Beginning November 22 until February 26, 2017, the Aga Khan Museum will offer free admission to newly-arrived Syrians and their host families to experience Syria: A Living History.
“We want to welcome all Syrian newcomers to this country, and to ensure that they and their host families have the opportunity to join in our celebration of the diversity and history of Syria,” says Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum. “Making art accessible to all has always been a key part of our mandate and this outreach program is no exception. We want Syrians to realize the value we place in their arrival in this country, and to understand that they are a vital part of the cultural mosaic of Canada.”
Syria: A Living History is an exhibition which brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story of Syria — one of cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and resilience. Through a partnership with seven leading museums and private collections, the exhibition highlights the contributions that the many cultures within Syria — Hittite, Sumerian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage.
Additional programming highlights include:
Showcase performances with Syrian artists (November 26, November 27, December 11): With such artists as composer Kinan Azmeh, and visual artist Kevork Mourad; as well as, Al Qahwa Ensemble.
There is also a film screening on Sunday, December 4 of the film Return to Homs by Talal Derki. Presented in Arabic (subtitled) with some English. This documentary is about two close friends living through the hard first years of Syria’s civil war.
To participate in the Special Access program, Syrian newcomers must visit the Museum at 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto. For groups of 10 or more, please call 416-646-4677.