Douroub: Special Edition of SOBOL on Syrian Intangible Cultural Heritage

Ettijahat - Independent Culture is pleased to announce the Douroub (Pathways) series, a special edition within the Sobol series focusing on Syrian intangible cultural and heritage resources, written and presented by Hassan Abbas. The series is part of Ettijahat programming for its tenth anniversary with the support of The British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, the Dutch Postcode Lottery DOEN and Mimeta.
Douroub aims at introducing some components of the cultural map and creating digital graphic backups to enhance cultural and intellectual diversity, as well as satisfying a portion of the knowledge need regarding the Syrian intangible heritage. The series aspire to contribute to the stability of Syrian communities wherever they are and create a platform for Syrians to share their stories and collective memory.
In the final stages of our work on the series, our dear friend Hassan Abbas passed away. Despite his health-related challenges, he was determined, as always, to see it through to completion with the team. Our sole consolation is that this series will be part of his lifelong commitment to protect Syrian intangible cultural heritage, at a time when such efforts are needed the most. The insights he shared with us during our preparations to launch the series are a true testament to that: “The Syrian intangible heritage faces many threats in Syria,” Hassan Abbas says about the series. “Social incubators of intangible heritage have been decimated. Its inheritors are either being killed or forced to be scattered around the world. This poses a major threat to heritage if cultural institutions do not step up to protect and preserve it.”

The series will cover seven topics of Syrian cultural resources and intangible heritage, introducing over 200 elements of the Syrian intangible cultural map. It will include videos of more than 50 elements and focus on cultural areas including traditional music, popular and religious dancing, food and beverage in Syrian cuisine, social practices and rituals, celebrations, and traditional crafts and children games. The series starts with two episodes on the concept and categories of intangible heritage, exploring the richness of Syrian intangible heritage.

To learn about the series' content and to watch the episodes please click here

The series was produced in collaboration with many partners and artists, notable Hammana Artist House, Coculture organisation, Ornina Syrian Orchestra conducted by Shafi Badreddin, and Ossama Halal. Parallel to the series, a specialised training programme was created, covering multiple aspects of Syrian intangible cultural heritage. The programme was conducted in September 2020 – March 2021 with multiple partners and over 120 participants.
Soon, the series will be available with Closed captioning (CC) in Arabic and will be translated into English, with a special edition on Audio platforms. Later this year, a special musical edition in collaboration with Ornina Syrian Orchestra will be shared alongside audiovisual materials. All the media produced is shared under the Creative Commons License 4.0, which allows any user to view, download and share them free of charge for non-profit purposes and without altering their content.



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