Syria: A Living History
October 15, 2016, to February 26, 2017
Few countries have captured the world’s attention like Syria has today. Stories of conflict and displacement dominate the media and define people’s awareness of the place. Syria: A Living History brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story—one of cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and resilience.
Special Programming at the Aga Khan Museum
50 Feet from Syria and My Dream, My Right
Sunday, November 6, 2 pm
50 Feet From Syria documents the story of Syrian-American doctor Hisham Bismar as he travels from his home in the peaceful suburbs of Portland to a dusty hospital positioned on the edge of war. Following this, view the result of a three-week filmmaking experience in the Za’atari Refugee Camp, featuring nine documentary shorts recorded on a collection of camera phones by Syrian refugee teens.
Aleppo: A City and Its Architecture
Sunday, November 13, 2 pm
Be transported through music to the country of Syria with the Nai Syrian Children’s Choir. Then, listen as world-renowned historian Dr. Ross Burns shares his insights about the storied city of Aleppo. Light refreshments included.
Thursday, November 7, 8 pm
Producer Gingger Shankar commemorates the life of her mother Viji and grandmother Lakshmi — an extraordinary duo whose collaborations with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s.
This film screening is followed by a multimedia performance set to an entrancing blend of high-energy music infused with Viji’s never-before-heard recordings.
Oh My Sweet Land by Amir Nizar Zuabi
Friday, November 18–Sunday, November 20, 6 pm
In this compelling drama, a Syrian woman prepares kibbeh in her kitchen while recounting tales of her vanished lover, bringing to life a land torn apart by civil war.
Clothing and the Debate on Secular National Identity in Turkey
Wednesday, November 23, 6:30 pm
How can fashion be a battleground? Trace the politics of Turkish fashion from the 1920s to the present day with Dr. Sevgi Adak.
Home Within with Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad
Saturday, November 26, 8 pm
Sunday, November 27, 2 pm
Experience a powerful reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath with Syrian composer/clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad.
Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Saturday, December 3, 8 pm
Meet ECCG, a group of eight Toronto-based musicians who commission new works while keeping classical Indonesian music alive. Collectively known as a "gamelan" orchestra, they expertly move between traditional Indonesian and Western repertoires
Return to Homs
Sunday, December 4, 2 pm
Be immersed in the harrowing vision of director Talal Derki in this documentary about two close friends living through the hard first years of Syria's civil war. Presented in English with some Arabic (in English subtitles)
Restoring and Reimaging Architectural Heritage
Thursday, December 8, 1 pm
Wander the streets of the beautifully conserved Medina of Fez, Morocco! Aziza Chaouni (Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design) explores the influence of urban change on the architectural monuments, landscapes and urban spaces of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saturday, December 10, 8 pm
Francesco Pellegrino, Romina Di Gasbarro, Marco Cera, and Lucas Harris perform southern Italian music influenced by Arabic traditions.
Arabica Coffee House Concert with the Al Qahwa Ensemble
Sunday, December 11, 6 pm
Experience the premiere performance of the newly formed Al Qahwa Ensemble featuring Maryem Tollar, performing traditional songs from Syria's Arabic classical and popular repertoire — all in the setting of a traditional coffee house. Coffee included in ticket price.
Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1