one of the best Quran lectors of all time.

  • Arabic poetry

  • Maté Tea – a much more sophisticated drink than green tea. Syria is the biggest importer of maté outside Latin America. Maté is enjoyed by Syrians of all religions and sects. It is a unifying force!

  • Mawlid – Syrian traditional singing, with religious and spiritual connotations, famous in Damascus and Aleppo.

  • A traditional Syrian dance form – just like the one that Anthony Quinn teaches Alan Bates in the film Zorba the Greek (1964), but Syrian dabkeh is the best!

  • Derbakeh (Darbukah/Goblet Drum); it goes with Dabkeh, one of the oldest drumming instruments in the world.

It was a very enjoyable, happy afternoon at Rethink Rebuild Society, Manchester!


Please watch this short clip showing various events and activities from our successful Celebrating Syria 2017 festival:


Rethink Rebuild Society (RR) is a Manchester-based charity that works towards improving the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in the UK, in particular but not exclusively Syrians, helping them become positively established within British society.

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