Shubbak Festival in London: 28 June - 14 July 2019 July 12, 2019 Shubbak has become a key moment in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab World, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to new audiences every two years. Freedom Across Borders Conference: Saturday 6 July 2019 June 30, 2019 The Freedom Across Borders conference is an opportunity for a wide range of human rights activists in the UK and Syrian human rights activists to meet and learn about each other’s work, and to explore opportunities for solidarity. New Syrian fiction: Dima Wannous’s The Frightened Ones June 28, 2019 Damascus-born Dima Wannous is a writer and cultural journalist. She has written for multiple Arab and international newspapers, managed the cultural section of the online magazine Modon, and hosted a cultural TV show from 2008-18. Selamlik: A Homoerotic Perspective of Syria: Sunday 30 June 2019 June 28, 2019 Come and join us at the British Library to witness Syrian multi Award-Winning Journalist and novelist, Khaled Alesmael releasing his debut novel Selamlik. Qisetna film screening at University of Leeds: Wednesday 17 July 2019 June 17, 2019 Qisetna will be visiting the University of Leeds in July to share some stories from the Qisetna archive. The event will also include a screening of one of their films produced in collaboration with Bidayyat Audiovisual Arts. Visit our free immersive exhibition at Migration Lates: Refugee Week 2019 June 16, 2019 Join us for a special Refugee Week late opening featuring storytelling, performances, art workshops, food and more. This will be a free and informal event, with different activities taking place throughout the evening across our exhibition and café spaces. Classical guitar concert in Sevenoaks: 28, 29 June 2019 June 12, 2019 Internationally renowned Syrian classical guitarist Ayman Jarjour has performed worldwide, including at Carnegie Hall in New York, and studied in Madrid and Juilliard. Ayman returns to Sevenoaks with a varied programme including Classical, Spanish, Latin, Modern and Syrian music, to support Syrian refugees resettling in the Sevenoaks area. A Syrian night in Bristol: Saturday 22 June 2019 June 8, 2019 Join Qisetna on Saturday 22 June 2019 for an evening full of fun and exciting story reading to fundraise for community sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee family in Bristol. Celebrate Eid with a touch of Damascus, in London: Saturday 8 June 2019 June 7, 2019 Come and get involved this summer and celebrate a day of Eid festivities with The Damascus Band. Performing at this year’s London Mayor Eid Festival, The Damascus Band are a group of exceptional Syrian musicians now based in the UK. Art Exhibition "BRANCHES" May 31, 2019 The new exhibition curated by the artist Dima Karout focuses on the Branches of a common bark. It opens on June 21st, 2019. Manor House – Hither Green to discover Branches A collective art exhibition, performance and workshop to celebrate our roots, evolving identities and our vital connection with the light. more info Dima Karout Filming Syria: Stories from the Jasmine Tree June 27, 2018 A screening of short films from young Syrian filmmakers shown as part of Refugee Week 2018. Book review and interview: The Unexpected Objects of Dunya Noor by Rana Haddad June 21, 2018 Rana Haddad, author of ‘The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor’, shares thoughts on astronomy, fortune-telling, love, politics, goddesses and an Arab Shakespeare. Artist Collects Stories From the Hearts of Syrians April 14, 2018 Al-Fanar Media profiles Spanish artist and filmmaker Juan delGado's work leading the Qisetna project Qisetna at the Houses of Parliament January 19, 2018 Lessons from the 1930s: Insights from the UK's Refugee History. Book review: Tiger and Clay - Syria Fragments January 17, 2018 'Part memoir and reminiscence, part meditation and critique': a review of Syrian poet Rana Abdulfattah’s Tiger and Clay - Syria fragments Storytelling workshops in Nottingham September 8, 2017 Qisetna: Talking Syria in collaboration with New Art Exchange in Nottingham held a series of storytelling workshops in September.