19.01.19 pontio 12.01.19 - 23.02.19 storiel
A collaborative project connecting the arts of Wales and Syria - Cyffwrdd Syria/Touching Syria exhibits Syria.art's first UK collection of contemporary art created from within Syria and from the Syrian diaspora, alongside Welsh contemporary artists at Storiel, Bangor from 12th January 2019 for 6 weeks.
Join us for a day of arts and cultural with talks from Ffion Dafis, Khaled Youssef, and Ifor ap Glyn, a series of films and music with BBC Radio Wales and Blodau Gwylltion.
TALK: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SYRIAN CULTURE
1 - 2pm Studio £3
Join Ffion Dafis as she interviews photographer, poet and surgeon Khaled Youssef about what drove him to establish the organisation Syria.art. They will be joined by other guests from the Syrian art world and beyond.
FILM: SYRIA SHORTS
2.30 - 4pm Cinema £2.50
A selection of short films curated by Khaled Youssef. 12A
TALK: ART, CULTURE AND WAR
4.30 - 5.30pm Studio £3
As Van Gogh once said "Art is to console those who are broken by life" - how true is this statement? How vital are the Arts to give people a voice and reclaim their dignity, freedom and self-expression? Ifor ap Glyn will lead this fascinating panel discussion.
With Dr Zigs' Bubbles not bombs and Khaled Youssef
6pm Level 2 Outside Performance Space. Free
The Inspiration for Touching Syria originally came from a collaboration that has been ongoing between Khaled Youssef and Paola Dyboski-Bryant from Dr. Zigs. Khaled has been using Dr. Zigs' bubbles to illustrate his poetry and artistic work since Paola first founded the company and started manufacturing 8 years ago. At that time Paola started the bubbles not bombs project and without knowing, Khaled starting using the #bubblesnotwar hashtag in his work. The symbiosis was evident. Paola and Khaled finally met in person in 2016 in Nice and it was there that the seeds for Touching Syria was first sown.
OASIS WORLD CHOIR AND BAND
The choir and band from Cardiff will perform a 40 minute set by Ffynnon bar at 6.45pm
7.30 pm Pontio's Public Space
Two artists – Omar Shammah who is a member of artist collective Syria.art, and Catrin Menai, a member of CARN (Caernarfon Artist Regional Network) – working together remotely to explore connection points between Welsh and Syrian culture. Witness the result of this creative collaboration as it is projected large-scale on Ponito’s White Wall during the ‘Touching Syria’ event.
8 - 10pm Studio £6
MUSIC + Visuals: Live Music from Blodau Gwylltion and DJs playing contemporary music from some of Wales and Syria’s leading recording artists. Covered by BBC Radio Wales.